Big bags, small bags, ones with reins, ones with pockets 🤯 Choosing a child's backpack is as much of a minefield as picking out a shiny new designer handbag. (If you're that way inclined....) Whether they're getting ready for nursery, preschool or are off to school full time, here’s our pick of top totes.

FOR NURSERY OR CHILDMINDERS

If you're packing your nipper off to nursery or a childminder, it can be a real eye-opener when you gather all of the essentials they need to take with them. As well as a packed lunch bag, they might need space for nappies, wipes and, crucially, change of clothes. If they're young but toddling, the addition of reins on the Babymel Mini Kids Backpack is an extra level of helpful. It’s great for weekends too, when they want the independence to run off while you sneakily keep them close. And once they've won your trust, the rein is totally detachable.

Babymel Mini Kids Backpack

Babymel Mini Kids Backpack

Little Life also does a cool range of totes for tots in fab animal shapes, all with reins and sturdy top handles - so your can grab your runaway kid if you need to, and double quick.

FOR PRESCHOOL

Between the ages of 2 and 3, most will head off to preschool for the first time: cue the tissues. As well as their nappy changing gear, spare pants if they're potty-trained and extra clothes, they’ll need a bag that is large enough for the bounty of art projects that they bring home. Cool German brand Lassig makes a range of backpacks with fun animal faces and adventureous motifs that strike the tight balance between cutness and practicality, plus you can complete the look with their matching lunchboxes and water bottles. They also have easy-to-open zips and flaps, meaning your kid can access their goodies independently.

FOR BIG SCHOOL

Graduating to 'big' school means needing something with capacity for the whole day - including lunch boxes, PE kit and wellies for forest school sessions. We love the Liewood Allan Backpack that's made of recycled polyester and has lots of capacity for a whole day of necessities.

Sticky Lemon lifestyle

Sticky Lemon's great colours make for sophisticated school totes.

Sticky Lemon also does a cool range of tres sophisticated backpacks for slightly older kids, with lovely shades of colourblocked contrasting fabrics and gorgeous linings in the signature 'sprinkles' print.

So there we go: all the luggage they’ll need from when they’re tiny to big school kids. But if you need any more advice on bags for any stage, or any help at all, just pop us a message on Live Chat. We're here 7am - 11pm every day and we'll do all we can to set you on the right track. Just hit that purple button, bottom right.