"Our son loves being zipped around town in his Stokke Scoot"
Stokke Scoot is a perfect balance of design, comfort and safety and made to grow with each stage of your child’s development.
After looking at countless strollers, almost all of which come with countless bells and whistles thrown in for good measure, I’ve grown a little impatient about walking into another baby product store or looking at anything else online with my wife.
If I do make it to a store, my first mission is to scout for the closest “ceremonial seat of contemplation” placed in strategic locations for the men, who at that moment would much rather literally be anywhere else.
Its not that I am a heel dragger but let’s face it fellow men, browsing in stores for strollers is not really our thing.
Four wheels without an engine or a soulful exhaust note just don’t cut it. So you can imagine my lack of eagerness when my wife called me to say, “hey, I’ll need you to check out a stroller at Motherswork.” Well I did go along, and in the end we finally got our hands on the Stokke Scoot stroller.
Stokke. I’ll let you decide how you would want to pronounce it. The Scandinavian brand’s ethos is to grow with your child – literally. The comprehensive range of products is well thought of to see children through quite a fair bit of time and beyond.
The brand features chairs with changeable seats for different stages of a child’s life (infancy-to toddlerhood to pre-school stage) as well as beds that keep expanding with your child. Their website, will show you the different configurations to suit your child’s age.
Guided by the simplest of instructions, it takes under five minutes to assemble the Stokke Scoot straight out of the box.
While assembling the Scoot, I had the opportunity to really get a good look at the parts and feel the materials used in the making of the stroller. I am very impressed with the finishing and quality of the components.
I daresay the company takes serious pride and puts in a lot of consideration into the quality and longevity of their products.
The foam-filled tyres are plush and really cushion the bumps. The adjustable handle means that my wife, our helper and I, can all adjust the handle to a height that we are individually comfortable with.
When fully expanded, nifty little indicators tell you that the stroller is locked in position so it won’t accidentally collapse on our little one. The buckle and all other plastic parts have no sharp edges that could scratch our son’s eyes or catch on his clothes. If these thoughtful design elements are anything to go by, you can understand how the brand has also come to be associated with safe yet aesthetically pleasing designs.
The seat can be faced towards or away from us, since the connection of the frame and seat is reversible. This is a neat feature that we appreciate because it allows us to have our son face us, which helps us keep an eye on him. I must say that most other brands don’t have this feature.
The seat comes with three different lean angles to suit our growing child. For now it’s the furthest, since our son is barely a month old and at this stage he can’t hold his head up without support.
We also got a softbag to go along with the stroller: simply run the harness through the slots to fit and we’re all good to go. The softbag keeps him warm and feeling secure whenever we go out to the mall or anyplace with air-conditioning set below zero.
Our son, like any other toddler, does not fancy being buckled down and restrained very much. So in place of the harness, the softbag zips up to make sure he doesn’t wiggle around too much while a drawstring also helps to envelope his head in a warm soft bundle. He loves it so much that even I am tempted to give it a try.
Around town, the mall, and the park, the Scoot has proved easy to manoeuvre while looking good at the same time. It does corners ok, doesn’t feel rickety when on the move and the wheel size is just right if you’re moving between street and sidewalk.
There are also no difficult controls, no hard bumps over potholes in the walkway and definitely no dramas.
All in all, the Stokke Scoot is a neat little package that doesn’t make me feel like my masculinity is at stake. My wife and I appreciate how well thought out everything is – comfort, design and safety. Definitely, we would not have second thoughts again about getting a Stokke Scoot again.
The Stokke Scoot was reviewed by Jianjie Yap.
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