Are you looking for the ultimate travel stroller? Or do you live in an apartment with limited space? Then the Yoyo Babyzen stroller is for you!
In this Babyzen Yoyo review, you can read everything about this compact, lightweight stroller. Hopefully, this information will help you decide whether or not to buy the Yoyo Babyzen.
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Babyzen Yoyo Review
First, this article is not sponsored in any way. I bought our Yoyo stroller with my own money and have been using it on a daily basis for more than 2 years.
In this Babyzen YOYO+ review, you can read everything you need to know about this versatile stroller, based on my own experiences with the Yoyo Babyzen.
Babyzen Yoyo specs
The Yoyo Babyzen Plus is one of the smallest strollers in the world, with dimensions of 152 x 44 x 18 cm (20.5 x 17.3 x 7.1 in) and a weight of only 6.2 6.2 kg (13.6 lbs.), it’s extremely portable and compact.
When folded, the stroller is so small that you can even bring it onboard a plane as cabin luggage! We have done this several times and until now we never experienced any problems bringing our Yoyo onboard. However, every airline has its own regulations so be sure to check the airline’s policy before your flight.
Babyzen YOYO² stroller: versions
You can buy the Babyzen YOYO² stroller in three different versions:
- The Babyzen YOYO² stroller 6+: this package includes the frame and the Color-pack 6+. The Babyzen Yoyo color pack 6+ is suitable for babies 6 months and older.
- The Babyzen YOYO² stroller with newborn pack/complete: this package includes the stroller frame, the Newborn pack 0+, and the Color pack 6+. With this complete package, you can use the baby Yoyo stroller from birth.
- The Babyzen YOYO² stroller with bassinet: the Babyzen Yoyo bassinet is the newest addition to the Babyzen collection. The bassinet is intended for babies up to approximately 6 months old (just like the newborn pack). The main difference with the newborn pack is that you can easily unclip the bassinet from the frame of the stroller and set it down on its own, whereas the newborn pack remains attached to the frame.
When it comes to choosing a color, there are plenty of options with the Babyzen Yoyo 2. First of all, the frame comes in two colors: black and white.
In terms of color packs, you can choose from no less than 9 colors for the 6+ pack, the newborn pack, and the bassinet. The options are ginger, peppermint, toffee, aqua, black, gray, taupe, red, and Air France blue.
While I found it truly difficult to choose, I ultimately opted for a black frame and black 6+ color pack. For our Babyzen Yoyo newborn pack, I choose peppermint (although I also loved the aqua color).
Yoyo stroller review: benefits
As indicated, I bought our Yoyo two years ago and it’s traveled with us to many countries. We also use the YOYO Baby zen stroller on a daily basis when we are at home, simply because it’s such an easy to use pram!
The Yoyo is very comfortable for both my toddler son as well as my baby daughter and due to the narrow wheelbase, it’s effortless to navigate the stroller through narrow shopping isles (especially compared to our Joolz stroller).
The ultimate travel stroller
So is the Babyzen Yoyo pram worth it? Yes, absolutely! There are many reasons but for us the fact that the Babyzen Yoyo is small enough to be taken on a plane as carry-on luggage was the most important reason to purchase this stroller. I truly think the Babyzen Yoyo is the best travel stroller out there!
Please note, the Yoyo is only allowed as carry-on luggage when used with the newborn pack or the 6+ pack.
When combined with the bassinet, the Yoyo is too large to fit in the overhead compartment of the plane and must be taken along as hold luggage.
When you are an avid traveler like we are, it’s very convenient your child can sleep in the Yoyo during (long) layovers, lengthy border crossings, or simply when you are out exploring a big city and your baby needs a nap.
The Yoyo also makes traveling by public transport very easy as you can quickly fold and unfold the stroller, even with one hand! Unfolded the Yoyo also doesn’t take up that much space, however, if it’s very busy in the metro, train, or bus you can fold the Yoyo in no time to make room for other travelers.
Because of the comfortable padded shoulder strap, you can easily carry the Yoyo over your shoulder while carrying your child in your arms. The shoulder strap is also very useful when you have to carry the stroller up a few flights of stairs, for example in the London underground or in a picturesque village on vacation.
All in all, the Babyzen Yoyo makes your holiday with your baby or toddler so much easier!
Ease of use
In terms of usage, I can really only say positive things about the Yoyo. The stroller is easy to fold and unfold. It takes some practice, but once you know the trick you can even do so with one hand.
While the Yoyo is definitely not the best stroller for muddy country lanes (though as you can see in the picture above, I still try to tackle the occasional dirt road), it’s super easy to push and you can effortlessly steer it with one hand (please don’t try this on the aforementioned muddy country lane, even the Yoyo has it’s limits;-).
The Babyzen Yoyo has a 5-point harness and a canopy that offers shade. We also use a cotton stroller cover for extra shade or to create a cozy sleeping space for our little ones.
In the basket below the stroller, you can store a surprising amount of stuff (up to 5kg/11lbs). While the basket is definitely not suitable for grocery shopping, it easily fits a jacket, water bottle, and a small diaper bag (not a large one though).
A real plus of the Babyzen newborn pack is that you can easily use it to change your baby’s diaper. Just fold the handlebar, place a changing mat under your baby, and voila, your very own portable diaper changing station. Very convenient when you are traveling around countries where baby changing rooms aren’t easy to find.
Babyzen YOYO 2
We own the Yoyo+, however, in 2020 Babyzen launched the new and improved YOYO². There are a couple of small differences between the Yoyo+ and the YOYO².
For example, the YOYO² has a faux-leather handlebar whereas the Yoyo+ has a soft rubber handlebar. Also, the buckle design has changed slightly making it even more user-friendly.
However, the biggest upgrade (as far as I am concerned) is the improved shock absorption thanks to the individual suspensions in all four wheels. This really is an improvement compared to the Yoyo+ and in combination with the reinforced frame, it makes the Yoyo2 even lighter and easier to steer.
Yoyo Babyzen review: cons
The biggest disadvantage of the Yoyo Babyzen is without a doubt the price, it is very expensive… The accessories are pricy as well, so this stroller isn’t for every budget.
A second disadvantage, especially for tall people: you cannot adjust the height of the handlebar. However, I personally feel the handlebar is set at a comfortable height for both myself (165cm/5’4” as well as my husband (188cm/6’2”).
Finally, the Yoyo+ sometimes gets stuck at thresholds, low curbs, and bumpy cobblestone roads. But as indicated above, this problem has been solved with the individual suspension on the Yoyo² Babyzen.
Yoyo Babyzen accessories
There are many accessories for the Yoyo Babyzen, I personally own the following items.
Babyzen Yoyo rain cover
A rain cover is indispensable when living in the (often rainy) Netherlands. However, we have also often used our rain covers on vacation.
I took the picture above during our holiday in Japan, where we got caught in a typhoon on the island of Okinawa. Despite our umbrellas and rain poncho, my husband and I were completely soaked. Our son on the other hand was comfy and dry in his little tent, lucky him!
Note that rain covers aren’t included when purchasing the Babyzen Yoyo² and these have to be bought separately. There are three versions:
- Rain cover newborn pack
- Rain cover bassinet (this doesn’t seem to be available on Amazon yet)
- Rain cover 6+ pack
I store the rain cover in the basket below the stroller, however, to make sure I don’t lose it I always attach the rain cover storage bag to the hook that attaches the shoulder strap to the stroller.
Babyzen Yoyo Footmuff
The Yoyo Babyzen footmuff can be used with the 6+ version and is a soft and cozy little nest for your child. I bought this footmuff for our journey with the Trans Mongolia Express through Russia, Mongolia, and China.
The word Siberia spontaneously brings shivers down my spine, so to make sure our son was nice and warm, I ordered the Yoyo footmuff. And although it was surprisingly warm in Siberia I was still happy with the footmuff, especially during the evenings when temperatures quickly decreased.
I also use the footmuff during the winter months in the Netherlands, as it gets cold here as well. The stroller can still fold with the footmuff, though it does get a bit bulkier.
Babyzen Yoyo leg rest
Our son was still quite young (10 months) when we made our first long trip with the Yoyo. He usually slept twice a day and to make this as comfortable as possible for him I ordered the Babyzen Yoyo leg rest.
Just put the seat in a (near) horizontal position (the backrest reclines up to 145 degrees), unfold the leg rest, and close the cotton cover to create a comfortable sleeping space for your baby or toddler.
Yoyo Babyzen board
Now that our son is a little older he wants to walk most of the time. However, after strolling around town for hours he gets tired (understandably) and loves to hitch a ride on the Babyzen Yoyo board.
Though sometimes our one-year-old daughter also likes to use the board (see picture above). She’s a bit small to comfortably sit on it but she’s very strong-willed so it’s hard to refuse her;-).
Other Babyzen Yoyo accessories
There are several other accessories available, such as the Yoyo travel bag, a specially designed Babyzen Yoyo bag (for groceries or as a diaper bag), and even the Babyzen Yoyo cup holder (which you can use for your own coffee mug or attach to the frame next to your baby to store his or her sippy cup).
I am still planning to purchase the Yoyo travel bag because we often travel with our Yoyo and the travel bag protects the stroller and makes it even easier to carry (you can carry it on your back or on your shoulder).
Babyzen Yoyo car seat adapter
Last but certainly not least, with the Yoyo car seat adapters you can combine several car seats with the Yoyo stroller, such as the Maxi Cosi Mico Max Plus and the Cybex Aton 2. And of course, there is the Babyzen YOYO² iZi Go Modular by Besafe, which has been specially developed for the Yoyo.
If you want to use the Babyzen Yoyo with car seat, check the official Yoyo website. Here you can find more information about which car seats can be used with the adapters. The car seat adapters are available in sizes M and L so pay close attention to which type is compatible with your car seat.
Babyzen Yoyo stroller review: conclusion
If you are looking for a compact high-quality (travel) stroller that will last for many years, the Yoyo Babyzen is an excellent choice. You pay a premium price but then again, the Yoyo most certainly is a premium product that is worth every penny as far as I’m concerned!