Toddlers are finally at that age where it’s time to start carrying their own stuff and going off on their own. Well, maybe not fully on their own, but they’re a bit more independent than before. With that independence comes a new necessity: backpacks!

The trickiest thing about finding a backpack for your toddler is making sure they’re durable, comfortable, and small enough for your little one to comfortably carry. At the same time, they have to be cute and unique just like your child is. 

We’ve searched high and low, and ultimately have come up with this list of 10 backpacks that fit all our criteria. Whether you want to spend $90 on a backpack or $15, or somewhere in between, we’ve got it all for you. 

Pottery Barn Backpack – Rainbow Sun, Rocket

$32

Made from recycled plastic bottles and water-resistant polyester, we absolutely love these backpacks. They’re super durable, sustainably made, and oh-so-cute. 

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Rainbow Sun Backpack

Kip&Con Forever Floral Backpack

$69.00

This super adorable floral explosion of colour is made from canvas material and has so many pockets for little adventurers to enjoy. The brand, Kip&Co, is carbon-neutral and female-founded!

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Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Backpack

$30

Now your kid can take a scaly friend with them to school, daycare, playdates, and more! This cute backpack carries everything a toddler could need for the day. Plus, we love the fish zipper details!

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Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Backpack

Cath Kidston Dragon Novelty Backpack Kids

$32.45 

This unique backpack has a drawstring closure rather than a zipper, then it’s closed with the adorable dragon face flap. The simplistic design is great for kids who need something a bit different. 

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Cath Kidston Dragon Novelty Backpack Kids

Walkabout by Daisy in Dots Mini Backpack

$54.95 

Where most brands only carry one or two backpack sizes, this brand has a whole array! If you need to size up or down at all, they’ve got you. It all comes in this adorable print: is the perfect middle ground between busy prints and simple colours.

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Walkabout by Daisy in Dots Mini Backpack

Soll the Label Corduroy Backpack – Dark Sage

$49.95 

With this pick, you’ve got the option to make it extra special by embroidering your child’s name on the front! It’s also designed to be machine washable and waterproof inside for easy cleaning.

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Soll the Label Corduroy Backpack - Dark Sage

Fresh Honey Jolie Backpack – Peach Fizz

$89 

Coming in 5 colours, the Jolie backpack is machine-washable, compact, high-quality, vegan, and padded all around. What more could you possibly ask for!

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Fresh Honey Jolie Backpack - Peach Fizz

The Somewhere Co Mini Adventure Backpack – Posy Skies, Surf’s Up

$54.40

We cannot believe how gorgeous these backpacks are – but the cool features don’t end there. The outside is made from recycled plastic bottles, plus it’s super roomy inside and has tons of pockets. Your kid will have no trouble bringing everything they want with them, everywhere they go!

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The Somewhere Co Mini Adventure Backpack - Posy Skies, Surf's Up

Zara Baby Insect Backpack

$55.95 

Our favourite feature on this simple insect-themed bag is the unique zipper placement. Designed to be easy for little hands to open, your toddler will quickly fall in love with this backpack. 

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Zara Baby Insect Backpack

Generic Toddler Bag with Dinosaur

$14.69

If you’re on a tight budget, check out this dinosaur bag. We’re shocked with how well-made and cute this bag managed to be without the hefty price tag. The belly of the dinosaur is even an extra pocket!

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Generic Toddler Bag with Dinosaur