12/07/2009 14:32 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

London's Trendiest Buggy: The Stokke Xplory

If you like to stay abreast of the latest buggy trends, you'll want to know that there's a new challenger to the Bugaboo's crown as most wanted baby transporter in East Dulwich and other trendy London villages.

It's the Stokke Xplory pushchair travel system, and you'll recognise it immediately as the buggy that makes your kid look like a very cute Doctor Who-ish half-human-half-machine character. Or like they rule the world from on high.

The Stokke Xplory has been around for a while, I first spotted one at least a couple of years ago. What's new is the number of them now in circulation and who's pushing them.

They are definitely picking up a pace as the cool buggy of choice for fashionable folk. And yes, admit it, whether a buggy is cool or not is an important factor, even more so when your bloke is in charge of equipment purchases.It's likely that we will go for the ultra-light Bugaboo Bee for our little one, due December 1, but the Stokke is the closest challenger and I'm still keeping an open mind.

What I love about the Stokke is that the baby is so high up, at the same time nice and close to me, easier to get in and out, and also, crucially, out of the traffic fumes. I despair to see babies with their faces virtually pressed against vehicle exhaust pipes.

The height of the chair also means that the buggy can double up as a high chair, which strikes me as very useful at all the rather nice cafés I shall be frequenting with the mums-who-lunch.

The Stokke Xplory comes with a height adjustable interchangeable seat (rear and front-facing) or carry cot, in a range of six colours, all bits washable. For the full lowdown on its many features and functions, and where to buy, visit Expect to pay around £500-£600.

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