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Back to school season is upon us and mothers are confused. If this is your child’s first school year, you will definitely find yourself lost in a sea of backpacks and clueless when it comes to the preferred criteria. It’s more than just a budget-friendly bag with your child’s favorite cartoon character. Some mothers opt for huge bags so children can use them for more than one year. Others believe that a trolley backpack is the best choice for the child, only to realize that they are banned at their children’s school.
Here are 5 criteria to consider while shopping for a school backpack:
- While shopping online is the easy option, your child should try the bag on to make sure it fits his size and height.
- The bag must have enough room for all of your child’s school supplies.
- Big and heavy school bags might harm your child’s back.
- Bags should not be wider or longer than the child’s torso.
- According to the Association of Pediatric Chartered Physiotherapists, a suitable loaded school bag has to be 10% of the child’s weight.
- If your child is expected to take a lot of supplies and books to school daily, it’s better to go for a trolley bag.
- Bags should not be less than 16 inch to fit an A4 paper, as this is the size of most sheets and booklets.
- It’s important to get a durable school bag that can last throughout the year.
- Look at the areas where fabrics meet to ensure that they will not rip if heavily loaded.
- Zip and unzip the bag more than once to make sure that the zippers are sturdy and easy to use.
- Before buying one with a trolley, check out the wheels and extend the handle.
- For young kids, it’s better to buy a backpack with many pockets, dividers, and compartments with a side pocket for the water flask. This will keep the bag organized for your child.
- Keep the lunch bag in a separate pocket to protect the books and sheets if anything is spilled.
- Avoid a trolley bag if your child’s classroom is not on a ground floor to avoid adding the extra weight of the trolley on their backs.
- Opt for a bag with a padded back and wide shoulder straps, preferrably with a waist strap to support the weight which makes carrying the bag more comfortable and safe.
- The straps should be adjustable so the bag rests firmly against the strongest part of your child’s back to avoid any pain or spine problems.
- Remind your child to always carry the bag with the two straps to evenly distribute its weight.
- It’s nice to let your children choose the school bag they like to get excited about school.
- Offer colorful and dark options for your child to choose from.
- Avoid light colored school bags as they will definitely get stained easily.
Further reading: 10 Places to Buy School Bags in Egypt