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Preschool Style File: 8 Awesome Toddler Backpacks

With school starting in just a few weeks, it’s time to start thinking about shopping for supplies.

There are clothes and shoes to be purchased and new crayons and lunch boxes to buy. Perhaps the most important item for back-to-school is, of course, the backpack.

Selecting the perfect backpack for your preschooler can be tricky. You’ll want something durable for all that toddler activity— you don’t want to have to buy a backup mid-year. And for toddlers, the size of the bag is especially important. If it’s too heavy or bulky, your toddler will probably refuse to carry it.

I’ve rounded up 8 great backpack options for toddlers heading to preschool. They’re durable and deigned with toddlers in mind, and your little one will love the whimsical prints they feature.

What do you think is important to keep in mind for purchasing toddler back to school gear? Share your tips in the comments!


  • Mr. Fox 1 of 8
    Mr. Fox
    There's no doubt about it: toddlers love animals, and they'll love heading to preschool with Mr. Fox alongside!
    Paper and Polka Dots, $27
  • Balloons and Ruffles 2 of 8
    Balloons and Ruffles
    I love the ruffle detail on this backpack. It's whimsical and sweet ... just like my toddler!
    Marine Parents, $30
  • Mod Elephants 3 of 8
    Mod Elephants
    This bold elephant print would be great for girls or boys!
    Paige Holliday, $53
  • Toddler Size Knapsack 4 of 8
    Toddler Size Knapsack
    Let's face it: toddlers don't always need a traditional backpack for their preschool needs. This knapsack is perfect for transporting notes from their teachers and that ever-important change of clothes in case of a potty accident!
    Sweetbug Studio, $29
  • Personalized for Preschool 5 of 8
    Personalized for Preschool
    Seeing his name on his backpack will improve letter and word recognition for your toddler. This one is so cute!
    Pigtails & Puddle Jumpers, $40
  • Little Lions 6 of 8
    Little Lions
    This backpack was designed with toddlers in mind! I love the bold lion print and I know my toddler would too.
    Marine Parents, $26
  • Knitted with Love 7 of 8
    Knitted with Love
    This knitted bag is another great option for your toddler. The sweet house will remind your toddler of home while he's away at preschool!
    Noton by Raquel, $40
  • Go Fly a Kite 8 of 8
    Go Fly a Kite
    I love the colors and classic kite pattern in this toddler backpack. Can't you just imagine your little girl heading off to preschool with this?
    Little Fawn designs, $27

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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