Before ordering BOTH of these booster seats for my grandchildren, I read the posted reviews on both. Both seats had many very good reviews from purchasers and nearly identical dimensions, or so I thought (I was wrong about that). Yet they appeared quite different in shape and design from the small photos provided online. Saftey 1st looked to have a much higher and possibly more comfortable back, not to mention that handy, swing-away removable tray. I decided that the only way to know for sure which was better for my needs was to order both and do an upclose and personal review. It turns out, both chairs have desireable features and benefits, but are entirely different and definitely for different age children. The Saftey 1st booster is made of sturdy, but much lighter plastic than the Graco Blossom, which is made of that heavy duty plastic often used in Little Tykes toys and gear. Graco Blossom comes completely assembled out of the box except for the adjustable back that easily slides and locks into the close or far position, depending on the child's size. For older toddlers, 3-5, who no longer require the back support but need the height, you can put away the back completely and you have a commercial weight booster similar to those often found in family restaurants. The Saftey 1st comes disassembled, though it goes together easily 5 minutes. You push the rubber stoppers into the bottom of the 4 legs which then easily push into the bottom in any of 3 adjustable height positions. At it's highest position, this booster is about 2 inches higher than the Graco. At it's lowest position, the Graco and Saftey 1st are about the same height. The back snaps into position and is not designed to be removed like the Graco, so what you see is what you'll always have. When viewing both chairs side by side, it is clear the Saftey 1st is a physically smaller, lighter weight product (even the security straps are ligher weight nylon than the Graco) but with higher sides and deeper leg contours designed for the younger baby from about 9 months up. My 12 month old granddaughter fits securily in the design, and we can even slide her close to the table with the swing away tray still attached if we wish, so she can eat off the table instead. The tray fits perfectly under my kitchen table and that is at the highest height position. The Saftey 1st design can easily substitute for a high chair for travelers or people not wanting to keep a bulky high chair around. I plan to use the Safety 1st chair first until the little ones outgrow it which I think will be around age 2. At this time, we'll switch to the more solid and heavy duty Graco Blossom booster chair which I feel is better for the older, heavier toddler who needs the wider, studier seat with lower sides and less leg contours. Both are excellent. Both have their place in the growing baby world. But meet two different age group needs, in my opinion.
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