You might be thinking, “What?! JJ Cole only makes diaper bags.” but I am here to introduce you to JJ Cole’s all new stroller line. JJ Cole jumped head first into a sea of stroller companies and brought us a triple treat right out of the gate. The Broadway is a toddler seat, a pram and a travel system in one!
First thing is first – The Broadway stroller fits a newborn to 50 pounds, but that being said it’s not the tallest seat back or longest foot rest so it probably isn’t the best for a taller child. My 7-year-old, Makenna, is about 40 pounds and inches (which yes, is lighter than your average 7 year old) and you can see that her legs are bent and her head rests against the canopy. I would think a 2-3 year old (at max) would fit great in this seat, totally disregarding the max weight limit.
The Broadway has a padded, adjustable 5-point harness. The buckle is super simple to open – just a one touch button that unsnaps everything. Right now, Kendall isn’t too worried about the buckle and doesn’t really try to get out but I’m sure in the next few months she will quickly learn how to escape from this stroller. That is one feature I don’t really care for. I would rather see the buckle clips that you have to squeeze in on from either side.
Now the seat is not a 90 degree seat. Even in the highest position it does have a little recline going on. Kendall likes to sit up and see the world so although I understand a little relaxation is nice, I would love to see JJ Cole make the seat 90 degrees so my child doesn’t have to grab the bumper bar and pull herself up to see more of the things around her.
The chair does have a easy one-handed recline feature, plus a buckle release recline to make the seat a little deeper. Also, the seat lies all the way to flat which is great for little nappers.
As I said before (triple treat remember?) the Broadway stroller can convert to a bassinet for a newborn baby. This is not a free-standing bassinet so you won’t be able to take the chair off with baby inside and bring it inside to use as a bed for baby or anything – the seat is meant to stay on the frame for safe use.
I love the bassinet because you still have the 5-point harness so you know baby is safe and secure. There is also newborn padding insert which makes the ride extra comfy if you ask me. My only question to JJ Cole is why can’t this be big enough for me to lay in at theme parks??! Kids shouldn’t have all the fun, should they? Haha.
The canopy is very large with 3 panels to fully cover baby — so so great for Florida. As you may notice the Broadway only comes in one color, “Drops” which is black but JJ Cole knows that we all love color so they made their Color Swap Canopy. Additional canopies cost $30 which is totally affordable in my book since you get a completely new look for your stroller. There is Mars Red, Nordic Blue (deep teal), Plumberry (dark purple), Sassy (pink), Sprout (lime-ish green), and Stone (Gray). I went with the pink of course!
I am most excited to tell you about is the twist and spin feature! What exactly is that? Unlike other strollers that let your baby either face you or face the world, with the JJ Cole Broadway you don’t have to take your child out, lift the chair and turn it around, the Broadway will do all the turning for you in a full 360 degree spin! To turn the seat you simply twist the center of the handle, bring the handle to the center, and turn. The whole seat base will spin and then you bring the handle bars back down to the front and you’re done. We’ve never had a stroller that turns so Kendall has loved watching us as we stroll. I also like to use parent facing when Kendall is asleep so we know when we has woken up.
(Travel system seen here with JJ Cole Newport Infant Seat! Stay tuned for a review!!)
• large lower storage basket
• adjustable handle height
• easy, one-hand fold
• removable bumper bar
• the JJ Cole Newport car seat, Lamaze Via and First Years Via I470 all fit in the Broadway frame.
• infant car seat adapter also included (works with specific car seats such as Graco Snugride, and Chicco Keyfit)
• one year limited warranty
• 28.5″ x 24.5″ x 42″ / 24 lbs
Things I’d like to see fixed/changed:
• peek-a-boo window – PLEASE make this magnetic closure.
• buckle on harness – Please make this pinch closure so kids can’t escape
• basket – although the basket is large, I don’t like that I cannot get the diaper bag in and out easily. I would like to see the stroller support bars longer and raised up a bit so it gives space in-between the basket and gray bars.
• seat – I’d like to see the seat be able to go 90 degrees so kids can sit upright more.
• folding – we hate. i repeat hate that we have to take the seat off to fold the stroller. We are a fast paced family so we like to get in and go. Taking the seat off/on every time just gets annoying when we’re trying to get the kids in and out quickly.
• cup holders – There aren’t any 🙁 not for baby OR parents. This is one of my biggest pet peeves. Please give us the option JJ Cole. *EDIT* I just found out that JJ Cole legally can’t add cup holders on the handle due to the 360 degree swivel feature. There is worry that a hot drink could spill if left on while spinning the stroller, and burn the child.
You can purchase your Broadway 360 directly from the JJ Cole website or find a store near you such as Babies-R-Us, and Baby Depot/Burlington Coat Factory.
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