The routine is probably getting a bit easier now, but take a few minutes and do a check on
your kids’ backpacks to make sure they are still safe for your child.
1. Weigh the pack on a typical day.
The guideline is that a backpack should not weigh more than 10% of your child’s
weight. High school students can move to 15%. Help keep that weight down by regularly
cleaning it out- your child, not necessarily you. (The same suggestion can go for purses,
messenger bags, adult backpacks etc.)
2. Use both straps.
It is important to develop the 2-strap habit. If only one strap is used, then there is too
much force focused on one side of your child’s spine which may lead to an injury.
3. Check the straps to ensure they are not worn or torn and the fit is correct.
You don’t want the backpack suddenly giving way, which can cause a back injury. A
reputable company will replace their product if faulty. Growth spurts require a change in
the length of straps.
4. Help them put it on and take it off.
By helping your child, you can gauge the weight of the backpack, plus avoid strain
caused by wriggling into or out of it quickly.