Thursday, August 16, 2012

SuperMe Backpack

Hey, so my sweet second girl, she's a wild one. She's been killing backpacks at the rate of about 2.5/year. Why? Because she always takes the shoulder strap and drapes it around her neck so that the back dangles behind her. It's her cape, she says, and never mind your concerns about her neck and strangulation. She's a superhero, so how could she get hurt?

(If you're thinking: that child = OY!, well, yes.)

So when the lovely lady behind SuperME offered me a superhero backpack to check out, well, yes.

Three words, friends: built-in cape. (Two words, maybe? Hmmm....)

Here it is in civilian mode, like Clark Kent before he hits the phone booth. Nothing to see here. Carry on.

But, oh, what is that flowing behind our superhero? And if you're looking closely, yes, that's really sister-of-the-superhero. She had a little backpack envy and wanted to take it out for a spin.

The ID card lives in a pocket that also holds an extra badge. They're interchangeable, just all velcro-ey on the back, and that's obvs super fun and requires a lot of decision-making before school. Also, I was able to fill out HERO NAME and CODE #: without help, but I asked my girl for input on what we should list as her SPECIAL ABILITIES. She rolled her eyes when she reminded me about firefighting and rainbow making. I should have known that.

The SuperME owner tells me they're designing more badges, so hopefully there will be one with a rainbow-painted firetruck soon.

Makes my little superhero happy: the cape flows out from its own pocket at the top of the bag.

Makes Mama happy: the reflective doohickeys in the sturdy clasps, the neoprene-ish material that insulates well and washes well, and the brand's reassurance that as a mama-owner herself, she made sure that all materials are lead-free and safe for children. As my friend Lori recently said to me (hi, Lori!): that's important, because just because it's not the food container directly and they have no reason to lick it...doesn't mean they won't be licking it.

Oh, yeah, this bag comes with a superhero mask, too. I can show you its pocket. The mask stayed at school. Apparently it had to, because after my girl was so excited about her new backpack that the bag itself was her show-and-tell, she left it in her cubby for all her friends to find time in the coming days for trying it on. You can see the masks on the SuperMe website, though, here.

There's the super-important cape pocket. Clark Kent has to re-emerge looking like just another reporter, right? And there's the (even more important) cubby hook. Superheroes should certainly be able to hang up their bags by themselves.

Buckled up. A lovely preschooler backpack.

And, one more stroll all casual around the yard. Maybe not all the neighbors have noticed her cape yet.

Intrigued? Shop for a SuperME bag here. Feeling lucky? My friend Jodi is giving one away here. Disclosure: SuperME gave us that rad bag for review. My girl thinks blogging is the coolest thing ever.