Tips when buying a school bag
IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME ONCE AGAIN……
Yes, so often back-to-school shopping starts with school book bags. But if you buy your kids the right school book bags, you shouldn't need to buy new ones every year.
Here are some essential tips to bear in mind when buying your child's school bag:
Buy the right size bag
According to a recent study almost 80 per cent of school children say their bag feels too heavy. That means not buying an over-large bag to save money, hoping it will last longer, but to purchase a bag that's appropriate to your child's size. Experts also recommend buying a backpack, rather than a bag that's carried, or slung over one shoulder, as the latter can cause back and shoulder problems. Remember that canvas rucksacks weigh less than leather bags and the best bags have a moulded frame, padded back, adjustable straps and should be relatively water-resistant.
Pack a school bag correctly
When getting ready for the new school term, try to find a bag with a few separate compartments to help with packing. That way you'll be able to position the heaviest items next to a child's back, slotting books and lunch boxes firmly into place, so items don't move around in transit. If they do, a badly-packed bag can shift your child's centre of gravity and potentially cause back strain. A drink bottle holder outside the bag is a good idea to save spillage and damp school books.
Don't overload a bag
A backpack should weigh less than ten per cent of your child's weight, so around 4kg for a 40kg child. Seeing as that only equates to a few books and a large lunchbox, many kids are carrying more weight than is healthy. Encourage your children to only carry essential items in their bag and to leave as much as they can in their locker or desk at school, trying to ensure they repack their bag each day.
Carrying and lifting tips
When your child lifts their backpack, try and make sure they lift it with a straight back, bending at the knees, and that the bottom of the bag sits above their waist rather than hanging low, sitting on the hips. If a child has to lean forward whilst wearing their bag, it's most likely fitted incorrectly. Also make sure your kids know that they could be damaging their back if they wear a backpack slung over one shoulder.
However, when buying a backpack for your kids, you must choose the one that is appropriate for them. Here are some tips when you buy your kid this type of bag:
Practicality. You are buying your kid a back pack because you know it will help him in his carrying. Consider first the construction of the back and the regularity of its use. This factor should always outweigh the cost or the trend factors because you would want to be sure that this bag is just appropriate for your kid.
Material. Choose the right fabric for your kid's backpack. If your child is in elementary, buy him a bag of sturdier construction. Do not buy flimsy materials if you know that your kid will use this bag everyday containing heavy loads. Find the ones that are of good feature.
Check the back pack's quality. When buying your kid a backpack, be sure to shop personally. This way, you can feel the actual material used and could compare which one is better. You can check the hems and the stitches inside out, and see if it could actually carry the load. As much as possible, do not shop online, especially if the bag will be used on a regular basis. This will save you from having problems like bad stitching and loose threading and other manufacturing defects.
Find the right size. Backpacks are made with different kinds of sizes. As your child grows, you should also consider the bag he will need. The bottom of the bag should be well parallel to the kid's lower back. Do not buy a bag if it is below 4 inches of his waistline. Find a comfortable strap to avoid putting strains on his shoulders.