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.

Sticky Lemon lifestyle

Sticky Lemon

TINY HOLDERS 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

MIDI HOLDERS 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. For preschoolers bags, it’s the little details that count. The Trixie Mini Backpack has a drawstring closure and magnetic flap means they can access their goodies independently. Plus it's water-repellent, so they take it out even if it's raining.

Trixie Mini Backpack

Trixie Mini Backpack

If they travel by three wheels to preschool, Scoot and Ride's recycled Backpack packs a lot of function into a compact carryall. It's softly padded at the back and the shoulder straps for comfort. There's a magnetic buckle so it's simple and easy to attach to the handlebar of any scooter: you can also clip on their helmet with another magnetic buckle on the front. With 2 zipped pockets for treasure and essentials (and all that stuff they pick up without warning), there's even a keychain holder. (For the keys to their Porsche?)

Scoot and Ride's recycled Backpack

Scoot and Ride's recycled Backpack

MAXI HOLDERS FOR 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. If you scoot to school and are looking for an additional tote to spread the load - these Micro Scooters Lunch Bags attach to the handlebars but convert into a mini-backpack for them to carry in with them.

Micro Scooters Lunch Bags

Micro Scooters Lunch Bags

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.