My Experience With The Stokke Xplory Stroller
The Limited Edition Pink Stokke Xplory is one of the hottest convertible strollers available for modern moms to show off their babies. I should know; I had quite a bit of convincing to do in order to get my husband to agree to purchase a Stokke stroller. One of the things that I liked best about this stroller is that it can grow along with your child, making it a long-lasting investment. From birth to 6 months, the stroller can lay completely flat. This is great for when your baby is unable to sit up or do much of anything, other than lay there. Between 6 and 36 months, the most appropriate setting for this stroller is with the child sitting up and facing you. This is better than it sounds- your baby is really close to you, and sits up nice and high. No worries, this stroller is beyond sturdy, no need to worry about tipping and flipping. For babies that are 6 months of age and older, you can turn the Stokke Xplory around so that your child can look out and see the world.
One of the nicest features about this stroller is the infant setting that allows the entire bassinet to be removed from the stroller and easily, you so that you can move your child anywhere you go without waking them up. How many times have you taken an extra walk around the block or two, or three so that you wouldn't wake the baby up? Not anymore, you can move baby without them knowing it. The Stokke stroller has a heavy duty, sturdy plastic design that provides protection and stability for your little one. I felt very safe putting my little one in here. It also has a multifunctional hood to provide extra protection from wind or bright light. You can fold the hood back, put it up (it is waterproof, by the way) or you can remove it from the stroller completely by unzipping it. The stroller cover is classy-looking, and lined with foam for extra warmth and protection. The cover is also removable, allowing for quick and easy access to baby. This stroller comes with a matching shopping bag (or diaper bag?) which is stored low to the ground in order to prevent instability of the stroller.
The Stokke Xplory stroller is available in just about any color you like, including lime green, purple, navy blue, gray and of course, the new limited edition pink. (Yes, I love pink- couldn't resist this one.) I searched everywhere for the pink one- it was hard to find. Actually, come to think of it, finding this stroller in stock anywhere was a bit challenging. I had to order it online, but it was well worth the short wait to get exactly what I wanted.
Making the investment in this fabulous stroller is not for the faint of heart. It retails at just over $1100, and with a price tag like that, all of these wonderful features are things that you would demand, not just hope for in a stroller of this magnitude. You will certainly be the envy of your block when taking a stroll with your little one inside of the Stokke, and be prepared for a ton of funny looks, stares and endless questions.
On a positive note, the ride and steering on this stroller is extremely smooth. I mean REALLY smooth, I've never experienced anything quite like this. I like the way my child rides up high, so that she is close to me whenever I want to reach her or check on her. No more bending down and breaking your back like you would do with more traditional types of strollers. The adjustable handle makes steering a piece of cake and you can raise or lower it to suit your height. I'm a bit taller than most, so this feature was much appreciated by me.
On a negative note, the Xplory does not fold up very compact, in comparison to other strollers. Learning how to fold this thing down does take a bit of a learning curve (and a touch of frustration), but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty quick. It's a good idea to practice folding and unfolding the stroller a few times while baby is napping elsewhere so that you learn how to do it quickly and efficiently. However, if this is the worst part about this stroller, that's really not too bad. I really can't find anything else to complain about- and I'm a bit of a nitpicker myself.
The weight limit for this stroller is approximately 33 pounds. You can adjust the seat with the child in it, but only minor adjustments. Personally, I would only lower the seat slightly with my baby in it, otherwise I would remove baby first, then raise the seat back up again. I have tried to do this as a two part process with my husband, but found it easier to just take her out first.
Overall, this is a great stroller. Yes, it was a bit of an investment- but considering how much I use my Stokke stroller, the investment was worth every penny.