For many years parents have bought the baby set attachments so that babies aged between 7-18 months can sit in the Tripp Trapp chair instead of a conventional high chair. The Tripp Trapp chair is designed for children to sit with the family at the table to eat or play.
For babies, of course, there is little distinction between eating, playing, learning and exploring, so food and drink were always likely to be ground into the table. In addition, table cloths cannot be used within reach of these little hands. A table with a suitable surface, both hardwearing and hygienic, has been essential for a baby in a Tripp Trapp chair.
The Stokke Table Top
A new product is a tray which attaches not to the chair but to the family dining table with suction cups.
The advantages are:
easy to wipe clean
protects the family table as most food and spills will be on the Stokke Table Top
comes with a variety of pictures to change the display under the clear surface
The disadvantages are:
suction cups mean no table cloth can be used
babies can make a mess which extends wider than the perimeter of the Stokke Table Top
the price (almost £50 in U.K.)
Stokke does not make a tray; given the popularity of their chair over more than two decades, however, it can be no surprise that a number of other companies make trays to fit the Tripp Trapp. The advantages and disadvantages are similar to any conventional high chair.
The Clic Clac, a Tray for the Tripp Trapp
German company Ergo:Design, makes such a tray, the Clic Clac. The Clic Clac fits new and old style Tripp Trapp chairs. It can be used with or without the baby set, and it is available only in the natural beech colour. In the U.K. it retails at around £45; it is also available in the U.S.A.
The Play Tray
Danish company 4mykid make a translucent plastic tray which has distributors across Europe. Unlike the Clic Clac, it has a raised lip lining the rim of the tray, which will contain spills and dropped toys. The material and colour do not blend with the Tripp Trapp but contrast with the chair, which may be preferable if the chair is not natural-beech like the clic clac.
Alternative table and tray options are likely to be developed and marketed for this incredibly popular chair in the future, such as the Sloppi tray. It is not essential to buy any special product to accompany the Tripp Trapp. In the early months, an adult might sit in front of the infant to spoon feed and as the child gets older he can eat directly from the family table.