Back to school essentials

Back to school essentials

Dread the back to school panic every year? Well worry no more. George at Asda asked Mumsnetters to pick out the best back to school essentials from their range to make the September rush that little bit easier

Back to school essentials

Girls' Sporty Gingham Dress, from £4

Asda Gingham Summer Dress

“It was my daughter's first year of school last year and she was struggling to settle, which surprised and worried me. I found that this dress with a heart zip was really helpful as I could tell her the heart was because I loved her and would be with her all day. She genuinely seemed reassured and told me about times she touched the heart zip throughout the day.”

Girls' Patent School Shoes, from £14

School shoes

“My daughter loves to run around during playtime just as much as her brother, and yet it’s nearly impossible to find practical school shoes for her. Luckily these are very comfortable and still look great.”

Shower Resistant Star Print Hooded Jacket, from £8

Asda shower resistant jacket

“I like this jacket as it is showerproof (good for the unpredictable British weather) and it’s a bit different from the usual dark jackets and coats. I’m hoping the bright coloured stars will make it a little bit easier to find my son coming out of the school gates.”

Girls' Bow Detail Skater Pinafore, from £6

Asda Pinafore

“I love the pinafore – it’s very smart and looks great. We rarely, if ever, need to iron it and it’s easy to wear thanks to the zippers. It’s made with a sturdy strong material that doesn't stain so it lasts all year. A tried and tested, reliable product in our house.”

2 Pack School Sweatshirts, from £4


“At my children’s school it isn’t compulsory to have the school logo on jumpers – so this double pack of plain sweatshirts is perfect. The reasonable price means I can buy multiple packs, essential as both of my little ones love art and crafts.”

Glitter Lunch Bag, £5

Glittery lunchbox

“I’m loving that George at Asda have such an extensive range of lunch boxes. These plain coloured glitter ones are ideal for older girls whose tastes and fickleness with regards to what's 'cool' (or not) can be a challenge to parent's patience and purse.”

Boys' Adjustable Waist Trousers, £3.50

Boys school trousers

“These boys' trousers are a godsend. No need to iron them as they already have a crease at the front. They’re stain repellent and they can even go in the tumble drier so if you need them to be washed quickly you can do so. They are very reasonably priced too, which is important especially if your kids are a little accident prone or adventurous and take the knees out of their trousers regularly.”

Sistema Twist & Sip Bottle, £2.50

Sistema water bottle

“After years of water bottles leaking all over bags, ruining homework, party invites and important letters along the way, these are by far the best I’ve found. I will definitely be repurchasing these this summer.”

Navy School Swimsuit, from £3


“You would be surprised at how difficult it can be to find a plain swimsuit, especially when the school specifies a colour. This one fits the bill perfectly for my daughter.”

In this video collaboration with Asda George, two Mumsnet influencers test out the latest school uniform range. Find out what they (and their children) thought of the quality, comfort, and price.

With thanks to our Mumsnet bloggers:
Nigel @ DIY Daddy Blog
Hannah @ What Hannah Did Next