How to Choose Your Kids Backpack

Posted by abie on 10:26 PM in
There are many choices when it comes to choosing your kid’s backpack. Kids backpacks come in many options from simple to complex. Although you want your child to like the backpack so that he uses it, there are a few factors to consider.

The right fit for your child is essential. The base of the backpack should rest against the lower back and no further. This is where the child’s back is strongest and will prevent back problems. If the backpack is worn too low, the child will lean forward and develop bad posture as well as the possibility of back and neck injuries.

The straps on a backpack should be padded at the shoulders and be adjustable. The padding will reduce pressure on the child’s shoulders and back. A double-strapped backpack is better than the popular single-strapped backpacks as the weight is distributed more evenly, which is better for the child’s spine alignment. Extra straps are helpful as they assist in transferring the weight. Hip and chest belts help by causing the work to be shared throughout the body. Waist straps stabilize the backpack decreasing stress on the back, neck and shoulders. Look for an outer pocket or two to store goods that need to be reached in a hurry, such as a bus ticket. The adjustable straps ensure that the backpack fits snugly and is more comfortable to carry.

Once you have chosen your child’s backpack make sure that it is not too heavy. A heavy backpack is the easiest way to develop back injuries. The backpack should not weigh more than a tenth of the child’s body weight.

Once you have considered all of these factors and allowed your child to choose the color and design of his choice, you are well on your way to success. Orthopedically, a backpack is a much better option than a carry bag or shoulder bag.


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