For urban parents, navigating through city life with a stroller can be quite tricky. Whether it’s looking for a spot to park a bulky stroller while out with friends, maneuvering around the subway, or catching a flight to Paris, modern day parents on the go need a set of baby wheels that fit their lifestyle. BABYZEN, an award-winning stroller company, created YOYO+, an innovative, high quality, lightweight stroller that doubles as a car seat for newborns and toddlers. And with a click of a button, it retracts to a size suitable to take on the plane! This year, the brand has out done itself by creating YOYO+ Buddy Board. Now, an older sibling can skate alongside the newest addition to the family!
BABYZEN will be at the 2017 Chicago Baby Show, on August 26 and 27, at Navy Pier, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families comes to Chicagoland. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the Chicago Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and beyond!
Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.
We spoke with Glen Gold, Co-Founder of BABYZEN North America, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the Chicago Baby Show.
For someone unfamiliar with BABYZEN, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?
We aim to give parents back the mobility they had prior to having children with a truly innovative, mobile, and customizable stroller to meet all of their needs.
Tell us about the company’s background. When did BABYZEN start and how has it evolved since then?
BABYZEN was founded by a group of five Frenchmen who wanted to create a new generation of strollers that were attractive, high quality, and most importantly, easy and practical for parents to use. We started with a blank slate and imagined what this new generation could look like, and from there, our ZEN stroller, which is full-size with an all-in-one carrycot, and our lightweight YOYO+ stroller were born.
What are the most popular and newest products from BABYZEN?
BABYZEN™ has long been a preferred gear brand among fast-paced, urban parents with the YOYO+ being our most well-known offering. Famous worldwide for its lightweight, sleek, and convertible design that is small enough to fit in the overhead compartment of an airplane, the BABYZEN YOYO+ has elevated the stroller category with a multipurpose stroller travel system that is engineered to deliver safety, versatility, and design for the modern on-the-go parent. At just 13 pounds, the convertible frame offers versatility with a click of a button. The YOYO+ can also be used as a rear-facing bassinet for newborns and a forward-facing seat for toddlers, making it the only stroller you will ever need.
In addition to our current selection of easily removable, washable, and interchangeable color packs in black, grey, red, blue, pink, and taupe, we’re excited to introduce two new options which are perfect for the upcoming spring and summer seasons: peppermint and ginger.
We’re also releasing soon the YOYO+ Buddy Board, which offers convenience, fun, and flair when traveling with two children by adding even more functionality and style to our YOYO+ stroller. While baby sits comfortably in the stroller seat, the older child can skate along on the Buddy Board, which parents can attach to the back of the stroller.
BABYZEN YOYO+ strollers also feature a reinforced frame certified to 40 lbs. and four-wheel suspension for a smoother ride. For convenience, a storage pouch on the back of the canopy and an XXL basket underneath the stroller can meet all of your storage needs. Comfort and protection are a priority with a padded seat for 6+ months old children, a carry strap, and extendable canopies with UPF 50+ sun protection for 0-6 months old and 6+ months old children. Rain-covers, included in both 0-6 months and 6+ months options, also protect the stroller from the elements.
What sets BABYZEN apart from other baby stroller companies?
What’s great about the YOYO+ is that it can be used from birth onward. It has a rear-facing bassinet for newborns and a forward-facing seat for children 6 months and older, saving parents the extra expense of purchasing multiple strollers as their child grows. Also, it’s lightweight—just 13 pounds—and the convertible frame expands and retracts with the click of a button using just one hand. And it is so compact that parents can fit the YOYO+ into the overhead bin of an airplane.
BABYZEN also offers car seat adapters for the YOYO+, which means that the baby can be easily transferred from the stroller to the car in one click. It’s truly ideal for wherever life takes you—from the city and basic errands to car travel, air plane travel, and more. As a matter of fact, the YOYO+ recently won the JPMA Innovation Award and The Bump’s Best of Baby Award for the “Best Lightweight Stroller” category.
What can parents expect from BABYZEN at the Chicago Baby Show?
We will be showcasing our iconic YOYO+ alongside our newest color packs and the YOYO+ Buddy Board. YOYO+ is now, more than ever, the ultimate stroller for parents on the move.
To learn more about BABYZEN, check out babyzen.com.