My son starts preschool in the fall so I've been researching back packs and lunch boxes, etc. I know I'm early in shopping, but I need to figure out what I want so I can start watching for sales. We are on a limited budget, but I don't want to buy something cheap from walmart that I have to replace in a few months.
I want to get one that is small enough for him now (he is very skinny and would look odd with a regular backpack). I would also like one that could potentially last him through maybe 1st grade, or until he outgrows it. His lunch box needs to fit in the backpack too, at least for his first year anyway.
Do any of you have suggestions on the main brands? I'm sort of leaning towards the LLBean line, the junior bag and the smaller lunch box they have. I've also looked at pottery barn, lands end and also jansport has a mini backpack. Any pros/cons that you have come across with these brands/bags? Are there any brands I'm missing that are the same quality? Any input would be appreciated!