If people ask you things like, “How’s the air up there?” or “Did you drink a lot of milk as a child?”, you’re probably pretty tall. That’s great for playing basketball and reaching things on high shelves, but it’s not so great when you’re trying to push a stroller around. It can lead to backaches and hunching.
Carrying a baby for nine months and giving birth takes its toll on your body. The last thing you want is to exacerbate it with poor posture from pushing a stroller that’s not high enough for you.
In this guide we’ll show you what you should be looking for and review five of the best strollers for tall parents currently on the market.
- Adjustable handlebar
- Infant seat compatible
- Adjustable seat
- Smooth ride
- Easy recline
- Five-point harness
- Good weight limit
- Sun protection
- Foam-filled rubber tires
- Suitable for newborns
- Easy fold action
- One-hand fold
- Added extras included
- Multi-position recliner
Why Stroller Choice Matters to Taller Parents
Not all strollers are made equal. Yes, they are a great tool in your arsenal for transporting baby when you are out and about. When you are taller, then factors other than comfortable seats, safety harnesses, and storage come into play.
Slouching over a stroller with handles that aren’t long enough can be crippling on your back. You might not feel it in the short term, but imagine a day out at the mall or walking along the seemingly never-ending paths at Disney. You’re going to be pushing that stroller plus baby and gear weight for several hours at a time.
Your hunched shoulders and curved spine will soon leave you in a whole world of pain if the handle is at the wrong height. Poor posture contributes to stress on your spine and pulled muscles (1).
Choosing the right stroller for your height can help you stand up straight. This will relieve the strain you put on your back and help keep you pain-free.
Another consideration when you are taller is the length of your stride. Make sure you aren’t going to be kicking the back of the stroller with every step.
Types of Strollers for Tall Parents
When it comes to strollers for tall parents, you can find a number of styles to choose from.
Designed for active moms and dads, these strollers allow you to work off the baby weight by exercising with little one in tow. They have all-terrain style wheels for jogging around the block, in the park or off road. You can even use them for a full workout to tone your body.
Some are compatible with car infant seats, but the use of a stroller for running is not advised until baby is over six months old.
As well as the usual accessories like storage, sun canopies, and cup holders, many of these strollers have superior tires and suspension. This means a smooth ride for baby.
The handles on these strollers tend to be longer, making them a great choice for taller parents. There also tends to be more legroom with the handles being at an angle suitable for longer strides.
- Higher handle heights.
- Can be used from birth with an infant car seat.
- Superior suspension and tires for all-terrain use.
- Not suitable for exercise until baby is over 6 months old.
- Large when pushing in busy areas.
This style of stroller is incredibly lightweight and folds easily, becoming compact for storage. Many have a carrying strap, making them an excellent option for hopping on buses or the subway. They tend to be slim and easy to maneuver through narrow spaces.
Their name comes from the shape of the handles, similar to those of an umbrella. Often they are longer, making them more comfortable to push for those of you that are taller.
On the downside, these strollers might be lacking in other areas. Sun canopies can be less than adequate and seats not as supportive and cushioned. Snack trays and cup holders are often additional extras that you need to purchase — they aren’t included as standard.
- Fold compactly and easily.
- Might have a carrying strap or handle.
- Comfort is compromised.
- Accessories are not standard.
These strollers have all the bells and whistles. They come with an infant car seat for use with a newborn and a multi-position, reclining seat for toddlers. Cushioning is usually superior, and they have a lot of convenient accessories.
They grow with your baby, meaning it could be the only stroller you need. Some have a good handle height or a handle that can be adjusted for taller parents. This is great if caregivers of different heights will be using the stroller.
Accessories that come as standard include child and parent trays, cupholders, and sun canopies.
One drawback is these strollers tend to be heavier and bulkier than other strollers.
- Suitable for newborn babies.
- Often have adjustable handle heights.
- Include many accessories.
- Can be heavy and bulky.
Twins, or siblings close in age, pose more of a challenge when choosing a stroller. You will want one that can accommodate both kids while being practical and functional. Luckily, there are many options available for two babies, or one baby and a toddler.
Double strollers are available across all different types, including jogging, umbrella, and travel systems. Some will take an infant car seat and have an extra seat for a toddler or sit and stand option. On the whole, these strollers tend to be heavier and bulkier, but some are lighter in weight than a single stroller and have excellent maneuverability.
Accessories could be included depending on the model. These are likely to be sun canopies, storage baskets, integrated pockets, and cup holders.
- A wide variety is available.
- Can seat kids side-by-side or inline (one behind the other).
- Many suitable from birth.
- Might be heavy and bulky.
- Can be expensive.
Stroller Features for Taller Parents
If you’ve been blessed with height, here are some things you should look for, as well as items you’ll want for your baby.
Look for a handlebar that can be adjusted through a wide range of heights. One that is fixed but longer might also be comfortable enough for you to push.
Telescopic handles or ones that change easily will be more convenient. Look for ones with buttons that make adjusting a breeze.
Some strollers have seats that are higher than others, often increasing the overall height. Another advantage of a higher seat is you won’t have to bend so far to tend to your child or lift them out of the stroller. When you do, make sure you bend from the hips.
Juggling a baby or squirming toddler, as well as bags, is an art most moms learn to master. Having a stroller that folds with one hand is a bonus. It also helps if it stands on its own once folded.
Parent tray and storage pockets
Somewhere to pop a drink and keep your phone and keys on hand is a handy accessory to have. Look for a covered tray with cup holders or zippered storage pockets. A large storage basket is good for all the other things you need to carry.
Steering a stroller without fighting with it is a must-have. Look for all-terrain wheels that swivel and have good suspension. A single handlebar is generally easier to maneuver than two separate ones.
Check out how far the seat reclines, and how much padding it has for comfort and support. If your baby is younger, they will often be lulled to sleep by the motion of the stroller. You want a full recline for naptime and need one for infants who can’t hold their heads up (2).
Infant car seat compatible
Many strollers can accommodate an infant car seat, making them available for use from birth. The advantage of this is you only need one stroller that can grow with your little one.
Babies need to be shaded from the sun. Look for a canopy that will provide good coverage. An added feature that can be found is a peek-a-boo window which lets you keep an eye on them.
The Best Tall Parent Strollers of 2020
We completed hours of research to find the best strollers for tall parents across the market. We took into consideration the opinions of parents to verify our top five picks and reflect real-world experience.
1. BOB Revolution Flex 2.0 Jogging Stroller
BOB offers active parents a solution for taking their younger kids with them when jogging or walking. The superior mountain bike style suspension is adjustable, absorbing bumps to keep baby comfortable. The front wheel can swivel or stay locked, making negotiating city sidewalks or country trails a breeze.
Safety features highly in this stroller with a five-point harness for baby and an adult wrist strap to prevent it from rolling away. There is also a foot operated parking brake.
Accessories include a good-sized storage basket, two interior seat pockets, and one large pocket in the seatback. A parent tray with a drink holder can be purchased separately and includes a tire pump.
Why We Love It
The single padded handlebar on this stroller can be adjusted through 180 degrees, giving nine different positions. The height covers a range between 34.5 inches up to 48 inches. This is great for parents at the higher end of the height scale.
Easy to change at the press of a button, the stroller can be swapped between caregivers of varying height in a jiffy.
Infant Seat Compatible
Jogging with an infant is a definite no-no. They would get shaken about no matter how good the suspension on your stroller. Nevertheless, nothing is stopping you from taking them for a walk (3).
The child seat is well padded with open cell foam and has a water repellent coating. Ventilation is built-in to keep baby cool.
It can be adjusted easily with one hand, to a maximum of 70 degrees from a vertical position. This allows baby to lay back for naps on the go.
Protect your little one from the elements, whether that be sun or rain, with the extra large sun canopy. It has UPF of 50+ and good coverage of the seating area.
It also has a plastic viewing window with a cover that secures with Velcro. This lets you peek at your precious cargo to make sure they are alright.
Keep In Mind
Keep an Air Pump on Hand
Some find issues with the tires on this stroller. They are rubber tires with an inner tube and can be prone to punctures or deflation. Make sure you take an air pump with you when you go out.
The sturdiness and solidity of this stroller come at a price; it is heavy and bulky when folded. The two-hand fold can take a while to get right, and it might need some effort to lift into the trunk of a car.
|Product Weight||28.5 pounds|
|Dimensions||Up to 48 inches high by 25.4 inches wide by 44 inches long|
|Handle Height||Adjustable from 34.5 inches to 48 inches|
|Color Choices||Black, canyon, lagoon, meadow, and lunar|
|Extra Features||Infant car seat compatible, sun canopy, storage basket, integrated pockets|
2. BOB Revolution Flex Duallie 2.0 Jogging Stroller
Finding a stroller for tall parents with twins or siblings who are close in age can be a challenge. BOB has you covered with their Duallie.
The handle height on this stroller is the highest we could find at a massive 50.5 inches. If your partner or other caregivers are shorter, this is no problem — it adjusts to nine positions through 180 degrees.
The two seats can accommodate a total of 100 pounds, 50 in each seat. It can also be adapted to take many brands of infant car seats, including BOB, Chicco, Graco, and Britax. On the downside, the car seat adapter is not included but can be purchased separately, and it will only take one car seat.
Why We Love It
Air-filled tires, a suspension that is akin to that of a mountain bike, and a lockable front wheel make light work of all terrains. The suspension can also be adjusted through two stages for different weight support, allowing 3 inches of travel.
Tracking on the front wheel can also be adjusted. This means, at the turn of the knob, you can keep your stroller moving straight.
Both seats can be reclined independently with one hand. There is a strap adjustment behind each of them. This is great when one kiddie falls asleep when you are out.
You can keep a watchful eye on your little ones when they are napping through the plastic peek-a-boo window in the sun canopy. The seats also have ventilation, allowing airflow to keep baby cool.
Each seat in this stroller has a five-point harness for your child’s safety. There is also a handlebar wrist strap for you so the stroller can’t roll away from you when you’re jogging.
A foot-controlled brake is easily accessible to lock the wheels when you are stationary.
Keep In Mind
Accessories Are Extra
It’s a little disappointing that for a stroller at the higher end of the price range, many accessories are not included. Yes, there is a storage basket and six pockets, but parent consoles and kiddie trays are available at an additional cost.
Issues With the Footwell
There is material in the footwell of this stroller (the place where the children’s feet are). This seems to be prone to wear and might need to be repaired or replaced.
|Product Weight||33 pounds|
|Dimensions||Up to 50.5 inches high by 30.5 inches wide by 48 inches long|
|Handle Height||Adjustable from 33.5 to 50.5 inches|
|Color Choices||Black, canyon, and lagoon|
|Extra Features||Air-filled tires, mountain bike suspension, storage basket, sun canopy, storage basket, integrated pockets|
3. Britax B-Ready G3 Stroller
This stroller gives you the best of both worlds. It can be used as a single stroller or an in-line double with the purchase of a second seat, or an infant car seat and adapter. The extra seat comes in four colors so you can match it with your existing stroller.
There are 12 configurations for seating your kids. You can use it for a newborn in an infant seat or with the Britax B-Ready bassinet.
Twins are no problem as this stroller will accommodate two infant car seats with the top one either forward or rear facing. As they grow, then one child can sit in each seat, but keep in mind, the child in the back seat will have an obstructed forward view.
Why We Love It
The handle on this stroller can be adjusted to a maximum height of 43 inches. This is great for parents of differing heights. It is quick and easy to change over from one parent to another.
Good Weight Limit
This stroller accommodates kids up to 55 pounds in the main stroller seat and up to 35 pounds in the second seat. This is great for siblings of different ages.
The sun canopy on the B-Ready has good coverage to protect your child from harmful UV rays (4). There is also a ventilation window which secures with a magnet. It’s great for keeping an eye on what your little one is up to.
Foam-filled rubber tires along with a suspension system on all four wheels help to absorb the bumps of uneven sidewalks. A padded seat adds to the comfort factor.
When your child decides it’s naptime, then the four-position recline means you can lay them back.
Keep In Mind
While this stroller has an easy one-hand fold, once collapsed it is still bulky. The folded measurements are 42 inches long by 19 inches high by 24 inches wide with the wheels on. If you take the wheels off, the length drops to 30 inches.
It’s also heavy at 30 pounds. The good news is that the second seat does not need to be removed to fold the stroller.
Lack of Accessories
The stroller has an oversized storage basket and sun canopy but no other accessories. Things like a child tray or a parent organizer with covered storage and insulated cup holders can be purchased separately.
|Product Weight||30 pounds|
|Dimensions||44 inches long by 24 inches wide by 43.25 inches high|
|Handle Height||43 inches (adjustable)|
|Color Choices||Black, haze, pistachio, navy, and nanotex (gray)|
|Extra Features||Storage basket, sun canopy, infant car seat compatible, converts to an in-line double stroller|
4. Joovy New Groove Ultralight Umbrella Stroller
Lightweight umbrella strollers often have a trade-off when it comes to accessories and features. This is not the case with this offering from Joovy.
It comes with a mesh pocket to hold a drink or a toy for your little one, and another at the rear for you. Then there is the roomy storage basket and a zippered pocket for valuables in the back of the seat. Two cup holders are also included in the package, as is a sun canopy with a peek-a-boo window.
Why We Love It
Suitable for Newborns
The soft seat of this stroller reclines to an almost flat position, meaning it can be used from birth. There is also a foot enclosure built in that will help keep your little one feeling secure and safe.
The stroller will grow with your child until they reach 55 pounds. There is an adjustable footrest that can be raised for napping and lowered for sitting.
At just 15 pounds, this aluminum-framed stroller won’t break your back if you have to carry it. Traveling becomes easy with a carry handle to lift it on and off public transport or up and down stairs. However, although it’s not heavy, it’s still durable and sturdy.
This model also fits Disney’s stroller size restrictions (5).
Easy Fold Action
Collapsing this stroller is quick and easy. You lift the two levers located at the base of the stroller with your foot and push forward. Once folded, it will stand on its own, leaving your hands free to deal with your baby.
It’s also reasonably compact with folded dimensions of 43.75 inches long by 14 inches wide by 10 inches high.
Good Handle Height
Although the handles on this stroller aren’t adjustable, they are a good height for taller parents at 42.5 inches. There is no more slouching over when you are pushing it.
Keep In Mind
Many parents find they need two hands to adjust the straps that allow the seat to recline. This can be a little awkward if you have a squirming little one to contend with as well.
Also, the seat does not seem to sit fully upright. This means a curious toddler who likes to see the world go by could be sitting forward with little back support.
Fabric Is Not Easy to Clean
The seat of this stroller has to be spot cleaned, and probably often. It seems the lighter colors show marks and are difficult to remove, even though the fabric is stain and water resistant.
|Product Weight||15 pounds|
|Dimensions||32 inches long by 19.75 inches wide by 42.5 high|
|Handle Height||42.5 inches (fixed)|
|Color Choices||Black, charcoal, red, and turquoise|
|Extra Features||Sun canopy, zippered pocket, cup holders|
5. Baby Trend EZ Ride 35 Travel System
If you are a taller parent looking for a travel system to cover your baby’s transportation needs from birth, this one could fit the bill. It comes with an infant car seat for newborns from 4 pounds and lasts until they are 35 pounds. The padded seat accommodates a child until they weigh 50 pounds.
Then there is the adjustable handle. At the push of a button, it will rotate to a maximum of 42 inches. This is great for caregivers of differing heights to set to just where they need it.
Why We Love It
Good Support for Baby
The infant car seat has a five-point safety harness and a four-position adjustable base for height which operates on a push button. The seat release is easily accessed and operated with one hand.
Energy-absorbing EPS foam provides head protection from side impacts. There is also a soft head support that can be used in either the stroller or the car seat. The infant car seat is also certified for use for travel on an airplane.
This stroller folds easily. Just pull on the lever style button in the center of the handle and push forward. Once folded, the stroller becomes compact for storage or popping in the trunk of your car.
Added Extras Included
There are lots of convenience factors included in this stroller package. A deluxe parent console has two cup holders and a covered section in the middle for keys and a phone.
The little ones are also catered to with a swing-away snack tray with two cup holders built-in.
Storage for diapers, toys, and snacks is supplied with a large mesh basket underneath the seat.
Once baby is old enough to leave the car seat behind, they can progress to a seat with a plush padded base. Napping when out and about is no problem with the multi-position reclining seat. We love that this can be reclined with one hand.
Added to the seat is a padded five-point harness to keep baby safely strapped in.
Keep In Mind
It appears the material used in this stroller is synthetic and might make some babies a little sweaty. You could always use a cotton muslin underneath them if you find this happens.
Car Seat Tilted in Stroller
It appears that when the car seat is fitted on the stroller it can’t be adjusted to lay your baby flat. Consequently, the seat is in the tilted position with the baby more upright.
Some also find getting the car seat off the stroller is a little tricky.
|Product Weight||32 pounds|
|Dimensions||23.5 inches wide by 41 inches long by 42 inches high|
|Handle Height||42 inches (adjustable)|
|Color Choices||Doodle dots, sophia, Hello Kitty expressions, hounds tooth, and paisley|
|Extra Features||Storage basket, swing-away child tray, covered parent tray|
|Product||Award||Product Weight||Dimensions||Handle Height||Color Choices|
|BOB Revolution Flex 2.0||High Handle Height||28.5 lbs||Up – 48″ high x 25.4″ wide x 44″ long||Adjustable from 34.5″ – 48″||5 colors|
|BOB Revolution Flex Duallie 2.0||Two Children||33 lbs||Up – 50.5″ high x 30.5″ wide x 48″ long||Adjustable from 33.5 – 50.5″||3 colors|
|Britax B-Ready G3||Very Versatile||30 lbs||44″ long x 24″ wide x 43.25″ high||43″ (adjustable)||5 colors|
|Joovy New Groove Ultralight||Great for Travel||15 lbs||32″ long x 19.75″ wide x 42.5 high||42.5″ (fixed)||4 colors|
|Baby Trend EZ Ride 35||Suitable from Birth||32 lbs||23.5″ wide x 41″ long x 42″ high||42″ (adjustable)||5 colors|
There are several questions you need to think about before selecting a stroller.
What is the average handle height of a stroller?
Although each brand and model can vary, the average stroller handle heights are between about 33 and 44 inches. As with anything, there are exceptions, and some can be adjusted up to as much as 50 inches.
Is handle height the only consideration?
No, this is not the only thing you need to take into account when looking for a stroller suitable for your height. Someone can be 6 feet tall and have long legs and a short body. Conversely, some could have shorter legs and a long torso.
Take your overall proportions into account to ensure the correct fit for you.
Is it worth getting more than one stroller?
Maybe Mom is of average height and Dad is much taller, or vice versa. It could be worth considering getting a second stroller for days when the taller parent is providing most of the care for baby when out and about. There are cheap options, like umbrella strollers which have higher handles.
How much do stroller handles adjust?
Some stroller handles might adjust by only an inch or so, while some will change position offering up to 10 inches difference. Think about how easy it is to make the adjustments as well —some will move at the press of a button while others will need a few tools and a bit of time to change.
How often will your stroller be used?
If you only use your stroller for short trips, then having one with a higher handle might not be a significant factor. Also, if the taller caregiver only pushes it occasionally, then handlebar height can be overlooked. You might prefer to look for a stroller that’s loaded with other features instead.
Where will you use your stroller?
If you want to take your kids with you on a long walk or when you go jogging, then your comfort needs to be factored in. The correct handle height will play a major part when you are taller than average.
Which strollers have higher handle heights?
Taller strollers tend to be in the jogging or umbrella stroller ranges. These might not be suitable for young babies unless they take an infant car seat or recline flat.
Finding a stroller suitable for your height can be a challenge. There are so many models on the market, but most don’t have adjustable handles of an appropriate height. We’re glad you have options now that might help.
Whichever one you choose, you will be walking tall and saving wear and tear on your back.