Out of college for nearly half a decade, I've completely forgotten about the beauty and practicality of a good backpack.  As soon as my last exam was over, I said g-o-o-d-b-y-e to the pain in my back that had been my constant companion for nearly two decades.  I didn't miss my beat-up, tattered backpack or the books that came with it.

Fast forward to today.  I no longer have the need to carry around text books or a computer at all times, but with a toddler comes and even longer list- diapers, wipes, sippy cups, snacks, sunscreen, snacks and more snacks.  For 21 months I carried around a giant diaper bag that every new mom feels required to purchase.  While it did the job, I will never carry a diaper bag again (even if it converts into a backpack). Backpacks are the way to travel when you have a baby or toddler.  Now that I've seen the light I can't believe I don't see more moms wearing a backpack out there.

If you're a new mom, or you're expecting a little bundle in the future, my diaper bag recommendation would be your favorite backpack. You can thank me later.

I decided Octavian and I should each have our own backpack.  He may be little, but he loves to be just like mommy and daddy.  Fjallraven, a Swedish company, makes amazing backpacks in all sizes and for every need- not to mention the colors!!!  

The brand itself was created in 1960 by 14-year-old Ake Nordin who decided backpacks at the time were unsatisfactory and uncomfortable.  Fjallraven became the first to commercially make and distribute framed backpacks.  Decades later, Fjallraven (which means Arctic Fox in Swedish) still continues to provide functional, durable, and timeless equipment to make the outdoors (and parenting!) more enjoyable. 

I am in L.O.V.E. with these backpacks.  So much that I am tempted to buy one in a different color (hey! it's also my purse).  The Kanken No. 2  holds everything I need to get Octavian and I through the day, assuming we're sticking around town.  And, it matches my style perfectly- laid-back, outdoorsy, but also girly enough that I don't feel like I'm about to go on an expedition (although, they have a pack for that!). 

And, of course, Octavian's backpack is adorable on his little body, but not too big that he can't use it.  Octavian loves to carry his Kanken mini with him when we go to the market or on playdates when I don't need to bring the house with me.  It's the perfect size for a diaper, sippy cup and snack.  I've also used it to carry books when we go for longer car rides and I know he'll want some reading options.  And, of course, it will be perfect when he goes to preschool (tear).

The other weekend we took our backpacks on a walk to a little piece of nature set just outside of suburbia, the Consumnes River Preserve.  At this stage in my life, I love living in suburbia, but weekends are reserved for adventure and nature.  One of my biggest hopes for Octavian is that he grows up to love a respect the world in which we live. 

And it's my job to show him why.

On me: 
Backpack (color, Lake Blue):  Kanken No. 2   /  Shorts: J. Crew /  Tank: Last season (similar)  /  Sandals:  Birkenstock Gizeh Birkibuc

On Octavian:
Backpack (color, UN Blue):  Kanken Kids  /  Shorts: unavailable (similar) /  Tee: Gap (only available in long sleeve) /  Shoes: TOMS kids classics

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post by Fjallraven, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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