Yes, April is an odd time to be searching for backpacks. After all, right now most kids are focused on one thing only: summer vacation. But Lola’s birthday is around the corner, and when my mom asked me to choose something for Lola on her behalf, I was stumped. I am trying to keep to rein in the influx of toys, and I wanted to find something special and really useful at the same time. And that’s where the backpack comes in. You see, Lola will be starting kindergarten next year, and her current, preschool-sized backpack, as adorable as it is, has been left at home most of the year because it’s too tiny to bring home her numerous art projects. So, even though she has only attended two years of (pre)school in her life, she has already been through two backpacks.
Lola’s PK3 backpack, called Lola’s Garden from Pookie & Co., is adorable and whimsical and shiny, and so small that it has now been adopted by Eva.
Lola’s current backpack, featuring my favorite Paper Dolls print from Dwell Studio, is bigger than the last, but still too small to hold all her stuff.
Both adorable, both impractical. : (( Now I’d like to find a backpack worthy of a kindergartener. It needs to be beautiful and unique, yes, but also roomy and durable. A tall order, I know. Here are the contenders:
1. Pottery Barn Small Mackenzie Backpack, $39: I love how these backpacks are sized by child. The small is just right for Lola – she is at the bottom of the size range. They are cute enough, and I know the quality is amazing, but I am afraid that everyone at her new school will have these. One plus, though – you can get a matching lunch bag, another item on my list.
2. J. World Rolling Backpack with Lunch Bag, $46.99: Cute and convenient, though the design doesn’t knock my socks off. Also, is it too bulky for a kindergartener? The size falls somewhere between the small and large ones from Pottery Barn.
3. Beatrix Big Kids Backpack, $51.99: The bunny is cute, if a little too season-specific. I do love that it has a matching lunchbox, but I am not sure it is special enough.
4. Crocodile Creek Ballerina Backpack, $27.99: Sweet, and I know the quality will be good, but I’m not thrilled about it. I wish the ballerina was a brunette. : ) I like the Butterfly Garden style a little more, I think.
5. Three Funky Heart Backpack in Peach, $21.99: This is so pretty and feminine, but I am not familiar with the brand and it’s so inexpensive that I have questions about the quality.
Clearly, I am just getting started… I have a few more options to explore tomorrow, but in the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts!