Which are the best strollers for short moms and dads? You’re asking this question because you’re a short mom (5′ 3″?) and your hubby is a six footer. Or you’re a really tall girl and your hubby is short. And every stroller you’ve tried left one of you with forearm exhaustion or lower back fatigue.
Related: 5 Strollers That Work great for Tall Moms and Dads
I’m here to present at least 5 strollers that work for short parents, for petite moms and short dads. Pretty much all of these strollers have an adjustable handle bar. Some have handle bars that rotate to accommodate a shorter or taller parent. And others have telescoping handles that shorten or lengthen so that both short caretakers can share the same stroller.
Which Stroller Works Best for Petite Moms?
Don’t have time to read the entire post and just want to know which the best stroller for short moms is? Well, it’s hard to say which option is the best of the best. (*Affiliate Links Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases). But the GB Pockit Plus really stood out to me and d0es to so many petite moms and dads. This stroller is like many in a bunch of ways. One area it doesn’t come up short is comfort especially when a short person is pushing it.
The handle of this stroller doesn’t adjust at all. However, it sits at a nice comfortable height above the ground (37″-39″), allowing short stroller pushers to haul baby around without killing their forearms or weak wrists.
Another great aspect about the Pockit+ is that it’s really light and folds down to a super small size. It’s probably the only lightweight travel stroller you can store in a plane’s overhead bin. Plus it features a decent-sized below-seat storage basket.
Also, this umbrella stroller allows you to mount a car seat, something few of these kinds of strollers do. Plus, it’s not expensive. But it’s somewhat flimsy, plus the sun visor is pretty small. Finally, the wheels are small and don’t roll well over tough terrain.
Whether you’re looking for a lightweight Disney-friendly stroller, a traveling stroller, or just a lightweight stroller for a busy city mom, the GB Pockit Plus it is.
How to Pick a Good Short Mom Stroller
Whether you’re a short mom/parent or a vertically gifted one, below is a few factors to keep top of mind when shopping for a baby stroller.
Stroller Style Needs to Reflect Your Lifestyle
Buy a stroller style that works well for your chosen way of life. Are you a jogging fanatic who’d rather be out in the wild conquering forest trails with your LO and seeing nature? Are you completely unstoppable and go out the door to jog or walk even when it’s snowing like never before outdoors?
Get a jogging stroller, something with a sturdy frame, a lockable front wheel that swivels. Also, make sure that the front wheel has a tracking dial for correcting the course when the stroller pulls to one side.
What if you and your baby are always on the fly boarding cars, cabs, trains, buses, and getting on planes the whole time? That’s when to get a lightweight and completely compact umbrella-style stroller.
The same goes for when you’re a city-living mom who has to climb a set of stairs back into the apartment every time you go out strolling with your LO.
This stroller needs to fold and unfold really fast and safely, and you need to be able to fold it with one hand while holding baby with the other.
Handle Quality and Height
Look at stroller handle quality because comfort and longevity matter. Some strollers have foam handles, others leat6her handles, and the rest rubbery handles. Each of these materials grips differently. They also differ in terms of longevity.
Leather vs. Foam vs. Rubbery Handle
Let’s see why each material would be a good or bad choice.
Leather Stroller Handles
Leather handles are the best. At least, that’s what most moms and dads (tall and short) think. Leather stroller handles can and often do drive product price up significantly. However, these handles are super comfortable and grip better than anything you’ve ever seen before.
But some parents say leather handles causes blisters to soft palms. I’ve yet to experience this myself and believe these are the best handles for everyone, but that’s purely my option. Also, leather lasts longer than other kinds of materials. I’m talking about genuine leather here not faux leather or anything else.
Additionally, leather doesn’t pick up dirt and filth as easily as foam does. That’s why cleaning these handles is way easier compared to cleaning foam handles.
Rubbery Leather Handles
These ones grip as well as leather handles, and they last. But one complaint parents parents frequently make is that rubbery strollers cause blisters to the user’s palms after some time. I’ve had this happen to me, but that’s after I’d been pushing baby around for hours. And the blisters weren’t like too bad. But they were blisters, you know.
Foam Stroller Handles
Foam stroller handles are also good, and they grip reasonably well. Just not as good as leather handles do. Also, foam handles tend to pull in dirt and grime like they’re doing it for a medal. And once they get too dirty, cleaning them can become a challenging activity.
One good thing about foam is that it’s pretty easy to repair if it gets torn. Refurbishing foam stroller handles is one of those stroller hacks every short and tall mom needs to know. The second good thing is that foam handles don’t cause blisters. At least, this is what many parents and stroller reviewers say, and I fully agree with this opinion.
While foam isn’t as grippy and long-lasting as leather, I keep seeing foam on the handles of some of the most expensive strollers ever marketed. Surprisingly, I also keep seeing rubbery and leather handles on mid-range and even budget strollers. Don’t ask me why this happens. Because I don’t know.
Handle Height: Fixed Height or Adjustable Handle?
Some strollers have a fixed-height handle while others have an adjustable handle which rotates or telescopes as needed. As a petite mom or dad on the shorter side of the height spectrum, you can use an option with a non-adjustable handle as long it’s not too high for you.
Rotating Stroller Handle vs Telescopic Handle
A rotating handle on a stroller goes up and down, extending it. This handle doesn’t lengthen, but it moves to a higher or lower position to accommodate shorter or taller parents. Most strollers I’ve tested and reviewed had this kind of height-adjustable handle.
And they’re OK, except the up/down movement doesn’t create more legroom. If you’re really tall, like 6’+ tall, you already know how bad pushing a stroller without enough legroom can get. You keep hitting the rear axle, and it’s metal, which is why it’s not much fun.
Telescopic handles, on the other hand, grow into and out of the stroller’s frame. You can pull the handle out to increase the height of the handle above the ground or push it into the chassis to reduce handle height. Since the handle increases in length, you have more room between the rear axle and a parent’s legs.
Wheel Quality and Diameter
When size is an aspect that needs enough attention. If you’ll mostly stroll on smooth surfaces and won’t be fighting with potholes of all shapes and sizes, small, highly maneuverable foam wheels should be OK.
If you transition between smooth surfaces and rougher terrain, what you need is an all-terrain stroller. And I recently reviewed a bunch of budget all-terrain strollers if you’re interested.
What if you want to start running, jogging, or walking with your LO on all kinds of surfaces, from gravel roads to snowy sidewalks and bumpy mountain-side trails? Don’t worry, because jogging baby strollers got you covered.
Choose an option whose wheels size and material are designed to conquer the kind of terrain you’ll mostly encounter. Speaking of stroller wheel material, which material is the best?
Rubber Wheels vs Foam Wheels vs Plastic Wheels
Plastic wheels are clunky and don’t roll well on any kind of surface. They’re cheap but really hard to push and steer, which is why many parents in the know avoid them.
Foam strollers are much better than plastic ones, and like plastic, you won’t need to air them up or deal with tire flats. Many parents like that. However, foam wheels don’t roll as smoothly as do air-filled rubber wheels. And they don’t offer as much suspension.
Rubber wheels are what you need if the sidewalks and paths where you live are rough and bumpy. These wheels are typically big, you need to inflate them from time to time. But they roll like a dream, and they smooth out sidewalk cracks, pebbles, and twigs like a champ.
One downside to pneumatic tires is that they sometimes get pierced during use, suddenly stopping your adventure. For this reason, parents with this kind of stroller need to bring a bike pump so they can tackle flats when they happen. This is where rubberized foam tires win hands down.
Under-seat Compartment, “Pocket Storage” and “Canopy” Storage
The amount of underneath storage you get depends on what kind of stroller you’re looking for. All-terrain strollers tend to have pretty big storage compartments compared to small-sized to medium-sized compartments in jogging strollers. As for lightweight umbrella-style strollers that fold down to a really small size, they tend to have little to no storage underneath.
Are you the kind of petite mom who likes bringing the whole house on your strolls to show the world how much you love your LO? If that’s you, find a stroller with an extra-large basket. And the UPPAbaby Vista V2 Stroller for tall and short parents checks this box.
Ah, stroller pockets. Who doesn’t like having small and large pockets on multiple locations on their stroller? No one, that’s who. Some strollers feature as many as 10 pockets, and these add up to tons of additional storage space.
Others may have a pocket somewhere on the stroller, usually with a zipper. And this canopy pocket for the most part stores stuff like your smartphone and keys.
Also, some options come with a parent console with a zip-shut compartment in the middle where you can keep your smartphone and other items.
Every petite mom decides how much storage they need and picks a stroller that meets this requirement plus many others.
Canopy Material, Size, and Adjustability
A sunshade blocks out the sun so your baby can have cool rides on warm days. The best sunshade material for a stroller is permeable and promotes airflow so hot air can exit and cool air get in, keeping baby nice and comfortable.
This canopy also helps protect baby from light rains and wind chill. This means the canopy fabric needs to be waterproof. I once owned a stroller whose canopy got all soaked up even after an light rain.
Some sunshades offer minimal protection against the sun’s ultra violet rays. Others provide tons of protection against UV rays and sunlight so that your baby can snooze comfortably.
I’ve even seen full-coverage sunshades that offer full body protection against the elements. If you choose this one, be sure the material is highly breathable. Unless you’re OK with baby baking inside the full-size canopy when it’s hot outdoors!
Your little one deserves nothing short of a UPF 50 sunshade. A canopy with this rating blocks out at least 98 percent of UV rays. Did you know that exposing your LO to bad sunburns could increase the likelihood of them getting cancer in the future?
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, bad sunburns that happen to a baby in early childhood DOUBLES skin cancer risk (melanoma)!
What about using sunscreen? It’s unsafe to use sunscreen on a child’s skin before month 6, which is where a natural sun blocker such as a stroller sunshade comes into play.
Luckily, there’s many strollers out there with a UPF-50 sunshade. And you can always upgrade to a better sunshade if the one that comes with the stroller isn’t great.
Choose a stroller with an adjustable canopy, one that rides up and down or extends upward, creating extra headroom.
I recently reviewed the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 jogging double stroller for tall parents. And I said that this stroller has a bunchy sunshade that gobbles up headroom. Reduced headroom makes stroller life pretty uncomfortable for big kids.
Seat Padding Thickness, Fabric Care, and Recline Angle
Some cheap strollers come with seats that barely have padding. The padding is so thin that the baby hates sitting on it and ends up hating the stroller as well.
Recline angle is another critical consideration. Choose a stroller seat with multiple recline positions. However, parents sometimes find that the seat doesn’t sit upright for older kids who want to look around.
Or the seat may not lie far back enough for babies whose necks and backs aren’t strong enough to sit upright. A seat that lies completely flat lets you change diapers easily and discreetly.
And who doesn’t like items that are machine washable? Some stroller seats and canopies are removable and can be tossed in the washer or hand washed. I like these ones! Others are non-detachable and you must spot-clean them which isn’t always fun.
Harness Type and Comfort
Your baby needs a 5-point harness and not a 3-point harness. It’s not too hard for some fussy kids to wiggle out of 3-point harnesses.
A 5-point harness restrains baby around the waist, chest, and shoulders, holding them down nice and safe in the car seat or stroller. I’ve read of incidents where this harness type saved a child’s life because it refused to budge after the impact from the accident.
Pay attention to the padding on the harness too. Some harnesses come with straps so thin that they kill the hips of the little passenger. Your baby need a deeply padded harness, one that secures them snugly without cutting into the soft body.
Car Seat/Bassinet Inclusion and Compatibility
Some strollers are complete travel systems and come with a car seat or bassinet or both. You can use these strollers as a stroller and as a car seat or bassinet for very young babies. Others are regular single strollers or double strollers that don’t let you attach a car seat or bassinet.
If you choose to go with an option that converts from a stroller to a car seat and vice versa, make sure the switch works flawlessly. Some travel systems have been known to work very well as a car seat and dangerously as a stroller, forcing the CPSC to demand recalls.
Also, make sure to learn which other car seats the stroller works with and the specific car seat or bassinet attachments needed.
Cup Holders, Snack Trays, and Belly Bar
For some reason, the most expensive strollers don’t always offer basic features such as cup holders, belly bars, child trays, and parent trays. Seriously, why should I buy a $1000 stroller that lacks cup holders and snack trays?
But these strollers often fold very easily and quickly, usually needing only one hand to complete the folding action. Perhaps manufacturers choose not to include these things because they don’t want anything getting in the way during folding. But why not include these components in the packaging and let parents decide if they want them or not?
What’s Your Budget Like?
Buy what you can afford, obviously. However, it pays to spend some time looking around and reading short-mom stroller reviews so you can get the best value for your money. There are expensive strollers that aren’t great for short parents and cheap or mid-range options that every short mom’s dream.
The cheapest strollers in the market are rarely the best product. And the priciest options are sometimes a shameless rip-off. Again, research before you purchase.
Stroller Safety and Recalls
A good short-parent stroller adequately meets the Safety Standard for Carriages and Strollers, the ASTM F-833-13b. This standard is based off of ASTM F833, a standard that’s been in existence since 1983. The standard’s gone through 20 revisions before the approval of the current standard in 2013 on November 1.
This stroller safety standard compels manufacturers to make safe products that don’t pose entrapment, strangulation, finger and hand amputation risks.
Reports of stroller hinges causing injuries to children or stroller seats in travel systems coming loose and endangering the little passenger’s life are now a thing of the past. Also, some strollers had a faulty parking brake that let the stroller roll away as parents stopped to chat with a neighbor on the sidewalk.
It’s safe to assume strollers made after 2015 are safe. However, it’s IMPORTANT to check whether the brand you’re considering has had any recent stroller recalls.
Here’s a resource that lists down all stroller recalls and the history behind each recall. Even some of the best stroller brands such as BOB, Britax, Bugaboo Bee, and UPPAbaby have had 1 or 2 products that didn’t work too well in the past. I learned that these brands have already addressed the safety issues parents and CPSC raised in the past. They’re SAFE stroller brands that make baby gear that parents can trust.
Take care when buying any used baby stroller. Because it might have been recalled and the seller may not be aware of this fact.
5 Petite People Strollers (These Don’t Cause Forearm, Wrist, and Back Pain)
Here’s the list;
1. BOB Gear Rambler: Best for Short and Medium-height Moms
This stroller’s foam handle sits 39″ from the ground, and it’s not adjustable. This handle height is comfortable for small moms and dads. But it’s not the best choice for the shortest parents. It works best for 5.5″ and taller users.
The BOB Rambler has a similar design as its pricier, heftier sibling, the Flex 3.0. However, its folded size is more compact and smaller. It’s a 2-step fold, same as the Flex, and you need two hands to fold it. At 25 pounds, the BOB Rambler is hardly a lightweight option, but it’s the lightest BOB stroller.
The Rambler may not be the quintessential jogging stroller, but you can use it for a moderately intense jog. This stroller’s air-filled rubber wheels are smaller than those of the BOB Gear Flex 3.0 and other jogging strollers.
The BOB Flex features 16″ rear wheels and a 12″ front wheel versus three 12″ wheels of the BOB Rambler. These 12″ wheels are air filled and made from rubber, and they roll over difficult terrain better than all-terrain wheels. But they’re not the best option for the crappiest sidewalks and bumpiest forest trails.
Related: Best Low-cost All-terrain Baby Strollers
The Rambler offers front wheel tracking through an adjustable dial. This front wheel tracking mechanism prevents the annoying scenario of the stroller veering to the side. Many cheap and some not-so-cheap joggers keep pulling to the side during runs, which can be disconcerting and even unsafe.
What’s more, this stroller’s shock absorbers are adjustable. A shock-release knob around the back lets you set up two suspension positions. One position works for babies weighing up to 40 pounds while the second suspension adjustment works for 41-75 pound kids. BTW, 75 lbs is the Rambler’s upper weight limit.
The seat reclines easily through a one-hand pull strap on the back. And it’s most upright position sits more upright than most. The seat is roomy, providing 14.5″of padded comfort for soft bums.
The padding on the 5-point harness needs no re-threading and is really deep. Also, the center release buckle works well and stays intact once set into position. Additionally, the waist straps adjust like a dream, and they easily connect to the shoulder straps. This makes buckling your kid in and getting them out of the stroller or car seat quick and effortless.
You can convert this stroller into a travel system by mounting a compatible infant car seat (sold separately). It’s compatible with major car seat brands including Peg Perego, Britax, BOB, Chicco, and Graco.
You can fit a large diaper bag in the underneath storage, but there are no in-seat pockets. However, there’s a large zipper-shut pocket on the back of the seat that can fit all sorts of small items.
The double-panel canopy adjusts well, and a plastic window makes it possible to play peekaboo with your baby. At this price point, I expected the window to have a noise-free closing flap not a noisy Velcro one.
Finally, the stroller has an effective parking brake that locks both wheels. However, this brake isn’t flip flop friendly. Many jogging strollers have an additional brake, usually a disc-style brake, but this stroller lacks that. Luckily, it offers a wrist strap on the handlebar for increased stroller security.
A decent-sized underneath storage and behind-seat pocket
- A large double-panel canopy that blocks out UV rays and light rain
- A decent-sized underneath storage and behind-seat pocket
- More compact and lighter than the Flex 3.0
- Adjustable front wheel tracking for safe jogging
- Wrist strap for stroller security
- High-quality adjustable suspension for super-smooth glides
- Plastic peekaboo window for better parent/baby bonding
- Not a one-step fold + no auto folding lock
- No accessories: belly bar, cup holders, and snack trays
- Foam handle not adjustable, but it’s comfortable for short to medium-tall parents
- Peekaboo window closure not magnetic
Verdict: A good buy, but it could offer more features at that price point. And why not make the handle adjustable?
2. BOB Revolution Flex 3.0: Best with Rotating Handlebar (33.5″ 9 positions)
The Flex weights 28.5 pounds, which is 2.5 pounds heavier than the BOB Rambler. It’s bigger and offers more features than the Rambler. That’s why it’s less compact when folded.
It takes two hands to collapse this stroller. Not a surprise for a tank-like stroller made to last forever. It’s very bulky, the sort that makes you feel silly in malls.
It takes up tons of trunk space. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to fold. But there’s no auto lock to keep it shut. You hold the fold in place using a strap, which is a shame for a stroller this expensive.
What makes the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 good for petite moms? It features straight and flat foam handles that adjust from a really low height of 33.5″ all the way to 9 different positions. Even though it’s not a telescopic handle, there’s ample legroom behind the rear axle.
The Flex 3.0 boasts 16″ rear pneumatic rubber tires that easily go over bumps on the curb and everywhere else. Whether you’re traversing snowy sidewalks or riding over extremely rugged mountainside dirt trails, the big air-filled wheels of the BOB Flex 3.0 got you covered.
Its front wheel is lockable as are all BOB strollers’ front wheel. When transitioning from smooth terrain to rough, rocky, or bumpy terrain, lock the front wheel into a fixed position. Doing this contains front wheel wobbling or potentially risky sudden front wheel swiveling. This safety-boosting mechanism makes sure that you and your LO get back home happy and ready to hit the trails tomorrow.
One feature that sets BOB strollers apart is the adjustable front-wheel tracking dial. This tracking knob adjusts (manually), helping you correct front-wheel alignment issues. You won’t experience the stroller pulling to the side during runs, something parents notice with other strollers.
The rear wheels come off very easily at the pressing of a button on each wheel. But even with the wheels detached, this stroller is still super bulky. It sure fits in most trunks, but you won’t have much space left for other stuff.
Seat padding is really deep, and so is the padding on the 5-point harness. This harness is very easy to use – no headache-inducing strap threading process.
Reclining the seat requires one hand, but getting it back up needs you to use both hands. It doesn’t lie completely flat, and the upright position is pretty upright which older kids really love.
For a younger kiddo, consider using a car seat. And this stroller works with most name-brand car seats. The BOB Infant Car seat adapter makes it easy to click the car seat in and out. But this accessory is pricey at $45-ish.
The BOB costs more than the Rambler, and one reason for this cost difference is suspension quality. The Flex 3.0 boasts better suspension than most jogging strollers. This suspension is similar to the high-quality suspension that all good-quality mountain bikes have. It is adjustable, too, helping you to decide how smooth of a ride your growing child gets.
You can stash tons of stuff in the large underneath storage: a diaper bag, donuts, cookies, a change of clothes, towels, and even a blanket. It’s incredibly room for a jogging stroller, and whatever else you bring can go into the zippered pocket on the back of the seat.
Its UPF50 canopy features a thick tough material, and its front part pulls out to provide better coverage against light rains and UV light. The clear peekaboo window on this canopy stays allows you to talk to your LO the throughout the adventure.
The panel covering this window lifts off and goes into a flap on the sunshade. And this cover doesn’t keep coming out once tucked in. Also, it’s a breathable mesh window — you can open it so that warm air vents out, cooling the stroller a bit.
No hand brake on this jogging stroller, unfortunately. However, there ‘s a solid foot-activated parking brake. Plus a wrist strap for even more stroller safety.
- Lockable front wheel with a tracking dial
- Super-size pneumatic rubber wheels for super smooth gliding
- Infant car seat friendly + a high weight limit (75 pounds)
- Seat has multiple reclines and sits nearly vertical
- A really good parking brake
- Exceptionally responsive MTB-style suspension
- Very sturdy and durable
- Large under-seat cargo space
- Stroller safety tether
- Handle that adjusts from 33.5″ up to 9 height positions
- Quite heavy and not a one-step fold
- No trays, cup holders, belly bar, and hand brake
3. GB Pockit+: Best Lightweight Petite-Parent Umbrella Stroller
The GB Pockit was and still is the world’s tiniest and most lightweight stroller for traveling parents before 2018. But this didn’t stop the manufacturer from making it even better in 2018. But how was the new version, the GB Pockit+ umbrella, different or better than the original?
One key difference is that the Pockit+ is more lightweight and folds down to a smaller fold. It fits in overhead bins on planes. The fold is incredibly compact, so small that you can bring this stroller as a carry-on luggage. It’s the ultimate traveler’s stroller.
The upgraded version weighs 12.3 pounds compared to the regular Pockit’s weight of 9.5 pounds. Even though the GB Pockit+ is bigger dimension-wise and significantly heavier than the original version, it still folds down to the world’s smallest stroller.
While the Pockit Plus weights more than the original version, it’s sturdier and generally feels less flimsy when pushing. But truth be told: the new model is still pretty flimsy and can easily topple over when riding over uneven surfaces.
I guess being flimsy and not stable enough is the price parents who love fully functional but extremely lightweight strollers must pay for loving this option. BTW, it’s hard to push this small compact stroller with one hand. It’s a two-hand push for the most part.
One BIG pain that the new version alleviated was the backrest not reclining at all. The seat on the GB Pockit Plus reclines to multiple positions. This makes it possible for cute little tots to nap while on the go.
Here’s another HUGE difference between the new and old version. The Pockit Plus is car seat (all Cybex car seats) and bassinet- friendly. You can use it right from birth all the way to 55 pounds. The upgraded neoprene fabric on the Plus’ seat is better and softer. Also, the seat is wider than the original Pockit’s, plus it’s deeper, making it the better option for bigger kids.
Another difference is that the GB Pockit Plus comes with a somewhat bigger sun cover so that babies can get better protection against the sun. But no, this sunshade is pretty much a small sun visor, and it doesn’t provide much coverage. This isn’t the sort of stroller to take out on the sunniest of summer days unless your intention is to roast your baby. Or unless you have a larger, better sunroof on it.
Compared to the wheels found on jogging or all-terrain strollers, the stroller’s 5″ wheels are super small. They’re not good for strolling on any kind of rough or bumpy surfaces.
These small wheels are for rolling over small cracks and smooth surfaces. They’re for whizzing through busy air ports and rolling down crowded aisles in evenly-cemented grocery stores.
This stroller is highly maneuverable on smooth surfaces. The front double wheels swivel; you can lock them whenever you need to for easier pushing and steering on not-so-smooth surfaces (not rough ones!). BTW, these are skate-style PU wheels without much suspension.
Another plus is that this GB Pockit stroller comes with an easily accessible under-seat cargo space. It’s small, but it’s pretty spacious for an extremely lightweight umbrella stroller. It holds up to 11 pounds of baby stuff. That’s as much baby crap as you need for short trips to the zoo or Disney.
This stroller folds in the same way as the original GB Pockit, but it’s somewhat harder and isn’t doable with a single hand. That’s definitely a con, but not a deal breaker for many. Good news! It stands on its own which makes traveling with it super convenient.
Finally, this stroller stops the instant you engage the not-so-easy-to-use foot brake found between the right rear double-wheels. It’s not flip flop-friendly, and operating it with boots requires a bit of getting used to.
But it works.
So why is the GB Pockit+ a good choice for short moms? Well, the handles have a fixed height, but the lowest point of the handle measures 37″ above ground and 39″ at the highest point. Most short to average-height parents will use the Plus without forearm and back issues. But tall parents won’t find it comfortable at all.
- Supremely lightweight and compact
- Easily a carry-on package on planes
- Highly maneuverable small wheels with a locking mechanism
- Folds down to really small, self-standing fold
- The seat reclines and it’s car seat friendly
- A no-rethread 5-point harness that adjusts easily
- Seat wider and deeper to accommodate bigger kids
- Great for short and medium-height moms
- Great price point
- Not as easy to fold as the original GB Pockit
- 5″ wheels not good for off-road strolling/bumpy terrain
- Great for short parents but not ideal for tall ones
- Sunroof so small as to be non-existent
Verdict: This is the best option for short moms who travel a lot with their kiddos. It’s affordable, too.
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4. Kolcraft-Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller: Best Budget Stroller for Short Parents
If you‘re a short dad or mom and are looking around for a budget baby stroller that actually works, consider the Kolcraft-Cloud Plus. It costs under $100, which many price-conscious parents love judging from the many +ve user reviews from 8K parents.
It’s a smaller, more compact version of the Chicco Bravo. At just 11.8 pounds, it’s a lightweight stroller that feels surprisingly sturdy. At its widest point on the canopy, this stroller measures 16.5″, making it a Disney-friendly choice. And comes with a peekaboo window so you can give your LO reassuring glances when you’re out and about.
Why did I vote this as one of the best short-mom strollers out there? It’s because the rubbery (not cheap foam) handles sit at a comfortable height for small users. It’s a budget pick, but it’s really decent quality for the price. In fact, many parents have found this stroller quite sturdy for the price.
I couldn’t find this product’s handlebar height measurement, but I have family who is 5’ 4” (mom) and 5’7″(dad), and they use it without issues. I’ve also come across (online) tall folks who bought the Kolcraft only to leave it to gather dust in the garage because it killed their lower back.
Also, it features a child’s snack tray and cup holders out front so baby can snack and hydrate on the go. You also get a parent tray on the handle, but it’s easy to knock drinks over when pulling the sun canopy back. There’s tons of $500+ strollers that don’t offer cup holders or snack trays!
With a weight limit of 50 pounds and a 5-point harness, the stroller stays useful for kids up to roughly age 5.The harness works, but not as flawlessly as those found on high-end models.
But does this stroller recline and if yes, how much? Unfortunately, the seat of the Kolcraft Cloud Plus doesn’t recline much at all. It isn’t suitable for newborns and kids who are younger than 6 months. It works best for older babies who can sit upright. So if you’re looking for a lightweight stroller that sits upright, grab this. The harness could have thicker straps that don’t loosen up after some time. Keep an eye on that little angel.
At 12.5″, the seat is reasonably wide and deep enough for tall kids (up to 40″ tall) Which car seats is the Kolcraft Cloud Plus compatible with? It’s not car seat-friendly, unfortunately.
The wheels are much bigger than those of the GB Pockit Plus. They’re described as all-terrain wheels, but they’re plastic-y. While they conquer cracks and bumps better, you’ll feel a chunk of the bumps on the sidewalks. The front wheels have suspension, and it helps plenty. But with plastic-y wheels, this suspension isn’t much use on extremely rough terrain.
How well and small does this lightweight travel stroller fold? Even though the manufacturer says this is an easy single-handed fold, that’s not entirely true.
Some parents fought with this stroller during folding. When they finally managed to collapse it, the stroller had trouble staying closed and wanted to pop open the whole time. Learn how to fold and unfold this little thing on YT before purchasing. Or go with the GB Pockit + instead.
The sun canopy is a decent size. But it seems like they placed the parent tray on some weird position on the handle.
Its underneath cargo space is quite large for a lightweight stroller. It’s made of a net-like material and not very sturdy. Notice the basket is open in the front. Definitely not the best place to store keys and other small items.
Working the parking brake feels like pain. The brake takes much force to lock into place. And it’s almost impossible to use with flip flops.
- Folds down to a seriously compact size
- Front wheels have suspension for smoother rides
- A pretty large cargo area below the seat
- A reasonably large sun canopy for a lightweight stroller
- Parent tray and child tray & cup holders
- Available at a great price point for the quality
- A great traveling stroller for short dads and moms
- Wheels plastic-y and suspension not the best
- Not as compact as GB Pockit+ — won’t fit in the overhead bin on planes
- Not the best option for climbing over bumps on the curb
- Brakes challenging to use and not flip-flop friendly
- Doesn’t work with car seats
- 5-point harness not super easy to adjust
Verdict: A decent budget lightweight stroller for petite parents and average-height users. Not convertible into a travel system though. Also, not suitable for newborns and very young babies.
5. BOB Stroller Flex 3.0 Duallie: Best Double Stroller for Short Parents
Are you a small mom of two and are planning on starting to jog with them? The BOB Flex Duallie 3.0 is a good bet. It comes with two deeply padded seats that recline independently.
An equally thickly padded 5-point harness makes sure that your LO stays strapped in even after an incident that jolts the ride. Like when the front wheel suddenly disengages as has happened with quite a few BOB jogging strollers in the past.
Fortunately, no injury happened in all of those little accidents. But I encourage you to learn how to correctly attach and detach the front wheel on a BOB stroller.
The stroller seats recline all the way down to roughly 160 degrees, they don’t lie flat. But you get the seats back up almost to a vertical position, something few double and single strollers allow you to do. The harness straps effortlessly and you don’t need to do any re-threading. Best part? These straps never dig into the hips of your babies, causing discomfort. These harnesses = increased comfort.
With the BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter, you can convert this double stroller into a travel system. It works with Chicco, Graco, Nuna, and Peg Perego car seats.
The wheels are large and air-filled and made of rubber as is the case with the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 single stroller. There’s no obstacle or terrain that proves too tough for these wheels. When the MTB-grade adjustable suspension of this BOB double kicks in, it makes smooth rides even smoother. It’s like your babies are sitting on cotton clouds the whole time!
Its sun and rain canopy is huge and provides adequate coverage over both passengers. The closure on the clear peekaboo windows is magnetic and not velcro as on many strollers. This cover lets you open and close the chat windows without waking up your babies if they’re napping.
The canopies get all bunchy sometimes though, eating up much-needed headroom. This issue is pretty common with BOB’s Flex series, and the company needs to sort it out in future versions. If your babies are really tall for their age, their crowns may touch the inner side of the canopies, and this isn’t super comfortable.
This double features lots of pockets that increase storage room significantly. Parents particular appreciate having in-seat pockets into which goes snacks, toys, and even sippy cups for your kiddos. The below-seat baskets aren’t large, but you can fit essential baby supplies there.
What makes the BOB Flex 3.0 double stroller a good bet for height-poor parents? It’s the stroller’s adjustable handles. These foam handles grip well, and pressing the buttons on the sides release the handle so you can tilt it up or down. This handle adjusts to 9 different height positions, making it a comfortable choice for petite and chunky moms as well.
However, the handles don’t get extend out and become longer. This means these height adjustments don’t lead to more legroom behind the stroller’s frame. Some really tall parents have experienced the frustration of striking the rear axle when walking behind the stroller pushing it. Fortunately, this isn’t the case with this double stroller.
One way I’d love to modify this stroller’s design is to include a hand brake on top of the foot-activated brake. The parking brake works very well, but considering you’re hauling two kids and their supplies around, having greater braking power would be nice.
Are you from an extremely hilly place? I suggest that you pass up this deal and pick up an option with a disc-style handlebar-integrated brake in addition to the foot brake and safety tether. But at least this double has a safety strap that keeps the seats attached to the axle.
- Infant car seat friendly
- Seats recline independently
- Babies get to sit upright if when needed
- Babies get to sit upright or lie back and nap when needed
- Big pneumatic rubber tires that absorb shocks very well
- Amazing MTB-style suspension that’s also adjustable
- Handle adjusts 9 different positions so short and tall parents can use it
- Not budget friendly
- No handbrake for speedy rides on hilly terrain
On the whole, this is a great double stroller, but it’s pricey. However, there are many single strollers that cost twice its price. Most importantly, this stroller works well for height-challenged parents thanks to its adjustable-height handle.
Which Stroller is Most Comfortable for Short Parents?
Moms and dads of a short stature can use a stroller with a fixed handle or an adjustable height handle. For a fixed-height handle, it shouldn’t sit more than xx above the ground. If the handle rotates or extends into or out of the stroller’s frame, make sure this adjustment stays within a limit that fosters comfort for short users. Most height-deficient parents and caretakers should push baby comfortably in the 30″-39″ handle height range.
Other factors to keep in mind include car seat/bassinet compatibility, underneath storage compartment size, canopy size and quality. You also need to take a loot at seat padding thickness, harness padding quality and ease of use, wheel size and quality, ease of folding/storage plus product price vis-à-vis quality.
If you’re unsure which option to grab for your baby at this point in this short mom stroller buying guide, I recommend the xxx for you. This pick works well for short parents as far as all the most critical factors, and it’s not too expensive as to be inaccessible.