If your tall toddler struggles to fit comfortably in a stroller, you’ve probably spent plenty of time searching for a solution. We’ve spent more than 50 hours researching strollers and testing 22 of them over the past four years, and we’re confident that we’ve found the best stroller for kids who are at least three years old and five feet tall.
|1||Graco NimbleLite Stroller | Lightweight Stroller||9.8|
|2||Evenflo GOLD Otto Self-Folding Stroller||9.7|
|3||Ergobaby Metro+ Compact Baby Stroller||9.6|
|4||Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System||8.4|
|5||Graco Modes Pramette Stroller||7.8|
Methods We Used to Analyze
For our tests, we first took the strollers for a test-spin around the All Children’s Hospital campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. We used them to navigate the long, curving driveway and the parking lot, where they encountered everything from potholes to gravel to rough asphalt. We also ran them through our standard series of tests, which we’ve been using since 2014.
This included unfolding and folding the strollers as quickly and smoothly as possible; installing car seats; maneuvering the strollers in tight spaces (including narrow aisles in stores, between parked cars, and through doorways); and making sure the strollers stayed upright when jostled or tipped.
We also checked for easy-to-use sun shades and no-hassle recline mechanisms. We tried to install each seat in each stroller as many ways as possible: rear-facing, front-facing, and forward-facing; flat on its back or standing on its side; with infant-support slings or infant-recline seats; with a toddler sitting upright or laying down flat.
To test the car seats’ performance on each stroller frame, we installed seats using the provided latches and top tethers on the strollers, then jostled the stroller vigorously side to side, front to back, and up and down to see how well they stayed put.
We also checked how easy it was to install each seat using both of the seat’s top tether anchors and its lower anchors (LAs). Using LAs is especially helpful when you need to install a car seat next to another car seat (which you often do in the real world), because they give you more flexible installation options than top tethers do.
Finally, we let our 2-year-old testers try out each seat in every stroller: They played with the sun shades, poked at the seats, pulled on LAs, and tried to escape from each car seat by climbing over its sides or removing themselves from it improperly.
Graco NimbleLite Stroller | Lightweight Stroller
Why We Loved It
The Graco NimbleLite Stroller is a great option if you need a stroller that will accommodate a tall toddler, because it’s a little taller than other models. The fully-featured stroller weighs less than 15 pounds, yet it still has all the features you’d get with a heavier model, including multiple cup holders, a parent’s tray with storage, and a child’s belly bar with a cup holder.
The Graco car seats are easy to install in the stroller, and the stroller will work from birth as a car seat carrier. This stroller is smooth and agile, with a one-handed folding mechanism that allows you to fold it in one step.
Evenflo GOLD Otto Self-Folding Stroller
Why We Loved It
The Evenflo Gold Otto Stroller is a great choice for anyone who’s tall and wants a stroller that will accommodate a taller child. It’s also highly portable and fairly inexpensive, and it folds quickly and easily.
Several testers found it comfortable to push, even over bumpy terrain. In our tests, it folded more easily than other strollers, too.
As a bonus, it comes with a cup holder and a removable, washable seat liner. It’s heavier than the other strollers we tested and doesn’t recline as fully, so it might not be the best choice if you plan to use it for an infant car seat.
Ergobaby Metro+ Compact Baby Stroller
Why We Loved It
The Ergobaby Metro Stroller is a lightweight, compact umbrella stroller that is great for tall parents (since the handlebar adjusts) and tall children (since there’s plenty of legroom). The Metro folds down to fit in the majority of airplane overhead bins, and its tall wheels roll easily over most types of terrain.
It provides basic but effective protection from rain and sun, and multiple parents told us they liked how easy it is to clean. We also tested the Metro with three of the most popular car seat models, and Ergobaby offers adapters so you can start using this stroller as soon as your baby is born.
The Ergobaby Metro Stroller has a redesigned, more supportive bucket seat that allows for more recline and better support for younger babies. The seat is angled in such a way that it envelops your child from all sides. The Metro stroller doesn’t offer as many bells and whistles as other strollers in this category, but we found that it’s more than you’ll need for a lightweight stroller.
It’s great for newborns and toddlers (up to 50 pounds), since you won’t need anything other than a stroller that’s simple to fold and unfold, easy to push, and comfortable for your child to sit in.
Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System
Why We Loved It
If you’re looking for a jogger that can accommodate a tall toddler, the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System is a great choice. Its large bicycle tires roll easily over any surface, and the front swivel wheel makes maneuvering simple.
The Parent Tray with two cupholders is an added bonus, and the reclining, padded seat and 5-point harness will keep your child comfortable and secure. The front wheel locks for jogging and unlocks for easier steering, and the stroller folds down small and has a carrying handle for easy transport or storage.
Graco Modes Pramette Stroller
Why We Loved It
The Graco Modes Stroller offers a lot of versatility, making it a great option for families with a growing child or multiple children. The reversible seat lets you face your child or the world, so your little passenger can always have the optimal view.
Additionally, the toddler seat works as a pramette (an infant car seat stroller), so you can stroll comfortably with your baby and have room for baby gear inside the basket.
The stroller accepts most Graco infant car seats, so you can easily transition between car and stroller without needing an extra adapter. The one-hand fold and compact fold make it easy to store, and the child tray with cup holders will keep your little passenger happy.
What to Look for Before the Purchase
I researched dozens of top-rated strollers, and we looked for the following features in each:
Fits A Taller Child
A standard stroller fits a child who is between 22 and 24 inches tall, according to the height guidelines on most models. We looked specifically for models with a manufacturer height recommendation that was at least two years beyond the average age that children stop riding in strollers.
We also tried to find options that would accommodate a toddler well beyond the average 20-pound weight limit, since some kids do not reach their full adult height until they’ve reached their late teens.
Although it’s more challenging to find models that will fit older kids, there are still a few out there. (If your kid will be riding in a stroller for longer than just a year or two, you could consider investing in one of those.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best stroller for tall toddler?
There is no definitive answer to this question as different toddlers may prefer different types of strollers. However, some parents recommend taller toddlers use a jogger stroller, as these tend to be larger and have more space for taller children.
2. What stroller is best for tall toddler?
If you are looking for a stroller for a tall toddler, then a double stroller would be the best option. This is because it will give your child more space to stretch out.
3. Is it okay for a toddler to ride in a stroller?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as it depends on the individual toddler’s age, size, and developmental stage. However, most experts agree that it is generally safe for toddlers to ride in strollers, as long as they are being supervised at all times.
4. How long can a toddler ride in a stroller?
Most toddlers can ride in a stroller for about an hour.
5. What is a good height for a stroller?
There is no one “right” height for a stroller, as different parents prefer different heights. However, it is generally recommended that the handlebar on a stroller be adjustable so that it can be made to the appropriate height for the person pushing it.