Advantages of having a stroller for big kids
When you purchase a stroller that has been made specifically with bigger children in mind, you will likely experience a number of the following advantages:
- An experience of absolute comfort for your child who will fit perfectly into the unit, without any of their limbs or posture being compromised.
- In the case of special needs children, they will get to enjoy the experience of strolling but from a safe and purposefully designed (comfortable) vessel.
- In the case of jogging, your child is able to come along on your workouts and experience a part of your life with you – which is priceless.
- A well-designed stroller makes for a relaxing experience for both child and parent.
Features to consider while choosing a stroller for big kids
The only thing left to do is narrow our eight top picks down to one that is best for you. We’re aware they’re all unique, so looking at specific features (relevant to your lifestyle) is the easiest way to identify the winner for your household. This comprehensive list of options make up important specs of stroller culture. Which ones are most significant to you?
Since your stroller is specifically targeted at larger sized children, weight capacity is an important factor to consider when choosing one. A reliable stroller should ideally be able to hold both weight of the child and any luggage that needs to come along for the ride. Be sure to ask yourself:
- Does this brand have a history of wear and tear in their units designed for bigger children?
- Does my child meet the weight specifications laid out by the seller?
- Is there enough leeway between the weight cap and my child’s weight?
- What growth phases will this particular brand support and will I need to buy a new stroller after a short period of time?
Technically a bigger child is going to mean a physically bigger stroller. Just how much bigger is up to you. Consider the dimensions of the stroller before making your purchase. A good point to consider is whether or not the stroller is at fixed dimensions or adjustable. Adjustable strollers are valuable to cater for children’s growth spurts. A great option with plenty of space for bigger children is a stroller wagon, a model that increasingly more parents are opting for.
Also consider dimensions in terms of available storage space.
Weight of stroller
Since you’re already handling a bigger child daily, you’ll likely want your stroller to be as light weight as possible. Our best lightweight stroller was the unit by Burley Design. Keep in mind that strollers are equipment items you’ll probably use daily. From unfolding to assembling to lifting to cleaning; it’s a never-ending journey. Critically compare the weights of the strollers you are most drawn to. Consider how much luggage you usually carry along and whether or not your child often demands to be carried. The weight of the stroller shouldn’t add to your struggle; on the contrary it should reduce it.
Construction and comfort
Our mantra when it comes to strollers has always been comfort on the inside, durability on the outside. This is no different when shopping for a stroller for a bigger child. Seek out a brand that has a reputation of using quality materials in the making of their strollers.
Especially since yours will be holding more weight than most, the physical construction of the unit should be strong and sturdy.
The inside should be equally as well done. Padding is a must, especially if you’ll be taking a sleeping child on the go with you (especially if you’re going for a jog, which may lead to a few bumps along the way). The BOB Revolution stroller
features some of the most impressive padding we’ve seen in a stroller. Take time to look at the specifics of each stroller before you commit to a purchase. One that appears well made at first glance may not reflect the same on the interior.
Since children go through so many phases and moods in one day, your stroller’s seat positions should be able to do the same. Because most strolling excursions begin with an enthusiastic, wide-awake child who is eager to see everything; an upright seat is in order. As the day goes by it’s common for children to doze off and need to lay flat. Your stroller should be able to adjust accordingly.
Foldability and folded dimensions
When you have a good idea of how big your stroller needs to be you’ll be able to choose your folding specifications as well. Some strollers fold up into a ball, others more upright like an umbrella. You need to consider your vehicle and storage options & what kind of folding pattern would best fit into these.
Size is important too. Ensure that your brand of choice doesn’t manufacture strollers folding into bulkier, more inconvenient units than they started off as. You want something like the Maclaren Major Elite, our pick of umbrella stroller that offers great foldability, to ensure a user friendly outcome.
Safety: seat belts and parking brakes
Sometimes overlooked in importance, seat belts and parking brakes are equally as deserving of a second look when stroller shopping. We love strollers that make use of body harness type seat belts with adjustable, padded strapping. This is the most peace of mind you can have in ensuring your child will never find his or her way out of the seat and into harm’s way. Parking brakes do the same but aren’t always standard on strollers, particularly cheaper ones. Your stroller should be able to park anywhere without rolling into danger.
Wheels are of particular importance when handing children of bigger weights. They should ideally be no-flat types. This is usually achieved by coating plastic wheels in rubber.
Should your stroller come with inflatable wheels, be sure to keep a hand pump handy in case of emergency.
A lengthy warranty is valuable when investing in a stroller. The longer the better. Because of the nature of use that comes with strollers you want one that is covered should it encounter damage early on in its life span. Some cheaper brands include little to no warranty. More expensive units will offer better cover. It is sometimes worth spending a few extra dollars solely for warranty coverage, particularly if your child is prone to damaging things or you know you’ll take it on some rough terrains.