Hi, I'm Naomi, 32, mum to Liz, 12, and Logan, 11 months and we live in Peterborough. As a family we are really active and enjoy getting out and about, going for long walks and exploring. We went on holiday to Malta this year and had a great time visiting the Megalithic sites. I hate driving and Logan hates being in the car so we mainly walk or use public transport everywhere. In my spare time I love to read to relax, although I haven't managed to finish any of the books on my to read list while on maternity leave this year. I am really looking forward to testing out the Xplory® and putting it through its paces for the next 6 months.
I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Xplory®, and couldn't wait to get the box opened once it arrived this morning.
There were 2 things that really impressed me while removing the Xplory® from its box. Firstly that there was no additional assembly required,specifically the wheels. I hate it when I have to spend ages working out instructions, and putting wheels on is something that worries me. The Xplory® is really self-explanatory when it comes to putting it together and I only had to quickly glance over the instructions for guidance on adjusting the settings. It took me just over 5 minutes to unpack it and put it together.
Secondly, there is minimal extra packaging. I find it frustrating when you unpack a new gadget and you are hunting for scissors to cut tape and ties. Then you are left with little bits of plastic and other bits that baby is just waiting to stick in their mouth. With the Xplory®, everything is easily removed from the packaging and easily disposed of. It is compactly packed so nothing moves around and the fabric pieces are packed in plastic bags - it is well packed in its box meaning there is no damage to the product.
We have received the Xplory® in deep blue, which looks really luxurious in real life and the fabric feels really good quality, I do wonder how quickly Logan is going to manage to get it dirty.
I am looking forward to taking it out on its first test drive this afternoon and see what my friends think of it.
Today is a baby-free day for me at the hairdressers. So Logan and the Stokke® have gone over to Granny's house.
The bag on the front is so spacious and has saved me walking for two miles trying to juggle two bags and a buggy.
I managed to fit the raincover, a spare outfit, half a dozen nappies and wipes, a supply of milk for the afternoon and his favourite digger. It even had room to spare.
Don't you just love the British weather! Beautiful sunshine all morning, and then when it's time for me to head out, the grey clouds appear from nowhere.
On a positive note though, it was the perfect opportunity to try out the raincover.
It was really easy to fit as it's elasticated, so no fiddly clips or poppers, and there is a zip to allow the handle to fit in exactly the right place, regardless of the seat positioning.
The best thing for me is that it has a window area that can be left open so I could still respond to Logan's needs while we were out. This was something that a lady noticed while we were out, and she came over to tell me that she thought it was a great idea.
Luckily for me, we only got caught in a small shower and Logan stayed snug and dry. He was so comfy he even went to sleep - something that he doesn't always do in a buggy.
October 16th 2015
Such a busy day with shopping, parcel drop offs and catching up with old friends.
We were out of the house for most of the day, with little time to stop. Once again the Xplory® made a busy day much easier, especially as all Logan wants to do is sleep in it. He's normally very awake through the day, and will barely nap in a pushchair, but Logan feels very comfortable and snug in there.
Its actually getting difficult to take an awake photo of him while we are about!
October 26th 2015
So, a month in and we have our first spillage on the Xplory®. Typically it was milk, so it stood out a mile. Thought I would start with the simplest solution first and work my way up, so I just got a cloth and some water.
Two minutes later and I was done! So quick and easy to clean and no smells left on the fabric or any watermarks once dried. I am going to be a lot more confident when using the Xplory® around food and drink.
We went into town today and Logan took this opportunity to be sick, all over the Stokke®. I honestly didn't know where it all came from and it was obvious that a few babywipes and a wet cloth wasn't going to cut it!
So putting on my happy thoughts, I realised this gave me the perfect opportunity to strip the fabrics off and give them a good wash.
All of the Stokke® fabrics are removable to allow you to clean them properly and to also change the colour when you want to.
It took me less than 5 minutes to remove the fabrics from the seat and bumper bar, and I popped them in my machine on a cool wash and then out on my airer to dry.
They dried really quickly overnight and were easy to put back on, although I needed a little help with the bumper bar.
So we are ready for another adventure!
November the 12th 2015
Next week we have the experience of travelling with the Stokke®, specifically flying.
Before we flew I checked with the airline and they advised that I could have 2 essential baby items, but as the Xplory® is in 2 parts this took my allowance up, unless I travelled with it in a bag. I was already worried about the airline damaging it in transit, so this pushed me to get a Stokke® Pram Pack.
These retail at around £125 usually but I managed to borrow an older version from a friend.
The Pram Pack rolls neatly into a bag so it's easy to store or carry when not in use.
Once it is unrolled it is huge, and looks like it will easily fit in the Xplory® and accessories.
I'm really looking forward to my trip and sharing how we got on with the Pram Pack.
November the 15th 2015
Logan loves fish, he spends ages watching my friends marine tank and so I thought it would be a great idea to take him to a nearby aquarium, and use the Xplory®'s multiple postioned seat to the max. There are three parent facing postions to the seat unit and two world facing positions.
We arrived parent facing, as I prefer this when we are out and about. We quickly switched to world facing to allow Logan to see clearly and get close to the tanks. My favourite part, and Logan's, was when we walked through the tunnel and we switched to the recline position. He spent ages watching the fish swim all around him and eventually fell asleep like this.
December the 4th 2015
And we are off! Suitcases packed, suncream bought and the Xplory® in it's carry bag.
I honestly don't know how I would have travelled without this.
The bag is massive and not only did it have space for the Xplory® and all my accessories, I also managed to fill the shopping bag full of Logan's clothes and nappies and fit that in.
Everything packs away neatly, with a side pocket for the raincover and mosquito net, the shopping bag fits under the chassis, and the chassis is held in place with a Velcro strap. Plus there was still plenty of room to spare. It has wheels on the bottom to help when you are moving it around.
The one thing that really became apparent after this is that the Xplory® is in no way compact. When it is folded down it takes up the majority of space in a large boot. It actually made me happy that we use public transport as I would definitely struggle getting it into the boot of our car.
December the 12th 2015
While I was out today, I used the 2 wheel mode to bump up a couple of steps. I had a small audience at the time, but I managed to smoothly switch the wheels, bump up and switch straight back.
Quite a few impressed looks of the Stokke® from the men and a couple of women checking out the name.
Two-wheel mode is a lifesaver as I live in a flat, so I can keep my shopping in the bag while I bring up the frame. Its not something to do for more than a couple of steps, I wouldn't like to risk all the weight combined.
December the 15th 2015
Extreme rainy days and flooded roads. Luckily Logan is snug and dry under the raincover and everything in our shopping bag stays dry too. I wish I could fit in the Xplory®, but I just have to juggle an umbrella and buggy to try and stay dry! That's not too difficult on flat paths, but is definitely a challenge if we encounter any uneven paths.
December the 19th 2015
I find the shoulder harnesses on the Stokke® really long, especially now Logan is more active and has slimmed down. I've recently had to really tighten them up, and adjust them with all the variable layers we are wearing. Luckily the straps are easy to access behind the zipped back and adjust quickly and easily too. I really like the fact that they are covered by the back fabric, keeping the stylish look.
December the 28th 2015
So Christmas is here and we have had a busy few days, visiting family and eating our weight in turkey.
The Stokke® was put to good use on Christmas day when we visited my Gran. Lots of room in the shopping bag for all Logan's new toys and we also used it at the table as a highchair for Christmas dinner, and then as a comfy place to nap in the afternoon.
On Boxing Day we left the Stokke® behind as it takes up a lot of room in the car and borrowed a stroller from a friend. I hated it, as it felt so light and flimsy in comparison. So glad to be heading out later with the Xplory® again.
Today we did a little bit of off-roading and then went to the beach, testing out the 2 wheel function.
We managed to get quite far up a steep and bumpy hill, and only turned back as we realised it was getting too steep. The Stokke® felt so stable and we had no worries about it toppling.
We then headed over to the beach, it was just a small stretch of sand and I struggled with all 4 wheels. So I switched it over to 2-wheels and it was easier, and even more so when I pulled rather than pushed.
After we had finished paddling and making sandcastles we headed back and at home discovered Logan had half the beach in his seat. We quickly unclipped it and emptied it out, leaving it clear and clean.
January the 17th 2016
My favourite feature of the Xplory®, is the adjustability of the seat.
On the main frame you can adjust the height and I love the closeness this gives us. The seat can either be parent or world facing at any height, and I still prefer Logan to be facing me so we can talk about what is going on around us.
I like to keep the seat on the highest setting, but have found on uneven ground that it is harder to push and control. It's very easy to adjust the settings so I just lower it when I need to and this makes it much easier to handle.
So, I've finally switched to world facing, as Logan has started getting grumpy about being in the buggy at times.
It's been about a week, and I'm not loving it as much as parent facing.
It's harder to get into the shopping basket as the footrest is in the way, and I struggle getting the brake on when using the bus if I want him facing me.
Think maybe I need some more practice to get used to it.February the 13th 2016
We have had a busy day today, running round doing lots of errands. As a treat, we stopped off at a little café and I had a hot chocolate, while Logan enjoyed a waffle.
They didn't have any highchairs available so we just adjusted the Stokke® seat and he happily sat there, chatting and eating.
February the 21st 2016
When I first saw the Stokke® Xplory® in a photo, I didn't like it. It looked odd and unstable and I really didn't like the thought of my son in it. Naomi tried explaining all the good things about it, the ergonomic design and the height adjustment, but I wasn't sold and refused to use it.
I'd seen Logan out in it several times and he always looked happy and cozy in it, but I still didn't like it.
Then we went out for a day at our local nature park. Naomi asked me to push him for a minute while she got something out of her bag and that was the last time she touched it until we got back to the car. The stability of the Stokke® is great and it felt sturdy. I made sure I tried it out up and down hills, and through some muddy puddles too. I can see now why she was completely sold on it and am happy that we have it.
February the 29th 2016
I really like the accessories for the Stokke® and have treated myself to a few along the way.
We have the footmuff, blanket, cup holder and an older style changing bag. We also have the travel bag which comes in handy when we go away.
The footmuff is so snug and warm, and is great for Logan when it is really cold. It zips up into a hood for extra protection and we often get comments on how cozy he looks. They come in a variety of colours to match or contrast with Stokke®.
I think the blanket is amazing as it clips onto the seat with press-studs. This saves me having to wash the blanket constantly as Logan likes to pull it off and play peekaboo with it, then drop it when he gets distracted by something else.I have also got my eye on the summer kit at the moment. The new blue is gorgeous and would be great for a long hot summer. Wishful thinking maybe!
The last month Logan has been on a growth spurt and is now around the height of a 2 year old.
I've readjusted all of his straps and footrest to make him comfy in the Stokke® and he's very happy.
It did make me think about how much longer he would have in the Xplory®, and he's still got a few inches until the top of his head reaches the top of the seat back.
We've also switched back to parent facing mode, as he's such a cheeky chatterbox, he's forever pointing things out and I love the interaction we have.
I can't believe my 6 months with the Xplory® is now at an end. I've loved using it and testing out all it's features. It is a very stylish pushchair and I often get people stopping to ask me what it is and if I would recommend it.
My pros for the Stokke® are:
1. The adjustability of the whole setup - I love the option of being able to adjust the height and tilt of the seat. If Logan drifts of to sleep, it's easy to tilt the seat back without disturbing him. The handle also adjusts in height and angle with a button for each. Ideal for different sized parents and family members, and also squeezing into small spots.
2. The stability - I use the Stokke® on a lot of uneven ground and I've never worried about it tipping over. I do usually lower the seat to adjust the centre of gravity to make it feel a little less heavy when pushing it in these situations.
3. The front shopping bag - I've previously had a pushchair with a tiny basket, meaning my hands and handles would usually be full of bags as we struggle home. The Stokke® bag is really spacious and we manage to fit loads in comfortably. We went to the beach last week and managed to pack all of our stuff in there easily.
My cons for the Stokke® are:
1. It is very bulky and doesn't fold compactly. This has been an issue when fitting it into our small boot for days out, but luckily I use it more on public transport and when I'm out walking.
2. The navy colourway gets dirty very easily. Its a gorgeous colour, and cleans very easily as it's all machine washable but I did find that it needed a wipe down frequently. It might be that I have a particularly messy baby!
My star rating for the Xplory® is 9/10. It's a great pushchair for me as I'm really active and it has joined us on all of our adventures. It's had 6 months of daily use, by myself and nursery and it's still in great condition. It's easy to clean, comfortable to walk with and Logan always looks happy and comfortable in it.
I would definitely recommend this - and have done - for any parents looking for a long-lasting, versatile pushchair for their family.