Table of Contents
- 1 Babyzen Yoyo+
- 1.1 Things to Consider Before Buying a Lightweight Stroller
- 1.2 Babyzen Yoyo+ Overview
- 1.3 Features and Benefits
- 1.4 Conclusion
The Yoyo+ stroller from Babyzen is the ultimate travel stroller, designed for babies on the go. At just under 14 pounds and compact enough to fit in most airplane’s overhead bins.
The Yoyo+ is lightweight, compact, folds easily, and can accommodate infants through toddlers. If you’re looking for an everyday stroller that you can pop in the car for errands, maneuver into a crowded coffee shop, or take along on flights, the Babyzen Yoyo+ is a top choice.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Lightweight Stroller
Many parents prefer a lightweight stroller because it’s easier to transport. Caregivers who need to carry the stroller up and down the stairs or constantly haul it in and out of the car appreciate a lighter stroller frame.
However, there are many factors to take into account when purchasing a lightweight stroller.
- Stroller features – To save on bulk and weight, some lightweight strollers won’t have all the comfort and convenience features that bigger strollers may have. If any of these features are essential for you to have in a carriage, make sure that the lightweight stroller you choose has it:
- Full-size canopy
- Multiple reclining positions
- Stroller basket
- Durable frame
- Comfort – A stroller shouldn’t compromise comfort for compactness. Check that the seat is cushioned and reclines comfortably in the positions your baby prefers.
- Age Compatibility – Not all strollers are compatible for all ages. Make sure the stroller is appropriate for the age range you need. The Babyzen Yoyo 0+ Newborn Pack makes the Yoyo+ suitable for a newborn baby from birth.
- Stroller Fold – Most caretakers looking for a light stroller want one that’s also easy to transport that can fold quickly and seamlessly. Strollers with a one-hand fold, such as the Yoyo+, make the transition faster and simpler.
- Car-seat compatibility – If you want your stroller to carry the infant seat, which is so convenient for transporting a sleeping infant – check that the stroller is compatible with your car-seat brand.
Babyzen Yoyo+ Overview
Babyzen, a company from France, first made headlines with the original Yoyo stroller that could fit into an airplane’s overhead storage bin.
The Yoyo+ is the newer version of the popular Yoyo stroller, best known for its compact fold and lightweight. This updated frame is compatible with infant car seats, a parent-facing seat for newborns, and a forward-facing seat for older babies, from six months through three years old.
Things We Like
- It folds small to fit into tight storage spaces and car trunks.
- Very lightweight and easy to use with public transportation.
- The curved handlebar, rather than two separate handles seen on many lightweight umbrella strollers, makes it easy to maneuver one-handed.
- Open and fold the stroller with one hand.
- The Yoyo+’s chic, modern design.
Room for Improvement
- Adjusting the seat recline can be cumbersome.
- The one-handed fold, while convenient, can be complicated at first.
- The seat in the upright position is still slightly reclined.
- It doesn’t wheel as well on rough and uneven ground.
- It can be pricey.
Features and Benefits
The Yoyo+ is not just for travel. Its comfortable padded seat, recline options, and car seat compatibility make it an excellent choice for a primary stroller as well. Though it’s small, it can fit children up to age three. See it in action.
The Yoyo+ measures just 20 x 17.5 x 7 inches and is one of the more compact strollers on the market. It can fit through small aisles, turn tight corners, and store in small spaces, from airplane overhead bins to full car trunks.
It was the first stroller that folded up small enough to fit into a plane’s overhead bin.
Though most airlines allow you to check-in strollers for free at the gate, many parents like to have the stroller with them on the plane to ensure it won’t be lost or damaged and have it available as soon as they disembark.
The stroller wheels well on smooth surfaces. The Yoyo+’s all-wheel suspension is shock-absorbing, and it is easy to push and steer. On level ground, you can effortlessly turn it in any direction or wheel it around in a 360° circle, which some carriages have difficulty doing.
However, its wheels are small, and it doesn’t do well on rough terrain and uneven ground. It’s best used for city sidewalks and streets. We would not recommend it for hikes or jogging.
The one-hand self-standing fold feature is one of Yoyo+’s major selling points. While you can fold it with one hand, we found that it does take some time to get familiar with its unique folding technique.
To fold the stroller, fold back the handlebars first. You’ll need both hands for this step, but you can do it while the baby is still sitting in the stroller. Then – with the baby out of the carriage – press the red release button under the stroller’s seat to fold it into a small, light carry-on.
Opening the stroller is a simple one-handed and one-step operation.
We do love the padded shoulder strap on the stroller for easy transport. Once the stroller is folded, just sling the adjustable carry strap over your shoulder to carry it. At fourteen pounds, it just may weigh less than your diaper bag!
The Yoyo+ has a five-point harness to keep the baby strapped into the stroller safely. The frame is solid and durable, despite its lightness, and will support up to 18kg, or 40 pounds.
Though the seat is small and a little narrower than some other strollers, it is roomy enough to fit the average three-year-old comfortably. The seat is padded, and it reclines so that you can find the ideal position for your baby.
We found that the upright position was still slightly reclined but doesn’t bother most children. It’s also a bit tedious to adjust the seat positions with the seat-back strap.
We like that the handlebar is one piece, making it easier to wheel one-handed than the two-handled umbrella strollers for those multi-tasking days.
The handlebar height is not adjustable, but it’s comfortable for most people. If you are exceptionally short or tall, the handlebar height may not suit you.
The stroller hood provides some sun protection, but it doesn’t extend far over the seat. On sunny days, you might need an extra hood or stroller umbrella.
The canopy does have a peek window on the top that allows the parent to peak into the stroller while wheeling it and for the baby to look up and see out. We also like the zippered pocket section on the hood – perfect for storing your cell phone.
The Yoyo+’s basket is decently sized for a compact stroller. While it’s not as generous as larger strollers, it can hold a shopping bag from your errands or some necessities.
The Yoyo+ is chic, sleek, and designed for the modern baby. It comes in a range of colors to suit every parent’s taste.
There are a few accessories that you may find helpful to use with the Yoyo+.
Included with the Yoyo+:
- Rain cover – fits the stroller snugly and securely to keep out the rain.
- Travel bag – protect your stroller when you travel by storing it in its travel bag.
Available to Purchase Separately:
- Bassinet – the bassinet attachment is designed for newborns and attaches directly to the stroller frame. A newborn can comfortably ride and sleep in it. Note that you can’t fold the stroller with the bassinet attached, but it is light enough to carry.
- Car seat adapters – with the adapters, you can attach an infant car seat to the Yoyo+, turning it into a complete travel system.
- Leg rest – the Yoyo+ doesn’t come with a footrest for the baby, but you can purchase one separately. The Yoyo leg rest can be adjusted to the height you need and will not interfere with the stroller’s fold.
- Yoyo+ Board – an older child can hop on board the stroller with the Yoyo+ board. The board on wheels connects to the back of the carriage, giving the older sibling a stand and ride.
- Footmuff – for cold weather, the Yoyo+ footmuff attaches to the stroller, eliminating the need for a separate blanket. The stroller will fold with the footmuff.
- Parasol – although the Yoyo+ has a canopy, it does not extend far enough to cover the seat completely. A separate parasol that clips onto the stroller can be helpful for sunny days and give additional protection to your baby.
If you’re big on travel or small on space, the Yoyo+ may be the ideal stroller for you. Its small, compact frame, lightness, and easy portability make it a convenient stroller for on the go.
Its versatility in accommodating children from birth to toddlerhood and its durable frame may be worth its price.
Other lightweight strollers, some of which may be cheaper than the Yoyo+, that you might consider as well include the Quinny, Uppababy Minu, Kolcraft Cloud Plus, Britax B-Agile, and the Baby Jogger City Tour.
For plane travel, though, we think the Babyzen Yoyo+ flies above the competition.