Backpack Buying Tips
How do you pick the best backpack for your child when you're facing a full aisle in the store? Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're shopping.
Two straps: This will distribute the weight evenly and is safer for the carrier's back, neck and shoulders.
Reflective: If children will be walking home from school or out at night, their backpack should have pieces of reflective material on the bag.
Fit: Have your child try on the bag before you purchase it. The bottom of the bag should meet the lower back, but should not be more than 4 inches below the waistline. The point at which the bag and straps meet should be 1 to 2 inches below the top of the shoulders.
Weight: When you've selected the right backpack, make sure you don't overload it. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that a backpack should not exceed 15 to 20 percent of a child's body weight, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not exceeding 10 percent.
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