Babyzen Yoyo Review
Babyzen Yoyo Review
See our review of the new 2016 model, the Babyzen Yoyo Plus (+), for the latest product. It has the same great features, but now takes an infant car seat.
This isn’t just a travel stroller – this is a little beast of a buggy and could be used all the time in a city environment with the added bonus of being great for your holidays. Some people have described it as a ‘game changer’, and we definitely agree.
When we heard of the launch of the Babyzen Yoyo (which would be small enough to go on an plane as hand-luggage) we wondered if every parents travelling prayers had been answered. And whether it might just revolutionize the travel industry for families with young children?
The Babyzen Yoyo is a high tech micro fold travel pushchair that comes in 2 sizes:
1. Babyzen Yoyo 0+ months package (from £375) – for newborn
2. Babyzen Yoyo 6+ months package (from £319) – for 6 months plus
Out of the Box
Depending on which package you’ve purchased will depend on what you receive. However all packages include a lightweight raincover.
- For the 0+ package: the frame, a newborn nest and a 0+ colour pack
- For the 6+ months package: the frame, a seat base and a 6+ colour pack
- If you order both you will receive: the frame, a newborn nest, 0+ colour pack, a 6+ seat base and 6+ colour pack
Product features and accessories
Babyzen Yoyo 0+ months package:
This fully-reclined newborn nest with a 5 point harness is very snug and comfortable. Your baby would certainly feel secure and ‘cocooned’ inside. It is parent facing seat so you can keep an eye on your little one and have that essential bonding time. There is also a pop-up hood with 3 different positions. The material is fully removable and washable, great for newborns who like to make a mess. Within the 0+ colour pack you will receive a foot cover, sun canopy and a new born support to keep your babies head supported; all in your chosen colour pack colour.
Once your baby is 6 months old (or able to support its head) remove the newborn nest and add the 6+ seat pad and colour pack (6+ months) and you are ready to go.
Babyzen Yoyo 6+ months package:
The seat unit is nice and deep and our 2-year-old was very comfortable sitting inside. The recline of the 6+ package is a simple one handed strap recline that is kept in full shade as is covered at the back by the sun canopy. Perfect for naps on the go. The handle is slim and padded which keeps the pushers hands comfortable for longer. There is a padded 5 point harness with a one-button release and the hood is a generous size to give your child plenty of protection against the sun. There is a good sized under seat basket, which, for a tiny buggy, is a very large size. There is also a footplate for your child to rest their feet on.
To fold, simply push the buttons at the side of the handle, collapse the handle, pull the catch underneath to release, pick up the silver bar and down it folds and automatically locks. To unfold, you simply undo the catch by the footplate, grab the handle, lift it up and give it a flick and voila. So simple, you can even do it one handed. There is a carry strap to make transporting easier. Sling it over your shoulder and carry the baby in the other hand! It’s been designed with such amazing engineering that (as stated above) once folded it complies with the IATA carry-on hand luggage requirements.
The frame looks uber-cool and really chic. Despite it being billed as a travel stroller it is sturdy but nimble too. It is extremely small (52cm x 44cm x 18cm) but doesn’t compromise on safety or comfort. It pivots easily and can be pushed one handed. The buggy is extremely narrow at 44cm so great for negotiating busy airports or shopping aisles. It handles smooth pavements well, was fine on grass and took cobbled streets in its stride. With it being so light (5.8kg), if you ever did struggle, you could just pick it up.
The 4-wheel suspension, ‘soft drive’ system and automatic locking of the front wheels on rough terrain make this buggy extremely easy to scoot around and it looks great. We found it so light to push, it was easy to forget we were pushing a buggy at all!
Both the 0+ and 6+ colour packs have a large style removable hood considering the small size of the Babyzen Yoyo, it’s more than large enough to completely cover your child inside the buggy. The 6+ sun canopy also beholds a peek-a-boo style window on the top that doesn’t have any Velcro strips to wake baby, however it can simply be hidden by retracting the canopy.
The Babyzen Yoyo frame comes in 2 colours – white or black. You then get to choose the colour of your seat and hood from a colour pack. The colours available are: Black, Red, Blue, Grey, Taupe or Pink. We love the fact that you can really make the Babyzen Yoyo your own and can customise it to the max. It was hard to decide on one colour, so we tried different ones for the 0+ and 6+ packages. The fact that Babyzen have done this is great for when having another child and wanting to reuse the same stroller, you could even swap when one is simply dirty – we loved it!
The buggy already comes with a lightweight raincover so there is no extra expense there. During the warmer months, a Babyzen Yoyo Parasol (from £29.95) will keep the sun off and is great as simply attaches to the frame. A fleece-lined Babyzen Footmuff (from £84.95) once the weather turns cooler will keep any little toes well wrapped and cosy. We love this as it really does provide both comfort and warmth. There is also the Babyzen Cupholder (from £19.95) for your much-needed shot of caffeine or thirst quenching water.
Where To Buy
Some retailers don’t currently sell all of the items needed in one package so do make sure you purchase all the items you will need. This model of the Yoyo is being replaced by the new 2016 Yoyo Plus (+) so most stores are no longer stocking the complete package. However, some stores still have stock of certain items for your original Yoyo:
Babyzen Yoyo 0+ Colour Pack and Baby Nest:
- BuggyBaby.co.uk £116
- Mothercare [No longer available]
Babyzen Yoyo 6+ Colour Pack and Seat Unit:
- BuggyBaby.co.uk £70
- Mothercare [No longer available]
Babyzen Yoyo Plus (+) Complete Package is available at:
- BuggyBaby.co.uk £485
- Mothercare £485 (however do make sure you purchase all the items you will need as they are sold separately instead of as a package)
Prices found as of March 2016.