December 19, 2011. Samuel Valero
There are many things we find ourselves buying for our little ones as they grow from babies into toddlers. Different clothes, the next toys up for their age and other things that can spark their imaginations as their understanding of this world develops.
A backpack allows a child to take ownership of things. As they begin to grow physically, as well as mentally, they will naturally want to explore new things and new places. They will pick things up and carry them around the house; TV remotes, small toys, sippy cups for example. Our little girl started doing this and very quickly worked out how to put things into a bag or box. As soon as she had her first little backpack she loved it; a much easier way of carrying things around with her. The novelty of wearing it on her back still hasn’t worn off.
Using a backpack when going to nursery is a definite benefit. The nursery that we use supplies a free draw-string bag that holds the required items such as slippers, a change of clothes and other essentials. However, it all just gets thrown inside with no order to it and finding what you need can be difficult. Smaller items work their way to the bottom of the bag, you have to move other things out of the way to get to stuff. A backpack with separate compartments makes it so much easier to arrange items and makes it easier for a toddler to carry it themselves if that suits.
The benefit of having multiple compartments, as I have briefly mentioned is that different items can be stored separately from each other. A change of clothes can be put into one compartment whilst footwear, which may be soiled, can be in another compartment. Juice or snacks can be kept separate in a pocket with a flap. Even better, there may be an insulated pocket within the backpack that will help keep food and drink cool or warm for longer.
Most backpacks have thick padded shoulder straps that make it comfortable to wear behind the back. Something else that is good about these straps is that they are usually adjustable. This means your toddler can use and wear their backpack for longer until they need a new one. My daughter has a Hello Kitty toddler backpack that she adores. She like that it is pink and that the whole thing looks like the Hello Kitty character instead of just having a branded logo somewhere. This is something that appeals to toddlers; lots of bright fun colors and themes all over the backpack.
Updated December 19, 2011. Published December 18, 2011. Samuel Valero