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The ladybird daysack is my second of these littlelife bags, as I used to have the turtle for my son and chose this for my daughter. The turtle one survived a couple of years of constant use, so they are sturdy and well-made. I would say the best age range for these is 2-3.5 years - I used it when my daughter was under 2 but it was a bit big even when adjusted, although she is quite slim.
The backpack is just the right size for taking essentials out and about - a pack of wipes and a couple of nappies, or a drink and a snack, or a few favourite toys. The fact that I can take her out with my own normal handbag and she can carry her own nappies, wipes and drink is genius and very satisfying!
There is a separate little compartment containing a useful rain hood, which is great if you get caught out by a shower although as my son grew the hood was a bit tight on him.
The safety aspect of this daysack is fab! It is a great alternative to reins, as it looks much less restrictive. The straps go over the shoulders and clip together with a plastic clip that is sturdy and doesn't nip your fingers like some do. There is then a detachable harness (like reins) with a padded handle which you can easily hold or put your arm through. The length is good - long enough to allow freedom, but not so long that they can wander into danger. The strap is very strong and sturdy. There is also a handle at the top of the daysack, which is great for quickly grabbing the child, or for "saving" them if they start to fall over.
The ladybird design is very cute, and looks stylish and good quality. My only slight negative is that there are a lot of little ladybirds around in my city, and I would perhaps prefer more alternatives so as to not have the same as everyone else.
I first discovered this product when I spotted a little boy wearing one in the supermarket and asked his Dad where he got it from. He quite usefully told me to look up 'Littlelife' online, which I did that evening. I found the best price at the time (about 6 months back) on Amazon, paying around £16.
**Safety and Fun!**
This is a fantastic little invention and one of my favourite toddler purchases! We have the turtle rucksack. It's a nice bright green colour, with the pattern of turtle ridges in a lighter green. It clips on in the same way as you would clip on a regular rucksack, by hooking the straps over each shoulder and fastening over the chest. The adjustable straps felt a little loose to tighten and untighten and I thought they might work themselves loose once I had tightened them accordingly- but they stay in place with no problem. At the top of the rucksack, there's a loop (should you wish to grip/carry/hang) and a loop for the rein which attatches with a detatchable clip (meaning your little one can use this without the rein as a bag if you wish). The rein is essentially what I would describe as like a dog lead-a long strap with a circlular soft handle. That's probably a terrible way to describe it but, essentially, there's no ideal 'look' for your child reins, and given that the super cute animal rucksack component detracts a little from the whole rein, this is in my opinion the best looking product on the market in its particular group!
My son attempts to run away from me on occassion and he ends up running on the spot like a comedy cartoon character- the rucksack is incredibly safe and totally fit for purpose! The fabric is hardwearing and easy to clean.
My little boy loves wearing his rucksack as it's a little bit of fun for him. It has two zips- the first opens the actual bag. Inside is a name label for you to write their details. It's a small bag- but then you wouldn't expect your toddler to carry much weight, so it's an ideal size. In ours, we pop some wipes (usually a half used pack to save on space/weight) and a nappy, a small snack and beaker, or a few toy cars. Today, we nipped just a few minutes walk away for milk- so he carried just my purse! The second zip is closer to the child's neck and contains an attached rain hood- and this is the really cute bit! It has little eyes on to make your child look like the turtle (kind of!). It actually looks a bit daft but in a lovely way that makes old ladies smile. The bonus being that you can take photos of them sporting this look to send to grandparents/show their first date when they're 16 and trying to be cool.
**Animal Farm and friends...**
The rucksacks are available in a range of cute creatures, including a bee, shark, ladybird and cow. There are also plain old rucksack rucksacks! They have a range of different colours and one that I've seen even has a transparent holding strap. I would consider any one of these for my son, as they're all lovely to look at and practical.
**How we roll...**
My son wears this rucksack on every single walking occasion. Personally, I rarely hold it by the 'lead'. I use the loop at the end of the 'lead' on my arm-pushed up to the top round the muscle and I hold his hand. This means that if he slips my hand (which he does), he can't run further than a foot or so! I sometimes will hold the strap by the loop in the shop to give him a bit more space.
**I love this because...**
It's safe, practical, comfortable, cute, bright and gives me peace of mind when we're out together. It's good value for money, and very popular as a second hand purchase if you wish to sell it on when you've finished using it.
The LittleLife Toddler Daysack is a small backpack for toddlers. It comes in a variety of animal styles, the ladybird as shown, a bee, a cow, a shark, a butterfly and a turtle. My daughter has the turtle.
Each bag features padded adjustable straps, with a buckle across the chest, and a rounded bag part with a sturdy zip top. It can also be carried by a small handle on top.There is a detachable leading rein with a large round handle, and a zip section with a pull out hood, to complete the costume effect.
As a turtle costume, it's excellent. the shape of the bag looks like a shell, and it's printed with sections like a shell. The hood, when it pops out, is printed with eyes, and is elasticated to fit a large range of head sizes. The hood stays on very well,and is completely waterproof, but lightweight.
The bag itself doesn't hold very much, but is big enough for a couple of toys or a drink. Sometimes I put my keys and purse in, it's perfectly sized for popping to the shops or just a few things to hold a child's interest. It's fully lined, and the zips are sturdy with nice chunky pullers.
The straps are wide and the buckle across the chest holds the bag in a comfortable position. There's a lot of adjustability on the straps, too, so it can be used for a long time. The handle on the leading rein is a little large, and the hook for it is behind the hood, so you can't use both the hood and the rein at the same time, but that's my only niggle.
I first saw the Littlelife ladybird Toddler bag when my daughter and I were walking along Boscombe high street. A little girl was walking along with her Mum wearing it and I fell in love with it and wanted one for my daughter. I found out it was from Argos and cost £14.99. And there was were I ended up that afternoon.
My daughter always carries stuff with her, usually soft toys which end up in my bag! So this was perfect for her when she was younger.
The backpack is a brilliant red and looks just like a ladybird. It has an equal amount of black spots on it, a little carry handle, straps for your child to carry it on their back which are adjustable and also a zip which is camoflagued in a black trim. At the very top of the bag there is another zip compartment which contains a little ladybird style hood for your child should it rain. I thought this was a great idea for those times when you are unprepared. And the hood fitted my daughter pretty well too.
Once the back pack was on my daughter I was very pleased with the way it fitted her. It fits with straps on the shoulders and then there is a little strap across the front of your child's chest which does up with a little clip.
The one thing I really liked about this bag was not just that it gave my daughter a little bit of independence and responsibility for her things but you could also use a set of baby reins which was attached to the backpack. So while your child wonders a little but in front of you, thinking they are being a big girl you actually still have hold of them with the baby reins which are very securely attached.
The bag is not huge but it is definately big enough for a child to fit a few bits and pieces like a soft toy and a couple of other things. My daughter used to squeeze in as much as humanly possible! She used to put soft toys in there, her purse, some figures. Sometimes I think she would forget that she was only going to the shops!
There are other designs available but I have only seen one which was a bumble bee. I definately prefer the ladybird and my daughter did too.
A nice little back pack which I think most children will love. My daughter still has hers though it looks a little small against her now but she puts little bits and pieces in it and carries it in her hand round to Nanna's house.
I bought the LittleLife Ladybird DaySack for my daughter last year, as she loves bags and I thought it would be nice to get her a little bag of her own that she could carry things around in safely and practically.
The backpack is based around a ladybird theme, and the main body of the bag is a vibrant and really attractive red colour, with black spots dotted here and there. At the top of the bag there's a zip compartment which contains a waterproof hood with a ladybird design - this is really useful for when it rains, as it was just big enough to fit over my daughter's head and stop her hair getting wet in occassional showers.
The backpack is large enough for her to fit her teddy into, as well as her little purse and a few bits and bobs, though it's definitely not a massive bag, being the perfect size for toddlers.
Along with the bag comes a safety strap which can be attached to the backpack and your wrist, though to be honest I haven't needed to use this as she prefers to hold my hand and stays put if I need my hand back for a few minutes. I do imagine that for many parents though, this would be a very welcome addition to the backpack.
The backpacks are also available in turtle, shark, cow, bee and butterfly shapes that I know off, and my son has the shark version. I prefer the ladybird!
The backpack has adjustable shoulder straps and there is also a clip that fastens across her chest when she wears it, meaning it's very secure and practical on her. The straps seem comfortable and my daughter loves to wear it and carry some of her own things in it, which lightens my load.
Although currently costing £15 it's not the cheapest of child's daybags, I have found that it's durable and long lasting, and considering the amount of cheaper bags she could trash in a year, this one has proved worth every penny. She loves it because it's cute and lets her carry things, I love it because it's cute and sensible, so I think it's a great buy.
This ladybird backpack is a delight for any child and parent. My son's eyes lit up when he first saw this. Not only is it cute and bright it is partical in the eyes of the parents.
This backpack comes with a detachable safety strap with a handle that would fit on your wrist. Although I wouldn't have it like this as it is huge and would easily slip off. I just hold the strap. The length of the strap is about 55cm long. So not over long but enough so your child doesn't get tangled with a crowd of shopping people! I find it very easy to use and never have a problem with my son wearing it.
Littlelife do a range of these backpacks you could also have a turtle, a shark, a bee, a cow and a butterfly. We chose the ladybird. I have to admit the walking shop in our local town only had a choice of 3 and I thought this one looked the nicer one. The colour red on the ladybird is a lovely shade of red with 7 large black spots on it. I think it is suitable for a boy or a girl.
The backpack is around 23cm's high and 19cm across and 12cm in depth so it is on the small size. My son was a year old when we bought him it and it covered his back. I would say it is suitable for a toddler, maybe a little on the small size for children at school. My son is now two and half and he loves to carry his juice and taggie blanket in it when we are out and about. I never have a problem getting him to wear it. Unlike reins which he never liked this is a great alternative.
The shoulder straps are adjustable and it fastens across your childs chest with a single clip. My son never moans about the straps so it must be comfortable for him. The backpack has a carry handle on the top so it makes it easy to carry once your little one has given up on it. The main compartment is fastend with a zip and above this is another little zip and compartment which holds the fold away waterproof hood. For the ladybird it is black with two eyes on it. I have to admit I have never used this. Even at the age of one it was a bit too small for my son's head. Maybe he just has a very large head!
I paid £14.99 for my ladybird daysack a year ago and I think that's about the price you pay for it now. Yes it is a little expensive for an alternative to reins but it is much more then that. My son loves the responsabilty of carrying some of his own thinks. When we are out and about we always get comments on how lovely the little ladybird is.