Tips for Choosing a Backpack
Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at 7:00 am
The start of a brand new school year often requires the purchase of a new backpack. The one your child wants might not be the one you want for him or her. How can you decide which backpack is best? Here are some criteria that people use when choosing a backpack. It is up to you to decide which ideas take priority.
4 Tips for Choosing a School Backpack
How is your financial situation? Every year, children are expected to start the school year with a long list of supplies. Parents who have many children may find the expense to be difficult to manage. One way to save money is to choose a backpack that is on sale.
Do some “homework” and compare the price of the backpacks at different department stores. Check to see what the office supply stores are selling backpacks for. Sometimes, Toys R Us has a sale on backpacks.
The Back Clinics of Canada point out that children can suffer from over-weighted, poorly-sized, backpacks. This can result in shoulder and neck pain, lower back pain, and weakness. They suggest parents select backpacks that do not put tremendous weight on the spine.
They suggest that your child’s backpack should sit at the lower part of the back. The top should end just below the top part of your child’s shoulder blades. Backpacks should not weigh more than 10% to 15% of a child’s body weight. Encourage your child to use both straps of the backpack when he or she is wearing it. Wider straps are better than narrow ones.
Ideally, you want a backpack that fits your child. One that is too large could cause your kid to carry more weight than he or she should be carrying. Smaller ones might not fit things like three-ring binders or spiral notebooks.
The size of the pockets on the backpack matters, too. If your child will be carrying a laptop back and forth to school, he or she needs a backpack that can safely hold it. Smaller, zippered, pockets are great for storing a cell phone in. Those pockets make it easy to access the phone when needed.
Your child insists upon having a backpack with his or her favorite character on it. Unfortunately, that backpack is expensive, or isn’t the most “back-friendly” selection. What to do?
One option is to fight this battle and pick the backpack that you feel is best for your child’s health (or for the family’s budget). Another option is to give in. Some kids can be more motivated to go to school if they have a cool backpack.