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.
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 routinely disappointed, because it's not quite big enough to fit a full-size folder. 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. "It's the size of his back and perfect," writes one reviewer who was initially concerned about whether the Skip Hop Zoo Pack would fit a preschooler. Parents of children from 1 to 4 years old say this pack fits them 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 against any body parts.
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 passing it down to a sibling.
They 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.
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
Michelle Horton names the Skip Hop Zoo Pack as best for preschool. She says she bought one for her son. "It's small enough for him to wear around, yet roomy enough to carry all of his must-have toys, clothes, blankies, wipes, snacks, etc. on a daily basis," she says.
Review: Babble Best Picks: Kids Backpacks 2011, Michelle Horton, Not dated
More than 740 reviewers give the Skip Hop Zoo Packs an average overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Reviewers praise these packs for being well-made and undeniably cute, but many point out that they're too small to hold a standard-size folder or notebook.
Review: Skip Hop Zoo Pack Little Kid Backpack, Dog, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
Most online retailers list the different animal varieties of the Skip Hop Zoo Pack together, but Target.com lists them separately, and with more than 10 user reviews, the dog version gets the most attention. It receives a perfect 5-star rating.
Review: Skip Hop Zoo Pack Little Kid Backpack - Dog, Contributors to Target.com, As of July 2013
In nearly 10 reviews the Bee version of the Skip Hop Zoo Packs gets an average overall rating of 4.9 stars out of 5. Customers say it's cute, lightweight, durable and easy to put on. It gets great reviews for fitting 18 months to 3 years.
Review: Skip Hop Zoo Pack - Bee, Contributors to Diapers.com, As of July 2013
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