So those of you who know me well would probably have expected this! Aren’t you impressed that I waited until AFTER I introduced my children to show it lol!
With 4 children, you can be sure that I have tried just about every baby contraption that is out there! By Baby Number 4 I considered myself somewhat well-versed on what worked for our family. I had tried the fads, done the research, bought and sold, until finally I found my Baby Nirvana – the Stokke Xplory 2010. Last year saw the release of the newest version of the Xplory with lots of little improvements on the previous model that make life simple and easy for Mums and Dads (and the introduction of the new colour PURPLE – oh be still my beating heart!). So of course what better way to celebrate a new baby than with a new pram – after all this was the last pram that I would ever purchase so it had to be perfect, and by jingoes it is!
With an incredibly sleek and stylish design, you could be forgiven for thinking this pram is a work of art (going too far? I think not!). Stokke is ALL about the child, and one of the best features of the Xplory is the height at which your baby is positioned. Smack bang in front of you, and so close that you can pat her tiny little cheeks while wandering aimlessly around the shopping centres (hey it’s my fantasy that one day we will do this!). But seriously, even when running errands and being on a tight schedule, it’s such a comfort to have your little one so close where you can keep an eye on them, have great ol’ chats, and give them lots of little pats and tickles. There really is nothing more amazing than watching a baby fall asleep and I have spent many moments watching on as Lucy’s eyes grow heavier and heavier until she reaches SlumberLand – all the while knowing that the last thing she saw before she closed her eyes was her adoring Mummy watching over her.
Lucy’s first few weeks were spent in the carry cot (often at home!) where she could stretch out and lay flat. I even took her to the hairdressers for my post-baby ‘do and she slept like a, well…..baby, the whole time because she was so safe and familiar with the carry cot. I loved how protected she was in the carry cot – it kept her out of sight and more importantly out of REACH from all those strangers that think it perfectly acceptable to touch other people’s babies (ewwwwww – germs!!). And let’s not forget that sleeping baby equals MORE SHOPPING TIME!! Yes that’s right – while baby sleeps I can zoom around with my list and pack the shopping bag chocka block with bags, boxes and more bags. It’s like the Mary Poppins bag – I swear there must be a magic compartment in there because I just can’t seem to fill it up (as hard as I try – oops sorry dear! Yes do go back to work, I took the Xplory shopping today!)
I have now accessorised Lucy’s wheels with the Stokke Summer Kit which allows for lots of extra ventilation through the hood and back fabric panel, a gorgeous parasol and shade cover, but most importantly a very cool terry cloth seat liner which is just brilliant in our heat. She has such a sweaty little head and I LOVE that she can fall asleep in her pram and not wake up in a lather of sweat.
I have reached the Pinnacle of my Pram Everest, even if it took me four children to get here! Happy baby = happy Mummy….and lots of SMILES!