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Best Toddler Backpacks for Preschool

Depending on your preschool/Kindergarten, your kiddo may be carrying his lunch/snacks, a drink, and some other supplies to school. You want his bag to be small enough for their little bodies, but roomy enough to hold the essentials. Here are our fave toddler backpacks for preschool. 

Best Toddler Backpacks for Preschool

Skip Hop 12″ Zoo Collection Backpacks  ~ $19+

Skip Hop makes quintessential toddler backpacks for preschoolers with their signature animal motifs. Move over unicorn, their latest releases (the zebra, pig and dragon) are spot on this year.

Best Toddler Backpacks for Preschool - Skip Hop

Wildkin 12” Backpacks ~ $32

The Wildkin 12” toddler backpack is one of the most popular on the market for kids 3 to 6 years old. It’s affordable, high-quality, CUTE, and the perfect size for littles. 

We love that the front pocket moonlights as a lunch bag. Yes, it’s actually insulated, which is perfect to store snacks or even a lunch (though some say it doesn’t stay cold for very long). It also has a side mesh pocket for a water bottle and reflective tape around the front pocket for those dark winter evenings. Note: they also make a 15” size, which will hold more. Also check out their rolling backpacks, which are much larger and perfect for travel. 

Backpacks for preschoolers

Pottery Barn Kids Backpacks

Available in mini, small, and larger sizes, the PBK kid’s backpack is a schoolroom classic. True story: teachers of small kids (especially K teachers) love the monogramming so they can tell whose is whose (allow extra delivery time for monogramming). These backpacks are super durable, cute, and come with (optional) matching lunch boxes and other paraphernalia. Ours have lasted for years.

Best Toddler Backpacks for Preschool - PBK

Zoli MiniStash ~ $25

We love the MiniStash because it’s just the right size for toddlers and preschoolers — and has two large drink pockets, which perfectly fit a water bottle, including their own Zoli water bottle. This junior backpack is very well made and has nice reflectors for those dark winter mornings and evenings. We like this dark blue because it doesn’t show stains.

North Face Youth Sprout Backpack ~ $34

The Sprout backpack by The North Face, which is designed specifically for tots 2 to 4 years old, is sporty and durable. It’s simple and efficient with multiple compartments, an interior name tag, a foam back panel, padded straps and even a chest strap.

Backpacks For Preschoolers

LL Bean Junior Original Book Pack ~ $29

The LL Bean Junior Original backpack is a solid choice all around. Designed for kids who are 4 and older, it has enough room to fit projects, a lunch box, a few toys and even an extra set of clothes. It has a waterproof side drink pocket and is available in 6 vibrant patterns.

Backpacks for preschoolers

7 A.M. Enfant Mini Dino Backpack ~ $44

With this Dino toddler backpack by 7 A.M. Enfant, your little one’s obsession with dinosaurs will never go extinct. Compact but mighty, it can fit all of his daily essentials: a lovey, a blanket and food. We love that it is light, and that the shoulder straps are padded. Plus, the top handle makes it super easy to grab on your way out, and it’s machine washable — RAWR-some!

Backpacks for Preschoolers

Parkland Edison Backpack ~ $34

Parkland backpacks are made of 100% recycled polyester. The Edison backpack is one of Parkland’s smaller options, which is perfect for toddlers ahttps://rstyle.me/+N4hKAzq6J7DiKjK5K68dCgnd preschool-aged children. The backpack has a front pocket, a side water pocket, mesh padded shoulder straps and an interior name tag. Plus, it comes in 31 fun styles. This one in particular was made with 5 repurposed water bottles.

Backpacks for preschoolers

Happy back to school, families!


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    I’m a teacher and love the ease of students having monogrammed items, but I’ve also heard the caution that having a student’s name embroidered on their backpack/lunchbox/whatever can make them a potential target for kidnappers – easier for the bad person to say, “Hey, Mackenzie, your mom’s sick and asked me to pick you up” etc. What do you think… legit concern?

    1. Meg Collins

      Depends on how much you worry about things like that. Personally, I think that’s a page from the book of the “culture of fear” that we’ve been told to live in.

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