It’s not just about aesthetics. Your child’s school bag should, ideally, weigh 10% of his body weight. But if his bag is heavier, consider getting a trolley bag if his school allows and he has a classroom on the ground floor. Alternatively, have him hug his school bag close to his chest to distribute the weight evenly.
Here’s what a good backpack for school should have:
- A large central compartment lets him pack heavier books and items as close to the back of the bag (and the spine) as possible.
- Wide, padded straps provide better comfort and weight distribution across the shoulders.
- A backpack with double shoulder straps provides better muscle balance than a sling bag with a single strap.
- The surface area of the back of the bag should match his torso size.
- Outer pockets keep smaller items organised.
Brands to try:
Ergobag Lite, $198, from Mothercare (Harbourfront Centre) – Based on technology used to develop outdoor gear for mountaineers who carry heavy loads while hiking, the Ergobag has an added waist strap that hugs the hips and can be adjusted to suit kids. Visit www.mothercare.com.sg.
Impact Ergo-Comfort Spinal Protection backpack, $109, from Ergoworks – Endorsed by the Singapore Physiotherapy Association and The Chiropractic Association (Singapore), the bag’s Orthopedic Spinal Protection System supports the contour of your child’s back to help achieve correct posture and reduce stress on his growing spine. Visit www.ergoworks.com.sg
Popkids Schoolmate Series backpack, $69.90, from Popular – With S-shaped straps for better fit, padded sides and lumbar support, as well as breathable foam backing to reduce irritation from perspiration, these bags also have concealed side pockets to keep water bottles and other essentials at hand. Visit www.popularworld.com
By Nikki Fung, Young Parents, January 2015