Babyzen Yoyo 0+ Stroller Review

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In a nutshell

The first buggy to fit in an aeroplane overhead locker

  • Pros

    Very compact, lightweight, travel friendly, one-hand fold, easy to steer one-handed

  • Cons

    Small shopping basket, rear brake occasionally catches on feet, harness prevents swaddling

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Our review

When the Babyzen Yoyo was launched it became an instant hit as the first folding buggy to fully comply with size recommendations for cabin luggage.

The Babyzen Yoyo 0+ has all the same great features as the existing YOYO 6+ but will accommodate babies from birth using a babynest and five-point harness to keep the baby snug and secure.

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The newborn stroller is rear-facing with a pop-up canopy, foot cover and head support. By removing the newborn nest and adding the 6+ pack (seat base and hood, £60), parents can convert the Yoyo 0+ to the existing Yoyo 6+, an outward facing stroller with multi-position reclining seat.

The featherweight buggy has a folding mechanism, which allows it to be opened and folded in seconds with just one hand and it can then be carried over your shoulder with the detachable shoulder strap.

First impressions?

My first impression was that the Babyzen Yoyo 0+ looked more like a dolls’ buggy, particularly when standing next to my Quinny Moodd. It is tiny. But looks can be deceiving and on putting it through its paces I found this sleek, compact, buggy really packed a punch. 

Will it fit though my front door?

Anyone with a large pushchair will have no doubt avoided certain shops because the aisles are too close together or the doors are too narrow, but Eric and I whizzed around fashion boutiques and busy supermarkets in the Yoyo without a single bump.

Is it easy to push?

The handlebar was soft to hold and the chassis was surprisingly shock absorbent, making the ride comfortable for both parent and baby on any surface, and for any length of time.

Tackling different terrains was another thing I’d been quite sceptical about, but again the Yoyo came up trumps. It travelled like a dream across flat, smooth pavements and was easily steered with one hand.

It also took well to grass and wasn’t the slightest bit fazed by the cobbles in our city’s Old Town district. On the whole kerbs didn’t prove a problem and could be negotiated with one hand, although I found very steep kerbs were best tackled by reversing up them.

The buggy has 4-wheel suspension and a ‘patented and exclusive “soft drive” system’, according to its marketing literature.

The only surface it struggled with during our test were badly cracked, uneven pavements as the front wheels tended to get jammed in the cracks, causing the back wheels to lift.

I also liked that the handle bar is high at 106cm, which is great for me and my tall husband.

How compact is the Babyzen Yoyo?

Folded, the Babyzen Yoyo measures 52x44x18cm, which is wonderfully compact.

It’s clear to see that going on holiday is where the Yoyo would come into its own. Its compact size, one-handed folding action, shoulder strap and compliance with hand luggage requirements means it is bound to make travelling with a baby less stressful. And the Yoyo is fabulous for trips out in general.

I found the ease with which I could pack it up and put it in the car a far cry from the rigmarole I’m used to of taking my pram apart and wedging it into the boot. Not only would the Yoyo fit in the boot of any car, it would happily sit in the footwell of the rear seat.

How does the buggy fold?

When I caught a bus in the city centre, other passengers were quite entertained at how quickly and easily the buggy folded up and fit onto the parcel shelf.

The buggy is very easy to fold, although there is a knack to it. 

How to fold the Babyzen Yoyo buggy

1. Remove buggy board if using

2. Press two buttons on either side of the hood, which allows you to fold the handle bar back. This needs to be done with two hands, so I am not sure why the brand claims its fold is one-handed.

3. Reach under the seat, press a little red button to pinch a handle which releases the folding mechanism.

4. The buggy then folds together neatly, with a clip securing it in place.

5. To unfold, you release the clip and shake the buggy apart.

With quite a bit of practice, I have still not quite mastered this super smoothly - without banging some part of my body - but it does all unfold very quickly.

Even though you can’t fold the buggy one-handed, it is a very simple process. People are always impressed by how neat the folded buggy is. It’s great that you can easily pick it up too, either by the chassis wheel axle or by its carry strap.

This came into its own when flying - we could walk all the way to the aeroplane, and within seconds I had folded the buggy and slung it over my shoulder.

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Is there adequate storage on the buggy?

The downside was that the basket was too small to stash loads of shopping in – I managed a box of eggs, a kilo of flour, a pack of baby wipes and two bottles of baby bath, with just a little room left to spare.

It wasn’t very deep either, meaning its contents were liable to fall out if the buggy was taken down very steep kerbs. This is only a minor point though when you consider much larger prams, such as the Silver Cross Surf, have a basket of a similar size.

However, I found the Yoyo very well made, and even though you’re not supposed to hang anything off the handlebar, it coped well with being loaded up. Considering how small the buggy folds, and how lightweight it is, the storage is not too bad.

Is the brake easy to use?

The Yoyo’s ‘push-push’ brake system is also very sensitive – great for when you’re waiting to cross a road but not so great if you keep catching it by accident. My partner had to watch his stride at times to avoid this problem, while I found it kept happening to me when I tried to take Eric on our morning jog.

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Is it comfortable and safe for baby?

My biggest fear was that the baby nest wouldn’t be comfortable enough for my 12-week-old son. As he is used to being swaddled in a blanket before being placed in his regular pushchair, I didn’t think he would settle in the Yoyo.

I need not have worried as within five minutes of our road test he was fast asleep and remained so until I lifted him out.

I noticed previous reviews of the Yoyo had commented on flimsy straps, however the 0+ comes with a five point harness as opposed to three, and once strapped in Eric was totally secure.

How comfortable is the 6m+ seat for older babies?

The 6m+ seat is padded and has a five-point harness. The seat depth is quite narrow, so my son’s legs weren’t that well supported when he was younger, but that has become less of a problem as he’s grown. I am also impressed by how well the seat accommodates my three-year-old, who often commandeers the buggy when she is tired - it’s great that the buggy can last that long.

I find the way the seat back adjusts a bit annoying, however. It has a simple strap that allows you to adjust the back, either holding it tightly in an upright position, or lowering it to near horizontal. You need to hold the back up, while tightening the toggle, which is tricky to do one-handed, especially with the baby in situ. Also, the upright position is not as upright as I would like, so my little one always seems a bit slumped.

What do you think of the hood on the Babyzen Yoyo?

The hood for the 6m+ seat is extensive, and offers UPF 50+ sun protection. It has a little peep hole that allows you to check on your little one. The rain cover also fits nicely, and isn’t too bulky.

Is the Babyzen Yoyo value for money?

It weighs around the same as the Micralite Super-lite (6kg) and while the Micralite comes in at more than £100 less than the Yoyo, the Micralite is not suitable from birth without the purchase of an additional carrycot. The Yoyo’s canopy is also larger and more forgiving.

Who’s the Babyzen Yoyo best for?

Catherine: As someone who is used to covering at least four miles a day with my newborn, across various terrains, I’m not sure the Yoyo could stand such a sustained hammering over a long period of time.

After two weeks the wheels were beginning to look a little worn and the babynest zip needed a spot of fixing after coming loose. That said, it coped with every scenario we threw at it, so I think it would be good for urban parents and frequent travellers.

Anna: I have been using the Babyzen Yoyo for quite a while, and I found the buggy very reliable. The chassis is sturdy and durable. I have probably abused the stroller more than it should be, as my very tall three-year-old insists on hitching a ride, and we have travelled a lot and tested the buggy board. My impression is that the product will last a good while. It’s great, too, that the covers can be taken off easily and washed.

I like that the Yoyo+ lasts from birth until well past toddlerhood, and the addition of the buggy board means it can grow with your family. A great investment.

What's in the box?

  • Chassis
  • Pop-up canopy
  • Raincover
  • Basket
  • Baby nest
  • Foot cover
  • Newborn head support
  • Detachable shoulder strap

Are there any additional extras?

  • Can be converted into a Yoyo 6+ by adding a seat base and colour pack for £70
  • Complete Yoyo with new born nest and 6+ seat base £524
  • Yoyo 6+ with outward facing seat base £369

What is it like assembling the Babyzen Yoyo?

Anyone who has assembled a buggy before will be used to picture diagrams and thanks to the colour coding and arrows, I found the Yoyo’s instructions easy to follow. There were, however, a lot of bits to put together, so it took me a while to construct as I was trying to amuse my 12-month-old son, Eric, at the same time.

Babyzen brought out a buggy board for the Yoyo+ in 2017. How much does it cost?

The RRP for the Babyzen buggy board is £99, which includes a small detachable saddle. You won’t need any special adaptors. This compares to £90 for the Bugaboo Comfort Wheeled Board or £69.99 for the Babyjogger Glider Board.

The board is designed for the elder child to stand or sit between the buggy’s handlebar and the grown-up, rather than popping their head through the bar. 

Babyzen Yoyo buggy board is for an older child

What age/weight can it be used from and up to?

The board is suitable from around 2 to 5 years, up to a maximum weight of 20kg. 

Is it easy to attach to the back of the Yoyo stroller?

Yes, it’s a joy to attach to the stroller. There are two holes in the chassis of the buggy, and the board comes with a patented connecting system which allows you to click it on and off with one hand. You pinch two rings that retract two metal pegs and then release them into the holes. 

Is it easy to fold the Babyzen Yoyo with the board attached?

Unfortunately, you cannot fold the Yoyo with the board attached. However, as the board is so easy to click on and off, you can still store the buggy very quickly when you need to, and pop the board in a bag. 

How much does it weigh and how much heavier does it make the Yoyo stroller?

The whole board, including the small saddle, weighs a light 1.7kg, so it’s easy to be on the move with buggy and board. Its dimensions are 28.6 x 19 x 41cm, making it easy to take along in a large shoulder bag. 

Does having the buggy board attached make a difference to how the stroller pushes?

Yes, the buggy board does affect the handling of the stroller. The buggy is still very easy to push, even with one hand, and the attaching mechanism means that it feels very secure. 

However, the buggy behaves a bit more temperamentally - you definitely need to slow down a bit. Also, I was only able to tackle the lowest of kerbs with confidence. Sometimes I had to nudge the board up the kerb with my foot.

But with practice, you know how to anticipate more tricky obstacles. It is also slightly trickier to engage and release the brake with the board attached, and access to the basket is compromised. 

My biggest disappointment is that Babyzen has not managed to solve the problem of wheels being in the way of walking feet. I spent a lot of time walking next to the handlebar, as the wheels sticking out from under the board get in the way of my feet. It must be difficult to solve this design challenge with such a lightweight buggy.

But the Yoyo doesn’t fold with the board in place, so I would have thought there would have been more leeway to design a board that tackles this problem more successfully. Having said that, the set-up is still very easy to push, and walking next to toddler and daughter is actually quite nice - I’m just not sure that’s the intended use. 

On another positive note, the buggy handles really well with the board stored, held in place with a simple strap. You can either store it very snugly, tucked under the backrest; or at a bit more of an angle, if the saddle is attached or the baby is reclined. You hardly notice the board when stored in either position, so this is a real plus. My daughter tends to hop on and off the board quite a bit on a day out, so the fact that it’s so easy to store and unclip is great. 

In addition, my daughter loved the ride; this was the first buggy board we tried where she didn’t complain of aching knees or being rattled about. 

Babyzen Yoyo buggy board has a small detachable seat

Is the Babyzen frame strong enough to manage a buggy board, or does it make it feel less sturdy?

The attachment mechanism, which secures the board directly into a very strong section of the chassis frame, means that the whole set-up feels very sturdy and secure.

How does the buggy board compare to any generic buggy board you have tried?

You're not supposed to use a generic buggy board with the Babyzen Yoyo. However, I have seen a number of mums attach the Lascal Mini, for example, so I also gave that a go. The stroller works OK with the Lascal, but the board makes the buggy a bit stiff to manoeuvre. The Lascal board is positioned a tad closer to the seat of the stroller, so it's easier to get your feet behind it without bending awkwardly. However, the Babyzen buggy board makes the set-up easier to handle, to push one-handed for example, and to turn corners. 

The Babyzen board also stores without getting in the way and attaches and detaches much quicker. The fact that you don’t have to faff around with fiddly attachments makes folding the buggy so much easier too.   

Considering that the Babyzen brand is geared towards ease of travel, hopping on and off public transport, and so on, the own-brand does make everything that bit smoother. On a recent trip to Berlin, it was invaluable.

We used both the buggy and the board at the airport, all the way to the aeroplane doors. On arrival, it was a godsend that we had transport for both children, as there was a lot of queueing. Wherever we went, we elicited admiring glances from fellow travellers and local parents. I would definitely choose the Babyzen board over any generic ones, despite some of the above misgivings, as taking it along, wherever you are going, is just so convenient. 

MadeForMums verdict:

As the first buggy to comply with cabin hand luggage requirements, this product’s main selling point has to be its size and weight (6.4kg for the 0+ buggy), which make it perfect for travelling.

However, I found it was also a Godsend in everyday scenarios, from shops and busy streets to impromptu trips in the car. Innovation doesn’t come cheap, as reflected in the price tag, although with an additional colour pack (£70) the Yoyo will see you through from newborn to toddler, boosting its value-for-money credentials considerably.

Despite my initial fears that it looked more like a toy than a ‘real’ buggy, the Yoyo far surpassed our expectations in terms of durability and comfort. If you’re looking for comfort and convenience or are tired of bulky buggies then I’d definitely recommend you gave the Yoyo a whirl.

The more I use the Yoyo, the more I am convinced by it. If my old battered Babyjogger Versa was sellable, I would probably get rid of it and only use the Babyzen. It feels like a great, sturdy investment, and incredibly versatile.

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