Do you really need to invest hundreds of Rands in kids backpacks, and if so, which ones are the best? Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind when the time arrives for buying a new bag for school
Kids backpacks buying guide
1. Consider the size
Kids backpacks should ideally sit between the base of their neck and their lower back. the straps are good if they rest comfortably on the shoulders and should be tightened to ensure the bag doesn’t sag low on their backs.
2. Go for padding
Obviously, padded shoulder straps are the way to go since it’ll be much more comfortable for your kid. It can also help alleviate some of the pressure on his spine and shoulders.
3. Never overload
Backpacks that weigh more than 10-15% of a kid’s bodyweight can negatively affect their health and also cause them a lot of pain in the process. If your child needs to carry a load that might be doing more harm than good, it’s wise to voice your concerns over the matter with his or her teacher. If there seems to be no other solution, a rolling backpack is another option to consider.
4. Spot the signs of a heavy load
If your kiddo seems to be battling to put on or take off their backpack or slumps forward or leans back while wearing it, something is not right. Any complaints about it hurting while wearing means the same. Watch out for marks on their shoulders and tingling or numbness in their arms and hands, which are all warning signs that the backpack is an unhealthy burden to carry around.
5. Be a smart packer
Don’t just stuff everything into your child’s backpack. Focus on arranging books and other items in order of heaviest to lightest. Packing the heaviest things closest to your child’s back where his body can support the weight is always the best option. Your kiddo might think the hip belt is the most uncool thing in the world, but using it will help distribute the weight of the bag, which means more wearing comfort for your child.