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The Best Backpack for Your Toddler

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Let’s face it, toddlers have a lot of stuff. And more often than not, they want to bring it or, in some cases, they need to bring it. Toddler backpacks are the best answer. They give your little one a place to put some of their things, yet they are sized just right for them to carry. Whether they are headed to school or headed to a sleepover, backpacks can be beneficial for both the kid and the parent. Here are some great toddler backpacks that we recommend.

What to Consider When Purchasing Toddler Backpacks

How can you make sure the toddler backpack you are purchasing is right for you and your toddler? Consider these few key points so you know you are getting a good one:

  • Size: While most toddler backpacks a size that is ideal for preschool packing or throwing in a few favorite toys some will be larger or smaller. So, if you have a longer trip or a bigger toddler, a large backpack might be better. If you find yourself not wanting your kiddo to take as much stuff or they have a smaller stature, a smaller bag might be best suited.
  • Features: Storage for toys, snacks, and clothing are essential for a proper kid’s backpack. It is a good idea to make sure that the backpack does offer at least one large pocket if it does not feature the two side pockets that traditional backpacks have. If your child is prone to running off, there are backpacks that will offer both storage and a leash, to keep everything close to you. Most bags are equipped with zipper closure, however, you can find some that are drawstring or even velcro for added ease and convenience.
  • Comfort: The backpack should be comfortable for your toddler above all else! Added padding, hidden seams, and soft fabric are great for keeping your toddler’s pack on their shoulders and out of your hands. As all toddlers are a bit different in height, make sure the toddler backpack offers adjustable straps.

Top Choice: OREZI Cute Toddler Backpack

A white toddler backpack with blue and yellow dinosaurs print black straps.

Made of 100% polyester, this backpack is available in multiple adorable prints to reflect your little toddler’s style. It measures 10 inches in length by 4 inches in width and stands 12 inches high to create a roomy but appropriate size for your child. It is both durable and lightweight as well as machine washable. There is one main pocket that can easily fit small books, pencils, markers, snacks, or toys and two side pockets for water bottles, thermoses, or sippy cups. The polyester design is also waterproof and the shoulder straps are easily adjustable with a chest strap (also adjustable) to help relieve the load from your toddler’s back.

Top Choice

Best with Lunch Box: AGSDON Toddler Backpack

A backpack, lunchbox, and pencil bag with blue and yellow dinosaur designs.

Made without BPA, phthalate, lead, and cadmium, these cute backpacks have passed both chemical and physical tests, so you can feel good about your toddler using them. Perfectly sized to be suitable for young kids, these backpack sets offer a roomy main compartment as well as front and side pockets for all of your kid’s items. The straps are adjustable for added comfort. Each pack comes with a backpack, a smaller lunchbox-style sealed polybag, and a hangtag. The back is breathable and the bags themselves come in a variety of colors and styles.

Best with Lunch Box

AGSDON 3PCS Toddler Backpack and Lunch Box for Boys - Dinosaur

Adjustable straps with a breathable back and extra accessories.

Best Drawstring: LIVACASA Kids Drawstring Bag

A pink drawstring toddler bag with animal print and black straps.

Available in multiple colors and prints to suit your toddler’s style, these bags are made of water-repellent nylon fabric that is still soft and also has good abrasion resistance. Measuring 12 by 11.4 inches, there is a main drawstring closure with additional inner zipper pockets and a key hook to keep everything organized. The straps can be adjusted and the bag itself is lightweight, foldable, and portable. The lining is tear-resistant and there is a nameplate, so this cute bag will never be lost (at least for long).

Best Drawstring

LIVACASA Kids Drawstring Bag Inside Pocket Lightweight Pink

Strong and soft fabric with a convenient drawstring closure system and interior pockets.

Best with Leash: DB Toddler Mini Backpack with Leash

A front and back display of blue toddler leash backpack and dinosaur print.

Ideal for kiddos 1 to 2 years old, these backpacks offer a cute dinosaur print and are lightweight. The anti-lost leash is located at the bottom, for added security and safety, and it is detachable. These bags are designed to help keep your little one from getting lost, falling down, or running around in a crowd. The backpack itself also offers a convenient pocket for additional toys, wipes, bottles, changes of clothes, or even snacks. There are adjustable shoulder straps and an added chest harness for more stability during use.

Best with Leash

DB Dinosaur Toddler mini backpack with leash,children Kids baby harness bookbag (Deep Blue)

Detachable leash with convenient extra storage to keep your little one safe and by your side.

Best Clear Bag: Stephen Joseph Kids Clear Backpack

A back display of clear backpack with shark print and blue straps.

Available in a blue shark and pink mermaid design, these clear backpacks are convenient for places where when your little one wants to show off all their cool things. The backpack features zipper pockets and unique embroidery with an appliqued design that will grab the attention of any child.  This bag is durable and easy to clean for school, overnight trips, vacations, or just about anything else. The straps are both padded and adjustable and there is a hanging loop for easy storage.

Best Clear Bag

Stephen Joseph Kids Clear Backpack, Shark, One Size

Cute designs and durable construction make this bag easy to clean and ideal for times when a clear backpack is needed.

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Alesha Billie is a momma to three kiddos (unless we count the furry ones) who has been writing and researching for over 15 years. After a start as a romance ghostwriter, she's written countless full-length novels in addition to articles, blog posts, advertorials, memoirs, and eBooks. Read Full Bio »
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