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 still 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.
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 2021:
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).
Made from 100%recycled polyester, this mini backpack is suitable for little tots aged one to three. Ideally-sized for little ones, there's plenty of space inside for their water bottle, snacks and their favourite soft toys. The adjustable straps and cord on the zip, make it totally toddler-friendly.
Designed by Ulster Weavers, this charming kid’s backpack features a fun nature design and is accented with lime green detailing for a fun and colourful finish. This practical backpack is ideal for nursery, fun and adventures and is crafted from 100% cotton with a PVC coating for easy cleaning.
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.
JoJo Maman Bebe has the ultimate choice for any young dinosaur lovers. This dino pattern is filled with T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Diplodocus and Triceratops for your little one to spot and point out.
The Babymel Mini Bag with Rein is a great pick for toddlers who don't want to hold your hand while you're out. Featuring padded shoulder straps, this bag fits comfortably onto kids' shoulders and has a safety strap to make sure it stays secure. With a zipped main compartment, which has plenty of space for snacks and toys, this bag is perfect for nursery or pre-school when you remove the rein to let them roam freely.
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.
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 blue and yellow backpack. This backpack is ideal for nursery or school. With plenty of room for carrying snacks, toys and much more. It also has a two pocket for your little one's water bottle and pencil case.