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It’s backpack season again – how to hunt for the right one

As the first days of school draw near you’re no doubt hearing “I need a new backpack” from your kids.  Backpacks serve as fashionable storage for most students but parents may not know that there is the right kind of pack for right kind of kid.

To purchase a pack that is safe for your child consider the following from KidsHealth.org:

  1. A lightweight pack that doesn’t add a lot of weight to your child’s load
  2. Two wide, padded shoulder straps: straps that are too narrow can dig into shoulders
  3. A padded back, which not only provides increased comfort, but also protects kids from being poked by sharp edges on objects (pencils, rules, notebooks, etc.) inside the pack.
  4. A waist belt, which helps to distribute the weight more evenly across the body.
  5. Multiple compartments which can help distribute the weight more evenly.

The right pack for your kids help to alleviate back, shoulder and posture trouble in the future.  To start the year with a happy and healthy  back here is a great list of backpack strategies for parents and kids.  How about bringing a stack of books with you to test the weight, size, and fit?

 

caption-arrow  Feature photo by  Jim Larrison

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