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Testing out the Babyzen YoYo+ compact buggy

by Clare Mansell
Testing out the Babyzen YoYo+ compact buggy

Back at the beginning of the year when I came up with the crazy idea of taking our Morris Minor on holiday to France I made a mental note that at some point before then, I’d have to find a compact buggy to take with us, or else I’d get the blame for us not being able to fit anything in the car! As always I left it to the last minute to find one, but the team at Babyzen leapt to my aid and offered to lend me a YoYo+.

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The YoYo+ may look much like a regular stroller, but it has an ingenious folding system which means it’s small enough to fit into the overhead locker of an aircraft… or the boot of a small car!

I’m a sucker for good design and straight out of the box it was easy to see the YoYo was well thought through. Not only is it small when folded, but it’s also very easy to maneuver, smooth running, fits through small gaps and has handle bars that are high enough for tall parents! Even at my height of 5′ 8″, handle bar height is often an issue and as Jim is 6’4″, it’s even more of a deal breaker for him.

Crucially it also did the job we were wanting it for. It fitted very easily into the boot of our Morris Minor Traveller, leaving lots of room for all the rest of the clobber you end up taking away with you when you are holidaying with children… or with husbands who want to take their golf clubs with them to France!

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While we were away it attracted its fair share of attention from people who wanted to know what it was and how it folded down. As the week went on, we also found the YoYo was useful in circumstances which we hadn’t predicted like folding up very neatly and fitting under the desk and out of the way during the crossing on Brittany Ferries…

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Now the Babyzen has been a part of our life for three weeks I’m finding it’s more versatile than I anticipated and there’s a whole bunch of not instantly obvious occasions when it would work brilliantly, like on train journeys, camping trips, or on boat holidays, in fact we are seriously tempted to buy one!

But all this clever design does come at a price. The frame is just shy of £300 and you need to budget another £50 for the 6 month plus colour pack which forms the seat and hood (a newborn nest is also available to make the frame suitable from birth).

If you’d like to know more and see the Babyzen’s clever folding system in action, I’ve done a full review of it in the video below…

 

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4 comments

Jayne July 13, 2016 - 9:30 am

Oh my goodness, this is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for! Burrito Baby is far too independent and rarely wants to go in a buggy, which makes lugging our full-size travel-system style pushchair rather pointless as it takes up so much boot space. Some days though, she’ll fall asleep on the school run and my back is really suffering from carrying her and standing in the playground holding while she’s asleep so this would be absolutely perfect for keeping in the boot as it won’t take up much space.

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Laura Asbury July 13, 2016 - 11:47 am

I love the look of this pushchair, unfortunately the pushchair days are well and truly behind us! Great review!

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Emma | TheMiniMesAndMe July 14, 2016 - 9:40 pm

It sounds fantastic for travel being so compact! x

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Kim foote August 10, 2016 - 10:54 am

Hi it looks amazing would love to review it for you we are going away soon to its a 6 hour drive and were going for a week son with 2 kids we need as much space as possible

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