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Big kid stroller – what is it and why would parents need it?

Why some of the strollers have capacity of 35 lbs, while others can accommodate a passenger up to 55 lbs? Can 4-year-old child ride in a stroller? Why would parents need a big stroller? Is there a stroller suitable for 5-year-old kid?

Many parents often ask these questions and here I will try to answer to them. In this article I will show you what is a “big kid stroller” – what features it has, why it can be useful and when parents need it.

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Big kid stroller – what is it and what features it has?

Let’s start with defining what is a big kid stroller and what function must stroller have to be suitable for bigger and older children.

In short, big kid stroller is a stroller that has higher weight limit and longer backrest so it could accommodate kid that is heavier and taller. Therefore such a stroller is suitable for children that are big for their age or suitable for older – even 5 or 6-year-old kids.

You may now think that a stroller which can hold such a big child, has to be very large, heavy and bulky. Not necessarily. There are many umbrella strollers for big kids, which are very easy to lift. There are also standard full-sized strollers for older children which are a little bit heavier than umbrella strollers. And of course there are double and jogging strollers for big kids which usually have heavier construction (but not every model – I will show you that later).

Before I present you what features such a strollers have, here’s the list of the main types of big kid strollers.

  • Umbrella strollers for big kid
  • Full-sized strollers for big kid
  • Single jogging strollers for big kid
  • Double strollers for big kids
  • Double jogging strollers for big kids

Now, let’s see what features can big kid stroller offer to parents.

Capacity

Usually strollers can hold a passenger up to 35 or 40 lbs. Such a capacity is a standard. However, manufacturers know that parents may need buggy that can accommodate even bigger child, that ‘s why they design single strollers with a weight limit of 55, 65 or even 75 lbs and double strollers with a capacity of 100 or even 110 lbs!

Seat

Such a stroller should also have more roomy seat with longer back rest and higher canopy so it could accommodate taller child. There are strollers that even 5-year-old children can fit into it without touching the canopy with their heads.

Some models of big kid strollers feature also recline seat. Some parents may think that an older child doesn’t need such a features because he doesn’t take naps during strolling. In my opinion, recline seat can be still very useful even for older and bigger kids and it’s also crucial for big child’s comfort.

Canopy

It should be wide and high to give a child more room to grow. Besides, it should be also large and expandable to provide a lot of shade – enough to cover bigger child.

Frame

If the stroller is supposed to hold up to 50 or 100 lbs, the frame has to be very strong and robust and made of high-quality materials.

Other features

Big kid strollers have also other features that other types have. For example, there are models with adjustable handlebar, quick and compact fold and large storage space for parents convenience. There are few models that are very easy to store or even to carry around on a shoulder.

Strollers for older children have different types of wheels: some of them have air-filled tires, while other have rubberized or plastic wheels. Few models have suspension to make the ride more cushioned.

This type of strollers also offer many accessories, some of them are included, some need to be bought separately. And of course big kid stroller vary in price – we can find them in really wide price range, from $150 to $700.

When and why would parents need a big kid stroller?

Many people react with surprise and even indignation when they see a 3 or 4-year-old child in a stroller. Some of them may think “this kid is too old to ride in a stroller”, “someone should teach this mother when to stop using the stroller”, “wow, this mother has to be really lazy that she didn’t teach her baby to walk” etc., etc…

However, other people should not judge why a preschooler is riding in a stroller because in fact there could be many important reasons for that.

Sometimes parents use strollers for bigger and older kids not only because it is “convenient” and more “comfortable” for them, but because they need to. Maybe their kid got really tired after a long walk? Maybe he/she is not used to long distances and is not able to go on foot all the way. Maybe parents needed to go somewhere really quickly, maybe the kid has fallen asleep in the car but is too heavy for parents to carry in arm? Maybe the child only looks like a 4-year-old but it is really big 2.5-year-old? 🙂 There can be many other reasons, so we shouldn’t judge parents who use a stroller for their older child.

When big kid stroller is useful for parents?

Here I would like to discuss why parents may need stroller for their older child and when it can be useful.

1. For a child who grows faster than his peers and needs bigger stroller

Every child develops at different pace. Some 2-year-old children are 32 inches tall, while others are 36”. At the age of 4 some kids can weigh 32 lbs, while other can weighs 40 lbs or even more! The differences between children can be really big and that’s why some parents may need larger stroller with higher weight limit or longer seat back, because they child grows faster than his peers.

2. For an older child who still wants to ride in a stroller/can’t do long distances

Even when 3-year-old child can walk really well is very independent, longer distances may be really tiring for him. For example, the nursery school can be far away from your home and your child just gets tired after a while and is not able to go on foot the whole distance. In this cases it is good to have a stroller at hand, and in this situation umbrella and lightweight strollers are the best.

These two types of strollers are really light and portable. It’s nice to have a stroller that can be quickly opened and folded up and carried on a shoulder or in a bag when it’s not in use. This types can be also useful during long strolls with a toddler who like to walk, but sometimes gets tired and wants to sit in a stroller for a while. Then when he gets rested, he can walk again and you can just throw this lightweight buggy on your shoulder.

3. On vacations

Maybe you love sightseeing and you visit a lot of places on a vacations, but it’s too exhausting for your baby little feet? Stroller can be really useful if you travel with 3, 4 or even 5-year-old child. Besides, it can be also a life saver at the airport, when you need to move really quickly or wait in long queue for very long time.

4. For a kid recovering from a surgery

Large stroller with bigger capacity can be really useful for children who just had a surgery and their mobility is temporary limited.

5. For a child with special needs

Big stroller with roomy and comfortable seat can be also very helpful for parents of children with special needs. Such a stroller gives parents more flexibility. Going to the doctor, spending time outside the house, running errands – it can be much more easier with a stroller that can accommodate bigger and older children and provide them with comfortable and safe ride. Such a stroller is not only comfy for the kid, but also more portable and convenient for parents.

Is there a stroller for 5-year-old child?

Many big kid strollers can accommodate children from 3 to 7 years. For example, GB Pockit is an umbrella stroller that can easily fit a 5-year-old child and Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight is a jogging stroller that parents use even for 6 or 7 year-old kids!


About Me - Zooey BarnettHello Moms! I am Zooey. I am a wife and a mother of three amazing kids: almost 5-year-old Haley and 2-year-old twins Jesse and Matthew. I am a jogger, cooker and blogger.

If you have a question or a comment, do not hesitate to write to me! 🙂

4 thoughts on “Big kid stroller – what is it and why would parents need it?

  1. I am looking for a lightweight stroller for my special needs grandson. He is 3 but tall for his age and will need a stroller for awhile!

  2. Hi Zooey,

    We have 2 kids, 3.5 year and 3 month old both of whom are big kids. My daughter is over 40lbs and my son is shy of 20lbs. I need a double stroller for them and was wondering if you had a list on your web page that lists double strollers for large kids and if they also list the max weight allowed. Generally, my understanding is that a double BOB has a max of 100lbs, any chance they have 110lbs max capacity stroller? Or if you could provide the names of stroller companies that have a max capacity of 100 and 110lbs, that would be better.

    1. Hi Tony, sorry for late reply!
      You can find my list of strollers for big kids with maximum capacity here: https://www.littlebabygear.com/best-strollers-big-kids/
      I went through all the modern stroller brands and basically found only two strollers with capacity of 110 lbs: Maclaren Twin Triumph and UPPAbaby G-Link. These are umbrella strollers with very small wheels, suitable only for city use and flat, smooth surfaces.
      All BOB double strollers, as well as double joggers from Thule and Baby Trend, have max capacity of 100 lbs. It’s the same with strollers like Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double and Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double.
      I thought about two more solutions:
      1. Baby Jogger City Select LUX + bench seat. The main seat can accommodate a child up to 45 lbs, the bench seat up to 65 lbs. Notice than the bench seat is only compatible with LUX version, not the old City Select.
      2. Stroller wagon like Keenz 7S (more pocket-friendly option) or Veer Cruiser – both have capacity of 110 lbs and are suitable for multiple types of terrain. Many parents recommend them as an alternative for stroller, especially for bigger and taller kids. They are a stroller-wagon combo and allow you to push or pull, depending on the kids weight and the terrain. You can find more information about these stroller-wagons here: https://www.littlebabygear.com/stroller-wagon-big-kid/
      Let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you 🙂

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