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When the Babyzen Yoyo was first launched in 2012, it became an instant hit. Marketed as the first buggy that folded so small you could pop it in the overhead locker of an aeroplane, it was compact and lightweight.
The Babyzen Yoyo 0+ is the result of improvements over the past few years and is now suitable for children from birth with the use of a babynest. The ability to attach a 0+ group car seat on top means this really is a versatile travel system option.
You can use it in two different ways depending on the age of your child. With the addition of the Babyzen Yoyo+ Newborn pack (£190-£205), you can convert your stroller into a parent-facing newborn pushchair with a pop-up canopy, harness, foot cover and head support. The Babyzen Yoyo+ BeSafe iZi Go Modular i-Size Group 0+ Baby Car Seat (£240) can be fixed to the chassis with adapters to complete the travel system, or the Yoyo 0+ is also compatible with other branded car seats including Cybex, Maxi Cosi and Nuna.
From six months you switch the seat fabrics on the chassis to the 6+ colour pack (which comes with the buggy) to transform it into an outward-facing stroller with multi-position reclining seat.
Lucy used the Babyzen 0+ for her baby daughter from around three months through to six months old, using both the Yoyo babynest and the Yoyo+ BeSafe iZi Go Modular i-Size Group 0+ Baby Car Seat. Lucy lives on the London/Surrey boarders and mainly tested the pushchair in towns, central London, on trains, the London Underground and local parks. She also spends time in the countryside and on the coast, so used it in rural settings and on the beach too.
Watch our video review of the Babyzen Yoyo in action
What were your first impressions of the travel system?
Having used a Cybex Priam travel system with my son and then a Nuna Demi Grow double pram travel system when my daughter was born, I’m familiar with pushing around a durable, heavy-duty pram. That means my first encounter with the lightweight Babyzen Yoyo 0+ was like having a total pram detox – it’s smooth, streamlined and featherlight, without compromising on looks.
For something so slight, it stands up well to any other city or travel pram I’ve tested. Not only does it move like a dream, but it looks seriously smart too, with a premium finish. I was also impressed with its clever folding mechanism, which allows it to be opened and folded in seconds. It can then be carried over your shoulder with the detachable shoulder strap, which is really handy for travelling or when dashing around with a newborn and two-year-old in tow.
The newborn car seat is light, comfortable and extremely user-friendly. It can be mounted onto the stroller chassis in seconds and likewise, installing it in the car only takes a couple of minutes.
How does it compare to other travel systems you have tried?
The big thing to remember here is that unlike a regular travel system with a full-sized bassinet, the Yoyo 0+ babynest will not allow you to lift off and carry the bassinet with a bumper bar or handle. This means that if you intend on using a bassinet as somewhere to lay the baby down for day naps and in the house, then this is probably not the right pram for you. It’s also not suitable to use as an occasional cot for sleeping in overnight. Saying that, the Yoyo 0+ pushchair is so compact that you can easily wheel it around your house for day naps as the footprint itself won’t take up any more space than a traditional bassinet.
How comfy is it for a newborn baby?
Compared to a full-sized traditional pram bassinet, you could be forgiven for thinking the Babyzen Yoyo 0+ babynest is a tad on the small side. However, it is actually extremely cosy and comfortable and my daughter slept so well in it.
The five-point harness is easy to fasten and the slim design means it doesn’t drown or restrict your baby. There’s also a sweet little head rest which adds to the cosy factor. When the footmuff is all zipped up, with its extremely snug, fluffy lining, the babynest is ultimately like a comforting sleeping bag for a baby. You can also fully unzip the top section for warmer weather.
It’s worth mentioning that while I would happily have put my newborn daughter in the car seat straight from hospital, I would not have wanted to push her around in the babynest until she was at least three months old due to its light and flimsy nature.
How easy is the Yoyo 0+ to push?
The chassis is strong and sturdy and although the wheels appear to be on the small side, the Babyzen is really quite shock absorbent and nippy for a lightweight city pram. The buggy has 4-wheel suspension and a ‘soft drive’ system which makes it glide well on even terrain. On a smooth surface you can almost spin it around in a circle pushing with just one finger, it’s that easy to steer. However, the wheels do tend to get stuck on broken paths, cobbles and potholes, as with any small-wheeled buggy. In my opinion, the Yoyo 0+ is fine on grass, however woodland, beaches, farms and countryside are a no go. On the whole, kerbs didn’t prove a problem and could be negotiated with one hand. You do have to be careful not to lose anything from the basket underneath when tipping the pram though.
What did you think of the handlebar?
The handlebar is set at a great height (it is non-adjustable and quite high at 106cm) which I found both suitable for myself at 5’4” and my 6’ husband. Its curved shape is really comfortable to grip and the soft, non-slip rubber finish creates a firm grasp.
What’s it like on public transport?
I used the Yoyo 0+ for trips into central London, on trains and on the London Underground. The babynest and car seat are both great options for these kind of trips and although your baby may experience a little more movement when in the bassinet, the fact you can tuck the pram into the most crammed space on a train, far outweighs any worries about baby being slightly rocked around in my opinion. In fact, my daughter was instantly put to sleep with that little bit of extra movement in the babynest. However, having had a reflux baby the first time around, I’m not sure my son would have found this movement quite so appealing, especially after a feed. The car seat would definitely come into its own for any babies suffering with acid reflux or digestive problems, because you can keep baby upright the majority of the time by simply mounting the car seat onto the chassis and pushing baby around that way.
What did you think of the brake?
The brake is flip-flop friendly and easy to engage. However, due to its small size and the length of the bassinet blocking visibility, it can sometimes be a bit tricky to use when you are quickly trying to action it. I often found myself having to peer over to the right to get a clear view of the brake. However, it’s really not a deal-breaker.
What is the hood like on the Babyzen Yoyo 0+?
The hooded canopy fixes with two press studs which can be left in place or unstudded so that it drops back and baby can see out. There’s also an extra panel of fabric on the hood which can be pushed back quickly to gain access to baby and shade them from sun. The canopy offers UPF 50+ sun protection but it does fall short when it comes to shading on very warm days and I would recommend purchasing the umbrella parasol for extra coverage.
Tell us about the basket
As with many city/travel prams, the shopping basket is fairly small. You will struggle to get a large changing bag underneath and although a handful of groceries will fit, it’s not suitable for any big shopping trips. It’s also worth noting that due to the curved shape of the handlebar, any significant extra weight attached to the handlebar with a buggy clip, for example, is not ideal.
How easy is the Babyzen Yoyo 0+ pushchair to store?
The Babyzen Yoyo 0+ measures just 52cm x44cm x18cm when folded (even with the babynest attached) and can be carried on one shoulder with a strap. The car seat measures 72 x 44 x 34cm and is just 3.7kg. Both the collapsed pram and car seat fit neatly in any hallway without taking up too much room at all.
Does it fit in the boot of your car?
Yes, with ease. If your boot is full, it will happily sit into a footwell or on a passenger seat too.
How does the pushchair fold?
Like many buggies, there’s a knack to learning how to fold it but once you’ve got it, it’s incredibly simple. It’s definitely quicker and easier as a two-handed operation, but when necessary I could just about manage a one-handed fold, provided the handlebar was dropped before lifting the baby out.
Unlike many travel/city buggies which have the fold-release button on the handlebar, the Yoyo 0+ has a release situated underneath the babynest, on the underside of the chassis.
First of all, you have to press the two buttons on either side of the hood, which allows you to fold the handle bar back on itself. This needs to be done with two hands. Then you reach under the seat, press a little red button to pinch a handle which releases the folding mechanism, and the buggy folds and clips together neatly.
To unfold, you release the clip, lock the pram handle into place and shake the buggy apart to open the rest of the chassis frame.
What do you think of the Yoyo+ BeSafe iZi Go Modular i-Size Group 0+ Baby Car Seat?
The car seat is light, simple to use and overall very comfortable for baby. There’s a newborn insert for small and early babies and once removed, ample room for older babies. Yoyo advises this seat is for up to 12-15 months, however my daughter is now six months old and pretty much filling the seat.
Is the car seat easy to install?
It’s a very safe and sturdy car seat, which fixes into your car with either an Isofix base (sold separately) or with a seatbelt. I just used my seatbelt and it’s a really simple and easy-to-master process. There’s an additional impact bar that’s quickly attached to the side nearest to the car door and I think this is a brilliant feature.
How does the car seat fit onto the chassis?
The car seat comes with two adapters which easily fasten onto the chassis. There’s grooves in the frame so that you know instantly when the adapters are correctly positioned on the frame. When you want to pop the car seat onto the Yoyo 0+ frame, you collapse the handle bar, undo the two poppers so that the canopy drops backwards and then release the two babynest clips at the side of the handlebar base so that the babynest simply folds in on itself and creates a base for the car seat. The car seat then simply clicks into the adapters and there’s no need to remove the babynest entirely. Bring the handlebar back up and you’re ready to go.
Which car seats can be used with the Babyzen Yoyo+?
The Babyzen Yoyo+ BeSafe iZi Go Modular i-Size approved car seat is specifically designed for the Yoyo+ and has been developed in collaboration with BeSafe. When you buy this car seat, you get the adaptors for the Yoyo+. However, the Yoyo 0+ is also compatible with other branded car seats including Cybex, Maxi Cosi and Nuna.
Is the Babyzen Yoyo+ value for money?
The Yoyo is a premium lightweight stroller, with a premium price, but you can tell where the money goes when it comes to how it moves and how small it packs away. If you’re only going to use it as an occasional pram or a second holiday buggy then this might be an investment too far. But, as a first buggy for a newborn and used with the car seat as a travel system, it offers excellent value.
How robust is the Yoyo+?
As a pram to run errands and pop into town, this is an ideal choice. If you are planning on walking long distances and being in the park a lot, then I’m not sure the Yoyo will have quite the same lifespan as something designed with all-terrain wheels. I currently have the Joie Aire Twin (double), Cybex Eezy S Twist and Babyzen Yoyo 0+ on rotation, depending on what we are doing as a family. Therefore my Yoyo isn’t getting used daily. I do see it as more of an occasional pram and particularly for travel and holidays.
How did you like the look of the travel system overall?
The Yoyo is a smart-looking system. The prams are instantly recognisable by their shape and the white frame and wheels really stand out. In terms of colour-ways, the AirFrance limited edition navy fabrics are very chic and there’s a lovely chevron print on the babynest that’s a real statement. There’s an array of colour fabrics to choose from including red, blue, black, taupe, grey, peppermint and ginger.
What’s in the box?
Yoyo+ (6 months):
- Pop-up canopy
- Seat base
- Colour pack
- Detachable shoulder strap
- Travel bag
Newborn pack/baby nest:
- Hood rod
- Rain cover
- Impact bar
Are there any additional extras?
- Yoyo+ buggy board, £99
- Travel bag to carry your Yoyo+, £49.95
- Parasol, £34.95
- Footmuff, around £90
- Mosquito nets (for both baby nest and 6mths+ version), £15.95
- Yoyo cup holder, £19.95
Is it easy to put together?
The babynest arrived fully assembled on the frame so required no building and the car seat is practically ready to use from the box. You just simply adjust the harness/straps to fit baby, install in the car with Isofix base or seatbelt and fix the impact bar in position.
What would you have wanted to know before you purchased the item?
That the babynest does not lift off like a traditional bassinet.
What was your favourite feature of the travel system?
That you can simply throw it on your shoulder and carry it like a handbag once it’s collapsed.
Where can you buy the Babyzen YOYO+?
It’s available to buy from Natural Baby Shower, Huggle and Uber Kids
The Yoyo 0+ is ideal for anyone living in a city, town or urban area because it’s so light, narrow and agile. You’ll be able to whizz around town with this pram and squeeze through the tightest spots and smallest doorways. I wish I had this streamlined travel system when I had my first child because it takes the stress out of loading a heavy full-sized travel system into the car. With just one baby, day-to-day tasks would be really easy and switching between the babynest and car seat takes no time at all.
However, I’m not sure I would entirely replace my main pram for the Yoyo 0+ because our family enjoys long walks in the countryside, days on the beach and exploring locations with rough terrain, which the wheels just aren’t suitable for.
It has other limitations too – the babynest cannot be lifted off and moved around the house, it’s not parent-facing when using the 6-month+ seat, it has a restrictive basket, the handle isn’t adjustable and its size isn’t for everyone.
All in all, the Yoyo 0+ is a fantastic option if you are looking for something small, compact, light and convenient. It will make your big, bulky buggy seem really outdated but when you take it out into the countryside, you’ll soon realise why those all-terrain wheels on the bigger prams come in handy! Overall, a fantastic city or travel pram that really packs a punch.
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