You asked for a series of product reviews for new moms, babies and toddlers – and we listened! Our team searched high and low to find the very best baby products on the market. And what better way to launch this series than with the Stokke Xplory Stroller and Infant Carry Cot, which is truly the crème de la crème of strollers! If you have walked through the stroller section of any store carrying these products, surely you were overwhelmed by the proliferation of strollers available on the market. After much research (and lots of hours in our local baby stores discussing the pros and cons of all of the strollers with employees as well as moms and dads), we felt strongly that the Stokke Xplory was among the best strollers on the market. So when Stokke (pronounces stoh-kuh) graciously offered to send us a Stokke Xplory Stroller and Infant Carry Cot to review, we were thrilled!
Stokke Xplory Stroller Features Review:
1. Stokke Xplory Adjustable Seat Height
After passing the Stokke Xplory around for testing by several Opinion Queen contributors, we sat down to discuss our favorite features of the stroller. And the number one feature that kept coming up over and over again is how much we loved the adjustable seat height. No other stroller on the market (at least that we have seen in America!) has the versatility and adjustability of the Stokke Xplory. You can easily move your baby up and down with a simple lever underneath the seat. Why does this matter? The majority of babies being strolled around town get a lovely view of the ground, feet, ankles, and, possibly, knees. But babies who use the Stokke Xplory can sit higher up, and therefore their view is much more stimulating and similar to the view that we adults have as we walk around. In addition, since your baby is at your height, you are likely to interact with your baby more often than if you had to squat down or bend over to talk to your little one (talk about a major backache saver as well!). Studies have shown time and time again how important it is to stimulate your baby. Think about how much we spend on “educational toys” that claim to stimulate our children and make them smarter. But chances are that your baby will spend many more hours in the stroller that you buy than playing with the toys you so carefully select. So around here we have nicknamed the Stokke Xplory the “Educational Stroller” because it exposes your child’s mind – at an earlier point in his or her development – to a whole new world. In addition, since your baby is sitting closer to you and other adults, the amount of adult interaction increases which helps to build social skills. See how the name the Educational Stroller makes sense?
Why would you ever want to lower the seat on the Stokke Xplory? Ah, I am so glad you asked that question! For strolling around the mall or the park, I love to boost the seat up to the highest position. But what about when it is lunchtime and you stop in at a cafe to grab a bite to eat? You can hope that they have a highchair (and then pray that it is not disgustingly dirty and full of germs from all of the previous babies who used it), or, if you have the Stokke Xplory, you can pull it right up to the table instead. You can adjust the seat height (without even removing your baby from the Stokke) so that your little one can sit at the table in the stroller.
2. Stokke Xplory Seat Positions
Not only is the seat height adjustable in the Stokke Xplory, but you can also pick from five different seat positions. There are three seat positions where your baby faces towards you (fully reclined, slightly reclined, and upright) and an additional two seat positions where your baby faces forward (upright and slightly reclined). Have a sleeping baby? Then the fully reclined position facing towards you will be super comfy. And if your baby is still an infant, you can use the infant seat insert (which comes with the stroller) for added comfort in this position. Or maybe you have a super curious toddler who wants to explore the world? Then the forward facing and fully upright position will be his or her dream come true… your child won’t miss a thing! Here are some photos to give you and idea of the difference between the various reclining seat positions:
The photo above shows the Stokke Xplory in its fully reclined position facing towards you.
The photo above shows the seat slightly reclined, facing towards you.
The photo above shows the Stokke Xplory in its fully upright position facing towards you. See how easy it would be to talk to your baby in this position?
The photo above shows the Stokke Xplory in its fully upright position facing forward. There is one other position while facing forward, which is slightly reclined (similar to the photo above where the seat is slightly reclined facing towards you).
3. Stokke Xplory Handle Features
Does your family have a tall daddy and a short mommy? Or are you a tall mommy and a shorter daddy family? Any permutation of different heights makes no difference with the Stokke Xplory. The handle height is completely adjustable so that it is comfortable for any height. We tested the Xplory on a man who is 6’3″ and on a lady who is 4’9″, and both of them said it was perfect for their height. In addition, the handle (shown in the photo below), can flip up or down to various positions so that your hands and wrists will be comfortable as well. If you are familiar with the ergonomics of the Herman Miller Aeron office chair (which is one of the most popular and ergonomically-sound chairs used in offices around the world), I think the Stokke Xplory is the baby stroller counterpart for it!
4. Stokke Xplory Adjustable Footrest
If a stroller is going to take your baby comfortably from being a newborn through the toddler stage, then surely an adjustable footrest is a must. No more dangling baby feet and no more toddler’s knees up to their ears because they are “too tall” for their stroller. All you do is push on the gray lever (shown in the photo below), and the footrest can be moved up or down to adjust to the perfect length for your child.
5. Stokke Xplory Visor Features
Too hot? Too cold? Too much sun? Not enough light? None of these are an issue with the Stokke Xplory because of the versatility that the visor over the seat offers. You can extend the visor fully, collapse it (or even remove it) entirely, or adjust it with snaps to something in-between. And one of my favorite features of the visor is that you can unzip a portion in the back to reveal a mesh panel, which is great for giving your baby some extra ventilation if it is a hot day but it is also ideal for keeping an eye on what your child is doing when the seat is facing forward and away from you. It is like a peek-a-boo panel (as you can see in the photo below)!
6. Stokke Xplory Safety Features
A stroller can have the most amazing features in the world, but if it is not safe, who would want to put their child in it? Stokke did not miss a beat in making sure that the Xplory has all of the safety features to help mom sleep easier at night. There is a 5-point harness that holds your baby in place, in addition to a bumper bar that attaches to the front of the seat as an extra safety precaution (it is removable as well). Plus, Stokke even took into consideration the safety of the adult pushing the stroller by leaving plenty of extra legroom so that people with longer legs (and longer strides) will not trip over any part of the stroller. In addition, there is a bright orange footbrake next to one of the wheels to make sure that your baby and stroller are not going anywhere unless you unlock it (see the image of the brake below).
7. Stokke Xplory Carry Cot Review
Do you have trouble getting your baby to fall asleep? The Stokke Xplory Baby Carry Cot has been the saving grace for many parents! After interviewing several moms (and happy owners of the Stokke Xplory System) at our local baby store, we kept hearing the same thing over and over again – buy the Infant Carry Cot because it is one of the few surefire ways to get your baby to sleep! The Carry Cot is sold separately, but it is perfect for newborn infants who cannot yet support the weight of their head. A stroll around the block in the Carry Cot and your infant will be asleep in no time. We even spoke to a mom who said that she has her infant take naps during the day in the Carry Cot so that she does not have to run up and down the stairs to her baby’s room every time her baby wakes up. The Carry Cot (shown in the photo below) comes with a baby blanket / wind cover that snaps on top, plus a mosquito net and a rain cover. So no matter what the weather is like, your baby can get use out of the Stokke Xplory!
8. Stokke Xplory Storage Bag & Accessories
I always worry when I see mothers balancing heavy diaper bags on the handle of their strollers, but Stokke came up with the perfect solution to this issue. The Xplory comes with a storage bag that conveniently (and safely!) clips onto the base of the stroller. This means you do not have to worry about the stroller tipping over from a heavy bag. You can easily fit in the roomy bag the mosquito net and rain cover (both of which come with the stroller!), a few changes of clothes, several diapers, pacifiers, bottles, and anything else your baby may need while you are out.
There are tons of other accessories that are sold separately (and which we did not review), but sound fabulous. For example, you can get a car seat adapter that will allow you to snap your baby’s carseat directly onto the frame of the Stokke Xplory. Or if you have a new little baby and an older toddler (with tired little legs), you can attach a Toddler Standing Board that allows you to push around both your older child and the new addition to your family. And if you are all about style, you can buy things like a parasol, a foot muff or even sheepskin lining. One accessory that seems like a must-buy if you have the Carry Cot is a few fitted sheets so that you can have an easy cleanup if your baby makes a mess while sleeping. There are even summer kits (to keep your baby cool in the summer) and winter kits (to keep your little one as snug as a bug in a rug)! And the colors and patterns that you can choose from are a fashionista’s dream come true. If you have a little girl, I simply do not know how you can resist the Limited Edition Pink Stokke Xplory. I have not seen any other hot pink stroller anywhere! Other colors that the Stokke comes in include beige, a light gray-blue, red, an eggplant purple, light green and dark navy.
We have put together the video (below) to review the features of the Stokke Xplory Stroller, because if a picture is worth one thousand words, imagine how much a video is worth!
How To Assemble The Stokke Xplory
Along with having a new addition to your family comes the joy of assembling loads of baby products. For those of you who love putting things together, this might sound like fun. But for the majority of us, I think it is safe to say that this is one of the things that we do not look forward to. Luckily, the Stokke Xplory’s intuitive design means that you can put the entire stroller together in 5 minutes! Just to show you how easy it is, we put together the following how-to video:
For more information about the Stokke XploryStroller and Baby Carry Cot, please visit Stokke’s website here. You can purchase the stroller here: Stokke Xplory Stroller and the Infant Carry Cot here: Stokke Xplory Carry Cot.