Parenting comes with serious pitfalls for the 6’-and-over crowd. We spend a great deal of our children’s early years hunched over changing tables or bent into cribs, stooping down to pick up stray toys and pushing strollers that seem designed with Tolkien’s hobbits in mind.
And on that last subject: Why are so many umbrella strollers ridiculously short? I myself am 6’2”, and I’ve cycled through three different umbrella strollers in the three years since my first son was born. When all failed me, I vowed to do without portable strollers altogether, opting instead to wear my son in a carrier, plop him into his bulky, unwieldy (but tall!) everyday stroller, or, as he got older, just force him to walk.
Then I found myself rounding the corner of my third trimester with baby #2 while planning three weeks of foreign travel with my unruly 3-year-old son. Hauling along a full-size stroller wasn’t a reasonable option, and nor, with my growing belly, was baby-wearing. It was time I got serious about my umbrella stroller quest.
So I tested more than a dozen lightweight strollers on mostly urban terrains — sidewalks and asphalt and broken-up bricks — asking at every step of the way: Did my feet kick against the stroller back? How did my back feel after a 2 hour+ schlep? Did the stroller accommodate not only tall parents, but tall kids? Was it easy to fold and lift? Did any special features reduce the need for constant hunching forward? Price was a secondary consideration, since I consistently found (with one exception) that the taller strollers also tended to be the more expensive ones.
Needless to say, I definitely found some success on my test runs. Check out my favorite umbrella strollers for tall people, after the jump! — Laura Moser
Laura Moser is the author of a Bette Davis biography, the co-author of the Social Climber YA trilogy, and the ghostwriter of several top-secret books in many genres. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, son, and cats.