In the early 1970’s, Peter Opsvik, a respected designer and father, saw the need for a children’s chair after seeing how uncomfortable his son was after he outgrew the traditional high chair.
The chair Opsvik envisioned would lift the child up to the family table, have a footrest to give stability, and be fully adjustable to suit children of all ages. And the result was Tripp Trapp, a revolutionary high chair, in terms of form, function, and material use. Launched by Stokke in 1972.
The Stokke Tripp Trapp
Choosing a highchair can be a daunting task when you think about all the choices, expense and length of time your child will be using it. Since this is the first seating experience for most children, it is worthwhile for parents to make a choice that will have benefits and implications beyond mealtime.
When is a child naturally ready to sit upright?
Babies’ natural development is to sit by themselves on the floor around six months of age. It is not uncommon to see parents start seating children upright too early, which can result in a slouched posture. Until a child can sit unassisted on floor, the neck and spine are not developed enough to support baby’s head.
Putting a baby in a seat designed for sitting with balanced upper body position before that time can result in improper spine and neck development. As with all new activities, when the child is ready for the chair, start sitting a little at a time.
How can you ensure that your child is comfortable in a highchair?
Comfort is defined as proper ergonomic support and ability to move; not the “lazyboy” concept of softness and cushioning. Lower back support is important; and a flat surface is the best surface upon which to sit. A height adjustable seat allows a child to sit close to the table and be “level” with fellow diners. Consider a chair with a footrest. A footrest provides a “floor” under a growing child’s feet enabling him/her to move for comfort, as well as reach for things at a slight distance.
Does the child need a tray?
Not necessarily. Depending upon the chair, the table itself may serve as the child’s tray.
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