The daily physical stress of carrying a too heavy or incorrectly fitted backpack not only impacts your child’s posture, it also impacts their energy levels, concentration, digestive system and much more.
So how do you ensure that your child’s bag is fitted correctly?
- Size matters – The top of the backpack should be no higher than the child’s shoulder and the bottom of the bag should be lower than their hips.
- Support – The backpack should have lumbar support and padded shoulder straps. If the backpack has a chest strap or a hip strap (not cool we know ) it will help to reduce the strain on the back.
- Pack it right – Pack the heaviest items (usually books) closest & parallel to the spine to maintain their centre of gravity and avoid postural strain.
- Pack it light – Children should NEVER carry more than 10% of their body weight in their backpacks.
- Fit it right – Things to ensure when fitting your child’s backpack on them.
- Bottom of pack no lower than hips and no more than 3 cm above shoulders
- Pack is snugly fitted to your child’s back (not low riding and hanging off the shoulders)
- The backpack doesn’t cause your child to lean forward at either the waist or head… means it’s too heavy or not fitted correctly. A correctly fitted bag should NOT distort your child’s posture.
- Bag on BOTH shoulders… yes we know totally UNCOOL!
Where to go to find the right back pack…
www.totembags.co.nz …Great range of Orthopaedic School Bags with cool designed to please even the fussiest of children! Click HERE to find out more about Totem Bags.