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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.


  • 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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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 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.


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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