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The best backpacks for nursery your toddler will love

Toddler with a backpack

Whether your little one is off to nursery this September, or getting more and more jealous about their older siblings’ back-to-school supplies, a backpack is an essential item whatever school year you’re in.

Things are all a bit strange this year, so your little one at nursery might be asked to take more supplies with them, or leave them at nursery when you would normally bring them home. It's the ideal time to stocktake and invest in good essential pieces that will last a long while. 

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Your child might be taking snacks or lunch with them to nursery now, rather than it all being provided on-site; so you'll need a bigger rucksack than normal to contain everything safely. 

We’ve taken a look at our favourite backpacks for younger children - and to be honest, we want the sloth one for ourselves. 

Best backpacks for nursery:


You can't beat a sloth, whatever your age, and this lovely Skip Hop backpack will keep your little one going from nursery into primary school, if they're careful (which, they probably won't be, knowing toddlers). 

With wide and adjustable carrying straps, a chest strap and a bottle holder, this is the perfect little backpack for all your tot’s possessions. This will definitely stand the test of time. We also love the handy name badge to avoid confusion.

It might be a little too expensive for a school backpack, but we’re sure your little one will love this for years, and that this cute bag is great quality that will last. Made by Kipling, the bag has one main compartment with an interior zipped pocket, and a smaller pocket on the outside.

Strong and sturdy, with the iconic gorilla keyring attached, this will definitely stand out in the pile of book bags.

This cute and colourful bag is great for a nursery and big enough to hold their spare clothes and nappies. They are bound to love the bright colours, and we guarantee they will even want to play with this new bag. 

JoJo Maman Bebe has the ultimate choice for any young dinosaur lovers. This dino pattern is filled with T-Rex's, Stegosaurus', Diplodocus' and Triceratops' for your little one to spot and point out.  

With the clever addition of reins, this mini unicorn backpack is an essential for your little explorer. The unicorn face, complete with a 3D horn is bound to go down well with your toddler and make this a bag they won’t want to take off.

The Despicable Me theme continues with this bright yellow and black 3D backpack. This backpack is ideal for nursery or school. With plenty of room for carrying snacks, toys and much more. It also has a mesh pocket for your little one's water bottle. 

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  • Author: Sophie Knight Sophie Knight
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Sophie is a journalist and mum of one, and previously edited before moving on to write about family cars for - now Sophie is Commercial Content Editor for M&B, Closer, Heat, Empire, Yours, Garden News, and 

She is passionate about raising awareness around postnatal depression and is a Mental Health First Aider.

Sophie studied History at the University of Sheffield and has been in journalism for 16 years. 

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