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Skip Hop Zoo Review

By: Kelly Burgess on July 18, 2017

Bottom Line

No matter where your child's interests lie, Skip Hop Zoo Pack probably has a backpack to please them. These adorable, brightly colored packs are durable, functional and fun. Parents will also appreciate the Zoo Packs phthalate-free and BPA-free construction.

Pros

  • Sized for toddlers
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Wide range of characters
  • Exterior cup holder

Cons

  • Won't hold a full-size folder
Our Analysis
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Breaking it down

Performance

Perfect for preschoolers. Skip Hop Zoo packs have one large main compartment, a smaller insulated front compartment, and an adjustable mesh water bottle pocket. Reviewers say that's plenty of room for toys, snacks, a change of clothes and a blanket for naptime. It also has a write-on nametag and parents say the zippers are easy for little fingers to use. Parents who purchase the Skip Hop Zoo Pack for kindergarteners are often disappointed, because it's not quite big enough to fit a full-size folder. However, Skip Hop doesn't make any claims about fitting full-size papers or folders, and they post the pack's dimensions on their website.

Comfort

Kids want to wear it. Skip Hop Zoo packs get raves for how perfectly-sized the backpacks are for toddlers and preschoolers. In particular, parents of children from 1 to 4 years old say this pack fits their children very well, with lots of room to grow thanks to the adjustable straps. The straps are padded for comfort. The Skip Hop bags are BPA- and phthalate-free. The cute animal designs are soft and don't interfere with wearing the pack or rub uncomfortably against the wearer.

Durability

Will outlast your toddler. We found many comments about how well made the Skip Hop Zoo packs are. Many parents say they hold onto these packs as overnight bags once their children need a larger backpack for carrying full-size folders, or they pass the backpack down to a younger sibling. Skip Hop Zoo backpacks get high praise for their ease of cleaning: just toss them in the washer, hang them to dry, and they look like new, say parents. The only complaints we found were from a few parents who said the fabric "ears" on several of the animal designs had started to fray, or that the zipper pulls had fallen off.

Our Sources

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2017

More than 510 reviewers give the owl version of the Skip Hop Zoo Kid's Backpack an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Elsewhere on this site, the other versions of this backpack are sold; and get similarly high ratings in hundreds of reviews.

Contributors to Target.com, As of July 2017

Target.com also lists the different versions of the Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid's Backpack separately. The Hippo design receives a perfect 5-star rating in around 90 user reviews.

Contributors to FatBrainToys.com, As of July 2017

In more than 90 reviews Skip Hop Zoo backpacks get an average overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Customers say the packs are cute and are the perfect size for toddlers. Many say their children love their little packs.

Ilana Wiles, Not Dated

Blogger Ilana Wiles, who also writes the Mommy Shorts humor blog, offers this review of three backpacks for children just starting school. Her review is based upon both research and her child's reaction to each pack. Her top pick is Skip Hop Zoo for price, quality and appearance.

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