Skip Hop Zoo Pack

Best toddler backpack

  • Sized for toddlers
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Wide range of characters
  • Exterior cup holder
  • Won't hold a full-size folder
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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 appreciate the Zoo Packs phthalate-free and BPA-free construction. They're just the right size for a toddler or preschooler, but a little too small for school-age kids because they don't accommodate a full-size notebook or folder.

Breaking it down


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 parent 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.


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.


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.

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Skip Hop Zoo Reviews


More than 2,525 reviewers give the Skip Hop Zoo packs an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Reviewers praise these packs for being well-made and undeniably cute. Most say it's plenty big enough for a preschooler, but some point out that the packs are too small to hold a standard-size folder or notebook.

Review: Skip Hop Zoo Pack Little Kid Backpack, Dog, Contributors to, As of August 2015


Most online retailers list the different animal varieties of the Skip Hop Zoo Pack together, but lists them separately, and with more than 20 user reviews, the dog version gets the most attention. It receives a perfect 5-star rating. Other Skip Hop Zoo animal packs earn similar ratings.

Review: Skip Hop Zoo Pack Little Kid Backpack - Dog, Contributors to, As of August 2015


In more than 100 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.

Review: Zoo Pack Backpacks, Contributors to, As of August 2015


In about 90 reviews Skip Hop Zoo backpacks get a nearly perfect 5-star rating. The packs get raves for comfort and fit, and for the "adorable" animal shapes. Most say it has plenty of room for young preschoolers and their "stuff."

Review: Skip Hop Zoo Backpack, Contributors to, As of August 2015


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.

Review: Preschooler Backpacks: The Yay To The Nay, Ilana Wiles, Sept. 1, 2014

6. Parenting

The authors round up the best backpacks for kids of all ages, including the Skip Hop Zoo Pack, which they say is great for a preschooler. The review is brief and there is no mention of personal experience with the pack.

Review: Best Backpacks for Kids, Christina Vercelletto, Sabrina James, and Alina Soler, Not dated


Meyer lists the best backpacks for toddlers to 7-year-olds. Skip Hop Zoo Packs get a brief review, and Meyer shares her personal experience with her son's pack. She says it's cute, durable, reasonably priced, and looks like new after a trip through the washer.

Review: Best Preschool & Little Kid Back To School Backpacks, Elisabeth Meyer, Aug. 11, 2012

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