Backpacks – A Pain in the Neck and Back!
It’s so tempting to buy the cutest new bag out there with the latest Disney images on the front or the biggest bag your child can carry so they can grow into it, but there is a lot more than cute-factor and convenience to consider when choosing a backpack and a good one can be hard to find.
When looking for the ideal bag look for the following:
- Light weight material – if it’s heavy when empty, what will it weigh when full of stuff?
- Two padded straps – the pack should be worn over two shoulders to protect and promote good posture.
- Adjustable straps – keep the bag at the correct height on the child’s back (see below).
- Waist strap – an ideal bag has one to keep the bag’s weight close to the child’s centre of gravity.
- Lots of pockets – to distribute the weight evenly.
- Proper size – the ideal bag should sit between the tops of the shoulders and the child’s waist. It should not extend down to the buttocks and beyond or the child will be forced to lean forward to carry it.
It may take some time to find the perfect backpack but a little effort now will prevent a school year’s worth of back trouble. Happy Hunting!