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This stroller is the absolute BEST on the Market!
on December 8, 2010
This stroller is the absolute best stroller out there!
We purchased the Stokke Xplory when our son was born, in August of '08, and have been extremely happy with it. We are now using it for our daughter- we never took a break from using it.
My husband and myself are both the oldest of large families, so we really know about babies and the products that are out there. Because of it's steep price, we thought long and hard before we purchased the Xplory. And- It was the best decision we have ever made.
First- it is the only stroller that is able to have the baby at a normal, easily reachable height. This is an extremely important factor not only for parent-child bonding as advertised, but even for parental sanity! Taking care of a baby is back-breaking work. Literally. All the bending down, and lifting up. For some reason, all other strollers/prams have the baby located pretty close to the ground. This was always something that frustrated us- why should we have to be bending to the ground every single time we need to take the baby in and out of the carriage? Or even just to adjust something- give the baby a toy, a bottle,a pacifier? The Xplory was the answer to that problem. The bassinet/seat (not just the Handlebars!) is height adjustable. So it can be kept at a high height, and for the times that you do want the baby close to the ground (like when you are sitting) you can adjust it. It is also the easiest thing to adjust- just a flip of the lever underneath the seat! And it can be done without removing the baby!
*adding to the above- now that we have a two year old and a new baby- the height is an incredible advantage- the baby is out of harm's way! My son always loves to "play" with his new sister, and this is the only place where she is comfortable and safe from her brother's little fingers except for our arms!
Second- The handlebars are adjustable as well. Not just the actual height of the center bar, but the angle of the handles. This ensures that anyone wheeling the carriage is comfortable doing so- at any height. My husband is 6'5- when he uses is, the bar is as high as it can go, handlebar adjusted accordingly. My little sisters babysit- they can adjust it to their height. Again, all of this is super easy to do- we are constantly changing it.
Third- It is a super-smooth ride. It feels like pushing air- even when my son weighed 30 lbs! It turns on a dime, it fits into narrow aisles, and it has hidden shock absorbers- so both the baby and the person wheeling hardly feel the bumps.
The Bassinet- carry cot was a life saver. It has a real, one inch mattress in it, and my son loved sleeping in it. He actually slept in it (as opposed to his crib) for the first five months of his life, and my daughter is doing the same.
It also has little pockets all around it for extra stuff- which is really useful, and fabric handles for carrying it around. (especially important if you live in a house with stairs!). These handles are really sturdy- we carried the baby around in it, and never had a problem.
The Seat was really great. It has 5 positions, two in the forward facing position, and three in the rear facing position. It is super-easy to turn the chair back and forth and can be done with the child inside. I have seen that some reviewers had a problem with the fact that in the forward facing position, it can not lie flat. This was never a problem for us. When our son was older, and wanted to sit forward facing, he wouldn't just fall asleep in the same way a younger baby does. And when he did get tired, he was happy to be turned around to the rear facing position to sleep- minimal distractions!
The shopping bag is really smartly done. When not in use, it folds neatly away at the foot of the stroller, and when you want to open it, it opens really big (roomy enough for three full sized bags of groceries). When folded and zipped, it can still hold some small things- we always have the rain-cover and a diaper or two in there.
Included in the purchase of the Xplory were a mosquito net, two rain-covers and a U-bracket for the bassinet. The U-bracket solves the age old problem of the bassinet leaning to one side.
We also purchased the Graco car-seat adapter- which is a snap to take on and off, and is a lifesaver for in and out of the car situations, the cupholder- which is located super conveniently at the center of the handlebars and the diaper bag.
All of the textiles come off easily, and wash with no problems- coming out as new looking as before they went in.
Of course, one of the main attributes of the Xplory is it's visual appeal. It is modern and sleek looking. It fits in with any modern style, and never fails to draw compliments- everywhere we go!
Oh- and the customer service is incredible! First of all, the Xplory comes with a THREE year warranty, (which, if you are looking into strollers, you know is quite long). Second, when you call them, there is hardly ever any wait time. All e-mails are responded to within 24 hours, if not less. They never made us feel stupid for calling- even when we called because we couldn't figure out how to remove the hood to wash it :), and were always cheerful and friendly- no matter how many times we called. It was and is an absolute pleasure to deal with them.
We love this stroller and are confident that anyone who purchases it will too!