The Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair looks beautiful in your home. It can be used from your child can use a high chair and many years onwards, as the seat and the footrest are adjustable. I had one of these chairs as a child and still have it in my home as an adult. It is sturdy enough for an adult to use it (though it is definitely more comfortable for a child).
It comes in many beautiful colours, so there should be one to fit exactly your style and home. The seat cushions also come in many cute colours and patterns.
For a baby, you need to buy an additional baby seat to use the chair as a high chair and keep your baby safe. This is made from plastic, which I do not think looks very good with the chair (you do not notice the difference in materials much with the coloured chairs).
To sum up the good stuff:
- the chair is sturdy, can even be used by adults
- the chair can be used by toddlers and older kids so they can easily reach the table, even when they are still too small for adult size chairs
- the chair keeps your baby safe with all of the necessary equipment
- the chair is aesthetically pleasing
To sum up the "bad" stuff:
- the chair is pricey, especially when you need to buy a lot of extra stuff for using it with your baby
- the plastic seat for your baby is not as aesthetically pleasing as the rest of the chair
Buying the chair, the baby seat, a cushion and maybe a tray adds up. But the chair is study, can be re-used by younger siblings, and - most important of all - it is safe for your child.
Child number two will soon be ready for his very first high chair, which based on our previous experiences will be this Stoke Trip Trapp. His elder sister was the recipient of a donated plastic item from Ikea, which was fabulous but did not suit our decor. We did use a clip-on, travel chair for some time. That was fabulous but so very difficult to keep clean.
Our experiences with the Stokke trip trapp are as regular visitors and weekend guests at a friend’s home. When I first noticed her chairs (she has two), I was advised that they are not only trendy and extremely functional but indeed the best wooden high chair currently on the market.
This chair is designed for family-style eating. That is, the child eats at the table and from the table rather than the more common tray that is attached to the high chair.
This stylish adjustable high chair is suitable for children from approximately six months old up until a medium-sized teen or a small adult. It is well built and designed so that it cannot tip over. There are two adjustable sections - the seat itself and the foot rest.
Our daughter is a of an age and size between my friend’s offspring, so the seat requires adjusting whenever we visit. This is done easily, although when I do it I always take my time as I would hate for it to collapse.
The entire chair is made from wood which is easily wiped clean. There are several different shades/types of wood available.
Our daughter loved this chair when she was three years old, and still does two years later.
At around one hundred pounds this chair is not cheap however given that it is a family piece of furniture rather than plastic baby junk, it is worth it in my opinion.
Stokke trip trapps are the trendy wooden high chairs that everyone says are brilliant and you feel under pressure to buy! But actually you should buy it! We have a Stokke Trip Trapp and also two of the cheaper alternatives and the difference is clear. Stokke design is unbeatable. These chairs allow your child to eat/sit at the table with the rest of the family and are adjustable to allow them to use them for years (6 months upwards). Being such a simple design, they are easy to wipe clean and cushions can be taken off easily to wash. My only concern when purchasing the chair was whether my son would push against the table and tip it over backwards. Stokke have realised this is a concern and you can add feet extensions to the back of the legs to make it even more stable. Another advantage of the Stokke over the other similar high chairs available is that these are not as bulky. They fit under most tables when pushed in and take up no more space around the table than a dining chair. Stokke advise that the chairs also have health benefits (good posture). Stokke high chairs can be adjusted as your child grows (only need an allen key to adjust the hight of the foot rest) and should last for years. We are still using ours for our 5 year old and he still prefers it to any other seat.
There are a multitude of different high chairs available these days, but finding one that isn't plastic and garish can be tricky! I think that this one is perfect because it isn't plastic, and isn't too big - I think that it would fit in perfectly in anyone's house, regardless of their decorative style (this is helped by the fact that it is available in a number if different colours).
Stokke have thought of everything with this chair and so it can be used from the day that your little one is born until they are an adult; this is achieved by adding different accessories and rearranging the seating platforms. This is a lovely concept, one that makes this high hair unique.
I have so far only used this with the newborn set but an issue that I perceive is the depth of the seat when using it for a teenager/adult as I tried to sit on it and wasn't overly comfortable.
Assembling the chair wasn't too difficult - though I do recommend doing it with another!
This highchair - and I have had many, is brilliant. I really can't fault it for look or functionality. It is stylish and comes in a wide range of colours. Your little one can sit right up at the dinner table with the family. It is height adjustable and the seat and feet plinths can be adjusted to suit the child's height and the table height. You have to buy the strap pack separately and that does seem pretty pricey at £28. I wanted to have a spare set so I could have one set in the wash.
You can buy padded seats and baby attachments, but I did not have or see the need for these. All the extras do work out quite expensive and seem quite disproportionate to the cost of the actual chair itself.
My little one enjoys sitting in it and can now get up on it himself with little problem, and strap himself in! Luckily he hasn't managed how to undo the strap! I did read some reviews that have stated there is an issue with the highchairs falling back if a child pushs away from the dinner table with their hands or feet, but I did not come across this problem atall. You can buy a separate set of gliders to add to the base of the chair if you are worried about this.
The chair can last until the child is in their teens. You don't need to use the straps and can use the chair more like a normal seat.
The Stokke Tripp Trapp seems to be one of those items that are either loved or loathed. When asking for a recommendation for a highchair, the two names that invariably come up time and again are the pricey Stokke Tripp Trapp or, at the other end of the market, the IKEA Antilop.
When the time came to purchase a highchair for BabyWisp1, we were dissuaded from purchasing the Tripp Trapp and so ended up with a more traditional style highchair with padded seat and attached tray. Oh, how we regretted that decision as we time and again cleaned food debris out of the seemingly hundreds of cracks and crevices on the highchair and tray (and BabyWisp1 was by no means a particularly messy eater). We breathed a sigh of relief when he rejected the highchair in favour of a booster seat on a normal dining chair.
So when the time came for reviewing the baby items we had and those we might need to purchase before the arrival of BabyWisp2, we were united in deciding that the old highchair had to go and a Tripp Trapp take its place. I was even more convinced when I discovered that the Stokke had added a Newborn set to the range, enabling the chair to be used from birth. Remembering how awkward mealtimes had been with a tiny BabyWisp1, I was delighted that this new accessory would enable BabyWisp2 to be with us at the table from the start.
The Tripp Trapp is manufactured by Stokke, a Norwegian company. The chair was designed in 1972 by Peter Opsvik and the aim of the chair is to allow people of all ages to sit at the same table in the same natural position. There are various accessories which enable the chair to be used from birth (if desired), through babyhood, childhood and beyond. There is a repositionable footrest, which ensures that feet and legs are correctly supported and don't dangle mid-air like on a 'normal' chair and the seat is depth adjustable, to ensure that the users back is supported by the back rest. The chair evolves as the child grows.
The Tripp Trapp is currently available in 11 different colours, including natural wood finishes and some lovely vibrant colours, so you should be able to find a version that fits in with your existing furnishings. There have been other colours available in the past that may still be available through some retailers, or second-hand. The coordinating accessories to adapt the chair for the different stages are purchased separately.
So what do you get?
The highchair is delivered as a flat-pack and I was quite frankly amazed at the compactness of the box - barely bigger than the side profile of the chair itself and around 12cm deep, no extraneous packaging with this product! The chair is constructed from two side pieces which look like the number '7' flipped upside down, a flat seat and a horizontal foot-plate, both of which fit into the various grooves on the side pieces and a curved back rest. In addition, there are two stabilising metal bars and an additional piece of wood that fits between the feet. The pieces are all fitted together via the typical bolt and Allen-key method and assembly is fairly quick and can be done by one person.
Has it worked for us?
We have been using our Tripp Trapp for over 10 months now and used it with the 'Newborn Set' (essentially a reclining bucket seat which clips onto the frame for babies unable to sit unaided) and now with the 'Baby Set', which adds a back support and side rails to the chair and harness. The verdict in this house from the adults is a resounding 'fantastic product'. I particularly like the fact that BabyWisp2 has always been sat right up at the table during mealtimes from his earliest days and now he is also eating solid food, he eats at the table just the same as everyone else, rather than being pushed away by the bulk of a highchair tray. My husband is thrilled by the easy of cleaning - a quick wipe over with a cloth at the end of the meal and even the worst yoghurt adventure is dealt with easily.
As for the opinion of BabyWisp2 - well he is currently pre-verbal, but he is always happy to use the highchair.
But the Price...
Yes, the Tripp Trapp (plus the various additional age-appropriate 'sets' needed) is expensive but it will last a long time. My top tip is to do some research if you are intending to by new, as you should be able to find a good discount or a good package deal from online retailers. In addition, there is a thriving second-hand market via eBay, Gumtee, local selling sites on Facebook and similar, so there are bargains available, particularly if you are not very fussy about colour. The second-hand market is, of course, very useful if you decide to sell your Tripp Trapp (or the various sets as they become obsolete) on, although how much you make back will depend on condition and potentially location.
Summary: Certainly an expensive highchair, but worth the money as the chair evolves over time according to the needs of you and your child and it has great resale potential.
When I was pregnant there was no doubt in my mind that we would be getting a Tripp Trapp! Having known several families who have used them I already knew what amazing advantages they had over standard high chairs.
There are a number of reasons why I think they are so fantastic. Firstly, they are far from unsightly! They come in several colours so you can match them to your kitchen. We have a pine table and chairs so we went for the natural finish which matches perfectly. When not in use it can be pushed under the table tidily just like a normal dining chair. Which for me is definitely preferable to having a huge plastic high chair/tray combination that doesn't really fit anywhere - even when folded!
Secondly, your baby can sit up to the table with the rest of the family which I find much nicer, both from a social aspect and a practical aspect. I find that assisting them with feeding is much easier as they are closer to you. I have never found the fact that there isn't a tray a problem. The food can be put on the dining table just as easily as it can a tray and as the chair is of a minimalist design it is very easy to wipe down.
Thirdly, this chair has indefinite longevity. There is nothing babyish about how it looks so children are unlikely to refuse to sit in it because its for babies (my nephew still uses his at the age of 9). The two sides of the Tripp Trapp have grooves in from top to bottom. There are two pieces of wood that fit into these grooves, one is the seat, the other is a foot rest. The idea is that as your child grows you move the seat and foot rest down the grooves meaning that they are always sat at the perfect height for using the table, the depth of the seat and foot rest can also be adjusted. Think about it....you would usually stop using a standard high chair long before your child is able to sit on a dining chair and reach the table comfortably. With a Tripp Trapp you don't ever have that problem. And this doesn't only make meal times easier, but all the other things children do sat up to the table....play dough, painting, drawing, homework, etc. Eventually you stop using the foot rest and place the seat at the height a regular dining chair seat would be positioned and you have a chair for adults! Adjusting the chair is a 5 minute job, there are 3 screws down each side which you loosen with an Allen Key, then you slide the seat and foot rest out and slide them back into the new position.
Yes, the Tripp Trapp is more expensive than a lot of the chairs on the market, especially once you include the cost of the extras. But, this is a chair that can quite literally be used for life! It is certainly made well enough to last that long so in my opinion it is worth the extra expense.
In order to use it from birth you need to buy the newborn set (something I never bothered with). To use it from 6 months you need to buy a baby set and there is also the option of buying a cushion cover for the baby set. The baby set constists of a taller, more supportive back rest and a front safety bar with a leather strap to go between baby's legs so they don't slide out, this has changed in design since we bought it so I cannot comment on the new design but it looks very similar to the one we have used. The space between the bar and the back rest is quite small so baby is always sat up nicely. Some standard high chairs are very spacious so baby is constantly sliding down/laying back. This doesn't happen with the Tripp Trapp. Both my children began using the Tripp Trapp before they could sit unsupported and I found it supported them adequately. We were given a cushion cover but I don't think I would have bought one if not. We gave up using the cushion for the seat very quickly. Hopefully they have changed the design on the new baby set but with the set I had in order to remove the cushion for washing, the screws on each side of the Tripp Trapp had to be loosened and the front safety bar removed in order to slide the leather strap off the bar and through the hole in the cushion. Considering how dirty this cushion would get on a daily basis this design is absolutely ridiculous! This is my one and only BIG criticism of the Tripp Trapp. We did however use the cushion on the back rest as this was simple to remove.
We removed the front safety harness when my daughter was a little over 14 months. As I said, the space between the safety bar and harness is quite small and we found it was getting increasingly tricky to get her in and out. Instead we used a harness which was adjusted to be a very tight fit to the chair so she didn't have enough movement to fall off the seat. This worked very well and she quite liked the fact that she was able to climb up to the chair herself.
When I became pregnant for a second time, again there was no doubt in my mind that we would be needing another Tripp Trapp! So now both my children have matching Tripp Trapps.
I have used the Stokke Tripp-trapp for both of my children and have been very impressed with the product. I would happily recommend it to other parents, even though at over £100 it is one of the more expensive options on the market.
It comes in different types of wood finish, and various colours so you can match the chair to your décor and other furniture. When used with the baby set (available separately for around £20), you have a choice of different fabrics for the cushion too. These cushions, which fit to the back of the seat and the seat itself, provide comfort for your little one, although they do not provide any support. For this reason, the model of chair that I have is for use by babies that can sit up. However, Stokke now do a version with a 'from birth' attachment too.
Assembly is very easy, which is important as removing the cushions for washing involves loosening several of the bolts. It is all done with an allen key (provided), so it very simple and safe. The chair can be adjusted easily too, and provides a 'made to measure' chair for all stages of your child's growth. The chair is also sturdy enough to be used by an adult.
One negative aspect is the lack of a harness. It is easy enough to attach a harness yourself, but this does spoil the look of an otherwise stylish chair. Also, my children have both banged their heads on the side uprights. They are not sharp or angular, but in my opinion could be designed better in order to avoid this.
I first bought my Trip Trapp about 4 1/2 years ago for my first son. Before the Trip trap I had a Mamas and Papas high chair which cost over £100 but was the biggest and bulkiest piece of equipment I had ever seen. It was a huge mistake and led me to my new belief that baby items should not ever be made out of plastic! If they are steer clear! My desire for a new smart high chair, not made from plastic led me to the trip trap. A fantastic piece of furniture.
Back in 2006, when I bought my chair, the trip trap was available with a wooden baby set, which allowed babies from 6 months to use the chair. The entire chair is made from wood with adjustable seat positions which allows you to adjust the chair as the child gets bigger. The chair can then be used all the way up until adulthood. The wood is wipe clean and allows you to keep the chair in a spanking condition.
I have now started using the chair for my second son and it again is serving its purpose. I have never used the cushions so cannot comment on these however, I know they are now available. I have also discovered that there is also now an attachment which can be bought which allows you to use the chair from newborn. THis is a fantastic idea and one I wish I had discovered earlier.
The only gripe I have with the chair is that it can be hard to adjust however, I only need to do it once a year so it isn't really an issue. I personally don't think its that expensive as other plastic high chairs from reputable brands cost a similar amount. THis one is then ok for use for as long as you want it.
When my 2nd child was born, we were sill using our highchair with my 1st child, who wasn't yet quite big enough to sit in a proper grown up chair.
Luckily, a friend was about to get rid of a Stokke Trip Trap and gave it to us.
The Trip Trap is a very modern looking high chair. It is made of wood and comes in a variety of colours, mine is the beech wood colour. It measures approx 31 inches from floor to top of back rest and is 18 inches wide. It is surprisingly compact and takes up much less space than a traditional high chair. The shape of the Trip Trap can best be described as being like an upside down number 7
The Trip Trap has a back rest which is slightly curved for your child's comfort. It has a seating platform and a footrest platform which are both adjustable in height. The Trip Trap has little slats all the way down the legs, which either the seat or footrest can be put into, so you can have the seat and footrest as high, low, close together or far apart as you want.
Although I have not got the baby set for the Trip Trap, they are widely available to buy. The babyset gives you the option of having a security bar across the front of the chair, to stop your baby falling off. The chair has slots in the back rest and seat to allow the bar to be slotted in.
You can also buy a cushion set and harness to go with the chair.
The chair does not come with a tray as it's based around the idea that children should sit at the table from an early age. I personally prefer my young babies to sit in our other highchair with plastic tray, as they can dump as much food and liquids as they like on there!
My daughter started using this chair at around the age of 20 months. We did not use any attachments, so she sat in it, at the dining room table and once she had been warned to be careful not to wriggle around too much she got on fine with it.
The beauty of the Trip Trap is that it looks like a funky piece of furniture, rather than a piece of baby equipment.
My 2 eldest children are now big enough to sit in adult chairs, but we have no intention of getting rid of the Trip Trap. It's great as an occassional chair and we often have adults sitting on it. It takes an adult weight no problem.
The design of the chair means that it would be impossible for a child to tip it over backwards, but they have on occassion tried to use it as a ladder and had it fall on them from the front. However, with sensible use, this would not be a problem.
I do think this chair is expensive, at around £99 for the basic model, without any of the extras. However, if you plan to use it with more than one child, or could do with an additional adult chair it is probably worth the investment.
My husband wanted to buy the trip trapp and I have to say I wasn't convinced. Pay over a £100 for a high chair that is going to get covered in food, sticky stuff and juice and doesn't even come with a tray!
I started to change my mind at a baby show where I saw a fully grown man stand on one, it took his weight without any problems. Let me explain what else about this chair made it one of the best baby buys that we have made.
The trip trapp is well made, the wooden chair comes in a number of stains and colours that you can choose to suit your kitchen/dining room decor. It's ergonomic design is attractive and the chair is designed to slide on most surfaces rather than tip backwards.
It doesn't come with a tray, but this means that your child sits up to the table with the family and feels more a part of things. This chair has definately encouraged us to eat meals as a family as my children eat more when we are all together.
The chair is relatively easy to clean, but probably takes a bit more effort to clean than some other designs on the market.
The Trip Trapp grows with your child and is likely to be the only chair they will ever need - (useful for us as we only had two chairs to go with our very large table). For the first stage (baby) you will need the baby set that goes with the chair - this unfortunately does cost you extra, but comprises of a back support, baby bar and cushions to help your child to sit up comfortably whilst being fed - the cushions are machine washable.
As your child grows you remove the back support and cushions, we left the baby bar on the chair for quite a while as it helped keep our child at the table whilst eating, although they did figure out how to climb in and out of it eventually - enter Trip Trapp harness. Again this item is an add on, but you might not need it if your child isn't a climber.
The seat bottom and foot rest are moveable in the seat frame with the help of an Allan key, so as your child gets bigger and grows you lower the seat base and foot rest to accommodate them. This chair will seat an adult - i've sat on it and stood on it and it manages my weight (and after 2 children in under 2 years I'm not as light as I used to be!).
We have had our first chair for 2 years now and it still looks as good as ever, our child sits up to the table to eat, colour and paint, and drags to the sink to wash hands. That's right, we bought another one when we were having our second child, obviously just the chair on it's own as we already had all the add-ons.
If you are looking to buy one, shop around the prices vary alot - don't get sucked into over paying on ebay. I bought my second one earlier this year for £105 brand new - free delivery. It arrived flat pack within days - assembly instructions included, husband had it put together that night.
The best thing about this chair is it looks fashionable and does not make your dining room look like a nursery.
There is no humuliation or segregation for the child too. This may be the case with a stand-alone chair with his/her own table. However, with the Trip Trap, your child can dine with you. That's how it should be.
The chair promotes good posture and it's great that we can use it for many years.
It is very easy to construct and to dismantle if you ever need to move home.
The only disadvantage is that it is not that easy to clean and food does tend to go in every nook and cranny. We also have to put a large sheet on the floor to protect the carpet. I've seen other highchairs with things under the seat to collect food. It's a shame that the Trip Trap does not have something similar.
All-in-all, a fantastic purchase.
I have 2 children, both in highchairs and really wanted something that could be used at the table only rather than a great big plastic thing that stood alone. Really doesn't suit our home style at all. I was given the trip trap in Cherry wood from my sister in law, very grateful given it costs 135 pounds including the seat liner. Its simple by design and really tucks under the kitchen table neatly. I was a little worried that it would not be comfy for ,y 6 month old as it does look very minimal. My son LOVES it. its deign is such that he fits right up to the table with us and feels a real part of meal times. The unit is easy to move around one handed, and very sturdy as my little boy now likes to push onto the table to survey the amount of mess he has made on the floor!! The only real negative I would highlight is the additional seat cushion is a nightmare to get off for washing as you have to bend the wooden bar that crosses the front of the child to get it off which makes me think its going to break at any given time (It hasn't) It washes well in the washing machine at 40, and even tumbles. I would highly recommend this highchair, but it is a costly item. Worth it in my opinion. It really needs the additional cushion.
If you are a parent and looking for the best highchair for your little one, then look no further than this one. As I am someone who has looked after many children (in nurseries and as a nanny,) felt that when I had my first child I wanted things that would last him, and any others that may come along:-)
I have seen many products in the past that don't clean up well or break after a few uses. I therefore searched for hours to find products that I would happily buy myself.
The Tripp Trapp is the best one I feel you can buy, I bought it a while ago now for £125 which included the baby set (bar, leg strap, seat cushion and back cushion.) you get a choice of wood colours - rosewood, pine, natural, black, cherry, orange, lime, red, white, walnut and turquoise. Baby sets can be bought to match or mix two colours, harnesses and cushions come in a variety of colours to suit your tastes too.
The main aim of the chair is so your baby/child can sit up at the table with you, (there is no food tray) therefore encouraging your little one to join in with the family and feel a part of what is going on. The way the highchair has been designed means that it doesn't take up much space, depending on the height of your table, it can be pushed under when not in use, It is solid so won't tip over easily, unless your child manages to push hard with their feet, but you shouldn't leave them unattended.
The chair is pleasant to look at so doesn't have to be hidden away. The main design with the seat and foot plate is that they can be moved up or down to accommodate your child's size, encouraging them to sit up straight and with their feet on a base rather than hanging freely. Most highchairs I've seen, the child ends up sitting slouched or has slid down and ends up in a twisted position.
The wood is easy to clean, and the covers are washable, although it is harder to take the seat cushion off!!
When your child has grown up, you just remove the baby parts, and alter the seat accordingly; you can then use it as an additional dining chair for an adult to use, therefore getting your monies worth from it.
The only little niggling thing we have found through usage is that when you need to alter the seat or foot plate, you need the 'Allen key' and loosen most of the bolts before moving. This is also the case when removing the seat cushion.
I had a play with the seat today, as Toby can climb into it himself now, with only a little guidance from me, but gets his legs stuck one side of the leg strap. So I loosened all the bits, took the strap off, gave it a really good clean. (More than just a wipe over after each meal) and it looks just as good as the day we first bought it. Toby used it from around 7/8 months old and he's now 21 months, how many other things can you say you have got great use out of for this long and still looks like new?
I gave up with the seat cushion a while ago, as it just got too dirty, and the effort of fixing it and removing it was too much hassle.
I know the cost may put you off buying it, but I can assure you, its money well spent!
Thank you for reading
(originally posted on Ciao under my other name - nicolaks1. although this review has been added to and altered slightly)
Nicola xx 1/2/08
Whilst pregnant, I spent lots of time writing lists and lists of things my baby would need (I am sure all other pregnant lasies do this also!!)top of my list was somewhere for my baby to sleep!! I originally wanted a moses basket and a cotbed but pricing these up it seemed a bit silly to spend loads of money on a little bed that my baby would only sleep in for a few months....
...I then found the Stokke Sleepi Cot.
Supposedly shaped in a curved design as to represent the mothers womb, my first love of this cot was the look of the crib, it was small enough to be snug for a new born baby but then the whole thing then turned into a cot, then a cotbed, then a junior bed and finally into two armchairs - ingenius or what.
The thought that my child may trot of to university one day with 2 chairs that had been with her from birth sent my sentimental hormones raging and the decision to buy the stokke sleepi was made!! I have not regretted it.
Things I like about it:
1. the fab shape and design - looks great in the nursery.
2. the fact that it is an investment piece of furniture and it grows with your child, thus making the transition from cot to bed very easy.
3. the crib is a little bigger than your average moses basket and therefor lasts longer.
4. the cot will sleep a child up until the age of 2.
5. the junior bed will sleep a child up until the age of 10!!!
Things I don't like about it:
1. hard to buy bedding for
2. quite expensive
3. Instructions were a little complicated as there were no written instructions just pictures.
The Stokke Crib/Cot costs £500.00 from mothercare or daisy and tom, however I hunted about online and got it for £450 from www.twoleftfeet.co.uk they delivered within 2 days and it came with full manufacture guarrantee. for £450 I got the crib and mattress (the drape rod wasn't included but could be purchased extra) and the attachments to turn it into a cot with mattress. The conecting part to turn it into a junior bed (with mattress) and the chairs costs an extra £180 and you can buy this whenever.
When the whole thing arrived in two fairly compact boxes I wondered for a couple of days where the cot mattress was - I eventually contacted the supplier who explained that the matress was vacuum packed and rolled up tight in protective plastics for storage purposes.
I suppose that that is one of the drawbacks regarding the system as you have to store the next parts somewhere.
I was quite disapointed with the selection of bedding that was specially made for the crib (due to the curved shape) it was very thin, quite boring and not good quality - which is surprising as the cot itself is very solid and high quality. I ended up having my own bedding made for it to match the nursery, although I do believe that there is a wider selection of bedding available.
I suppose that it is a lot of money for a cot etc but when you add up the individual costs of alternatives, with mattreses it works out around the same.
My daugher has always been settled in the Stokke Sleepi and I can't wait to send her off to university with her 2 armchairs which have been with her since birth!!!! I know - I'm a sucker for sentimentality!!!