5 Cute Toddler Backpacks under $50

Do you have a toddler starting daycare or preschool this fall? A friend of mine asked me for a few affordable backpack suggestions, so I put this list together with my favorites. Esther at BuyModernBaby also posted some great ones this week (featuring Crocs, Legos, and more), so be sure to check those out!

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Here are a list of five cute brands that are affordable with a price point under $50.

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The Coq en Pate MIBO backpacks ($49) have been at the top of my list for the past year. New designs are out now (the Gorilla and Polar Bears as two), and they look perfect for little kids heading off to school. Shak-Shuka is one of my favorite European boutiques and their shipping to the US is completely affordable at only $8.95. Check out all of the featured animals and find your favorite!

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Also found at Shak-Shuka are the fun Nobodinoz Calm Cat, Foxy Fox, and Berry Bear backpacks ($46). With pop-up ears, comfortable straps, and a top zipper, these bags are sure to be easy to use and stylish for your little one.

Sugarbooger

Sugarbooger always pleases with their prints, and I love the Ocean, Matryoshka Dolls, and Bottle Caps backpacks ($28). BuyModernBaby features the Pencil print, which is modern, clean, and totally design-drool-worthy.

SkipHop

Skip Hop Zoo Packs ($20) little kid backpacks have become so popular that you can pick one up at your nearest BuyBuyBaby, Target, and even Barnes & Noble. The hedgehog is a recent addition to their large line of adorable animals. My son had (and loved) the dinosaur for daycare and it was the perfect size for his infant and early toddler gear.

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Wildlife Mini Backpacks ($27) are from Lassig and now owned by Haba. For every bag from this collection purchased, Lassig donates a portion to the Momella Foundation and two of their conservation projects: the Big Cat Guardians and the Sparkling Elephant Project. Look cute and feel good!

 

Do you have any favorites for your child?

10 Diaper Bags for Two Kids

I am excited to announce that my husband and I are expecting our second child in early January (hence my long absence from the blog due to first trimester fatigue and some prenatal depression), and what else would be on my mind besides the exciting purchase of a diaper bag big enough for two children! Vote for your favorite at the bottom.

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I wanted to list of few of my favorites (splurges included) that are big enough for both infant and toddler gear.

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First up, the Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Diaper Bag ($200) in the newly announced Queen of the Nile print. This print comes out later this fall, but I am excited that there is FINALLY a stylish, modern, non-childish print available for this collection. Ju-Ju-Be creates practical bags and this one is a workhorse. It is huge inside and looks perfect for storing enough baby items for two children. This is at the top of my list.

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The 7 A.M. ENFANT Voyage Diaper Bag ($98) is super lightweight, sporty, and vibrant (if you choose one of their neon colors). When not being used as a diaper bag, this bag can easily be pulled off as a gym, travel, or weekend bag.

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The FEED Diaper Bag ($150) is a newly launched addition to the philanthropic line of bags in their collection. For each bag purchased, FEED provides one mother and one child with enough micronutrients for one year. I wrote all about this bag and their limited edition diaper bag (back in stock for a short time) at Child Mode.

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This is one purchase that I majorly regret returning! The Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Eliz-a-baby Diaper Bag ($298) was a total splurge that I had saved up for, but after a day or two of use, I found it to be too unstructured and too large. However, I completely have regretted that decision as unstructured is great for stuffing under a stroller, in the car, in an airplane, or anywhere. I loved the style, the feel of the fabric, and the pockets inside. This is at the top of my list for our second child if I can find a good deal somewhere online!

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Kate Spade’s Stevie Baby Bag ($398, but you can find much better deals and patterns at their outlets) is a great size and style for traveling. If it had a shoulder strap, it would be a perfect bag. The outside pockets are huge and the inside pockets are roomy and can fit many different things. The fabric is wipeable and is a great nylon material and the bottom is flat with a laminated surface to provide structure and support.

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You can’t have a list of top diaper bags in pretty much any category without Skip Hop claiming one of those spots. The Skip Hop Grand Central ($90) is a total “Mary Poppins” bag. There are so many pockets and storage spaces that this bag trumps all others in terms of functionality and price. Shoulder strap, bottle pockets, interior pockets, outsize zip spaces, and it is easy on the eyes styled as a modern tote. You definitely get the most bang for the buck with this bag. I have been having a hard time myself not purchasing one now, but I’m trying to wait for our second child. This is a perfect bag for both new and experienced moms with any number of children.

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Along with Skip Hop, Petunia Pickle Bottom also consistently claims a top 10 space on most lists. The Abundance Boxy Backpack ($210) is large and in charge. With modern, trendy prints that are updated seasonally, you’re sure to find a Boxy Backpack or this Abundance that fits your style. I am a big fan of Petunia bags, and this bag is no exception. The only potential downside to this bag is that it may actually be too large. Since it is so structured (can be a great thing!) it is heavier than most bags due to its signature glazed fabric, and when full of baby gear, it will weigh even more. The size may be too large to hang off of a double stroller, but it is a perfect bag for twins and multiple children, can be easily worn as a backpack so you’re hands-free, and would be worth toting around daily, in my opinion. There’s a reason Petunia is so popular, so research this one for your list!

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The Storksak Sofia Bag in Taupe ($425) is the diaper bag that I will always covet and never own. The price point is too high for me to justify without a current income, but it would be worth it as this is a completely timeless bag that would last years past the diapering age. It would be a great travel bag for career women, families, a stylish weekender for trips, and is classy beyond its intentions. I love it. If you were going to have one bag for many uses in life, this would be it.

REI

For the parents who prefer hands-free travel and outings, a rugged backpack fits the bill perfectly for use as a diaper bag. Any great travel pack from REI could easily double for children’s gear with its bottle pockets, zippered compartments, and washable materials. I have a Marmot bag that I use while traveling and love it’s roomy interior. For daily use, I prefer a messanger/should strap style, but for travel and non-stroller outings, I see many more practical uses for a great backpack in my future. This is the North Face Women’s Recon Daypack ($99).

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We round off this list with another great selection from Skip Hop. The Skip Hop Duo Double Deluxe ($79) is a lightweight, huge, no-frills, practical diaper bag with no less than 15 pockets. Impressive! This bag easily goes from stroller to shoulder without being too large or cumbersome.

 

Now…what do you think? Any favorites? Others that I didn’t mention?

Coming soon…Top Diaper Bags Under $100.

Review & Giveaway! So Awesome Children’s Wallet & Wallet Cards

Happy Monday! And an awesome Monday it will be.

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We have had this Review & Giveaway in the works for you for a few weeks now, and I am excited to have it online today because I know your children (and you!) will all love it. A friend of mine recently purchased the My Wallet Card Set by So Awesome for her toddler son and raved all about it to me and suggested that it would make a great review for Little Brim Baby. I am so thankful she did, as these products combine education, fun, interaction, and great design — all made in the USA by a Michigan mom of twin boys.

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Marie-Claire Camp is the mom behind the brand, with her twin sons Silas and Owen featured proudly on her cleverly-designed business card (above right). When I received a package in the mail I had to immediately smile at how much fun her sons look to be having and rave how creative it was to feature a business card that integrates in to the Wallet Cards product ring. Too cool.

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My son grabbed the Alphabet Cards away from me so fast and started browsing through them and filling his wallet with his play receipts (dinners out, concert tickets, photographs, shopping list, and more).

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My husband and I have had a fun time asking him about his dinners out, the names of his friends, and interacting with him with each item.

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The My Wallet Card Set is designed to mimic the tempting wallet of adults, with an easy Velcro closure. The sturdy wallet is available in a cool shade of green, and is handmade from the iconic Ohio bag company, Drifter.

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Included with the Wallet are four cards (drivers license, bank card, library card, and children’s museum card), and four play money bills printed on durable Tyvek material. My two-year-old son can’t even ruin these! Bills are in denominations of $1, $5, $10, and $20. Each slot can be easily accessed by little fingers, and everything stays in place when swung around (sad that that becomes a priority in toys, haha). I love it!

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A closer look…

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The Children’s Alphabet Wallet Cards are printed on nontoxic cards and are completely sturdy in the hands of my son. He LOVES looking at these, flipping through them while in his car seat or at a restaurant, and while it is a little confusing for him now since the lowercase letters are the largest, it has been definitely educational in pairing with the uppercase letters that he already knows in the top left corner of each card. He also really enjoys the drawings around each letter. The illustrations are gorgeous, whimsical, and fun to view, drawn by Australian illustrator Marc Martin.

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Both the cards and the wallet have been a big role in our dining out lately. Our son has taken to eating his weight in queso and guacamole, so we are teaching him how to pay his bill after each meal. It’s never too early to start learning about money! He enjoys reaching for his wallet in my bag while we are grocery shopping and he always receives the best reaction from people asking “where did you find such a cute wallet?”

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As if the Wallet Cards and Wallet are not great enough, So Awesome has released an app on the iTunes App Store called “My Wallet by So Awesome.” This app is terribly addictive, even for me! My son can’t get enough of the popping bubbles, and I must admit that I am just as hooked. Playing music and puppets is fun (and not at all hard on the ears like some other toddler apps), and browsing through the number and color cards offer the perfect educational opportunity instead of watching videos. Older toddlers will love the ATM/Bank Savings Machine, which adds up bills as you drag them to deposit. You all must download this app today, you’ll love it!

Make sure to enter our giveaway below and to browse the So Awesome online shop for more products that you and your children will enjoy.

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Bonus! Now through a week after the giveaway is over, you can save 35% off of the My Wallet Set! Just use the code LITTLEBRIM35 at checkout!

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GIVEAWAY!

So Awesome is generously giving away one Super Bundle Set to a Little Brim Baby reader! That is four wallet card sets! Awesome, indeed. Enter at the Rafflecopter Link below; there is one mandatory entry and five bonus entries. This giveaway is open March 10-16, so make sure to enter to win your little one this fantastic product that will be sure to entertain.

ENTER HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck! The winner will be announced next Monday, March 17. UPDATE: The winner has been chosen and contacted. Thank you all for entering!

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*** The So Awesome Wallet and Wallet Cards were generously provided to us for review. We were not monetarily compensated and all opinions are our own. ***

Also Blogging…

Things are ramping up here at Little Brim Baby, starting with a great Review & Giveaway tomorrow, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out my most recent posts on BuyModernBaby and Child Mode:

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Lollaland Mealtime Set: Attractive, Fun, & Educational

Orla Kiely’s Vintage-Inspired Clarks Collection is Fabulous

Singapore Style Meets Swedish Designs with Gardner & the Gang

Mamas & Papas Outstanding Kids Collection

New Little Luxuries from Skip Hop

Mimobee’s Simple & Stylish Fashions Let Kids be Kids

Valentine’s Love-Inspired Ideas

Zutano for Aden by aden + anais

LUSH Kids Fresh Bath Products

Review: 7 A.M. ENFANT

Happy Family Play Sets from Hape

Store Spotlight: Lizards & Lollipopz, Marietta, GA

While in the Atlanta area visiting family a couple of weeks ago, we stopped by Lizards & Lollipopz in Marietta to check out their toy selection. Grandma always enjoys spoiling Little Brim to the brim whenever she gets the chance, so she was looking forward to showing us around this cute little shop that she had found. He grabbed a shopping cart immediately upon entering and set out on a mission.

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They have a massive selection of Melissa and Doug products, including their large dollhouse, dolls, puzzles, games, and more. Janod, Lego, Motorworks by Manhattan Toy (including the parking garage), Alex Toys crafts, books, little trinkets and treasures for all ages, and a beautiful assortment of Jellycat stuffies. I’m kind of in love with the Lonely Lion myself.

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After wandering around and placing five vehicles in the tiny cart, he wheeled it right up to the cashier, placed them all on the counter, and said, “Take it home.” Apparently, all those grocery store trips we have been taking are making an impression…

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The Janod Western Story Box set is too cute.

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The Janod Story Express train sets are definitely going on our wish-list for future train purchases! They have Circus, Farm, and Western themes.

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The Magic Bubble Bear is unique because the bubble loop appears when you squeeze the bear, automatically filling it with the right amount of liquid. Easy and mess-free for little ones! We took this purchase to Marietta Square across the street and had fun blowing bubbles and playing on the replica train engine known as The General. There were so many unique toys at Lizards and Lollipopz that I have to recommend it to anyone living in or visiting the region. I also found my new favorite brand there, but you’ll have to wait to find out what it is as I am going to post it on BuyModernBaby soon!

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Also worth a mention is the Australian Bakery Cafe located right across Marietta Square. They feature famous Aussie meat pies, curry pies, fresh baked breads, coffee, and general grocery items. The food, as well as the prices, are outstanding!

Cue the Tears: You Made Me a Mother

Boba produced this special video that has me so warm and fuzzy, I want to have eight more babies. I managed to hold it together until…”until you let go.” (hold me).

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go hold my son in a front carry and not let him out until Prom. __________________________________________

*** Disclosure: I’m a Boba Ambassador. I participate in Boba events and online conversations, and receive thank you gifts for my participation, but all opinions and experiences expressed are my own. ***