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Ask any parent these days for their recommendations for a highchair and – bar the Ikea Antilop – the brand they always cite is Stokke. Its Tripp Trapp (£179 on Amazon) highchair has been the model du jour for yonks – since 1972, actually. Loved for its stylish Scandi design, durability, practicality (you can buy different components to allow it to grow with your child) and not forgetting safety, it’s pretty much top of every soon-to-be weaning parent’s wish list.
Stokke’s latest product to the market is the Clikk. Developed after their research showed parents wanted a stylish highchair that’s quick to assemble, easy to clean and an all-in-one affair (no need to buy extra parts), the Clikk is suitable for children aged from six months to three years.
The Clikk takes a simpler approach than the signature Tripp Trapp, and – quite honestly – is a breath of fresh air. It has everything you need in one box – no fuss, no extras. It also comes in four colours. I chose the grey but the pink and mint are gorgeous, too.
Carla is mum to an eight-month-old baby girl who’s in the throes of weaning. They tested the Stokke Clikk at their home in Hertfordshire.
What are your first impressions of the Stokke Clikk?
The Clikk highchair does what it says on the tin – clicks. Putting it together was very straightforward as everything just clicks into place. It took me around five minutes to put the whole thing together and a few of those were spent opening the packages.
From the beech wood legs to the shape of the seat, it really does look impressive. Minimal but with lashings of cool, Scandi-chic vibes, it outshines most other highchairs.
What age is it suitable for?
The Clikk highchair is recommended for babies from six months up to three years. It’s a great size for my eight-month-old and I can see how an older baby would be fine in it, too. My daughter isn’t particularly small for her age but she does look quite tiny in there. I can imagine a smaller baby might find it a little on the large side.
Can you adjust any of the Clikk’s parts?
You can adjust the footrest to grow with your child. It is ridiculously easy to do – just unblock the join and spin it round.
Can you adjust the height?
Unfortunately not. The Clikk’s height was spot on for our kitchen table but I can imagine it would be annoying if it fell short or was too tall.
How comfortable does the Stokke Clikk seem for your baby?
The first few times we used the Clikk my baby seemed to sit in the chair for longer than her normal one, so I assumed it’s super comfortable. I think the novelty wore off pretty quickly and she is neither happier nor sadder to go in there now!
Does it come with a tray?
Yes, and the Clikk tray is very easy to attach and remove by just sliding it on. This makes it great for cleaning, and generally just being able to take it off it need be. It did take me a few attempts to slide it on and off, but after a few goes it loosened up and was very easy.
The tray itself is larger than the one on our current highchair and while, at the moment, my eight-month-old doesn’t need a large tray I can imagine it would come in handy for slightly older babies. One Amazon customer called the highchair and “game changer”, praising its snug fit for her baby and how it kept them “safe and upright”.
How easy is the Stokke Clikk to clean?
The Clikk has those magic words – ‘dishwasher safe’. I was able to pop the tray in the dishwasher when it needed a deeper clean but otherwise it’s a wipe clean affair. Because the seat is curved, I didn’t have to clean any corners or miss any stray crumbs. You just have to be careful not to use anything that might scratch the surface.
The harness on the other hand is a nightmare to clean. Because it has a big buckle, food finds its way into it. It’s plastic, so it’s not difficult to clean, but it’s just annoying that crumbs and sauce splatters get in it so easily. Also, the fabric straps on my Clikk are already food-stained. The lighter colour shows up all stains and, despite cleaning it with warm soapy water, they look worn already.
Can you take the Clikk travelling?
Yes, you can. Although we’ve only used it in the house, the ease of assembly would make it a good choice for taking to friends and family’s homes. The Clikk wouldn’t take up much space in a car.
In fact, one parent on the Stokke website commented on how “brilliant” it is for travel. She said, “Picked this one not only for its design but because it is so easy to transport too.”
Is it easy to move around the house?
Weighing in at 3.75kg, I found the Stokke Clikk pretty portable and easy enough to store away in the corner of the kitchen when not in use. It is a little wider than our Ikea highchair, but not imposingly so.
How much does it cost and is it worth it?
The Stokke Clikk costs £149, which is a slightly lower price point than the Tripp Trapp at £178.
While it’s clearly an extremely well thought out and brilliantly designed item, I struggle to find how the high cost can be justified.
What’s in the box?
- The Clikk seat with harness attached
- Four legs
Are there any additional extras?
You can buy a padded cushion (£26) for the Clikk to make it more comfortable, which would be useful for smaller babies.
Are there any design elements you find particularly useful?
The Stokke Clikk wins with its simplicity. It’s so easy to put together. I found the footrest great for catching food but it’d be useful if you could move it up, as well as down, and the harness is very secure but also fiddly to get on.
Where can I buy the Stokke Clikk highchair?
It’s available from Stokke, Amazon and Pramworld.
From an aesthetic point of view, the Stokke Clikk a beautifully constructed piece of kit and looks very stylish. It would definitely appeal to the more style conscious among us – it’s a baby product that doesn’t look too babyish and would seamlessly slip into any kitchen, plus with the choice of colours you can find one to suit your colour scheme.
Unfortunately, I just cannot see how you could justify spending so much on a highchair. It’s no harder or easier to clean than the highchair I already have, and my baby is not so comfortable that she’ll sit in it for hours. If you have a high budget then it’s a good investment piece, especially if you plan on having more children. But with so much to buy for babies and children, I think your money could be better spent elsewhere.