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Tips for Choosing the Right Backpack for your Child

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My kids have been back in school for a couple months now. Our normal back to school routine involves buying new backpacks. They get a new one each year even if the one from the year before is still good.  Choosing the correct backpack for each school year has become an art around here. The boys always want to choose one with a particular cartoon character and do not consider the size or style while I am pushing them towards picking the right size and style. Backpacks may seem like they are just an extension of a child’s personality but they also have to function for holding supplies, books, and lunch boxes.

There are a few important tips for choosing the right backpack for your child for school:

1. Size- A good backpack should be no wider than your child’s back. It should be able to fit your child’s folders and notebooks as well as any textbooks they may have. My kids needed backpacks starting in Preschool to carry home the crafts and other papers they did at school as well as a change of clothes.
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2. Cool Factor – While your child may beg you to purchase a backpack with their favorite cartoon character on it they may not understand that they will outgrow the character before they outgrow the backpack. We started Kindergarten with a Shark backpack that my oldest son talked me into and a few months later we had to replace it as he no longer liked sharks and the other kids were calling it a baby backpack.
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3. Features – We have had some backpacks that were a single compartment and some that had more pockets and zippers than we knew what to do with. You have to find the right thing for the age of your child.  While a child in Kindergarten does not need more than one compartment a 4th grade child does need space to separate their folder and books from other school essentials.

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4. Comfortable Fit – Kids backpacks with adjustable straps are ideal.  Once the school year begins you can adjust the straps to help evenly distribute the weight on your child’s back. It is recommended that a child not carry more than 15% of their body weight in their backpack.

As my boys have gotten older they have become more socially conscious. They recently learned that the clean water they take for granted as readily available is something that not all children have access to. For example, children in Ethiopia do not get to attend school because they must help their families survive.  Simply fetching fresh water is a daily time-consuming task that they must perform rather than earning an education. 

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Robyn

Robyn

Hi! I am Robyn.I have been happily partnered with my hubby for over 25 years and I am mom of two little boys. I will be sharing the good and the bad of my life and telling you about brands and products I believe you should know more about.

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Hi! I am Robyn. I have been happily partnered with my hubby for over 25 years and I am mom of two little boys. I will be sharing the good and the bad of my life and telling you about brands and products I believe you should know more about.

Contact Robyn at Robyn@theneighborhoodmoms.com

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