At 625 cubic inches, the JanSport Half Pint is one of the smallest backpacks we found -- just right for toddlers and preschoolers who don't need to haul full-size notebooks or folders. Parents also like it as an overnight bag for toddlers, a diaper bag or even a minipurse.
Too small for notebooks. The JanSport Half Pint can't fit a full-size notebook or folder, but considering the intended age range, it doesn't need to. The Half Pint really shines when it carries a multitude of small things, and parents say it's great for toting essentials such as sunscreen, a wallet, camera and a water bottle on a day trip.
The Half Pint is also popular with parents who purchase it as a diaper bag for the toddler to carry himself, and we found quite a few reviews from adults who use the Half Pint as a sporty minipurse or as a minipack while hiking.
The Half Pint has one larger storage compartment and one smaller compartment -- both zippered -- and a hook-and-loop-closure front stash pocket. The water bottle will have to go inside the pack, since there's no exterior pocket designed for it. Reviewers say the zippers work well.
Simply built, but still comfortable. The Half Pint's adjustable shoulder straps aren't padded, but most reviewers don't mind. They say that it's so small and light that it's comfortable. Adults like that if they use it as a minibackpack, it's small enough not to show behind them in pictures.
Lasts until your child outgrows it. When the JanSport Half Pint outlives your toddler or small child's use -- and almost every review we found says it will -- it can easily be given a second life as mom's purse or a diaper bag for younger kids.
"Fits so much stuff and it's durable," writes one parent on eBags.com. Another -- an adult who started using this pack as a purse -- says the first one she bought lasted nine years. Like full-size JanSport packs, the Half Pint is backed by a lifetime warranty. The only real downside we found is that it's not waterproof.
The Half Pint is cute, durable and roomy enough for carrying lots of small things -- perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, or for use as a minipurse, diaper bag or hiking daypack. It won't fit full-size notebooks, but it is durable enough to last through several small children.
Very good More than 1,400 owners contribute to an average rating of 9 out of 10, with 93 percent saying they'd buy the Half Pint again. Owners say this pack is an ideal size for preschoolers and kindergarteners, but it's also useful as a diaper bag or minipurse. Several owners say they've used the Half Pint to tote sunscreen, a wallet, a water bottle and a camera on day trips.
Review: JanSport Half Pint, Contributors to eBags.com, As of Sept. 2012
Very good More than 75 owners weigh in with feedback on the JanSport Half Pint, which earns an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. The most common complaint is that it's not large enough to hold notebooks or file folders, but the majority of owners say it's the perfect size for small kids, and for use as a diaper bag or overnight bag.
Review: JanSport Half Pint Classic Daypack, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Sept. 2012
Fair A mother records a video review of the JanSport Half Pint she purchased for her young daughter. She demonstrates the pack's various pockets and straps, and she makes favorable comments about her experiences with the JanSport brand.
Review: JanSport Half Pint Mini Backpack Reviews, Rebecca H., March 30, 2009