BabyZen Yoyo Review: Best Travel Stroller (2021)

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After 18 months of use across 21 countries, we wanted to share our Babyzen Yoyo review! One of the best travel strollers on the market, the super compact Babyzen Yoyo is suitable from birth and is airplane cabin friendly. If you are searching for a travel stroller, we hope this Babyzen Yoyo review helps you in your choice!

Our Babyzen Yoyo in action in NYC!

Features of the Best Travel Stroller

When we were deciding on our travel stroller, we looked for four key features:

  • Cabin friendly: being able to take the stroller on board as part of cabin baggage is a key requirement for two reasons
    • We often travel with hand luggage only and don’t want to have to wait around for a stroller to be delivered to the aircraft door or the luggage carousel.
    • We’ve been on a ton of flights where the strollers are delivered to the luggage carousel and parents have had to juggle kids and cabin baggage on long walks from the plane.
  • Reclining stroller: kids nap everywhere and anywhere on the road so a recline is essential!
  • Strong and durable: travel strollers need to work in multiple environments and take frequent and hard usage.
  • Price: value for money is essential but we were willing to pay extra for quality.

Babyzen Yoyo+

Weighing in at less than 7kg, the Babyzen Yoyo is one of the most compact travel strollers on the market. The Babyzen Yoyo stroller meets the hand luggage size requirements of most airlines and the ability to take into the cabin and store in the overhead locker is one of its biggest selling points – check prices now

Babyzen Yoyo review tip: we have the latest version of the Babyzen which is officially known as the Babyzen Yoyo+.

BABYZEN YOYO2 Complete 0+ and 6+ Stroller - Black Frame with Grey Fabrics
  • FROM BIRTH, YOYO² brings your baby maximum comfort, thanks to its soft and cozy nest pad, a foot cover with a soft, fluffy white Sherpa fleece. A secure 5 point harness and adjustable...
  • FROM 6 MONTHS, YOYO² will follow your child's physiological evolution. Simply swap the textiles in the 0+ newborn pack with the 6+ color pack. YOYO2 brings a confortable seat...
  • FOR THE PARENTS, YOYO² brings a canopy window for keeping a constant eye on your child, a zipped back pocket to store essentials close at hand. A storage basket up to 5 kg and easily...

Key features of the Babyzen Yoyo

  • Stroller Weight: 6 month+ version weighs 6.2 kg, newborn version weighs 6.6 kg
  • Stroller Dimensions: 52 x 44 x 18 cm when folded
  • Recline: backrest of 6 month+ stroller reclines up to 145 degrees
  • Weight Capacity: birth to 18kg, approximately 4 years old
  • Suitable from birth: newborn version suitable from birth, converts to 6 month+ stroller with a switch of fabrics
  • Car seat compatible: compatible with a selection of Group 0 car seats
  • Canopy: pop up canopy with 2 positions and UPF 50+
  • Rain cover: included in initial stroller purchase
The Babyzen Yoyo collapses to a cabin friendly size

The Babyzen Yoyo comes with a sleek black or white frame, under stroller storage basket, canopy, rain cover and a protective travel bag. The Babyzen Yoyo is available in two versions:

It’s easy to switch between the newborn and 6 month+ configurations by changing the fabric set.

Babyzen Yoyo review tip: We purchased a Babyzen set with the newborn fabrics and the 6 month+ fabrics as we wanted to use it from birth. It’s possible to purchase fabric sets which allow conversion between newborn and 6 month+ even after the initial stroller purchase. So if you purchase the newborn Babyzen Yoyo, you can convert it to the 6 month+ stroller with the purchase of the fabric set. This is also great if you want to change colours for a new baby!

The newborn version on an English winter road trip
The 6 month+ stroller on the Tokyo subway

 Pros and Cons of the Babyzen Yoyo

With two kids under 18months, we’ve most definitely tried and tested the Babyzen Yoyo stroller and all its features to its limits! If you prefer a summary version of our Babyzen Yoyo review here it is: we’d highly recommend the Babyzen Yoyo and consider it the best travel stroller on the market!

The biggest benefit is that the Babyzen Yoyo meets cabin baggage requirements for most airlines. There’s no waiting for the stroller to arrive at the aircraft doors after landing or having to make a strollerless journey to the baggage carousel to collect a gate checked stroller!

The Babyzen Yoyo has a ton of other positive features including:

  • Cabin friendly stroller
  • Suitable from birth to 18kg (approx 4 years old)
  • Lots of high quality accessories available (see below)
  • Lightweight but strong and durable
  • Stroller reclines for naps – cannot emphasise how important this is!
  • Easy to manoeuvre with one hand
  • Easy to open and collapse with one hand
  • Handles bumpy terrain and cobblestone well
  • A range of compatible group 0 car seats can be attached
  • Canopy with two positions
  • Good storage for a travel stroller
  • Easy to carry with the strap and you can open it with one hand
  • Modern design with a nice range of colours and washable fabrics
Our 6month+ Babyzen in Tokyo, Japan

There aren’t really any drawbacks to the Babyzen Yoyo except that it is one of the more expensive travel strollers. Although it is a more expensive option, for us, it’s more than worth the cost!

  • More expensive than other travel strollers on the market but the quality, durability and potential to use as a primary stroller make it worth the price.

Babyzen Yoyo review tip: we use the BabyZen Yoyo as our main single kid stroller both at home and while travelling. It’s perfect for our city life and we’re so impressed with how little wear and tear its showing despite having endured over 1.5 years of hard use!

The newborn version of the Babyzen at Boulder Beach in South Africa

 Babyzen Yoyo Travel Accessories

There is a broad range of branded and generic accessories available for the Babyzen Yoyo + depending on your needs. This was one of the big benefits for us as you can simply buy the add-ons you actually need. WE’ve purchased a number of these and they’ve been invaluable and have been very hard wearing.

FootMuff

The footmuff is amazing for colder weather as it’s fleece lined and can open for both sides or the bottom. It washes easily and looks like new after 2 years of heavy use – check prices now

BabyZen Yoyo+ Footmuff Navy Blue
  • 🌞 Anti-dirt protection with opening from below
  • 🌞 Fully machine washable
  • 🌞 The stroller folds closed with the footmuff attached
Keeping warm during an Italian winter!

Insect Shield

There are two version of the insect shield (for the newborn bassinet (0+) and the 6month plus (6+). We have both version of this and they work brilliantly. They’re easy to affix and take off and ensure no flies or bugs get inside. Our first trip with J included a South African safari and we’ve used them countless times since! – Newborn or 6 month plus

Babyzen YOYO+ 6+ Insect Shield
  • Airline certified size of carry-on bag
  • Lightweight
  • Folds, unfolds & drives with one-handed ease
The Tokyo mosquitoes haven’t got a chance!

Rain Cover

Again there are two versions and we recommend getting both. They fit both the 0+ and 6+ strollers really well and we’ve survived many downpours with them – Newborn or 6 month plus

Babyzen Yoyo+ 6+ Rain Cover
  • Neatly rests over the 6+ seat base for use with YOYO+ stroller
  • Clear polyurethane construction
  • Assists in keeping your little one dry during strolls through rain, sleet, or snow
BabyZen Yoyo Review best travel stroller
The rain cover in use in Tokyo

Cup Holder

The cup holder works really well and clips on the side of the stroller handle – check prices now

Babyzen YOYO+ Cup Holder
  • Designed for yoyo+ but can be used on other strollers
  • Lightweight
  • Folds, unfolds & drives with one-handed ease

Parasol

The parasol is really useful when it’s really sunny out and is easily adjusted to cover your child in the stroller – check prices now

Babyzen Yoyo - Parasol (Grey)
  • Easily attaches to any BABYZEN stroller frame
  • Easily attaches to the car seat adaptor
  • UPF 50+ sun protection

Sun cover

If the parasol doesn’t fit your needs you could check out what we use for naps/sun cover while on the go. We opted for a Snoozeshade Plus and have been super thankful every time J has fallen asleep while out exploring. It has a dual layered front mesh which allows some light in when half open and black out when both are closed. – check prices now!

Stroller Sun Cover (6m+) | UV Sun and Sleep Shade for Baby Strollers & Joggers | Universal Fit for 3 & 4 Wheelers | Blocks 97.5% of The Sun's Rays | SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe
  • High level sun protection for baby: SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe stroller sun shade and blackout cover is designed for use with babies aged 6 months. It blocks up to 97.5% of harmful UV...
  • Yes it fits all strollers: It's the question we get asked the most. This award-winning sunshade for strollers, baby sleep aid and blackout stroller cover fits all single bassinets and...
  • Better than a blanket: Our uv stroller cover creates shade from the sun and blocks up to 97.5% of UV. It stops people from touching your baby and shields from wind, chill, light rain...
Nap time accessories!

Leg Rest

This add-on for the 6+ pack will make it significantly easier for your child to nap in – check prices now!

Babyzen Yoyo - Stroller Leg Rest
  • 🌞 QUICK CLIP - Fits YOYO, YOYO+ YOYO2
  • 🌞 AIRPLANE READY - Fits in the overhead compartment
  • 🌞 EASY FOLD UP - without needing to remove the footrest

Car Seat Compatibility

Car seat compatibility was a big deal for us as we are massive road trip fans and always travel with our own car seat. It was essential that we were able to attach the car seat to the stroller for navigating airports and, occasionally, to make a seamless transition from the car when J or E were napping.

The Babyzen is compatible with several Group 0 car seats. Babyzen offer their own car seat but we opted for a Maxi-Cosi car seat which can be attached to the stroller with separately available adaptors.

Once you check your car seat is compatible (most are) its a simple as clicking the car seat onto the stroller and away you go. We cannot recommend these highly enough – check prices now!

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Babyzen YOYO+ Car Seat Adapters
  • Clip your car seat onto your YOYO+ stroller in a flash! Compatible with the following car seats:
  • Cybex Aton Q & Cloud Q
  • Nuna Pipa

Babyzen Yoyo review tip: Group 0 car seats are suitable from birth to around 12 months depending on the size of the baby. The car seat can only be attached to the Babyzen during this first car seat period.

Navigating the airport! Babyzen Yoyo with a car seat attached

The Babyzen in Action!

We’ve used the Babyzen in 21 countries and our stroller is still in excellent condition. We’ve used it in airports, on trains, in subways and on buses. It’s even made it as far as our airplane seat on rare occasions! It’s been wheeled through safari lodges in South Africa, castles in Germany, over cobblestones in Rome and explored night markets in Taiwan. It’s performed well in every situation.

Compact enough to take on the Tokyo subway!
Light enough to carry when there are no elevators (the Tokyo Subway)
BabyZen Yoyo Review best travel stroller
A stroller with a view in Tokyo!
Things to do in Rome With Toddlers
Navigating the cobblestones at the Pantheon in Rome with the footmuff

How does the Babyzen Yoyo compare to other travel strollers?

The Babyzen was the very first cabin friendly stroller to hit the market but it has since been joined by a long list of competitors. We researched and checked out so many strollers in our search for the best travel stroller. The biggest contenders include the Zoe XLC, Baby Jogger City Tour, Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller, the UPPABaby Minu and the Cybex Eezy S Twist. The Babyzen Yoyo, with all its positives, won us over and continues to do so!

We also own a GB Pockit!, the world’s smallest folding stroller, and it is a great option if you want a more inexpensive travel stroller. Its compact fold is incredible and the low price point is great – check prices now!

gb Pockit+ All-Terrain, Ultra Compact Lightweight Travel Stroller with Canopy and Reclining Seat in Night Blue, 10.6 pounds
  • Collapsible & Compact Design: This travel stroller's ultra-compact and collapsible design ensures it will fit in most overhead compartments on planes and trains, eliminating the need to...
  • Lightweight Convenience: This must-have umbrella stroller weighs a mere 9 1/2 pounds and makes one-handed pushing and steering a breeze. It folds down in 2 simple steps and can be...
  • Durable and Flexible Construction: Durable for everyday use as well as travel the Pockit+ is designed to roll with the punches. Its flexible construction keeps wiggly bodies safe and...
The GB Pockit and the Babyzen Yoyo

We’re also big on baby carrying and never leave home without our baby carrier, an Ergobaby 360. It’s amazing for short hikes, climbing hundreds of stairs to viewpoints and sights which don’t allow strollers!

We also own a GB Pockit, the world’s smallest folding stroller, and it is a great option if you want a more inexpensive travel stroller. Its compact fold is incredible and the low price point is great – check prices now!

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Ergobaby Omni 360 All-Position Baby Carrier for Newborn to Toddler with Lumbar Support & Cool Air Mesh (7-45 Lb), Pearl Grey
  • ONE CARRIER THAT DOES IT ALL: Grows with baby from newborn to toddler (Week 1-48 Months; 7-45lbs).
  • ALL CARRY POSITIONS: Inward, Front Outward, Hip & Back Carry
  • COOL AND BREATHABLE: Soft and durable mesh provides for the ultimate breathability and airflow

Toddler wearing at the Climbing stairs at the Colosseum in Rome!
BABYZEN YOYO2 Complete 0+ and 6+ Stroller - Black Frame with Grey Fabrics
  • FROM BIRTH, YOYO² brings your baby maximum comfort, thanks to its soft and cozy nest pad, a foot cover with a soft, fluffy white Sherpa fleece. A secure 5 point harness and adjustable...
  • FROM 6 MONTHS, YOYO² will follow your child's physiological evolution. Simply swap the textiles in the 0+ newborn pack with the 6+ color pack. YOYO2 brings a confortable seat...
  • FOR THE PARENTS, YOYO² brings a canopy window for keeping a constant eye on your child, a zipped back pocket to store essentials close at hand. A storage basket up to 5 kg and easily...

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12 thoughts on “BabyZen Yoyo Review: Best Travel Stroller (2021)”

  1. Enjoyed reading your review. If Yoyo+ carries 1 little’n only, I’m interested to know what your solution was to transport both your little ones, do you travel with 2 prams? Laura 🙂

    Reply
    • Hi Laura

      If we’re travelling together we take one stroller each. If one of us is off with the two of them, we take a stroller for the toddler and a carrier for the baby. When J is a little older we’ll try out the buggy board – maybe when he turns 2!

      Elaine

      Reply
  2. Hi Elaine,

    Do you think the newborn nest is sturdy enough to use as a main stroller for a newborn, or do you only use it for travel?

    Reply
    • Hi Christina

      Definitely! I used it as the main stroller for both my little ones from birth and it was great. It was our only stroller at home until we picked up a double for solo outings with both kids when they were both under 2!

      Elaine

      Reply
  3. What are your thoughts on the footmuff in derail.
    Is it warm enough for real winter? It is fleece and not wool, right? And it seems, the actual part of the feet has no lining at the back .. is that a minus?

    Reply
    • Hi Clod

      We’ve used it in Europe in January and it’s always been plenty warm for our little ones. My youngest used it recently during winter in Seattle and Portland and it was fine and it’s also good in Ireland. I haven’t tried it anywhere extremely cold though.

      I did worry about the actual feet part not having lining before we purchased but I find it fine when the kids have shoes. Our youngest isn’t walking yet so doesn’t wear shoes often but she’s too short to reach the unlined part! I’m not sure on the material but I’d guess fleece (it’s back in Florida as we didn’t need to bring it to Mexico so I can’t check!).

      Elaine

      Reply

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