Mockingbird has come out with a new high chair. It's a 2-in-1 deal that grows with a kiddo from baby to toddler. Plus, it's packed with handy features that make feeding time a breeze (and clean-up time even easier).
When I first saw it, I thought it had many of the qualities I love about the Stokke Tripp Trapp, so I wondered how they compared. To compare apples to apples, I will compare the Mockingbird High Chair to the Stokke Tripp Trapp with a high chair and tray.
First, a bit of background
Mockingbird gained recognition for its Single-to-Double Stroller offers luxurious products that are more affordable compared to other high-end baby gear brands.
Stokke is a Norwegian company renowned for its Tripp Trapp High Chair, which was originally conceptualized by Peter Opsvik in 1972 and has since become a beloved choice among parents.
Mockingbird High Chair vs. Tripp Trapp
Here's a breakdown of the specs of each chair, including size, price, weight, weight limit, and warranty.
Both chairs can hold a high chair seat. It's included with Mockingbird and an extra accessory for the Tripp Trapp ($95). Neither of them needs tools to attach the seat but the Mockingbird seat is definitely easier to remove - just push a tab and pull up on the seat, and it comes right off.
The Mockingbird also has silicone-coated high chair strap (which you’ll only find at Mockingbird) that truly wipes clean and is even dishwasher-safe. The straps on the Tripp Trapp are woven so hold a bit more crust.
The tray comes standard with the Mockingbird and is an extra accessory for the Tripp Trapp ($69). The Mockingbird tray has three depths to make reaching their food easier (and they end up with less in their lap), whereas the Tripp Trapp tray has one position. The Mockingbird high chair also includes a tray liner that is fully removable and dishwasher-safe, so you can serve food directly on it without the cumbersome cleanup.
In fairness to the Stokke chair, the whole concept of the chair was so a child could eat at the table with the family vs. off their own tray, however, sometimes you need a tray. If that's the case, Mockingbird's is better.
Some babies can happily eat without a footplate. However, many babies find it easier to grasp food when their feet are on a stable surface, giving their tummy and back muscles a break.
The Mockingbird footrest has four positions (it's the child seat an older child sits on when the high chair seat isn't attached), and there are wing nuts to adjust it. The Tripp Trapp has multiple heights and you use a hex key to adjust it.
I like how easy it is to adjust the Mockingbird footplate, but I also like how the Tripp Trapp uses pressure to hold it in place. If you think you'll need to adjust it a lot (or you tend to lose hex keys), then Mockingbird. If you want lots of options and with a sturdy hold, Tripp Trapp.
Both chairs are reasonable to clean but, according to parent feedback, the Mockingbird is easier to hose down. The seat comes off easier, the straps are smooth silicone, and the tray sits closer to your child, so less food ends up on the seat. The Tipp Trapp has a few more nooks to get gross, crusty stuff built up in it.
The Mockingbird has more of a Y-shape frame, whereas the Tripp Trapp is more of an 'L'. Both can reasonably be tucked under a table, but neither is super compact.
There's no denying that the Tripp Trapp aesthetic works – it's been around since 1972 and was designed in Norway. C'mon. However, I find the accessories that add onto the chair, like the high chair, newborn bundle, cushion, etc., aren't as nice visually. The Mockingbird looks nice and still includes all the functionality of the 'extras'.
Still, the Tripp Trapp has stood the test of time, and it comes in 15 color options, so I'm going to give it to Stokke.
Winner: Tripp Trapp
The Mockingbird high chair is made from sustainably sourced FSC-certified solid beechwood. The seat, tray, and tray liner are made of non-toxic, BPA free plastic, and the straps are made of FDA-approved food-grade silicone.
The Tripp Trapp chairs are made primarily of European beechwood (you can also get them in oak). The seat is made from environmentally friendly plastic material that is recyclable.
Both brands have gone to great lengths to source sustainable products but it's beyond my expertise to say if one is better than the other.
You can get a lot of accessories for the Stokke Tripp Trapp. In addition to the high chair seat and tray (both come standard with the Mockingbird) you can get a cushions, storage, and infant seats. You can even get the chair customized with your child's name.
I wouldn't have needed these extra bells and whistles but Stokke is the way to go if you really want to trick out your high chair.
Winner: Tripp Trapp
The Mockingbird is definitely more affordable than similar high chairs. The Mockingbird is $225; whereas the Stokke Nomi (no tray) is $319, the Ergobaby Evolve is $399, the Stokke Steps Complete is $429, and the Stokke Tripp Trapp with a high chair, cushion, and tray $419.
There are less expensive high chairs out there (hello, Ikea Antilop), but the features aren't the same, so it's not really an apples-to-apples comparison.
The Mockingbird is $194 cheaper than the Tripp Trapp, so I have to give it to them.
Conclusion: Mockingbird vs. Tripp Trapp
Both of these are nice high chairs.
You can't beat the time-tested classic of the Tripp Trapp, and it's no accident that it's been around for over five decades. The original chair is a solid classic; however, I find the accessories don't share the same timeless style. It has a better warranty than the Mockingbird and the weight limit is higher if you plan on using it for a very long time.
The Mockingbird has some very well thought out features, and it's much cheaper than the Tripp Trapp. It looks nice and it's easier to covert and clean in high chair mode. It's probably the one I would go with if I was looking for a solid high chair with cost in mind.
Head to the Mockingbird site if you'd like to buy a Mockingbird High Chair.
To buy a Stokke Tripp Trapp, I recommend buying them directly from the Stokke site or at Nordstrom.
Also check out: 16 Alternatives to a Traditional High Chair