When you start looking for a highchair, there is an exceptionally good chance that someone will suggest the Stokke Tripp Trapp. This venerable highchair has been popular with parents for decades, to such a degree that many consider if the highchair to own. In recent years however, even the most devoted Tripp Trapp fans have been eyeing the Nomi highchair.
How do these two brands compare, and which is right for you? Let’s take a look!
Stokke Tripp Trapp
The Stokke Tripp Trapp was introduced in 1972. The creation of Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik, the Stokke Tripp Trapp had a sleek and simple design and was made of Solid European beechwood. Opsvik brilliantly created a chair that had an adjustable seat and footrest, allowing it to grow with the child.
The Stokke Tripp Trapp comes as either the Tripp Trapp Chair, or the Stokke Tripp Trapp Complete, with the Complete version including everything you need for baby: the Tripp Trapp frame, the Stokke Baby Set with 5-point harness, a Tripp Trapp Tray, extended safety gliders to prevent the chair from tipping, and a cushion. The Tripp Trapp Chair, as the name implies, is simply the frame.
What makes the Stokke Tripp Trapp so great? Aside from the timeless and elegant design, the Stokke Tripp Trapp accepts your child from about 6 months of age using the Baby Set attachment (or even from birth using the optional Newborn Set) and continues to accommodate them as they grow by simply adjusting the seat and footrest. In fact, the chair can hold up to 242 pounds, meaning that your child can use it right up to the teenage years and even beyond, unlike typical highchairs that are used for a short period and then discarded.
There are essentially 3 stages of use:
At this stage, the chair is great for giving baby a safe place of their own. Using the Newborn Set, they are lifted away from nosy pets or curious toddler siblings. It slides up to the table easily, allowing your little one to join you at mealtime, even from the youngest age.
This is what we normally think of when we think of highchairs. Using the Baby Set, your child is now enjoying solid foods and either sitting at the table like the rest of the family or using their own tray. At this point especially, you will love how easy it is to clean the Stokke Tripp Trapp.
Once your child reaches about 3 years of age, a typical highchair gets put away, but not the Stokke Tripp Trap. Simply remove the Baby Set and use the chair on its own, all the way into adulthood. That’s value!
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is not only attractive and functional, it is more environmentally friendly than typical highchairs that will contribute far more plastic to landfills once your child outgrows them. The beechwood construction is strong and durable and comes in a wide range of colours to match the decor of any home. Paint is water-based and non-toxic, and the chair is free from harmful substances like bisphenol and phthalates.
The Nomi Highchair has become incredibly popular in its own right, and if you find that the sleek styling is somehow reminiscent of the Stokke Tripp Trapp, blame the inventor because once again it is Peter Opsvik who created the Nomi in 2013, after the birth of his first granddaughter.
With 40 years of design experience now under his belt, Peter set out to create an even better chair. And the result is the Nomi.
The Nomi built upon what Peter had learned with the Stokke Tripp Trapp. It is lightweight (only 5 kg) and made of recyclable material that is free from all harmful substances.
Like the Stokke Tripp Trapp, the Nomi can adapt to your growing child, adjusting easily and without tools. The designs of the seat and footrest leaves no hidden crevices for food and liquid to fall into, making cleanup incredibly easy.
Some of the design features include a stem made of steam-bent beech veneer covered with oak veneer in the basic version, or a premium stem made of steam-bent oak or walnut veneer, treated with natural oil. The unique shape of the stem ensures correct adjustment of seat and footrest depth. Small wheels located on the rear legs of the chair are an important safety consideration. If a child abruptly pushes away from the table, the wheels reduce the risk of tilting, which the Tripp Trapp had addressed by adding safety gliders.
The Nomi Highchair is easily adaptable to all stages of your child’s development.
Nomi Baby is a comfy, cozy spot for your family’s smallest member and can be easily moved to any part of the house. Adjustable from nearly horizontal to more upright positions, your baby is kept comfortable and secure at a height that lets you keep a better eye on them and engage in greater interaction.
Baby and Toddler.
Mini Restraint is perfect for when your child is old enough to sit upright, meeting all safety requirements while still offering comfortable support. Just a couple of quick clicks to lock it into place, and you are good to go!
With the ability to hold up to 330 lbs, the Nomi Chair is good for life, with a design that is timeless so that even teens will find it cool.
Two Excellent, Affordable Options
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is available starting at $299.00 for the basic chair crafted from beechwood, up to $479.00 for the Tripp Trapp Complete, which comes with cushion and tray. The Nomi Highchair is available in oak, at $549.
Both the Stokke Tripp Trapp and Nomi Highchair offer exceptional value with their high-quality materials, attention to detail, ease of use, and functionality. As “lifetime chairs” value only increases with each passing year. These are chairs that will be with you long after other highchairs would find their way to the curb.