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Choosing The Perfect Backpack For Preschool

With so many choices of toddler backpacks to choose from, it can be confusing to pick out the best one for your toddler. Here are a few tips you should bear in mind when shopping for your toddler’s backpack for preschool.

What To Look For In A Toddler Backpack

The Right Size

The first factor is the size of the backpack. It should be small, otherwise, it will swamp your toddler and make it hard for your little one to carry it comfortably and securely. The right size of toddler backpacks is 13 inches by 11 inches and 4 inches deep. The top of the backpack must not go over your toddler’s shoulders and the bottom must rest in the arch of his back. Also, make sure it is lightweight. It should not add too much weight to your toddler’s load.


Your preschooler will be using the backpack every day so it is important that you get a backpack that is easy to use. Look for the following characteristics:

  • Two Shoulder Straps – to evenly distribute the weight
  • Adjustable, Wide, Cushioned Shoulder Straps – to ensure a snug fit to your toddler’s body and to prevent the straps from digging into your toddler’s skin
  • Padded Back – to offer lumbar support, minimize tension on the shoulders and guard your toddler from being poked by pointed objects (e.g. pencils, ruler, scissors, etc.) inside the backpack
  • Waist Belt – to divide weight more equally across the body

Multiple Storage Space

Look for a backpack with several compartments - an outer pocket for holding crayons, pencils or other small items, an inside pouch that can accommodate a “lovie”, change of clothes, jacket and other things and a side compartment for storing a water bottle or your toddler’s sippy cup so he can easily get it whenever he gets thirsty.

Durable Materials

Preschoolers do not take good care of their things very well. Thus, it is essential that you pick a backpack made of strong material such as canvas, nylon or ballistic to ensure wear and tear. Look for a backpack that is water resistant, with sturdy stitching and fastenings your toddler can easily open. Zipper fastenings should be big, chunky and made of plastic (not made of metal). Velcro is a fast and hassle-free way to lock a bag but it can come undone after a while once it loses its “stick”.

Simple Design

Steer clear of backpacks that display cartoon characters, have wheels and handles or those that come in very bright colors. They may look cute and trendy today, but later on, they will go out of style or your toddler will outgrow the character and ask you to buy a new backpack. Go for a backpack with a simple design or one in a neutral or pastel color such as black, brown, sky blue, white or blue.

A backpack is a valuable accessory every preschooler should have. With a little time and a clear understanding of what the backpack is for, you and your toddler will be able to choose the perfect backpack for his needs.

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