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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.