Choosing the right backpack for your children can be tricky. As a general rule of thumb, children’s backpacks see a lot of wear and tear which means they need to be durable. They also need to have a comfortable fit and be of the correct size so you're not overloading your child.
What types of children's backpacks are there?
Baby’s backpacks: Designed for children aged up to one or two years old, these bags often feature a lightweight design with a large central pocket and heavily padded straps. Other features include attachable reins so you can keep track of your child and a clip attachment system to prevent them from removing the bag.
Nursery bags: Designed for children between three and eight years old, nursery bags are usually made of durable materials that are easy to wash and come in a variety of bright colours. Depending on the model they may also include a detachable compartment, waterproof lining and breathable mesh padding.
School backpacks: Aimed at children from ten years old to young adult, school backpacks tend to be made of hardwearing materials such as nylon and are larger and wider in order to accommodate school books. They often feature internal pockets to allow books to be divided into categories. Other features may include adjustable back pads, detachable compartments and fully adjustable straps for shoulders and chest
Fitting a child's backpack
● Using both straps helps distribute the weight of the backpack more evenly and promotes a symmetrical posture.
● The backpack should be worn evenly in the middle of the back. The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower back.
● The weight of the backpack should not exceed 10-15% of the child’s body weight. Teach your children to position the heaviest contents closest to their backs.
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