We’ve been a family of 5 for 15 months now and manage holidays and weekend breaks just fine, cramming everything into our Ford C-Max which I innocently presumed would be ample enough to accommodate a teenager, tween and baby, and it has until recently. I say recently as we always took the roof box and that, along with the boot space, was just fine.
Fine, when you don’t factor in a dog and fine when you have roof bars which are in full working order. That fine turned to panic when we realised a week or so before heading off to Atlantic Reach in Newquay that we had no dog sitter and no roof box! Squeezing our pushchair into the limited boot space was never an option and a weekend of baby wearing was on the horizon but given that we planned to visit The Eden Project, that was not going to fun given the rainforest biome we wanted to explore.
Then I did what many others have done before me, I #askedTwitter for a pushchair recommendation for a super small stroller which didn’t compromise on style or comfort, could be reclined, a dream to push and would happily hold a 15 month old and a changing bag. Twitter replied with The Babyzen YoYo , (I knew it wouldn’t fail me!) I am always more trusting of a good old recommendation straight from the horses mouse and when several people recommending the YoYo by Babyzen I knew it was sure to be perfect.
Boasting a compact size of 52 x 44 x 18 cms when folded (which is also complies with the cabin allowance on a aeroplane), it’s light enough at only 5kg to carry on your shoulder. It arrived in 2 slim boxes and took all of 30 minutes to put together with the well illustrated instructions. The main stroller compartment comes complete so it was just a case of working out how to unfold it, then attaching the padded seat cover with the velcro and elasticated tags. I like that you can completely remove the seat to change colours or replace if stained or damaged. The hood was a case of threading the support wires through, slotting in and securing the elasticated ties. It really was that simple!
On our first trip out, The Husband, Tween and I argued over who would push, (Tween won, no one argues with him) it glided through the narrow streets of Sidmouth and I noticed there wasn’t an issue of the swivel wheels locking which I’ve had with some strollers. Toddler sat in it very happily too, looking comfortable and ample enough for an older baby / toddler. It’s designed from 6 months plus and has a fully controllable recline where you aren’t confined to only a couple of positions.
The padded seat wraps around the seat base adding to the comfort and no rubbing the back of his legs and extends right up to his back and it’s made of a material which didn’t make him too hot. I particularly liked the full hood which was perfect for protecting him from the mid day sun (we had sun, YES, in England and it was a bank holiday, Double yes!)
Not thinking too much about the shopping basket, it soon became apparent just how much we could cram in there when we didn’t want to carry our coats. With the front and back loading access being one of my favourite features, I’m guessing the small hole in the bottle serves as a drain for when you get the inevitable drinks bottle spill, keeping it clean (unlike the bottom of my Quinny Buzz who’s shopping basket is the bain of my life.)
Being on holiday in England, we did have the inevitable shower which gave us a chance to put the rain cover to test. It comes in its own bag, as does the whole stroller, and fits on with velcro, although a little fiddly at first, it means that it’s secure and the extra support which holds it away from your baby’s legs gives them plenty of breathing space, great for little ones who hate having the rain cover on.
The final features I loved (this little buggy is packed with them!) is the viewing window in the roof which is at the right angle to see right in, adding a seat liner is super quick and easy thanks to the clips, I’ve had pushchairs in the past which have been so hard to undo the straps I’ve never put the liner in properly.
There’s also a handy mobile/purse/keys pocket on the back on the seat and the fact that once folded up, you can keep it in its own bag and carry over your shoulder using the straps which are hidden away underneath. And last but not least, it pops open using only one hand so no problem holding a baby and getting it out of the car.
Seriously, I really tried to find something which bugged me but it was impossible, I pondered over the idea of having an adjustable handle height but as it was comfortable for an 11 year old, 15 year old, me and my husband how can I justify needing one? And maybe the straps were a little fiddly, but I’m guessing with time I’d get use to it.
I was loaned a Babyzen YoYo stroller for this review, all opinions are entirely my own and I will be really sad handing it back!