BABYZEN YOYO+ Stroller – Detailed Review and Scorecard on its Features and Benefits
A few months back, we almost lost Zela, our 3-year-old daughter in Bonifacio Highstreet while she was playing. It took 20 minutes before we were able to find her, and that has been the longest 20 minutes of our life and for me, life’s biggest lesson. I cannot afford to lose any of our children again even for a second. So immediately, I started finding ways (like acquiring child-tracking devices) to make sure we will be more on-guard whenever we are outdoors. A friend of ours recommended that we carry a stroller all the time so that we can prevent Zela from going around when we are attending to her brother Zed (6mos old) or big sister Zia (5). Problem is, our current stroller is too bulky and carrying it sometimes becomes an inconvenience.
We have seen the Baby Zen Yoyo+ stroller in some of Iya Villania’s IG posts before and got excited about it. Imagine, it is one of the most compact and lightest stroller you can ever have! What a perfect match for a traveling family or a family like ours who’s always on the go with three very young kids with us! However, since our family is more on the practical side, it’s price is something that we need to really ponder about given that we have an existing stroller that works really fine except that, it’s bulkier than the Yoyo+.
Few days ago, we received a Baby Zen Yoyo+ Stroller and got the chance to experience it. Below is a video that will give you the actual footages of our “test-drive”. This video is also taken when we first used the stroller so watch our reactions as we unveil each of its features! But there are some details that we were not able to articulate well in this very short video so I also made a matrix that summarizes the basic features of the Baby Zen Yoyo+ stroller and how our family benefited from each feature. And since this is also a review, I made a scorecard to rate each feature according to how beneficial it is versus our family’s needs. I hope this helps you too.
Babyzen Yoyo Stroller: Unboxing & Review (Philippines) | #TheClingyFam EP81
#TheClingyFam’s Scorecard on BabyZen Yoyo+ Stroller
|CONSIDERATIONS||BABY ZEN YOYO+
(5 being the highest)
|BENEFITS / REASON FOR THE RATING|
|Baby’s age||Suitable from birth to 15kg||5||We want to maximize everything that we buy and use it long-term. This stroller grows with our baby up to 3 to 5 years old or even more.|
Seat unit has two interchangeable types:
Type 1 : For 6mos+ seat unit
Type 2 : and 0+ seat unit
|Adjustability and Reclinability||Fully reclined newborn nest with 5-point harness||4||Having 5-point harness allows us to adjust the strap according to the length of the baby’s torso|
|Front facing seat with a freely adjustable backrest; backrest is adjusted by a strap at the back||Baby can enjoy sitting on it and also sleep well on it|
|Canopy||Pop-up canopy with 3 positions||5||You can choose the level of covering for your baby depending on the situation. Sometimes, our baby doesn’t like too much covering as it makes him feel uncomfortable due to darkness caused by the canopy’s shadow. Giving it a 5 because this is something not present in some strollers|
|Customizability||Removable, washable and changeable fabrics that lets you change up to 9 colors||5||Eliminates the “sawa” factor as it makes you feel your stroller is new again. Functionality-wise, you can use another fabric when it’s time to wash.|
|Has specially designed accessories that fit your needs||5||You get to choose the right accessories that match your need. In our case, we love that it comes with a Yoyo Board that lets our eldest child ride in the stroller together with her brother or sister.|
|Foldability||Measures 52 x 44 x 18 cm when folded; So small in fact that it fits in the overhead compartment on a commercial plane.||5||Eliminates the hassle of carrying bulky strollers, or not being able to carry a stroller when travelling. No need to check it in when travelling by plane so it can help save time.|
|Material||Aluminium chassis and high performance plastic||4||Lets us enjoy durability and lightness at the same time|
|Weight||Weighs 6.2 kg||4|
|Durability||Can let an adult sit on it (i.e. Mommy can use it as chair when breastfeeding)||5||Now, for me this is a real value! As a breast-feeding mom, I sometimes catch myself in situations when there is no more time to go to the breastfeeding room to feed the baby so in situations like those, having a stroller where I can sit on is a big help.|
|Has shock absorb feature|
So light, easy to maneuver, makes you feel like you are not pushing anything at all
Takes only a second to unfold for use; and about 10 seconds to fold when unused
Can be carried like a bag
|5||Travelling with a kid can sometimes be stressful and having to push a heavy and bulky stroller can add to the stress. Experiencing Baby Zen Yoyo lets you enjoy the feeling of not having to exert effort to push your stroller. In effect, we save a lot of energy.|
|Harness||Has a 5-point harness with three height settings||4||At first, I didn’t like how the harness and the buckle is designed because it is a bit hard to figure out how to buckle the baby up in the stroller. But then, Yoyo intended this design to secure the baby and make sure he won’t slide down so I’m learning to like it in a way.|
|Harness is connected from the hip to the shoulder so that the shoulder straps can’t be removed|
0-6months Stroller Set : Php 37,899+-
with raincover and dust bag
|3.5||The deciding factor is actually it’s price as it is valued at a premium compared to many other strollers. But, if you have the budget for it, it will still be worth your money as the benefits outweigh the costs. For first time parents, we highly encourage investing on this stroller. But, if you have an existing stroller and it’s still working for you, you can evaluate if the benefits listed here are enough to replace your existing one. If you want to lessen your cash-out, one option is selling the current one you have.|
6mos+ Yoyo Stroller Set : PhP 28,999.75
Includes Rain cover and Dustbag
Full Bundle : Php 39,000+
Yoyo Stroller with 0mos+ Nest and 6months+ nest, raincover and dustbag
|Add-ons||Yoyo Board (detachable bicycle seat-like extension) : Php 7,500||4|
|Cup Holder : Php 1,200|
|Umbrella : Php 1,899|
|Travel Bag : Php 3500+|
1.00 to 2.00 : Sorry, it’s a no
2.01 to 3.00 : Sakto lang.
3.01 to 4.00 : Super like!
4.01 to 5.00 : #TCFMaterial (#TheClingyFamMaterial)
We gave it a 4.50 overall rating which means it is so fit for our family’s needs and lifestyle, thus #TheClingyFam Material! To be honest, we really love having the Baby Zen Yoyo+ Stroller around! As mentioned in our vlog above, if you are a first time parent or you are really considering buying a new strioller, we highly recommend this stroller as it grows with your baby’s needs.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Omni Amisola-Larrosa is the wife of Bryce, an outstanding speaker & people builder, a mother of 3 wonderful kids named Zia, Zela & Zed (#TheClingySibz), and a professional Marketing practitioner who is privileged to be a recipient of the 12th Mansmith Young Market Masters Award (Mansmith YMMA) for 2017, an advocacy project that seeks and recognizes young outstanding marketers and entrepreneurs all over the Philippines. Omni seeks to outperform herself by being the best wife to Bryce and mom to #TheClingySibz, while inspiring other moms in maintaining a good work and family life balance.