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Graco Blossom ReviewPrice: $190.00 List
Pros: 4-in-1 system, wheels work well, wipes clean easily
Cons: complicated buckling system, heavy, doesn't fold for storage
Bottom line: An easy to clean, versatile 4-in-1 seating system that can accommodate children in various ages and stages.
The Graco Blossom is an easy to clean, easy to assemble, comfortable high chair. Baby was happy while seated in the infant seat, and in a feature unique only to Graco, the 4-in-1 system allowed us to seat an older child in the included booster seat as well. Although the chair was the heaviest of the bunch we tested, we liked how the wheels maneuvered easily around the tile kitchen floor, similar to those of the Peg Perego Siesta. We did not, however, like how tiny the brakes were on the back two wheels, and it proved difficult to have to lock or unlock the brakes every time, especially while baby was wanting to eat. The 5-point buckling system was a nice safety feature, but we found it to be quite complicated, and other reviewers noted they typically convert it to a 3-point harness for that reason. For families with a baby and a toddler who need a multi-function chair, consider this. If you are looking for something with less of a baby feel and more of a furniture feel, take a peek at the Keekaroo Height Right with Infant Insert.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Graco Blossom is a unique 4-in-1 seating system, meaning that you get way more than just a high chair when you purchase it. It was the only chair we tested with different components that allow two children to make use of various seating options at one time. For example, we enjoyed having baby in the high chair portion while allowing big brother to use the booster seat. To be clear, this system would not work for twins, as it does not accommodate two babies of the same age, one must be older. For more on the complete system, see the video at the bottom of this page.
Graco, based out of Atlanta, Georgia was founded in 1942 and originally manufactured machine and car parts. Their claim to fame is that they invented the world's first wind-up, automatic baby swing in 1955 after the owner of the company was watching his wife struggle to keep baby asleep in a rocking chair while she read a book. Quickly, the company began pioneering other baby products, and soon thereafter the Pack n'Play was invented. Today, Graco is a well-known company in the world of baby, and they manufacture a multitude of quality products.
Ease of Use
In terms of growing with baby, you really can't beat the 4-in-1 feature. The chair itself accommodates up to 60 pounds, so could potentially be used for years to come, and with more than one child at once. If you're using the high chair feature, you still have a booster seat that can strap securely to a dining chair for an older sibling. Or, you can take the seat off and clip it right into the booster so baby can join you at the table. If you do this, you'll still have a youth chair that can also push into your table and can hold up to 60 pounds! Overall, an easy-to-use chair with lots of options.
Ease of Cleaning
What we liked best was that if food did get caught under the seat cushion, it was easily lifted up so the plastic base could be wiped down. This was not the case with other chairs, like the Fisher Price Rainforest.
The finish of the legs is a nice gray/black color rather than a white shiny metal, as so many others tend to sport. Additionally, the material of the seat cushion was soft against baby's skin, and easy to wipe clean.
One downfall was that the crotch restraint was attached to the tray, and this seemed to be an issue for two reasons: 1. It made the tray quite heavy when removed, and 2. Baby tended to slide down a bit, especially if the back of the chair was reclined. This meant the harness was the only thing keeping her in the chair, and other users reported their baby having issues with slipping as well, noting that they wanted to remove the tray for cleaning when baby was in the chair, but couldn't since it was helping to hold them in.
Competitors like the Peg Perego Siesta had passive crotch restraints that were attached directly to the seat rather than the tray, and we much prefer that.
Ease of Set Up
The Blossom took us just under 12 minutes to assemble right out of the box, earning it a 5 of 10 when compared to how long other chairs took. Although set up was not too bad, and only required two screws, we felt that the manual was a bit more complicated than was necessary, as it presented the directions in two languages at once. It also left out a step or two, but those turned out to be nothing we couldn't figure out on our own.
Footprint and Portability
This category was where the Blossom struggled the most. Due to it's large footprint, heavy weight, and inability to fold, it earned a 4 of 10. It was one of our heaviest chairs, weighing almost 29 pounds, as compared to the Baby Bjorn, which is just under 11 pounds. However, we did like how it maneuvered around the kitchen with it's great wheels.
Without a doubt, the family that this high chair is best suited for is one that has multiple children (or is planning on having multiple children), and can utilize the great 4-in-1 feature that Graco offers with this piece. Even with one child, you are still going to get a ton of use out of the versatility that this chair offers.
With a median list price of $190, the amount of mileage you could potentially get out of the Blossom, makes it well worth the investment in our opinion. This is a sturdy chair that offers so much with its unique 4-in-1 design.
Other Versions and Accessories
Graco offers a few other multi functioning seats:
— Jessica Stevenson & BabyGearLab Team
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