Stokke is known for its iconic Tripp Trapp, the best selling children’s chair in the world, that earned a well-deserved featured place not only at countless homes around the globe but at the famous MoMA as well. Bringing both, adults and children to the table while providing comfort and proper posture, Tripp Trapp has always been thought to be unbeatable and rightfully so. It works like magic by implementing multiple positioning options for the adjustable footrest for placement just at the right height, which in turn triggers all of the body’s natural postural reflexes via contact through the soles of the feet for proper alignment. However, babyhood is not the only time when the posture is important and if we as adults tend to forget about ourselves, the designer of the Tripp Trapp, Peter Opsvik created a seating solution that would continue to care for backs and postures for many years to come:
“In 1972 the only sitting devices for children from the age of two onwards were special, low chairs, or ordinary chairs designed and intended for grown-ups. My objective was that one chair should seat persons of all sizes in a natural way at the same table. My hope was that this would make sitting at the table more enjoyable and make activities easier to perform there.” ( P. Opsvik)
In 1972, revolution was a fact. Back then no one had seen anything like the Tripp Trapp®, and at 40+ years later it is still unique: the only child’s chair that can take you from baby to adult, keeping you secure and comfortable all the way. The Tripp Trapp® designer’s inspiration came from watching his own young son, Tor, struggle to find a comfortable position to sit in at their family table. Having grown out of his old-fashioned high-chair, but still far too small to sit on an adult’s chair, Tor was left dangling his legs and struggling to reach the table. For years there was no question when it came to the best baby chair, but if Tripp Trapp revolutionized the sitting of 1972, the designers of Stokke Steps System created a break-through design of their own today. It is only natural that when Steps System joined into the Stokke family offering another unique seating solution, the question “ which one is better? “ started to pop up everywhere.
Making the right choice can be difficult, and that is why we tested both chairs and are here to break down the detail for you to make the decision easier. Let’s take a closer look together.
As mentioned above, Tripp Trapp is an ingenious highchair that revolutionized the children’s chair category back in 1972 when it was first launched. It is designed to fit right up to your dining table, bringing your baby into the heart of your family and allowing him or her to learn and develop alongside you. The intelligent, adjustable design allows freedom of movement with both - depth and height adjustable seat and footplates. When adjusted correctly, your child is ensured a comfortable and ergonomic seating position at any age.
— classic , space saving, iconic design will never go out of style and will always spike up the conversation
— height and depth are adjustable for correct ergonomics
— seat adjustability is unique , ensuring the best back and foot support possible from an early age
— stable and adjustable footplate provides proper support and comfort for growing child/baby
— solid beech wood holds up to 300 lbs adult making the “grow-with-me” term and be true
— comfortable seating that comes in many colorful options ( and color blocking has no end when it comes to Stokke )
— offers an add-on tray option for eating ( or finger painting )
— baby set and cushions give perfect back and side support for added comfort and security and gives another option to create your own style of chair with variety of colorful choices.
— easy to clean spills with dampened cloth
— NO HARMFUL SUBSTANCES/ free from bisphenol and phthalates. JPMA certified ( a very important factor as it is for your most precious little one. read here why we think its an essential part)
The STOKKE STEPS consists of 3 separate parts , that can be bought as a system to take your little one from birth on.
With soft cradling, wave-like motion the Stokke Steps Bouncer ready to be used from birth, being the best soother of all we have found ( and we tested many). Other very note-worthy features are:
— multiple seating positions that accommodate to the child’s individual weigh and positioning preference. One cannot emphasize this enough - each baby is unique and Stokke is very mindful of that.
— ability for a child to bounce independently. Although exceptionally sturdy, Stokke Bouncer moves at a feather’s touch. We found it to be a particularly important to us feature. While it allows the baby to be able to sooth him or her self, it is not a constant mechanical motion that can over-stimulate the newborn’s gentle system.
— sturdy base to avoid sliding even on the glossiest of the floors.
— is designed to be used by itself OR TOGETHER WITH STEPS CHAIR. A fabulous and very much appreciated feature by anyone with a little baby, it allows for the baby to be close ( which translates in secure and comfortable ) , while allowing for the parent and/or caretaker to have a moment to themselves and - say - eat dinner with both hands.
— last but far not least: it folds flat for easy storage. Whether you are a city dwelling family or a country side lover, storage space always seems to be in demand, and having an easily foldable piece that stores flat gets high marks on an “important” scale from us.
STOKKE STEPS BABY SET
When your little one is ready to sit on his own ( or anywhere from about 6 months) , The Steps Chair easily transforms into a high chair with a simple addition of a STOKKE STEPS BABY SET. Safe and very secure, the ergonomically designed Baby Set ensures that your baby is seated correctly. The adjustable back plate in both height and depth, eliminates the often confronted issue of a large gap between the baby and the tray, and ensured a perfect as your child is continuing to grow. No tools required , the Stokke Steps Baby Set easily mounts on the Steps Chair, instantly changing the stylish table you used to host a party in the evening into a baby-friendly area in the morning. It should also be noted that whether food or paint is involved, the Baby Set cleans easily and remains its integrity even with the most of the vigorous little artists. Plenty comfortable on its own due to the ergonomic shape, there is a variety of cushions available - the decision is purely style preference.
STOKKE STEPS CHAIR
Suitable for use from birth with help of the Bouncer and the Baby Set, Stokke Steps CHAIR is the best investment a parent can make to ensure a toddler-hood of bump-free independence. With legs made out of durable European beech wood , which is a solid , natural material , Stokke Steps CHAIR is the sturdiest one of all on the market. Designed in a very clever and thought-out way, Steps CHAIR offers your all of a sudden very independent little one all the freedom of “me-self!” he or she desires.
— use Stokke Steps CHAIR together with the BOUNCER to bring the newborn to the table.
— round and generous seat and back give optimal ergonomics.
— easy and tool-free adjustable footrest allows your child to climb in and out independently
— the beautiful and sought after contemporary scandinavian design will make this piece a permanent resident in your apartment for many years after the “baby time”.
“So, which one is better?”- you may ask again.The truth is that neither is better or worse then the other one: both are exceptional, they are simply different. Different but perfectly tailored to your and your child’s individual needs.
We like to think of the Tripp Trapp as a unique chair that is designed to grow with a child, taking care of the little one from the moment he or she is independent enough to sit on his/her own. An iconic look of the Tripp Trapp will aways remain, despite of the small variations. On the other hand, Stokke Steps System is a transformer that wears many hats and covers practically all seating and soothing needs of the growing baby and child. Its modern design is a perfect companion for any contemporary and design conscious family.
The choice is yours, completely based on your needs and style preference and whichever one you choose, know that you mind may be at peace : you are giving your child world’s best seating option, making a positive impact on the environment, and being another building block in creating a better life for generations to come.