We Tried It: Babyzen Yoyo stroller
Who tried it: Rennie Dyball, Senior Editor
Why she did it: A stroller you can take on an airplane as a carry-on? This I’ve got to see.
Plus, celeb mom-of-five Natalie Hanson (a fan of the Yoyo), told me on Twitter that she’s constantly “trying to reach a state of stroller nirvana.”
I may only have one baby, but I feel her on the sentiment and I wondered whether a stroller that folds this small might be the key to baby gear bliss.
Pros: Well, there’s the obvious: the Yoyo is airline certified to be the size of a piece of carry-on luggage (collapsed size: 20.5 x 17 x 7 inches). And it’s 12.8 pounds. And it’s got this magical unfold with just the flick of a wrist. (Like a yo yo. Get it?)
The fold is a tad more complicated, but the result is pretty awesome: Once folded, you can carry the stroller by its attached strap over your shoulder like an overstuffed handbag. I
t’s a very smooth ride, surprisingly smooth given the size of the stroller, thanks to the “soft drive system” and 4-wheel suspension that the product advertises. It’s such a compact little thing that navigating narrow aisles and crowded spaces is a breeze.
For such a small stroller, the sun canopy is a good size, and the clear plastic window lets you keep an eye on your kiddo without a noisy flap to open.
Cons: The shape of the stroller took a bit of getting used to: the front wheels are wider than the back ones, requiring that awkward shuffle step when you use a new stroller to avoid kicking the wheels.
But by the end of my test drive it was no longer an issue for me at 5’7″. (A week into using it and I don’t even notice anymore.) A few other potential cons: this luxury travel stroller comes with a corresponding price tag, it’s not recommended for use until your little traveler is 6-months-old, and there’s very little storage space in the basket.
The verdict: If you travel often with your little one, this is a terrific choice. The small fold-up size simply cannot be beat and comes in incredibly handy while navigating plane or train aisles.
And not having to check your stroller for air travel is a very cool luxury. For use closer to home, going up and down stairs, in and out of the trunk, etc., it’s just as handy, but comes at a higher price than even your luxe umbrella strollers.
Comes with washable padding, a carrying strap, rain cover and travel bag. Suitable for children 6-months-old up to 33 lbs.
Cost: MSRP is $399 and up, depending on where you buy. Click here for a list of retailers.