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Want to start preparing my LO for preschool this fall. What backpacks do you ladies recommend? I'm kind of leaning towards a small one from pottery barn. What other supplies do you recommend or have your preschools told you to bring/send?
Our preschool requires a full size backpack because they do a lot of art. They require a bag with 2 shirts, 2 shorts/pants, a few pairs of underwear, socks and a pair of shoes so they can handle an accident in any season. That's it. It is a small, co-op parent run school.
We have no use for backpacks at our preschool. We need a lunchbag with a plate and utensils (which need to fit in the bag to come home for washing) for full day kids. All kids need a bag with a complete change of clothing (mine get used for days they get messy or wet- both kids hate wearing messy clothes- and get borrowed by other kids fairly often, so I don't put anything I love in there ;).
And that's it. So, I'd definitely wait until you get that info from your school.
The school probably has suggestions.
DS's preschool required totes because they were easier to fill during dismissal. Other school require larger backpacks to fit the art projects that come home. Small backpacks are generally not a great idea.
I like Lands End or LLBean, but I don't like re-buying every year. I try to be mindful of the amount of trash we generate as a family.