Summer holidays are coming to a close (sniff!) and as we wave goodbye to long lazy days by the pool, we also say hello to the start of the new school year (if they haven’t started already that is!). Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of the school run or preparing munchkin (and yourself) for that exciting first day, there is always plenty of prep to think about ahead of time. Lucky for you mama, we’ve scoured the shops to find the ultimate back-to-school must-haves that will keep kiddos looking cool and feeling sharp as they head into their new classroom. From the perfect back-to-school shoes to funky stationary sets and practical school bags, here’s What Sassy Mama Wants for August!
Pumpkin Patch Army Camo Hi Top Shoes
Fab New Zealand kids brand, Pumpkin Patch is one of our go-tos for gorgeous fashion for littlies from birth right through to the tween years. We are particularly besotted at the moment with their too-cool-for-school Modern Aviator collection for fashion forward lads. Whilst it was difficult to choose our favourite design, we just love their practical and fashionable Army Camo Hi Top Shoes, perfect for stepping out in style this school year.
Find it: Available at Pumpkin Patch for $49.86.
Ergokid Ergobag Lite Basic Bag
While these school bags may come with a higher price tag than most, they are made with high quality materials that will withstand the roughest of schoolyards, making them fantastic investment pieces for the school year — and beyond. Lightweight and spacious these award-winning ergobags are ergonomically designed so as to provide maximum support and comfort through proper weight distribution (say goodbye to bad posture and sore backs!). Available in a range of bright colours and bold prints, these bags are the perfect mix of style and functionality.
Find it: Available online at Ergokid for $198.
Typo Peanuts Stationary Pack
For little doodling delights, fill your child’s pencil case full of cute and cheerful stationary, like this Peanuts pack. Featuring an adorable Snoopy design, this stationary set will have littlies covered for back-to-school writing supplies… in the same designs we loved when we were kids.
Find it: Available at Typo for $24.95.
Pure Beginnings Baby Berry Toothpaste
Now you’ve decked munchkin out with the finest threads and coolest kicks, you need to make sure their morning routine is down pat, starting with clean and healthy chompers. This fluoride-free and organic toothpaste is made from xylitol with a delicious raspberry flavour, making it perfect for encouraging littlies into a healthy dental routine.
Find it: Available online at Little By Little for $13.
IKEA Mala Easel
The learning doesn’t have to end in the classroom! Let little ones unleash their creativity with this fab art easel from old faithful, IKEA. With a whiteboard on one side and a blackboard on the other, kids will have plenty of fun drawing, writing and doodling on this great piece of children’s furniture.
Find it: Available at IKEA for $29.90.
Skip Hop Zoo Straw Water Bottle
With all the excitement and running around in a new school, it can be tricky reminding active rugrats to stay hydrated throughout the day. Fear not though mama, we have found the perfect portable water bottle from funky brand Skip Hop. Featuring adorable designs and bright colours, these functional bottles are also dishwasher safe and BPA-free, plus the handy velcro grab-strap means the bottle will follow cheeky monkeys around everywhere.
Find it: Available online at Pupsik Studio for $8.90
Right Brain Babies Encyclopaedia Bilingual
Local fave Right Brain Babies is a fab shopping stop for goodies that encourage early childhood learning. This huge Encyclopaedia Bilingual flashcard set is the ultimate game for at-home learning. With 300 picture cards and over 500 matching cards, littlies will boost their vocabulary, improve their language skills and increase their recognition and speed.
Find it: Available online at Right Brain Babies for $99.90