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BabyZen YOYO+ Review

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. I was amazed by how small and compact it was and couldn’t wait to try it for myself.

I needed to know, 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?   (To compare other lightweight travel strollers see here.) We’ve used the YOYO travel stroller several times abroad now.

Here is our Babyzen YOYO+ review:

Pros

  • Can use from birth.
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Brilliant for travel
  • Has compatible car seats
  • Easy to fold
  • Easily copes with city life

Cons

  • Price is the higher end
  • Not suitable for fields or very bumpy terrain
  • Canopy could extend further.

The Plus model builds on the original design with a bigger storage/shopping basket, sturdier chassis, improved suspension and longer sun hood. There is an option for the 0+ insert to use from newborn.

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YOYO+ Measurements

As soon as the stroller arrived, I eagerly unpacked the black and taupe fabric option. The pushchair comes with a travel bag, rain cover, storage basket and the sun canopy. 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 6.2kg/13.6 lbs if the 6m plus version without the newborn insert. The 0+ version weighs 6.6 kg (14.7 lbs)

YouTube clip of the BabyZen YOYO plus

Shoulder strap and bag.

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 diaper/ changing bag. 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 Yoyo pram 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 Airport, you don’t need to fold the buggy up to put through the X-ray machine, you can walk through the detector, but even if I had to, the whole process takes seconds.

Me folding up the babyzen Yoyo stroller to bring it on board the plane
Me folding up the Babyzen Yoyo stroller to bring it on board the plane

Folding up the YOYO stroller

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 Babyzen YOYO stroller (it’s so lightweight) 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.

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The Yoyo pushchair fits easily in the overhead locker on the airplane, as does the Trunki

Arriving into Faro was when this compact travel 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.

The yoyo at the airport was useful for a toddler who fell asleep as we landed.

Unfolding the YOYO

This time, I simply whipped this compact 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).

However, 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, so it’s not a true one handed fold, but the next stage of actually folding up mechanism can be done with one hand.

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Cobbled streets in Portugal

Cobbled streets VS the YOYO

On holiday/vacation, 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. I was impressed with how durable it is, with the wheels and suspension handling the bumpy terrain.

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Recline and Sun Protection

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. The canopy also has several adjustable positions.

FAQ

Q:Is the Babyzen Yoyo+’s handlebar height-adjustable?

A: No, but both my husband (6’1 and me 5’6″ found the handlebar height comfortable.

Q: Can I use a car seat with the YOYO 2?

A: Yes, it’s compatible with different types of Group 0+ seats

  • BeSafe iZi Go Modular X1
  • Cybex Cloud T
  • Cybex Cloud Z
  • Cybex Cloud Z2 i-Size
  • Cybex Aton Q
  • Bebe Confort / Maxi Cosi Pebble Pro
  • MAXI COSI Pebble 360 Pro and the YOYOs own car seat by BeSafe®, with the provided adapters.

Verdict: The team at BabyZen have really nailed it with this pushchair. It’s the perfect compact 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. Here are a few pointers that sold me to this Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller:

  • It’s easy foldable, lightweight design makes it a breeze to carry it around and  for storage or even in the car boot, perfect for all types of travels.
  • I love the exceptional maneuverability, navigating tight spaces and crowded streets is effortless with this travel stroller. Built to last, it boasts durability while ensuring comfort for both parents and the little ones. The wheels and suspension can handle various terrains making it a comfortable ride.
  • The ergonomic handle adds to the ease of use, it gives a comfortable grip for pushing with one hand.
  • The adjustable harness ensures safety and comfort for your little one. Plus, the ample storage space and stylish design add to its appeal.
  • Its compactness and portability makes traveling, especially when you are flying, SO much easier. Having it with me with a sleeping toddler was worth its weight in gold, compared to holding her in the immigration and passport control queue.
  • There is something for newborns as well, you have an option to add the YOYO newborn pack, so your baby can use this travel stroller from birth right through toddlerhood.
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Price

For latest prices of the updated Babyzen Yoyo 2 check here

You may be interested in reading about some other strollers parents have tried.

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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??

Amy

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.

marie-louise Bluffield

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.

Marie-Louise x

Kate

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

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