Originally Posted by f&p'smama
I have Stokke Tripp Trapp seats for my girls. They come right up to the table like restaurant high chairs and they can use them for a long time -- until adulthood actually if they choose to. So I have them as chairs at the kitchen table and just have two chairs otherwise for me and DH. They're expesnsive, but they're attractive and last a long time and are easy to keep clean. No nooks or crevices on them. I used to have Peg Perego high chairs and those were the bane of my existance -- they were always disgustingly filthy.
I also like those little wooden restaurant high chairs for all the reasons the OP mentioned.
But we got a Stokke Tripp Trapp for the longer use. Our now-2.5-year-old still prefers the restaurant high chairs to a regular seat, but it is quite difficult to get him in and out (at his size now). Obviously, there is no way
he could get in and out of the seat easily at home by himself, so that alone is a huge
advantage of the Tripp Trapp.
We are just now in the process of getting two more Tripp Trapps for our almost-9-month-old twin boys. Like OP, we don't have room for a big plastic high chair (sold the one we got as a gift for DD, actually). And I don't like booster seats or clamp-on chairs b/c there's just so many crevices to clean around.
One suggestion. . . b/c the Tripp Trapps are overwhelmingly popular in Germany, you can sometimes get such a good price on a used one on www.ebay.de
that it is worth the shipping and such. They pack very
compactly. Almost all the used ones on eBay Germany are the natural birch finish.