As its name suggests, the Graco Swivi Seat 3-in-1 Booster sets itself apart from similar attachable boosters with its ability to swivel atop its base. We’ve found it to be a very handy feature for spoon-feeding our little guy—we simply rotate him “sideways” in the chair to face us. (And yes, you could turn the whole chair, but this seems much less cumbersome.)
The swivel also makes it possible to take advantage of the multi-position recline since there’s otherwise no room to recline the seat when it’s facing forward. We loved the recline when our son was too young to sit upright, and we still use it now from time to time when he gets dozy at the dinner table.
Out of the box, the Swivi Seat was easy to use. There were not many parts, the manual was clear and easy to follow, and I was able to have it up in running in less than five minutes.
To save space, the Swivi Seat sits on top of a standard dining chair. We have “normal” size chairs around our table, and although the straps to attach the booster are not super long, they are just the right size to fit around one of our chairs. (If you have particularly bulky chairs, I imagine strap length could be an issue.)
The Swivi Seat itself is not very big and be a great option in a small apartment or studio. We use it on our townhouse, and it’s takes up significantly less real estate than the stand-alone full-size highchair we were using before.
That said, the booster is big enough that, when attached to a dining chair, you can no longer push the chair all the way in under the table.) So while it definitely saves on space, it does take up some space.
Upon installation, the highchair felt secure and did not move. It also has good aesthetics and does not feel or look cheaply made. (My wife loves the mod pear print that we have. It’s called “Tart.”)
The five-point harness is simple to adjust and use. We also use the included infant insert to help cradle our 21-pound 7-month old, as the booster is otherwise too wide for him.
Interestingly, the chair is not very deep for his legs. When the tray is attached, the chair barely accommodates his baby thunder thighs. My son has very chunky legs for his age, bigger than most children, and this chair was not great for him because of that. I wish the chair offered more space between the legs and the tray, though I imagine this isn’t an issue for more petite diners.
The material of the chair is fairly easy to clean, and there aren’t many cracks or crevices where food can get lost. We found it easy to wipe up with a rag for small messes. However, the infant insert was harder to clean because the stains did not come out easily. The material was easy to wipe off, but the stains seem to linger on the insert.
The tray on the chair is not too large, but it is big enough for the food that my son is currently eating. My biggest gripe with the chair is that the tray is not easy to take on and off. There is a button on the front that unlocks the tray, but it is difficult to use. In fact, my wife ended up not using that button at all. There are also buttons on the side of the tray that make it easier to take off, but they are difficult to lock when trying to insert the tray. It took over a week for my wife and I to figure out how to best insert and remove it.
For $70, the Swivi Seat seems like a good deal as compared to other more expensive highchairs. It even converts into a true booster seat for older children, so you really get your money’s worth out of it. Our son isn’t ready for the booster yet, but I know we’ll be making the switch in no time. It seems like these milestones happen so fast!
Where to buy: amazon.com