I first heard about the BabyZen YOYO a year ago, when friends of mine used it to travel overseas to visit the UK with their three year old. However, since they live in Dubai, I couldn’t try it for myself. I recently asked the team behind BabyZen if I could borrow one for our upcoming holiday and see from a purely travel perspective, does this stroller match the hype? Can it really fit in into an airplane overhead locker? Can I fold, unfold, push with one hand? Would I be allowed it on as hand luggage? BabyZen kindly agreed to lend me the YOYO + with the 6 month plus option, for 4 weeks – which perfectly incorporated our recent trip to Portugal. (To compare other lightweight travel strollers see here.)
The Plus model builds on the original design with a bigger shopping basket, sturdier chassis, improved suspension and longer sun hood. There is an option for the 0+ insert to use from newborn too.
As soon as the stroller arrived, I eagerly unpacked the black and taupe fabric option. The pushchair comes with a travel bag and rain cover. Take a look at the video below to see exactly how small and compact it really is. (52 x 44 x 18cm when folded and approx 6.6kg)
YouTube clip of the BabyZen YOYO plus
The stroller has a shoulder strap attached, so it can be easily and quickly transported. It’s first road test was an early 4am start with two other suitcases, a cabin bag, a Trunki, and a changing bag. Needless to say, loading the taxi was seamless as we could manage between us all this – plus holding a baby in one go.
At the airport, it was only my second time using a stroller through all the formalities. I do (did) prefer a baby carrier but my youngest is now 20 months and becoming rather heavy. The BabyZen was an absolute breeze to use. Matilda happily sat in it during a very long bag drop queue, and we whizzed through security. At Luton, you don’t need to fold the buggy up to put through the X-ray machine, but even if I had to, the whole process takes seconds.
Once airside, we breezed though to the gate, walked down some steps to board the plane. At the aircraft steps I removed my daughter from the stroller and folded it up really quickly, slung it over my shoulder and marched up the steps with her in my arms. It easily slotted in with the other bags too.
Arriving into Faro was when the stroller REALLY came into its own for me. As per normal M, had fallen asleep on our final approach which was not really surprising considering our 4am wake-up. This time, I simply whipped the pushchair from the stowage, walked a few steps off the plane, used one hand to unfold the pram, and transported her into the YOYO. I even had a fellow Mummy ask me on the way to baggage reclaim, where I had picked up my stroller. She was amazed that it could fold up the size of hand luggage. (Hers arrived at oversize luggage quite promptly). I did need two hands to initially start the folding up process -the two white buttons near the hood need to be pressed at the same time, but the next stage of actually folding up mechanism can be done with one hand.
On holiday, the BabyZen YOYO was really put to the test with steep inclines and descents (the brake definitely works!), and with the numerous cobbled streets not only at our resort, but all around Carvoeiro in Portugal too. It easily reclines by releasing a strap at the back if you want little one to have a nap. The canopy comes with a UPF 50+ sun protection; giving extra peace of mind.
Verdict: The team at BabyZen have really nailed it with this pushchair. It’s the perfect stroller for family travel as well as a good contender for an everyday pram. The convenience of having it on the plane as hand luggage made travelling through an airport a complete breeze.
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Nicole Di Chiazza
Friday 1st of March 2019
I am interested in hearing about he wheels if they are ok for the beach or rocky pebbled beach areas and long walking??
Sunday 2nd of September 2018
I’m curious how this works when you have a car seat that isn’t compatible with the yoyo? It seems super convenient within the airport and on the plane, but when you need a carseat on your trip, then you still need to bring a car seat and check it... and you have to physically carry the car seat since you can’t push it like you would if had a stroller that the carseat can pop into... am I missing something, or are you just trading one inconvenience for another if you don’t have a compatible car seat?
Flying With A Baby (@flyingwithbaby)
Monday 3rd of September 2018
Hello and thank you for asking. I think the only option if ou don’t have an compatible car seat is to either bring the one that isn’t ( and lug it aroundor alternatively hire a car seat at your destination. We’ve done both. If you purchase this as a first stroller and are researching what car seat to buy then the options for a car seat are as follows: Maxi Cosi Pebble, Maxi Cosi Pebble+, BeSafe iZi Go and Cybex Aton 4 & Q.
Tuesday 30th of January 2018
I'm travelling on my own next month with my 7 week old baby and I am considering purchasing this but wondered will this Babyzen Yolo still be difficult to board and carry on my own with a baby and baby bag? Ant tips or advice will be greatly appreciated as I am feeling so anxious travelling alone.
Friday 12th of August 2016
The YoYo really is the perfect travel pushchair isn't it? The fold is incredible. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks
Wednesday 10th of August 2016
I am desperate for something like this, I just need to convince the husband that I need a new pram. It's more for when I will be travelling with the two boys on my own back from Qatar - expat life and all that!! I've never quite believed it does fit on the plane but the video proves me wrong! #TriedTested