There comes a time when you just need to free your designer tote of toy cars, crayons and the other detritus children love to lug round. Mini backpacks are the answer and these appealing examples should ensure your little one is desperate to carry their own stuff. Foxes are still forest animal du jour, so this Mibo/Coq en Pate collaboration is perfect for mini fashionistas, Â£29.50.
SkipHop are the animal backpack gurus with their Zoo Pack and the newest additions include this cheeky giraffe, Â£20.95, Peanut & Pip.
I’m also loving SkipHop‘s new Zoolet toddler designs complete with rein, currently available as an owl or monkey,Â£19.99, Daisy Daisy.
Also for young ornithologists is Ulrik, Franck & Fischer‘s adorable penguin,Â â‚¬42.95, Shak-Shuka.
Pint-sized professional hikers should opt for Fjallraven’s Kanken Mini which comes in a kaleidoscope of colours. It’s a bit more expensive at Â£42, but will last a lifetime.
LittleLife products are renowned for their durability and the Doodle Daysack is a sturdy bit of kit with the added bonus of an integral drawing pad and clear display pocket for budding artists, Â£19.99.
Raaaaarrrrgggghh! New York company Beatrix‘s Percival the dinosaur is the cutest prehistoric creature I’ve ever seen, Â£38, Not on the High Street.
We’ve long been fans of Marrakech-based Zid Zid Kids and this embroidered silver aeroplane backpack is one of their classic designs, Â£36, BebeModa.
Atten…shun! One for your little soldier, Cath Kidston‘s Guards pattern is quintessentially British and a tasteful reminder of this year’s jubilee celebrations, Â£25.
And finally, another one for the smaller members of your tribe from the lovely people at Miller Goodman, via Tate – a colourful, cheerful caterpillar, Â£16.50.