I know I focus a lot on being frugal on my blog and anyone who knows me knows I love a good deal. Sometimes obnoxiously so. I have become “that person” in line who brings in gigantic piles of coupons and hold up everyone else. And I rarely eat out without a coupon even at fancy restaurants. Much to my husband’s dismay. But I still believe in dropping some cash when it makes sense. Like on a good shoe sale.
At BlogHer this year, I was introduced to a children’s product company I had never heard of before. Stokke is a company based in Norway that has been around forever. Well since 1932. But it is just starting to make an impression in the US. And can I just tell you I am impressed!! Here is a company who gets that children’s furniture should be made well, have a focus on design and promote child development throughout their life. Simple concepts, but sorely lacking in a lot of children’s products out there today.
I could go on and on about their three main products: their crib, their stroller (which I covet, covet, covet- sorry ten commandments) and their Tripp Trapp high chair. But I want to share my love of the Tripp Trapp high chair.
This chair is so off the charts fantastic. Think of your typical high chair. Plastic, giraffe print, big ole tray. But even more important in the way it looks, the typical high chair is designed so that your infant or child sits off to the side eating off his tray. What if your child could be pulled right up to the table and eat at the same level as the rest of the family? What if once he outgrew the high chair, he could still use the chair and instead of using a booster or sitting up on his knees, the chair allowed him to eat right up at the table in the correct ergonomic position? (see mom, I am using my master’s degree after all)
The Tripp Trapp has an adjustable seat and footrest that can accommodate an infant all the way to an adult. Yes, an adult can sit in this chair. It has won a bunch of awards, but what does that mean that you as a mom? I got this chair for baby #3, but set it up in the meantime for Hannah, my 3 yo. Before the Tripp Trapp, she “sat” on her knees at the table. She hasn’t been in a booster forever cause she hates them, but getting her to stay in her chair at dinner is nearly an impossibility. So most nights for the sake of sanity, she ends up eating on the hubby’s lap. Since the Tripp Trapp, she is comfortably sitting right up to the table. And I am not lying, she eats about 10 times more of her food when she is sitting in that chair.
Oh and it is gorgeous. I got mine in a dark walnut, but you can get it in several stains and even a few fun colors. And these things last forever. I have recently met a few people who have theirs from when they were little. And like I mentioned before you can use this with your child for as long as you want, you just keep adjusting the seat and footrest which is super easy to do. Actually the whole high chair was assembled by moi all by myself (well along with a very helpful (5 yo).
Now, let’s cut to the chase. This chair ain’t cheap. But I have found there are certain things that are totally worth the investment. When Lily was little we invested in a Britax car seat which was like triple the cost of all other car seats, but I cannot tell you how worth it it has been. It is by far the best seat around. That is how I feel about the Tripp Trapp. It has made such a difference in Hannah’s eating habits and I know it will last for a long time. To me, it is completely one of those things worth investing in. And although they are very hard to find because people rarely get rid of them occasionally you can find a deal on Ebay or Craigslist.
*Disclosure: I was provided with a Tripp Trapp by Stokke at a Stokke hosted event at BlogHer. I was not however asked or obligated to blog about it. Nor was I given any financial compensation. I truly think this is a fantastic product and pretty much tell everyone I know how great it is. So thanks to Stokke for introducing me to your company.
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