The Limited Edition Stokke Xplory Cobalt Blue Pram & Carry Cot – the ultimate connection stroller
If I were to describe the Stokke brand in three words they would be innovative, stylish and modern – everything you would expect from a Scandinavian born company whose child-centric philosophy has led to the innovation of the well-known Tripp Trapp highchair and Xplory Stroller. This pram has been developed to improve the bonding between baby and parent with their “higher is better” approach. The carry cot and seat can be adjusted freely to raise your little one up to your eye level to promote better interaction and eye contact during your leisurely strolls.
The striking Stokke Xplory has an iconic silhouette and offers you eight different colours to pick, from black, navy, grey to purple or red. However Stokke have just recently launched a new, limited edition colour way that is absolutely gorgeous and I have it in my possession, it all its bright blue glory, to take for a test drive. This Cobalt Blue edition is aesthetically beautiful if you like a stroller with a modern vibe, futuristic image and funky features and fittings! It is a far cry from the classically designed stroller that I often see being pushed around my town so my Xplory certainly receives many an approving nod and glance when I am out and about. This system comes with everything you need to transport your little one happily about the place, come rain or shine (thanks to the included rain cover, parasol, sun visor and mosquito net) and because you can raise the seat up high, it even acts as a handy highchair if you decide to stop for a bite to eat. This is great as it keeps even the most inquisitive baby happy looking around whilst you quickly down your soy latte!
So what sets this pram apart from the rest? Well firstly the ergonomically designed system makes it a smooth ride to push along even on the most uneven of surfaces. The easy 360 degree swivel wheels makes it easy to manoeuvre around tight spaces and the open design with space between the wheels and no crossbar means you don’t end up stubbing your toes on your pram as you walk along. The Stokke Stroller Seat has three parent-facing positions (so you can use it from newborn with the lying down position and the newborn insert) and two forward-facing positions which gives you and your baby plenty of versatility and a change of scenery every time you step out. It has an adjustable footrest to eliminate dangling feet and both the carry cot and stroller seat are finished with plush linings and padded interiors to keep your baby safe and cosy. The carry cot, featured above, is ideal for newborns to six month olds and includes integrated pockets for popping in your keys or phone to save you taking an additional bag out, ventilation in the hood to avoid overheating, a visor to protect from sun and wind and carry handles to seamlessly move a sleeping baby from stroller to sitting room. (Although, I don’t know about you, but once that pram has stopped moving Florence’s eyes are wide open!) Unlike many strollers which come with a basket at the bottom to pop all your shopping in, the Stokke Xplory gives you a shopping bag that clicks into the front and a changing bag that hangs off the back, which is great for small purchases relieves you from carrying any additional bags out with you. The system also comes with a cup holder to house your frappuccino or, as my husband has discovered, fits your iPhone perfectly!
I think the main selling point however about this particular stroller is the uniquely designed chassis that not only allows the handlebar to be raised up high to accommodate the tallest of parents, but also allows the carry cot or seat to be raised up so your baby is closer to you to promote eye contact and connection. I simply love this idea and it wasn’t until I had used it did I realise how low down your baby usually is when sitting in regular strollers. The end of the handlebar can also be flipped forward and back to find the most comfortable position for you to push your precious one along. The philosophy that this allows you and your baby to explore the world together is a lovely idea especially with a young baby who is always searching for their parent’s eye contact and smile to reassure and comfort them when out and about.
The whole system is pretty easy to use once you have read the manual and mastered the different levers – in fact it is a lot simpler to unfold and collapse than a lot of other prams I’ve tested and it is quite streamline once all collapsed. The only downside I found was that it was quite a heavy and awkward system to carry in and out of the car so I did have to enlist my husband’s muscle-power to put it in and out of the boot. Other than that, there really isn’t many negatives about the Stokke Xplory and I can definitely see why it has earned such cult status and a coveted name within the designer pram circle. This limited edition colour as well is just stunning and whoever said blue is just for boys was wrong as Florence clearly seems to love it just as much as I do!!
*this post contains samples gifted for review purposes