It may look tiny but the super-light YoYo+ is suitable from birth till around 3 years and is travel system compatible. The first buggy to fit in an aeroplane overhead locker, it has a tiny fold - but is one for the city not the country
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Pros: Very compact, lightweight, travel friendly, quick fold/unfold, easy to steer one-handed, can become travel system
Cons: Expensive for a lightweight, small shopping basket, rear brake occasionally catches on feet, harness prevents swaddling, not designed for rough terrain
When the Babyzen Yoyo was first launched in 2012, it became an instant hit as the first buggy that folded so small you could take it on board an aeroplane and pop it in the overhead locker.
The Babyzen Yoyo+ is the result of improvements over the past few years and is now suitable from birth using a babynest and five-point harness to keep your baby snug and secure.
You can use it in two different ways depending on the age of your child:
Newborn to 6 months – you need to buy the newborn pack (£155-£175) – and it becomes a parent-facing newborn stroller with a pop-up canopy, foot cover and head support. It’s also compatible with certain car seats to become a travel system
6 months plus – you use the chassis, seat and colour pack (comes with the buggy) to transform it into a outward-facing stroller with multi-position reclining seat
The featherweight buggy has a clever 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.
Watch our video review of the Babyzen Yoyo in action
Who tested the Babyzen Yoyo+ stroller?
We wanted to test the Yoyo as a newborn buggy, a toddler stroller and a buggy with a buggy board, so we had two testers: Catherine and her 12-week-old baby son, and Anna with two children.
Catherine: If I’m honest, my very 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.
How suitable and comfy is it for a newborn baby?
Catherine: My big concern was that the baby nest within the newborn pack wouldn’t be comfortable enough for my 12-week-old son. As he’s used to being swaddled in a blanket before being placed in his regular pushchair, I didn’t think he would settle in the Yoyo+.
But 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 original Yoyo had commented on flimsy straps, however the Yoyo+ 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?
Anna: 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.
Despite it’s overall tiny look, I’m 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 your baby or child in situ. Also, the upright position is not as upright as I would like, so my toddler always seems a bit slumped.
How easy is the Yoyo+ to push?
Catherine: The handlebar was soft to hold and the chassis was surprisingly shock absorbent, making the ride comfortable for both parent and baby on most city surfaces, and for any length of time.
The Yoyo+ came up trumps travelling across flat, smooth pavements and was easily steered with one hand. The buggy has 4-wheel suspension and Babyzen proudly talk about a ‘patented and exclusive “soft drive” system’. It was certainly smooth on pavements.
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 only city surface I found 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’ve read reviews where parents have found that the Yoyo+ is not so good on rough terrain, with mud and leaves getting stuck in the wheels, and a bumpy push over very uneven ground. Then again, with its small wheels, the Yoyo+ is designed as a city buggy not one for all terrains.
Is the height of the handle bar adjustable?
No, you can’t adjust the handle height. It’s set quite high (at 106cm), which worked for me and my tall husband but may not suit everyone. Definitely worth testing before you buy.
Will it fit though my front door?
Yes, the Yoyo+ is slim in width (44cm), which means it’s easy to weave in and out of narrow shopping aisles and will fit easily through standard doors.
How compact is the Babyzen Yoyo?
Compact is THE word when it comes to the Yoyo+. Via clever technology design, the Babyzen Yoyo+ measures just 52cm x44cm x18cm when folded, which is wonderfully small – you almost can’t believe there’s a full-size buggy inside.
It’s clear that going on holiday is where the Yoyo comes into its own. Its compact size, quick folding action, shoulder strap, travel bag and compliance with airplane 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.
Does it fit easily into small car boots?
Oh yes. Not only would the Yoyo+ fit in the boot of any car, it would happily sit in the footwell of the rear seat.
I also 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.
How does the buggy fold?
Like many buggies, there’s a knack to learning how to fold the Yoyo+. But once you’ve got it, it’s incredibly simple. However, I needed two hands to complete the fold – and question the claim by Babyzen that it’s a one-hand fold.
Indeed, 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.
Watch: 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.
Which car seats can be used with the Babyzen Yoyo+?
Babyzen has worked with renowned Norwegian car seat company BeSafe, to create its own version of the popular iZi Go car seat exclusively for the Yoyo+ – called the Babyzen iZi Go Modular by BeSafe. When you buy this car seat, you get the adaptors for the Yoyo+.
You can also buy adaptors so you can use the following car seats with the Yoyo+:
Possibly one of the biggest downside of the Yoyo+ is the basket. It’s 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 isn’t very deep either, meaning its contents are liable to fall out if the buggy is taken up and down steep kerbs.
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 limitations feel like a small compromise.
Is the brake easy to use?
The Yoyo’s ‘push-push’ brake system is 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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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 is expensive for a lightweight stroller, or a second holiday buggy. But this is because the Yoyo+ is really a fully functioning buggy, just smaller and lighter. If you are buying it for occasional use, you may want to assess whether you need to spend this much. But, as a first buggy for a newborn, the Yoyo+ actually offers excellent value.
How robust is the Yoyo+ and how well will it last?
Catherine: As someone who is used to covering at least 4 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 2 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.
Travel bag to carry your Yoyo+ – can use either over shoulder or as backpack – £49.95
Parasol – £34.95
Footmuff – around £90
Mosquito nets (for both baby nest and 6mths+ version) – £15.95
Yoyo cup holder – £19.95
How easy is it to assemble the Babyzen Yoyo+ from the box?
Catherine: 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-week-old son, Eric, at the same time.
How well does the Babyzen Yoyo+ buggy board work?
Anna: Really well – this was the first buggy board where my daughter didn’t complain of aching knees or being rattled about.
The board is designed for a child aged between 2 and 5 to stand or sit between the buggy’s handlebar and the grown-up, rather than popping their head through the bar. It’s suitable up to a maximum weight of 20kg.
Not surprisingly, the buggy board does affect the handling of the stroller. But, despite its ultra-lightness, the buggy is still very easy to push, even with one hand, and the buggy board feels very secure.
I found the buggy behaves a bit more temperamentally with a child on the buggy board – 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.
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.
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.
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.
How do you store the buggy board when it’s not in use?
You can store the board by securing it with a simple strap, and the buggy still handles really well. 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. The buggy handles really well with the board stored
Can you fold the Babyzen Yoyo with the board attached?
No, unfortunately you can’t 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.
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.
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.
Don’t be put off by its tiny size and the fact it does look a little like a ‘toy’ buggy rather than a real one. This is one powerful stroller that can take you and your baby all the way from newborn to 3 year old (if you treat it carefully!).
Its big selling point is the fact that it was the first buggy to fold small enough to fit in a plane’s overhead locker but this is just one positive of this amazing little buggy.
It does so much that its bigger competitors do – lies flat for newborns, can fit several car seats to transform into a travel system, convert to a toddler stroller and take a buggy board.
It has its limitations – 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.
But we found it was also a marvel in everyday scenarios, from negotiating shops and busy streets to impromptu trips in the car.
The Yoyo+ surpassed our expectations in terms of durability and comfort. If you’re looking for convenience or are tired of bulky buggies then take the Yoyo+ for a test drive.
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Child age (approx)
Birth (with carrycot/cocoon) to 3 years
Up to 15kg
Dimensions & Weight
H:106cm W:44cm L:86cm
H:52cm W:44cm L:18cm
Seat facing direction
Fully reclined birth nest with 5 point harness
Free standing when folded
Includes Foot cover, Birth head support, Shoulder strap, Rain cover (non PVC), Underseat basket (2kg maximum load)
Travel system compatible with its own matching carseat (BabyZen iZi Go Modular by BeSafe) and also compatible with Maxi-Cosi Pebble and Pebble Plus, Cybex Aton Q and Nuna Pipa