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Little-Kid-Sized Backpacks

By Isabel Kallman

Last year, I was excited by the new back-to-school designs of the classic backpack maker Jansport. But this year, I’m really loving the smaller and more size-appropriate backpacks for little ones. Whenever I see a preschooler weighed down by an over-sized backpack I resist the urge to run behind him or her. They seem moments away from falling backwards, from giving into the gravitational pull of their overstuffed backpacks. What do they have in there anyways? It’s not like preschoolers have textbooks to carry home.


Anyway, this summer I decided that I was going to free my ingoing second-grader from his over-sized backpack. So I bought him a petite and perfectly-sized Crumpler Baby Pea backpack that I first read about on Cool Mom Picks. It fits his snacks, some toys, sunscreen, and even a lightweight change of clothes (seven-year-olds are small). During the school season (when he needs a big boy backpack for schoolwork), I plan to borrow his baby Crumpler when I need a small bag for the gym.

But, all of this got me thinking about all the sweet and more little-kid-sized backpacks out there. I found some new models by some of favorite and well-known designers juvenile products that are too irresistible to keep to myself. Check them out since back-to-school is around the corner for a number of folks already….

Backpacks for Little Kids

Clockwise for upper left corner:

1) Lassig Mini Backpack available at specialty retailers and Amazon. (hat tip to my sister, who is their sales rep)
2) Skip Hop’s Zoo Pack in Owl
3 & 4) Beatrix’s Little Kids Backpacks in Papar and Alexander (company formerly called Dante Beatrix)

Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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Last fall, when my daughter started going to a developmental preschool, I bought her a toddler backpack. It wouldn’t fit her lunchbox in it. So we opted for something slightly bigger. Between artwork, lunchbox,  communication notebook & the stuffed toy she takes on the bus, by mid-year the backpack was shredded. So bigger it was. Keeping in mind that mommy is the one who carries it both on and off the bus, and her teachers carry it to class… this is the route that works.