School Backpack Buying Tips

September 13, 2018

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The backpack is as traditional to school as yellow is to the school bus. But those backpacks are filled with school stuff and all that stuff can be heavy. All that weight is wrecking their still developing backs. Even if it isn't burdened with much weight, ill-fitted and unevenly weight backpacks are still a problem.  So here are some tips to help protect them. While we just assume to pick up a backpack from big, box store, hiking and camping stores are a great place to backpack shop. These stores have professional backpackers that can fit your child with a great pack and give recommendations base upon your child’s body frame. Look for a pack that’s the approximate size of your child—it should sit just below your child’s shoulder blades, be no wider than their back and not hang lower than the waist. When it comes to picking out a bag made sure it has two wide, padded, adjustable shoulder straps. Skinny straps can dig into your kid’s shoulders, restricting their circulation. Avoid cross-body sling packs—those don’t distribute weight evenly. And make sure your kid actually wears both straps. A waist belt and sternum strap. These help distribute the weight more evenly. Look for lightweight materials and a lot of compartments so that you can properly balance the weight. Place the heaviest items closest to your child’s body and make sure anything pointy or awkwardly shaped isn’t digging into their back. If you kid is “grunting” when they pick up their packs, leaning forward as they stand, and complaining of numb arms and hands, then the backpack is too heavy. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children carry no more than 10% to 20% of their body weight in their backpack. So if the weight is more than their backs should support, opt for a rolling backpack.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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