I love the look and function of the Stokke Tripp Trapp highchairs but find them really overpriced in Singapore. Yes, I know that you can use them into adulthood, but still…
Z had been using a Nuna Zaaz highchair since she was about 6 months old. M was using it previously and then moved onto the Ikea Antilop. Both of those highchairs are pretty nice for their own reasons. I love how comfortable the Zaaz is for younger babies. And the Antilop is so easy to clean. The main reason for wanting to “upgrade” was that the kids couldn’t climb into or out of the chairs by themselves. Hence my search began. After seeing the price tag of the Tripp Trapp, I had a look at the Yamatoya SukuSukuES. It was a fair bit cheaper than the Tripp Trapp and comes in lots of funky colours. The weight limit is 60kg though, so not suitable for adults unless they’re quite light. However the colour that I wanted was sold out online and I don’t know of any shops where I can go to have a look and buy. They also have another model, the MaternaEU, with a higher weight limit (80kg). That one is a bit more expensive though.
It was by chance that I was browsing Rakuten (which had newly launched in Singapore) and saw a great offer for the BabaBing Noah highchair. I can’t remember the exact price, but with various offers that were going on, I purchased it for around $130. I see now that the price has increased to $269. Still much cheaper than the Tripp Trapp but not significantly cheaper than the SukuSukuES anymore. Here is a link to the seller that I purchased it from. It was a bit of a risk for me, having never used the site before and seeing such a great price made me suspicious. However I had heard of Rakuten so decided to give it a try. I had nothing to worry about! It was delivered within the specified time scale and no issues with it.
Assembly didn’t take too long, maybe 30 minutes or so.
And that was the finished product. Configured for M so I didn’t use the bar or seat cushion. After seeing the product, I decided to order another for Z. The same voucher codes weren’t available so it ended costing me about $30 more. Still a good price.
It’s not as sleek as the Tripp Trapp but it still looks pretty good and not too childish for adults to sit on. There was no specified weight limit but it has held up fine on the occasional use by adults up to around 90kg. We didn’t use the cushion on either because it’s just an extra thing to wash and I don’t think that it’s particularly uncomfortable to sit on the bare chair.
We’ve had the chairs for around a year now and so far only had two small issues. The first is that the tray has become a bit marked (not sure if you can see on the picture but there are a few white marks). The second is that the tray sags down a bit, which I didn’t notice when we got it. Maybe from adults leaning on it whilst feeding Z.
Now that M is over 18 months old, we have removed the tray and bar anyway, so that she sits like her sister (but always supervised, of course). Overall, I think that this was a great buy. If I had to make the decision now, I would be carefully comparing it to the SukuSukuES now that the prices are so similar but would probably still choose it over the Tripp Trapp due to the huge price difference.