When the time came to buy a highchair I was adamant I wanted a Stokke Tripp Trapp, the iconic ergonomic Norwegian design that grows with your child and pulls right up to the table. ‘But it doesn’t have a tray,’ said Everyone. ‘You’ll need a tray.’ ‘No, no, Alfie will eat at the table with us,’ I assured them. And initially it was great, but then the self-feeding started. And with it, the mess. Everywhere. Chair, table, floor, you name it. So, I started to look into interim chairs with trays and, as if by magic, discovered the Play Tray, a genius Danish product specifically designed for the Tripp Trapp.
Made of shiny transparent phthalate-free plastic, the Play Tray won’t cramp your Tripp Trapp’s style. It simply slips over the top, protecting the cushion set, if you have it, and meaning that you don’t have to hose down the chair after every mealtime (I have actually considered this in the past). Its scratch-resistant, mega hard-wearing surface means it will literally cope with anything you can throw at it and it’s easy to remove (unlike the cushion set) if you need to run it under the tap.
I have to admit that Alfie seems much happier with the Play Tray than he was pushed up to the table. He feeds himself most of the time and will play quite contentedly with his toys on the tray while I potter about in the kitchen. The Â£49 price tag may seem steep at first glance, but it’s worth every penny for me to not have had to give up on my Tripp Trapp and I figure it will come in just as handy for protecting against paint and glue as it has for food.