In January I was brave (or foolish?) enough to take my two along to the annual Toy Fair. One of the many brands that we met there was Kooshi, who make a range of backpacks for children with an integrated soft toy cushion.
Honestly, I’ve never seen my small one so happy, sitting on a chair with a Kooshi soft toy cushion on his lap.
Kooshi is a small company set up by Zuzana, a mum of two, with her own children in mind.
The idea behind the Kooshi is that if a child is packing for a trip away, firstly they won’t have their whole bag taken up with a bulky soft toy, because they are attached to the outside of the bag leaving the inside for all the important things like books and tutus. Secondly, they can use the attached Kooshi as a pillow during their travels or as a familiar comforter.
I let the small one choose his own Kooshi backpack, and his favourite was Monty the Monkey.
There are currently four different characters; Eddie the teddy (who has a blue bag), Luna the bunny (pink) and Coco the cat (grey). All of the characters are cute and asymmetrical, which gives them a bit of personality! After all, who wants to be perfect?
Monty the monkey is attached to the bag by four loops of elastic which are easy to get on and off.
He has a label on the back which you can fill in, so that if he gets lost he can find his way back, and a tag handle which can be used to carry him around.
When you remove him, the bag has a reminder on it so you won’t leave your Kooshi pillow behind!
There is a showerproof cover hidden in the bottom inside a little zipped pocket so that you can keep the Kooshi dry if it rains (or snows!).
If he gets dirty, he can be wiped clean or washed on a 30 degree cycle and then left to dry, and reshaped when dry. We haven’t stuck him in the washing machine yet so I couldn’t tell you how well it works.
The bag itself is quite large. It has an internal pocket as well as two outside pockets which can hold a drinks bottle and snacks, maybe. It’s a little large for my two year old to carry by himself but then he doesn’t carry bags for very long anyway. That’s what I’m for…
My four year old on the other hand happily wears the Kooshi backpack to and from preschool, and out and about.
The Kooshi backpack is a fabulous idea. The bag is a really useful size and Monty is very popular with both of my children.
Although slightly impractical for outdoor adventures, the fact that he can be clipped off and then on again means you can leave him home in bed and use the bag all the time , but definitely remember to take him with you on car journeys!
You can buy a Kooshi backpack via their Website shop. They have an RRP of £28.
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