High chairs: Buying a second-hand highchair

Buying everything you need for a new baby can be expensive, but it’s possible to save some money by buying baby equipment second-hand.

Our guide Where to buy second-hand baby equipment gives you details of some of the best places to search online and locally.

We’ve also provided checklists for a range of baby products so you can be sure of buying products that are safe as well as practical.

Buying a safe second-hand high chair

Here’s our checklist to ensure you buy a safe second-hand high chair:

  • Is it stable, sturdy and not missing any screws or bolts?
  • Are all locks and catches to keep it open working properly?
  • Ensure that there are no sharp edges or elements such as cracks on the plastic tray that could pinch your baby.
  • If the seat or any other part of the chair is padded ensure that no foam is exposed, as this can be a potential choking hazard.
  • Check that there is no flaking paint or splinters.
  • Check that it has an integral harness. If it doesn't you'll need to buy a separate harness and use it whenever your baby is in the chair.

How much can I save buying a second-hand Stokke Tripp Trapp?

A brand new Stokke Tripp Trapp will cost you about £134 on the high street or £98 including delivery online.

We looked at prices for a second-hand Stokke Tripp Trapp and found some real bargains.

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Buying a second-hand high Stokke Tripp Trapp on eBay

Our first port of call was online auction site eBay. We found second-hand Stokke Tripp Trapps listed from £90 (collection only).

This was a Buy It Now price, which means the listed price is the price you pay. This is not much cheaper than buying from an online shop.

We also watched the price of 10 second-hand Stokke Tripp Trapps over a weekend to see how much they sold for.

The cheapest model sold for £72 (collection only from Essex), and the most expensive model sold for £117 (collection only from South East London) - this model also came with a padded seat cover and baby bar that would sell for about £22 brand new.

This is just a snapshot of the market – prices can vary dramatically - but it shows that it’s possible to save some money by buying at auction.

All the second-hand Tripp Trapps that we watched had more than ten bidders, so lots of people are looking to buy one second-hand and it make take you a while to bid successfully.

Gumtree

Online classified site Gumtree has local classified boards that cover most major cities.

We checked prices for second-hand Tripp Trapps around the country. Prices were a lot lower than at online auction site ebay.

In South East London, we found a second-hand Tripp Trapp for £70. Outside of London prices were a little cheaper £55 in Bristol, and £65 in York.

Lots of cities didn’t have a Tripp Trapp listed but it’s definitely worth checking if you’re planning to buy one.

When buying from Gumtree, factor in the cost of petrol as you will have to go and collect the item that you buy.

Preloved

The biggest bargain we found in our search for a second-hand Tripp Trapp was on Preloved. Here we found a second-hand Tripp Trapp in York for sale for just £35.