This was when I discovered it's virtually impossible to find a kid's backpack in KL that hasn't got Ben 10 or Thomas or Buzz Lightyear on it. I didn't want to buy a backpack with a cartoon character on it as Connor's not overly big on any one particular cartoon. If I bought Buzz now, he might just decide at age 4 that he doesn't really like Buzz anymore and refuse to use the backpack.
I searched online and found this - Crocodile Creek backpacks! WAH. So cute. But they don't sell them in Kuala Lumpur. Fortunately, I tracked down an online shop in Singapore called Little Sunshine that sells them. They sell mainly to distributors and retailers but I thought I'd write in anyway and find out.
And yay! - I got me one! I picked the jouster design as a nod to Connor's English heritage (King Arthur and his knights, anyone?). This design is no longer available on the official Crocodile Creek website.
Auntie Beetrice was kind enough to help carry it back from Singapore on her weekend trip (THANK YOU AUNTIE B!) and I got it last weekend. I am so thrilled. The bag is very sturdy, the zippers are strong and chunky, the colours are wonderfully bright and we can fit in a whole lot more into this as it's much bigger than the Skip hop bag. In truth, it's probably too big for Connor to carry now but I'm aiming to have this bag last him till Year 2 at school.
The bag! It comes with a mesh pocket at the side for a water bottle. That was one of my main criteria for a kid's backpack and it was amazing how many kid's backpack lack mesh pockets at the side.
See how much it can hold? A storybook, spare change of clothes, pack of wipes, wash bag with his swim gear and towel... and space for more!
The front pocket has a handy label where you can write his name. I know of many schools who insist parents label all their children's belongings to avoid mini-wars at school.
Even the side lining has jousters all over them. A nice touch.
Connor with his new backpack this morning just before we left for school. Cute bag or what!
Very pleased with my purchase, two thumbs up for sure!