While being tall has some advantages, like the ease of reaching for things in high places or dunking a basketball, it also has certain disadvantages like struggling to find a baby stroller that doesn't lead to back or foot pain. Fortunately knowing which features to look for makes choosing the right stroller a snap.
Stroller handlebar height varies widely between manufacturers but most are designed for people of average height. The standard handlebar height requires parents who are 5’10” or taller to hunch over when pushing a stroller and that often leads to general discomfort and back pain over time. Tall parents should look for strollers with handlebar height that is either specifically tailored or adjustable to their level of comfort. When testing handlebar height, tall parents should ensure that they can maintain straight posture while pushing the stroller.
When it comes to baby strollers, comfort for tall parents does not stop at the handlebar height. Since tall people generally take longer strides, the rear design of a stroller can also impact a parent’s comfort level while maneuvering it. Just as the handlebar height needs to be a bit higher to accommodate taller parents, the rear axles, parking brakes and undercarriage should also be elevated to prevent taller parents from banging their feet with each step.
Rear Wheel Distance
Just like low-lying rear axles, the distance between rear wheels can cause a problem for tall parents. Baby strollers with rear wheels that are set further apart from each other are better suited for tall parents with longer strides. Though a narrow gap between the rear wheels may look sleek, it isn’t very practical for tall parents who are more likely to kick the wheels as they push the stroller.
Jogging strollers are a good choice for tall parents because most offer a wide distance between rear wheels and many come with handlebars that adjust to several different height levels. The Joovy Zoom 360 Swivel Wheel Jogging stroller, BabyJogger City Series stroller and the Jeep Overland stroller are all jogging strollers that are suitable for tall parents.
Travel System Strollers
Travel systems that include a stroller and removable car seat are also a better choice for tall parents because they usually have higher handlebars. Some travel system strollers that are suitable for tall parents include the Chicco Cortina Series, the Britax convertible stroller and Phil & Ted’s Promenade buggy stroller.
Tall parents who are looking for a comfortable but more lightweight stroller option might consider the EZ Umbrella stroller or the Peg Perego Pikko Four, Switch, Si and Switch Four models. The Inglesina Avio is another lightweight stroller option that is suitable for most tall people.
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