Your children will soon go to school. You will, therefore, have to choose the backpack they will wear all year round. Be careful, and a bad backpack can cause back pain. Here are ten rules to follow to buy the right bag and use it properly to prevent your youngster from injuring his back.
- The Size of The Backpack
The size of your child backpack should not exceed the width of the back of the height of the shoulders. Choosing a larger one, for economic reasons, may cause back pain in the first months of use. So, take your child with you when you shop and have them try the bag.
- The Backpack Fasteners
Ideally, your child’s backpack should be stuck on their back. It should also be tied high over the shoulders to reduce the risk of joint or muscle injury as much as possible.
- The Backpack Straps
Also, in the same spirit, your child’s backpack should have padded shoulder straps. These must be wide enough to distribute the weight well while protecting his shoulders. Besides, you should be able to adjust them easily. It is also preferable that the bag has a chest strap and a waist belt for more comfort and stability. The weight is thus better distributed.
- The Size of The Backpack
Choosing a backpack that is too large will encourage your child to fill it with unnecessary things, which will add weight to his shoulders and small legs. Choose a bag that will seem large enough to hold his books and notebooks, without, however, allowing him to bring more volumes than he needs.
- A Multifunctional Backpack
Once you have selected a backpack of a right width, equipped with comfortable straps, make sure that it is lined with several pockets. You or your child will be able to distribute the weight better and, in doing so, maximize the comfort on their small shoulders.
- The Weight of The Backpack
Bags with the frame, equipped with several gadgets, seem very interesting. But each item adds additional weight to the bag itself. For a child attending primary school, the empty bag, with a capacity of about 20 liters, should not weigh more than 500 grams, or 1.1 pounds. The weight (empty) of a teenager’s bag should not exceed one kilo (2.2 pounds).
- The Price of The Backpack
Children grow up, so do needs. And the purchase of a backpack will result in a more or less significant outlay. Remember, however, that it will only serve a year or two. Afterward, it will be too small for your child’s back, and it will no longer meet his school needs. Choosing a reputable brand, with the price attached to it, is not necessarily a good idea if you need to replace the bag the following year. Instead, opt for lower quality equipment, ideally canvas, unless you plan to use it for another offspring.
What to Do After Purchasing Your Child Backpack
After selecting the ideal bag for your child, you will need to undertake educational work. Educate your children to bring only the bare minimum necessary to accomplish their homework and their lessons. Also, your job as an educator does not stop there. You will also need to show your offspring how to distribute the weight inside the bag properly. The most substantial books will go to the center, as close to the back as possible. Note sheets can be placed in one of the pockets; pencils too. By teaching him to distribute the weight better, you will avoid frequent back pain.
And lastly, teach your child to carry the bag only when strictly necessary. A backpack with a handle will also be practical for crossing short distances. These simple rules will prevent severe or even permanent injury to your children. Remember that they are growing and that a bag that is too large, or too heavy, could cause them to have poor posture or, worse, cause deformation of the spine.