New 2010 Stokke Xplory Stroller Review

April 29th, 2010

New Stokke Xplory Stroller - RedAs all of you may have already heard, Stokke is coming out with the new 2010 Stokke Xplory Stroller this summer. Due to be released in June, it has now been pushed back to July 1st.

After playing around with the stroller for a while, I want to share my thoughts with you in hopes of answering most of your questions about it. There are several great blog entries about the new Xplory already on the web, so I thought I would focus on answering the most common or popular questions we’ve been receiving from our customers.

If you have the current Xplory in stores now, it IS possible to upgrade to the new one. For $399, Stokke will be offering a stroller seat package which will include the seat, seat fabric, canopy, and under seat bag. So, if you are getting ready for your second child and want to give your existing stroller a face lift, you are in luck!

So, what’s different about the stroller?

If you have an Xplory with serial number greater than 113464 (these have been in stores for months), the chassis will be almost exactly the same. The only differences are:

Chassis (Stroller Seat Stokke Xplory Stroller SeatFrame)

Bassinet (available with the Stokke Xplory Complete Stroller Only)
The hard plastic shell that makes up the bassinet is exactly the same. The difference are:

Stroller Seat
This is where most of the changes are, such as;

New Stokke Xplory StrollerAccessories
So, what works and what doesn’t from the current to new model? The short answer is that all current accessories will fit the new Xplory. Here are the details;

New Items
Stokke came out with a new Blanket that they refer to as the “Celebrity Blanket”. It’s soft and cuddly, but can also be used as a shield from the sun and wind. With 2 convenient snaps, it clips around the stroller canopy securely so that it won’t fly off. As a parent, I definitely appreciate that feature.

New Stokke RiderThe Stokke Xplory Rider

was introduced early this month. Please read our blog entry about it. Make sure to check your stroller’s serial number because it WILL NOT fit all xplory models.

The new Stokke 2010 Xplory Stroller will be offered in 6 colors; Red, Purple, Green, Dark Navy, Blue, and Beige.

The Price will be increasing slightly. The Stokke Xplory Complete Stroller will retail for $1259.99. the Basic (without bassinet) will be $1059.99

Pre-Order Schedule
The New 2010 Stokke Xplory Stroller will be available for pre-order in June for delivery during the first week of July. The dates may change, but this is what it is looking like at this point in time.


In the meantime, if you have any other questions, feel free to contact us anytime.
Stokke Xplory Changing BagStokke Xplory Ventilation

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Orbit Baby G2 Stroller – Delivery Schedule

April 29th, 2010

Orbit Baby G2 StrollerWe have been receiving an average of 60 phone calls daily about the new Orbit G2 line and when to expect delivery. So, I wanted to inform you all of what is going on in the world of Orbit Baby and delivery times moving forward.

Pampered Tot

has successfully shipped all customer pre-orders dating from January through March. All new orders placed in April will be shipping on or around May 15th. The great news is that there is a very high demand for Orbit Baby strollers right now. However, that means that retailers will not have “on the shelf” stock for months. Our store, like so many others, keeps on pre-selling the goods. By the time we receive our shipments from Orbit Baby, the stock is 100% committed and pre-sold. So, my advise to all of you Orbit Baby fanatics is to find a reputable retailer that you are comfortable buying from and pre-ordering your G2 product right away! 

By the way, the product is outstanding! The improvements are incredible. Although it has been a long and frustrating wait, it’s worth it! (based on the customer feedback that we have been receiving over the past 3 weeks).

I would also like to take this moment to apologize for the lengthy delay. Although it’s out of our control, we still feel terrible that it has taken this long to get you strolling again in your new G2 stroller and/or accessories. So, thank you for sticking with us, and for sticking with the Orbit Baby brand. Should you guys have any questions about your orders, delivery times, or product information, please contact us anytime. As always, with a toll-free number, instant chat, and email, we are available 7-days a week from 8am to 10pm PST.

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Bugaboo Cameleon Vs. Bugaboo Frog – What’s the difference?

April 27th, 2010

Bugaboo Cameleon StrollerAt

we sell loads of Bugaboo strollers. We love the brand and the product. It’s well made, durable, and backed by a generous 2-year warranty. When customers looking for a Bugaboo stroller call us, their first question is “What’s the difference between the Cameleon and the Frog?”. Well, enough people have called and emailed us, so I thought it was time to write about it.

The Bugaboo Cameleon

and the Bugaboo Frog strollers have many similarities, more so than differences. So, what does the Cameleon have that the Frog does not? (or shall we say, why should I pay $220 more for the Cameleon…).

The Cameleon has these added features:

Bugaboo Frog StrollerSo, after reading through the list of Cameleon extras, what should you do? Well, that depends on you. If you are tall and want to make sure your feet don’t constantly hit the stroller when you walk, the handlebar extension is a great feature. If you plan to use the stroller until your child grows out of it, the extra 2 inches in length on the stroller seat will ensure longer use. If you have a girl and want pink, then have a boy for your second child and need to switch your stroller to blue, a $99 Tailored Fabric Set

will essentially change the look of your stroller and adapt to your needs (the Cameleon is made up of a base color and your choice of 13 tailored fabrics. So, changing the look is easy, fast, and relatively inexpensive).

You can’t go wrong with either stroller. They are both excellent products that will last longer than you need them to. Our Cameleon is 5 years old, and is just as functional and great looking for our second child as it was when we bought it. If you need more guidance or assistance with your purchase, please let us know.

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Stokke Xplory Stroller Rider Board Review

April 23rd, 2010

The New Stokke Xplory Rider Board

is finally here! Stokke Xplory Stroller Rider Board

I have to say that it’s, by far, the best stroller-branded board we’ve seen. It’s sleek, easy to put on, and extremely easy to use. It took a long while, but now Stokke Xplory Stroller users can finally hitch 2 kids on this totally awesome ride!

The setup is simple. Take it out of the box, the clip the 2 ends of the board into the clips alredy provided on your current Strokke Xplory Stroller chassis. PLEASE NOTE: This new Rider Board is only compatible with Stokke Xplory Strollers with serial number 113464 or higher

The use is just awesome. Unlike many wheeled rider board, Stokke’s version requires absolutely no hardware or dangling cords. When in use, it glides smoothly under the seat handle. When you’re done with it, just kick it up. It fastens completely out of the way and onto the stroller chassis with an ultra strong magnet. There no need to tie it to anything. Once it’s up, it will not get in the way of your walking stride at all. I was really amazed.

So, for all you Stokke fans waiting for the Rider, it’s now available

 for $119.99. For fans of other competing luxury strollers, you know have a reason to take another look at the ever popular Stokke Xplory Stroller again…

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New 2010 Bugaboo Bee Stroller Has Arrived!

April 14th, 2010

Bugaboo Bee StrollerThanks for waiting everyone! The New 2010 Bugaboo Bee Stroller has arrived and is ready to ship today! For complete details on the stroller, feel free to read our formal review from January 2010, and click here

to see the latest pictures and product specifications.

We also received the New Maxi-Cosi Mico Infant Car Seat Adapter

, so the New 2010 Bugaboo Bee is now compatible with this car seat. Please also note that the New 2010 Bugaboo Bee Breezy Sun Canopy is available and combines both a sun canopy and sunshade in one!

If you have any questions, please contact us anytime via online chat, email, or toll-free at 1-866-271-5437. Happy Shopping!

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Just Checking in with our loyal customers

April 6th, 2010

Hi loyal Pampered Tot Fans!

It’s been a little while since our last entry. I sincerely apologize for that. I know that so many of you rely on our reviews and general baby news. We have been fortunate enough to have started 2010 with the same feverish growth pace as we ended with in 2009. Thus the reason for our little hiatus…

There are many exciting new things happening at Pampered Tot and with many of the brands we carry. With the launch of the new Bugaboo Bee coming in May, Stokke’s new Xplory coming in June, BOB’s new Revolution in the Summer, and Orbit Baby’s G2 launch this week, there is alot to get excited about in the world of baby strollers. We will be reviewing the BOB Revolution and Stokke Xplory shortly. The Orbit Baby and Bugaboo Bee strollers have already been covered in earlier blog entries.

We also started carrying Britax Car Seats

this year, to compliment our incredible selection.

In mid-summer, Pampered Tot will be opening a new retail storefront! Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Overall, we are thrilled with 2010 so far, and are excited about all the fantastic new product developments to come later this season. Thanks again for your loyalty and continued interest. We look forward to communicating with you on a more frequent basis from now on! 

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