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How To Choose The Best BackPack for Your Kid? Step by Step Guide

Jul 12th 2015 at 2:22 AM

Choosing the correct backpack for your child is one of the most important things you can do to prepare them for the coming school year. Each year it is estimated that over 7,000 backpack-related injuries are treated by hospitals.

I should know – as a kid I was one of them! We’ll give you a step-by-step guide for choosing the right backpack for your kid so they don’t add to that number!

Shoulder Straps

The absolute first thing you should look for in a backpack is two shoulder straps. You should never, under any circumstance, buy a backpack for your child that has one shoulder strap. You should, ideally, look for one with a pair of quite wide, but generously padded should straps.

The straps balance the load placed on the body by evenly distributing the weight. Packs with extra straps - waist or chest are the most common - can also provide additional support for your child.

Padding

While it may seem similar to the first step, an important thing you should do is to check the quality of the padding on the shoulder straps. They should provide ample support for your child.

You can check the padding on the back and shoulder panels of the backpack by assessing the support, durability and comfort levels provided. Squeeze the straps to determine if, and when, they return to their original position. They should bounce back as opposed to staying flat.

Size

A backpack should comfortably fit a standard three-ring binder along with a number of copybooks. Modern backpacks should also include additional pouches for pens, phones, and other classroom essentials.

And, given the information age, they should include padded compartments for either a laptop of tablet, as this reduces the strain on the body. Be careful, however, as buying a larger backpack can lead to overloading it; choose a backpack that fits your child well and provides good support at the shoulders.

Material

There are a number of considerations to be made as far as material is concerned. First, you should considering a backpack that provides a good amount of waterproofing. This protects from spills in the classroom and any adverse weather conditions.

You should also buy a backpack that includes a fluorescent reflector. This will add an extra layer of safety to the pack as it aids visibility for cars. Finally, opt for a high-quality zipper as opposed to a Velcro patch; they last far longer.

Tips

Wear it correctly – your child should always wear the backpack using both shoulder straps. While one strap might look “cool” it increases the risk of poor posture, shoulder pain, and spinal injury.

Don’t overload – your child should not overload their backpack. The recommended weight for a backpack, doctors recommend, is roughly 10% of the child’s weight. If they are leaning forward or backwards it is a sign that the backpack is too heavy.

Spare textbooks - if possible, keep a spare set of textbooks at home. This reduces the need to bring them home every day.

Conclusion

It is vital that you select the most appropriate backpack for your kid. It will make their life at school easier; benefit their health as it reduces the strain on their shoulders and back; improves posture by evenly distributing the weight throughout the body; and proves a sound investment as they last for many years.

By following the steps outlined above your child should be in a great position to begin the school year in a great and healthy way!

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