What every toddler should have as an essential part of their kit is a toddler backpack. They are fully functional items with multiple storage compartments inside for some spare clothes, their toddler slippers, and many other items when visiting friends’ houses for example. They have room for a juice and snack too; many kids’ backpacks providing an insulated pocket to keep things chilled and fresh. An important feature of the better toddler backpacks is that the shoulder straps are padded and adjustable. This means it grows with the child as they grow. Larger backpacks are great for children to take to nursery; everything fits inside and it is a brilliant storage system for a child.
First thing’s first – to see a range of toddler backpacks to buy follow the link below. If you want to know a bit more about which ones are best and why, carry on reading. There are backpacks for boys, backpacks for girls, backpacks with reins, rolling backpacks and many more…
My 19 month old daughter loves putting things into her backpack and taking it with her where ever we go. She currently has a Disney Princess backpack and a LittleLife Runabout Toddler Daypack with leash. At home she likes to put some toys inside either one or both, carry it around the house and take the toys out again.
She gets a lot of enjoyment out of it. When we go out shopping the only slight issue is that she wants to stop every now and then to check the contents, take something out, and put the backpack back on again. It can slow us down a bit. Saying that though, a toddler backpack is one of the best things we have bought for her.
Toddler Backpacks For Boys
Toddler backpacks for boys come in a range of colours and themes that are bound to suit any little boy. Boys like different colours compared to girls, the majority not really liking pink or bright yellow. Boys love blues, blacks and reds. The Stephen Joseph toddler backpacks are very popular; the Go-go backpack here is a great example of a toddler boy’s backpack. It has boy-ish colours and the theme is pirates – a fun theme for any little boy adventurer!
Give Your Toddler A Sense Of Independence
Toddler Backpacks With Reins And Leashes
The Daysack weighs just 143g and has a capacity of 3 litres. It is designed for toddlers from 6 months through to 3 years and it is just about right for a toddler’s first backpack. I like it because the rein, which is attached with a clip to the top of the pack, allows me to retain control over where my daughter is walking. This is particularly useful near busy roads and where dogs are being walked. Although I have control she feels independent as she doesn’t need to hold my hand and can walk away from my side.
Here are some of the more popular toddler backpacks for girls. The immediate thing you will notice is that they are very girly colours and this is what girls like. Their favourite characters are often female and the associated theme is very often includes pink and pastel shades. The Hello Kitty toddler backpack shown here is from a brand that is very popular with toddlers, children and even adults.
My daughter has a Disney Princess backpack as shown here. It is a nice little backpack for her to start with. She can open it easily enough, put things in and take them out again. It does not have many compartments but it is a stylish, pretty looking backpack for a girl toddler.
A backpack is a novelty in itself; it is worn on the back and is carried differently to a normal bag or satchel. There is a type of backpack that goes one step further – rolling toddler backpacks. For a toddler rolling backpacks can be so much fun. Carry them, push them and pull them along, whatever your child wants. Take a look at the range of rolling backpacks that are available for your toddler today.
Something that was recommended to me recently is the Trunki range. You have to see the Trunki ride-on suitcases, they’re great! They are a bit different to a toddler backpack. In a whole range of fun, bright colours and themes they are a completely new concept in child travel. I love their tag line… ‘Luggage for little people’. Here’s why I like them:
- Fun, funky themes (like The Gruffalo best)
- They are small enough for a child to carry yet large enough to provide adequate storage
- They can be pulled or pushed and ridden
- When a child gets tired of walking they can be pulled along by parents
- They can be raced around an airport or coach terminal whilst waiting for departure
Some Toddler Backpack Safety Tips
- Size – A toddler’s backpack should not be too big. It will be useful to get them to try some on for size. Not all children are the same size and the backpack must sit snuggly across their back without sagging down. This will put extra strain on their backs.
- Adjust the straps – When your child first tries a backpack they like, loosen both the straps and help them put on the backpack. Then if you can find something to put inside the pack for a little weight tighten the straps to the required length. As above, don’t let the pack sag down too much, certainly not passed their waist line. If it does it may be too big.
- Snug around the shoulders – When adjusting the shoulder straps raise and lower the pack to help you. Adjust the length of the shoulder straps so that there is minimal gap between the shoulders and the straps.
- You should show your child how to put the pack on and take it off so that they can do it for themselves. It is important that you encourage them to wear the backpack with both shoulder straps. Wearing the weight on only one side may increase the risk of back or neck strain.