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Graco Blossom Review

An easy to clean, versatile 4-in-1 seating system that can accommodate children in various ages and stages.
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Price:   $190 List | $190 at Amazon
Pros:  4-in-1 system, wheels work well, wipes clean easily
Cons:  complicated buckling system, heavy, doesn't fold for storage
Manufacturer:   Graco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Ellis  ⋅  Jun 20, 2018
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The Skinny

The Graco Blossom is an easy to clean, easy to assemble, comfortable high chair. The baby was happy while seated in the infant seat, and thanks to a feature unique to Graco, the 4-in-1 system allowed us to seat an older child in the included booster seat simultaneously. 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 little 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 waiting 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 would 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 or the Stokke Tripp Trapp Bundle.


Our Analysis and 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 is the only chair we tested with different components that allow two children to make use of various seating options at the same time. For example, we enjoyed having the baby in the high chair portion while allowing big brother to use the booster seat. This system will not work for twins, as it does not accommodate two children of the same age; one child must be older. For more on the complete system and how it works, see the video at the bottom of this page.

Baby enjoying a meal in the versatile Graco Blossom.
Baby enjoying a meal in the versatile Graco Blossom.

About Graco


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 after that, the Pack n'Play was born. Today, Graco is a well-known company in the world of baby, and they manufacture a multitude of quality products.

Performance Comparison


We love the versatility that the Blossom offers at a great price.

Ease of Use


The 5-point restraint system on the Graco Blossom was secure  but cumbersome to latch on a squirmy baby.
The 5-point restraint system on the Graco Blossom was secure, but cumbersome to latch on a squirmy baby.
The Blossom excelled in this category. It has a fairly intuitive design, and we can tell you from experience that once you have had your hand on various pieces of baby equipment, you'll no doubt find this piece of gear to be relatively easy to use. The one part that did trip us up a bit was the 5-point restraint system, and we feel it is too complicated to use with a squirmy baby. Luckily, it converts to a 3-point restraint system, so we (along with lots of other reviewers) opted to go that route. In no way does it compromise baby's safety while in the chair, but if you feel more comfortable using the shoulder straps for your little one, the option is there.

Regarding growing with your baby, you really can't beat the 4-in-1 feature. The chair itself accommodates up to 60 pounds, so it can 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 separate 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 have a youth chair that can push up to the table and can hold up to 60 pounds! Overall, it is an easy-to-use chair with lots of options.

Ease of Cleaning


Under the seat cushion of the Graco Blossom there were no crevices for food to hide in.
Under the seat cushion of the Graco Blossom there were no crevices for food to hide in.
We find this chair to be fairly easy to clean. The extra insert in the infant seat is easily removable and can be machine washed. However, the main seat cushion must be wiped down by hand, which we did not think was a big deal as the insert catches most of the mess anyway. The snack tray is dishwasher safe but was so large that we opted to wash that by hand as well. What we like best is that if any food happens to get caught under the seat cushion, it is easy to lift up and wipe down the plastic base.

Quality


The Blossom also performs well in regards to quality. The frame is nice and sturdy, not even budging when our 50-pound older-sibling tester climbed up to test out the child seat.

The finish of the legs is a nice gray/black color rather than a shiny white metal, as so many other high chairs tend to sport. Additionally, the material of the seat cushion is soft against baby's skin and easy to wipe clean.
The cushy seat padding and added insert on the Blossom gave baby a comfortable place to enjoy her meal.
The cushy seat padding and added insert on the Blossom gave baby a comfortable place to enjoy her meal.
One downfall is that the crotch restraint is attached to the tray, and this seems to be an issue for two reasons: 1. It makes the tray quite heavy when removed, and 2. Baby tends to slide down a bit, especially when reclined. So, the harness is the only thing keeping baby securely in the chair, and other users reported their baby having issues with slipping and also causes issues when removing the tray for cleaning. It leaves the baby in the chair in the meantime, and since it was helping hold them in, it doesn't feel comfortable doing so.

Competitors like the Peg Perego Siesta have passive crotch restraints that are attached directly to the seat rather than the tray, and we much prefer that style.

Ease of Set Up


The Blossom took us just under 12 minutes to assemble right out of the box, which was average when compared other chairs in the review. Although set up was not too bad, and only required two screws, we feel that the manual is a bit more complicated than necessary, as it presents the directions in two languages at once. We think that the instructions skipped one or two steps, but it wasn't anything we couldn't figure out on our own.

Footprint and Portability


This category is where the Blossom struggles the most. Due to its large footprint, heavy weight, and inability to fold, it does not perform as well as the other chairs. It is one of our heaviest chairs, weighing almost 29 pounds, compared to the uber light Baby Bjorn, which is just under 11 pounds. However, we appreciate that its great wheels make it easy to maneuver around the kitchen despite its weight.

A 50-pound six year old fits well in the Graco Blossom child seat setting. The footrest will need to be removed to accommodate a larger child  and as you can see in this picture  leaves his feet hanging.
A 50-pound six year old fits well in the Graco Blossom child seat setting. The footrest will need to be removed to accommodate a larger child, and as you can see in this picture, leaves his feet hanging.

Best Applications


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 will be able to 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.

Value


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.

Conclusion


This is an ultra-versatile chair that will grow with your baby right into childhood.
This is an ultra-versatile chair that will grow with your baby right into childhood.
In conclusion, if you are looking to stay on a budget, and could also utilize the booster or child seat option as baby grows or for an older sibling, you will be happy with the purchase of this chair. Although it is heavy to move up or down stairs, keep in mind that you can (and should) transport the parts separately, and there is a lot that comes with this unique 4-in-1 system. The brake issue was the biggest downfall for us. However, they are there, and they do get the job done. We just weren't pleased with how difficult it was to work the tiny levers. You can easily wipe this chair clean, and the padding is sufficient to keep baby comfy through mealtime.

Other Versions and Accessories


Graco offers a few other multi-functioning seats:
  • Graco Sous Chef at $250, is a 5-in-One system providing a variety of configurations, growing with your child from infancy. With a no rethread adjustable harness, and a one-handed removable tray, it makes things easier for the parent. It also includes a removable rocker that can detach from the frame and be used anywhere in the house.
  • Graco DuoDiner $120, a 3-in-1 high chair, transitions from infant seat, to a toddler seat, to a booster, and then quickly folds to be stowed away when not in use.
  • SimpleSwitch $80, was included in this review and is the most basic of the three. It's a 2-in-One that changes from high chair to booster when your toddler is ready to sit up to the table.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Ellis