Babyzen YoYo – Black & White Chassis!
These photos are of the Babyzen YoYo.
The Babyzen YoYo being unpacked in the photos is the black framed YoYo, but as the photos show, we also have a white framed YoYo. These photos show what the Babyzen YoYo looks like with both frame colours. Sadly the weather has been appalling, so please excuse the photos having being taken inside. Hopefully we will get some photos taken outside when we can.
It is very difficult to show how small the Babyzen YoYo is. It is a similar size to a laptop bag when folded. However the amazing trifold flicks open to reveal a very sturdy, tall handled pushchair. It is hard to believe that something so small can be so robust.
The strengths of the Babyzen YoYo are its folded and open size. However the YoYo also gives a decent recline for a sleeping baby or toddler, and a small, but functional hood. There is a small, but very useful basket – my handbag and a lunch bag easily fit underneath with room for the odd drink or coat. There is also a small storage pocket on the rear of the seat, which we put the raincover in.
The Babyzen YoYo, as the photos show, comes with no hood or liner. There is a choice of coloured fabrics – hood and liner – which are very easily fitted into position. There is a choice of 3 harness height settings. We had our YoYo with the fabrics on, and up and running within a very short time.
One of the beauties of the Babyzen YoYo for us, is in its simple design. The recline is a simple strap recline / pull tight to sit up. As the photos around Best Buggy show, the Babyzen YoYo seat moves a little with the child, so that if the child wants to sti bolt upright, the seat moves with them. If they want to sit back, then the seat moves back too. Its not much movement, but we find our son will often adjust himself to suit and yet remains securely harnessed in.
The harness is easy to do up, and easy to adjust – important in this changeable weather. We have had a footmuff on our YoYo, and indeed there is a Babyzen YoYo footmuff available to buy now. However we use our pushchair for nipping from the car into places quickly, and we found that the hood / raincover was enough protection for those short journeys outside. This is not to say that the YoYo is not suited to longer outings – we have happily taken it around the shops for several hours!
The brake is small but decisive and holds the pushchair even in very windy weather. The slim handlebar is foam covered and is comfortable to hold. I love how zippy the Babyzen is to push, and to weave in and out of small spaces.
A raincover is included, but as we have said previously, we have never quite got to grips with it. We now use a Maxi Cosi Noa raincover which fits very well.
The best feature of the Babzen YoYo has to be the amazing fold / unfold. The fold is done in two stages. The first stage requires two hands. This involves pressing in two buttons inside the lower part of the hood. The handle then folds down behind the pushchair. There are photos at the end of the photo set above to show how this can be done with the child still in the pushchair seat. Then, the child can be removed and if necessary tucked under one arm, whilst you reach underneath the YoYo to continue the fold. This second part of the fold involves 3 quick steps, and can be done one handed. First press in the big red button and release! Then pull the slider towards you, and release! (This doesn’t feel natural at all to start with!) Finally grab the silver handle and the YoYo simply folds into your hand. It sounds harder than it is – it takes a couple of seconds to do! There is a photo above, showing the button, slider and silver handle. The YoYo ends up folded in mid air, which means no part of it gets dirty. The YoYo is easy then to put into the car or sling onto your back using the carrying strap. As you can see the Babyzen YoYo is light enough for our 4 year old to carry!
Unfolding usually simply takes a flick for the YoYo to open in your hand. Occasionally if the flick isn’t sharp enough, it is is necessary to release a clip to finish the unfold off. But the unfold is so easy, and the YoYo is so light to open. The Babyzen YoYo comes with a useful storage bag to keep it clean.
The children in these photos are aged 2 years 6 months old (87.5cms tall) and 4 years 3 months old (107cms tall). The 4 year old doesn’t generally ride in a pushchair these days, but we can whizz her around easily in the YoYo. One of the compromises is the low seat back of the YoYo. But our 2 and a half year old fits fine, and to be honest, the Babyzen YoYo is not a replacement for a full sized pushchair. For us, it has a particular purpose, for particular outings and needs, and for those, we aren’t worried about the seat height. Most children by the age of 3 will not be in a pushchair, and these photos show that the YoYo should easily last a child until the age of 3, if not longer.
We love both the black and the white chassis options – both look really smart – we are hard pressed to choose which one we prefer. Which do you like best?
We absolutely LOVE the Babyzen YoYo!!
With many thanks to Whitestep for helping us to do this review!
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