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Graco Slim Spaces Review

Perfect foldable swing to use when traveling
Best Value Award
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Price:   $70 List | $150 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, compact, easy to use
Cons:  Basic, battery power only
Manufacturer:   Graco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Abriah Wofford  ⋅  Aug 13, 2018
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The Skinny

The Graco Slim Spaces received our Best Value award and is a perfect choice for parents who are looking to travel with their swing or for something to keep tucked away at grandma's house for weekend visits. It is one of Graco's most compact swings and can fold to be even smaller. This swing keeps it simple and is easy to operate with only a roller switch control to adjust the speed. The fold method is very intuitive, and the legs have three different height positions so you can keep baby close, whatever level you are on. This compact swing isn't a good choice for parents looking for all the bells and whistles as it has limited features, but as our Best Value award winner, we highly recommend the Slim Spaces for anyone looking for a good swing on a budget.


Our Analysis and Test Results

The Graco company began in 1942 co-founded by Russell Gray and Robert Cone in Philadelphia, PA. They initially manufactured car parts but eventually decided to broaden their horizons and hired an engineer to design gear for babies. Their first product was a baby swing, which was wildly successful. They quickly moved on to include items such as strollers, highchairs, car seats and more. Ever since they have been striving to create innovative products that will help simplify a parent's job. Graco has been manufacturing baby gear for over 60 years and is one of the most popular brands.

The angle and depth of the seat on the Graco Slim Spaces helped to encourage proper leg placement and healthy hips.
The angle and depth of the seat on the Graco Slim Spaces helped to encourage proper leg placement and healthy hips.

Performance Comparison


The Graco Slim Spaces is a favorite swing that excels for ease of use. It is one of the lightest swings in the group and the most compact when folded.

The Slim Spaces has a very simple structure with very few extra gadgets and doodads.
The profile of the Graco Slim Spaces is the second smallest in the group.

Soothing


When it comes down to it, the Slim Spaces is just a swing and nothing more. It has no fancy music, soothing sounds, or timer. The stationary mobile is attached to the frame of the swing (above left) and is about as basic as they come, not even moving when the swing is in motion. However, the Slim Spaces does swing exceptionally well, especially for being solely powered by batteries. The maximum swing speed is more vigorous than the other seats we reviewed, which seems to be key in soothing savage little ones. The motor only swings the seat in one direction, front to back, but when powered off, the seat is hinged so that it can be swayed side-to-side manually (above right).

Baby can sit up and look in on the action while mom gets things done around the house.
Baby can sit up and look in on the action while mom gets things done around the house.

Ease of Use


This swing is as easy as it gets thanks to its simplicity. There is only one roller switch to turn it on and off and to make speed adjustments. Due to the nature of the switch, the number of swing speeds is infinite, allowing you to find your baby's sweet spot. However, if you want music, white noise, or playtime distractions, you will have to bring your own as the Slim Spaces does not offer any other features.

One roller switch operates the Slim Spaces  powering it on and off and making speed adjustments.
One roller switch operates the Slim Spaces, powering it on and off and making speed adjustments.

One of this swing's unique features is its adjustable height options. There are two height positions, one that keeps baby close to the floor and keeps the footprint at a minimum, and a taller one that puts the baby closer to sitting level, but takes up a little more space. The height positions are clearly labeled, so there is no chance of unequally setting up the legs.

Folding the Simple Switch only takes two steps; there are two buttons on either side of the frame that you press at the same time to fold the rear set of legs in towards the front, and then the seat back folds forward to complete the process. This system is so intuitive compared to the competition; we managed it on the first try without any trouble. The swing folds nearly flat, measuring a compact 33"L x 22.7"W x 11"H, and is small enough to fit comfortably in even the most crowded trunks and closets. It also has a convenient carry handle to make transportation easier. Unfolded, the dimensions of the Simple Switch are 31.5"L x 22.8"W x 29.5"H.

The Slim Spaces is very compact when folded and will fit easily into most storage spaces and car trunks.
The Slim Spaces is very compact when folded and will fit easily into most storage spaces and car trunks.

Quality


The quality of the Graco Slim Spaces is just average, and for a swing in this price range, that isn't a surprise. There is nothing wrong with the swing, but there is nothing exceptional about it either. Because this unit is so light and portable, there are no extras or perks commonly found on other swings. The fabric is a synthetic canvas type material that isn't soft on sensitive skin. The infant insert is fleece covered, so at least the areas around baby's head and shoulders are more comfortable.

The fleece lined infant insert adds another level of comfort to the seat.
The fleece lined infant insert adds another level of comfort to the seat.

The need for frequent battery changes is another major downside of this swing. We would like it much better if you could use it with an AC adapter. As is, we recommend investing in some rechargeable batteries as you will be going through a LOT. However, for a battery operated swing, the Slim Spaces is much quieter than anticipated, and we hardly noticed the noise during use.

Safety


This swing has a 5-point harness with cloth backing behind the crotch strap that prevents pinching and the basic inverted V shape of the frame ensures that is is very stable when swinging.

The seat is deep but is positioned more upright than others such and the recline level is not adjustable, so it may be better for use with older babies with developed head and neck control. It may also be beneficial for infants that have problems with reflux as it keeps them in a better position to move things along.

Other Versions


Graco makes a large selection of baby swings, two of which we include in this Baby Swing Review:
  • Graco Glider Lite LX — This swing won our Top Pick award thanks to its uber compact footprint. It is perfect for families living in a small space and looking to minimize baby's impact on home decor. For such a small glider it is still fully featured and one of our favorites.
  • Graco DuetSoothe — The DuetSoothe is a dual purpose product. Its ability to be used as both a rocker and a swing earned it a Top Pick award, and it is good for parents who want all the bells and whistles. The seat can be removed and carried around the house to bring baby along wherever you go.


Juliet Spurrier, MD and Abriah Wofford