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Mia is one lucky little girl.
She’s only 2 and a half but she has already travelled on holiday to Turkey 3 times, and been to Russia to visit the in-laws 5 times already.
Flying is stressful at the best of times, but with a baby or toddler to get through security and passport control, it makes it a lot harder.
And then there’s the flight itself (gulp!)
On a night flight, it has been considerably easier as Mia has been fairly good at falling asleep on me or Sasha. But on a day flight, it’s a nightmare, as you can’t relax for a second.
How parents do long haul flights I’ll never know! 3-4 hours is more than enough for me thank you very much.
However, one massive help has been purchasing a travel stroller, which makes the whole experience a bit more bearable.
Do you need a travel stroller?
Travel strollers can make traveling with your baby a lot easier.
Rather than bringing a large and bulky stroller that can be difficult to control, when you opt for a travel stroller, you get a number of benefits.
One of the biggest advantages for me is that some of them can fit in the overhead bins inside the plane, so you don’t have to wait for your stroller afterwards hoping they haven’t been damaged.
We took an old stroller one time to Turkey and had to wait for an hour for the stroller once we’d received our bags. We almost missed the transfer to the hotel.
So strollers that are smaller, easier to store and easier to carry are a big plus when you’re on the move.
We purchased the BabyZen YOYO, which my wife and I have been very pleased with.
It’s lightweight, portable, easy to fold and unfold. A big thumbs up from me!
I thought for this blog post, I’d compare it with another popular travel stroller, the Gb Pockit+.
What should you consider when buying a travel stroller?
While you might not get to enjoy all of the features of your regular stroller when you opt for a travel stroller, the smaller size, lighter weight, and increased portability are a trade off that many people are willing to make.
These strollers are also generally very easy to fold, which means that one person can control the stroller by themselves.
It’s important to consider what options the stroller does have, as they tend to be fairly light on features such as extra pockets and storage.
Look for one that has very durable wheels so that you won’t have to worry about it being able to navigate rougher terrain or uneven streets while you are traveling.
Can they fold down to a small enough size that you can sling it over your shoulder (great for using in public places such as at train stations or the underground)
Additionally, you need to consider how easily you can maneuver the stroller.
You do not want to purchase a stroller specifically for traveling only to find out that you can’t easily navigate crowded areas.
Table Comparison – BabyZen vs gb Pockit
WINNER – gb Pockit
Both are very lightweight options, but the gb Pockit is the lighter option overall. I have to admit, although I can carry the BabyZen on my shoulder fairly comfortably, it does get a little tiring after a while.
WINNER – gb Pockit
Both can fold up to a size small enough to fit in the overhead bins on airplanes which is one of, if not the biggest perk with travel strollers. However, the gb Pockit is a little smaller so takes up fractionally less space
WINNER – BabyZen YOYO
The BabyZen YOYO is very durable due to it’s aluminium frame and the wheels are very durable. It’s very easy to fold and open with just one hand in one action. The gb Pockit requires 2 steps to fold, which isn’t much of an issue, but when you’re travelling and you’re on the go, you want things to be as smooth and easy as possible.
WINNER – gb Pockit
The gb Pockit wins here as it’s cheaper than the BabyZen YOYO.
WINNER – BabyZen YOYO
Partly due to the slightly larger frame, the BabyZen YOYO has more storage space underneath than the gb Pockit.
Which is more popular?
WINNER – BabyZen YOYO
The BabyZen YOYO seems to be the market leader when it comes to travel strollers. I’ve seen so many on my travels with my wife and Mia. This is reflected in the chart below with the monthly search volume.
The BabyZen gets around 4 times as many searches per month compared to the gb Pockit.
The BabyZen Yoyo is a very lightweight travel stroller that folds flat easily and can be stored in the overhead luggage compartment due to its smaller size.
It’s not so heavy that parents or other users will struggle to carry and move the stroller when their baby is not in it.
Even though the stroller is designed to be very compact, the frame is incredibly durable and made from a lightweight aluminum. This aluminum is durable enough to keep the frame of the stroller in shape and to protect the child.
This stroller features small wheels, but that doesn’t limit its maneuverability. Additionally, since the stroller is very narrow, it’s a good option for being able to move easily through crowds without running into anyone along your way.
The suspension on the stroller has been updated, which means that your child will be able to enjoy a smoother ride when in the stroller, and you will feel free to take the stroller on rough ground without worrying about their comfort.
The large basket underneath the seat is roomy enough to bring along most necessities, but there is also storage in a pouch located at the rear of the canopy.
While some travel strollers don’t offer the ability to recline, this one does, which means that a child can easily sleep in the stroller while on the go.
- Offers one-hand compact folding
- Fabric removes easily so that it can be cleaned
- Includes rain cover, travel bag, and carrying strap
- Compatible with infant car seat with the use of the car seat adapter
- Does not come with a travel bag
- Some customers don’t like that there’s no real leg rest
Thanks to the innovative folding design of this stroller, it’s not only easy to fold into a small and compact package, but also very easy to unfold.
Since buttons need to be depressed to fold the stroller, there isn’t any concern of older children accidentally injuring younger children who are in the stroller.
The adjustable five-point harness is very easy to use and ensures that any child in the stroller will be snug and safe on the road, and since there is a one-step brake, it’s easy to keep the stroller from getting away from you on a walk.
Not only does the seat recline so that the child will be comfortable when taking a nap, but the backrest is adjustable. This means that the entire stroller can be adjusted to fit the size and comfort of the child without a lot of problems.
The gb Pockit can easily hold children up to 55 pounds without them being in danger or the stroller not functioning the way that it should.
This is because it was built from very high-quality materials and designed for safety.
The wheels can be locked into a straight position or unlocked so that they will swivel 360 degrees, which makes moving through crowds and around obstacles fairly easy.
Locking or unlocking the wheels is incredibly easy and involves just the push of a small switch with your foot.
Finally, the seat and back feel very reinforced, which adds stability for the child who is in the stroller and reduces the bumping and jostling that they feel when on the road.
This will allow families to travel for longer periods of time without children being uncomfortable while in the stroller.
- Storage space is accessible from the back and can hold up to 11 pounds
- Can be turned into a travel system with optional accessories
- Stroller is very compact and easy to travel with on planes
- Offers one-hand pushing for ease of travel
- Small canopy doesn’t offer a lot of sun protection
- Handle bars aren’t adjustable
- Smaller wheels are only designed for use on smooth ground
Both strollers are good options to be honest.
However, I would still choose the BabyZen YOYO, due it’s reliability, durability and how easy it is to fold and unfold. I just feel it’s a better designed product than the gb Pockit.
For my wife and I, we’ve been using it for over 3 years without any issues or faults…yet!
What are your thoughts? Which travel stroller did you buy? Or do you feel you don’t need one at all?
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