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Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

I was searching to buy one of these (also here on the forum) but I have just seen some videos and some comments from parents who have experienced that it can tip over. Stokke (the manufactureres) have made a fix of some extensions that fit on the base, and in some countries these are supplied as standard. Here it seems like they are an extra, or included in some sets, but haven't found them available separately online.



These are popular chairs and likely wouldn't be if there was a huge problem. I am sure many parents have not experienced this problem as it may happen only rarely but I want those who have one to be aware of the issue and a possible fix. Another solution is to place it in front of a wall as suggested in the following comments:
http://www.babyworld.co.uk/informati...uct.asp?id=138
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Re: Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

We bought ours in Germany and the extensions are supplied as standard.

I never fitted them though as when we tested the chair there didn't seem any way for our daughter to push back from the table and tip it (it just slides back on the floor). I think our seat also came with a warning for parents about the dangers of kids pushing the chair back but of all the people I know who have one (and our daycare uses loads) I've never heard of it tipping.
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Re: Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

Good. I'm not put off, just want others to be aware / judge for themselves, and know about the extensions.
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Re: Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

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Good. I'm not put off, just want others to be aware / judge for themselves, and know about the extensions.
We took a Hauck instead and I love it! It has the look of the Stokke but has the shape to keep it safe no matter what! And the price is much better!
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Good. I'm not put off, just want others to be aware / judge for themselves, and know about the extensions.
I had said we'll never have one of those. It looked like a deathtrap to me, all high centre of gravity and far too narrow. The chairs I was used to took up most of the room with the splayed out legs so the child was perfectly safe but you'd be forever tripping over the blasted thing. Have to say that it is fine though and it should be fine for a few years yet.

Good to see that the company responded well to the worries about tipping though (although I can't think there were many instances).
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Re: Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

We have 3 children who have all grown up in Tripp-Trapps. Bought the first 2 in Germany and last one in USA. Kids are 11, 9 and 6. Never had one tip over. Older two have decided they are 'too old' for them but the 6 year old still uses his and when we have other kids eat with us they often fight over who gets the chair! In addition, we were told by a Physical Therapist (our youngest has low-tone) that these chairs are great to promote muscle strength since the child keeps themself up. Highly recommend the chair!
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Re: Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

Yes I can confirm that it can tip over as when our little one was around 12 mths to 15 mths he made several attempts to do exactly as shown in the clip. But luckily we were close enough by and when his legs grew a bit longer it just didn't happen again.

We bought our chair new from Nuggihaus in Basel about 18mths ago and there was certainly no mention of any extensions to be had, even at an extra cost.

Incidentally our 8 year old also had the same chair at the same age but never once even got close to tipping it up ... but it just takes one time ....
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Re: Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

We are very happy with ours, but my observation is that there is definitely an age when they are likely to 'push off' a table with their feet... and supervision is necessary!

I am sure the same problem exists with other high chairs, if you put them close in at the dining table and the child finds somewhere to put their feet onto - we definitely had this issue with other high chairs with our older children...

But the nice thing is being able to bring the high chair right up to the table so the little one can sit up - and it did freak us out when our barely 12 month old worked out that he could climb into the chair himself - we had to keep the chair in a special place for a while, so that he didn't climb onto the dining table all the time (superb ladder)!

I would also be careful if your child is using it as a ladder, if you live up high - but then again, my third one managed to use a kids sized foam sofa to get himself up to the window - and I managed to grab one foot as he worked his way across the window-ledge - hands on the outside sill, knees on the inside - very scary! - after that scary experience, the windows and doors were kept closed ! I am still cautious now with him and I don't let him climb up to windows, and we don't leave any of our windows fully open unless someone is right next to them.

For the tipping, also please be careful with large glass windows...nasty story of a child who managed to tip their chair into a glass window...
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Re: Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

It depends on the floor surface as well - a smoother surface and the chair is more likely to slide back rather than tip back.

We have two Trip-Trapps and the youngest child does like pushing himself back in his but the chair always just slides back. Ours are used on a tiled floor.

As an aside, some people with these chairs don't realise that when the child gets older, you can swap the foot rest with the seat so you get a bigger seat but the child still has his feet on the footrest, ensuring that he's sitting up straight.
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Re: Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

During the "tipping phase" we moved over to using an Ikea cheapo chair with a tray. The beauty of the old fashioned tray design being that they are indeed no where near the table to tip themselves over ... sometimes the old ways are the best!
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Re: Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

I have the newborn set and it comes with the extensions for the main chair, though you can use the newborn cradle without the chair too (not sure why you would since it's then just an overpriced baby seat).

It also warns in the user manual (though I appreciate few people look at this!) against the child being in a position where it can push off against the dining table. However, given Stokke makes such a big fuss about not making a tray to go with this chair I think it's really difficult not to put the chair that close to the table!

Good reminder to be careful though as it could happen even when you are using it properly. Which reminds me of a 'warning' I saw about maclaren buggies on mumsnet where an incensed mother warned everyone that if you hang your shopping bags on the handles of your buggy it could tip backwards... duh!
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It depends on the floor surface as well - a smoother surface and the chair is more likely to slide back rather than tip back.

We have two Trip-Trapps and the youngest child does like pushing himself back in his but the chair always just slides back. Ours are used on a tiled floor.

As an aside, some people with these chairs don't realise that when the child gets older, you can swap the foot rest with the seat so you get a bigger seat but the child still has his feet on the footrest, ensuring that he's sitting up straight.
I agree-our daughter was able to tip hers over because it was on a rug. We fitted one of those ikea plastic floor protectors over the rug (also helps with clean up) and it solved the tipping problem as well.

And Tom, I am one of those people...until now...
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Re: Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

No problem at home because of the slippery floor.

But, the kids get used to pushing themselves back, and when we go out to restaurants that provide tripp trapps, they try to do the same and the floors may not be as slippery, so we need to make sure that there is something behind them to block them (not usually difficult in a space-restricted restaurant).
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Re: Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

Our 3 all grew up with Tripp Trapps. We never had one tip over
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Re: Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

I have decided against one of these for the tipping reason, but some wonder still lingers coz they do look nicer than the big plastic things. However my main issue is also that I have seen kids throw tantrums at the table, when not wanting to eat, not getting what they want etc. and they tend to throw their head back and there is no support on the tripp trapps.. Has anyone experienced that problem or does the tripp trapp promote model behaviour??
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I have decided against one of these for the tipping reason, but some wonder still lingers coz they do look nicer than the big plastic things. However my main issue is also that I have seen kids throw tantrums at the table, when not wanting to eat, not getting what they want etc. and they tend to throw their head back and there is no support on the tripp trapps.. Has anyone experienced that problem or does the tripp trapp promote model behaviour??
My daughter throws tantrums in her tripp trapp and it's not a problem. I mean, the tantrum is a problem, but the lack of support isn't...
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Re: Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

Alas, rumours of model behaviour promotion have been greatly exaggerated ...

Yes, throwing head back type rages have been witnessed in our tripp trapp and I know what you mean ... but if you have the young child high back (ours is an old version which comes up still right behind the head of our now 3 year old) then its not a huge problem. And once or twice its been done on our "normal" back trip trapp (ie just straight) and you know, once or twice seemed to be enough for him to realise that the experience wasn't that great!
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...and you know, once or twice seemed to be enough for him to realise that the experience wasn't that great!
thats the bit i was wondering about! so i guess they know their limits thanks
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thats the bit i was wondering about! so i guess they know their limits thanks
Always in my experience .. and no matter how young .. amazing really when they are apparently being totally consumed by some all engulfing rage! But I always have found that mine have a mind to their own comfort and security ... no matter how consumed by tantrum they may be
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Re: Beware: Stokke Tripp Trapp High chair can tip over.

My boys (11 and 9) also have these chairs and have never had a problem.

Until last year I had them at the dining table, just adjusting the height (and swapping the pieces to have the larger seat) as they got bigger.

Last year they both got a desk in their bedrooms, so they took their Tripp Trapp chairs up to go with their desks.
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