It’s that time of year again. Along with fresh pencils, and new, cool lunchboxes, a new backpack, or at least a more lightweight backpack might be in order too! Read this blog to learn about some of the problems related to heavy backpacks and how much your child’s backpack should weigh.

Did You Know Your Child’s Weight Impacts How Big Their Backpack Should Be?

Kids backpacks should be no more than 10 to 15% of their body weight. If your child weighs 50 lbs, they should have a 5 to 8 lb bag when full. The smaller your child, the smaller their bag should be.

The spine is made up of 33 bones which can be compressed unnaturally if your child’s backpack is too heavy or worn incorrectly. An unsafe or heavy backpack can create issues with posture that continue even after the backpack is no longer worn.backpack-safety comparison with citation 2

Backpacks for kids need to be worn with both straps in order to evenly distribute weight. Otherwise it can cause neck and back pain for the wearer who has to compensate for the weight of the bag and adjust their hips and shoulders unevenly.

When Choosing A Backpack Remember…

  • Less is More – The smaller the backpack, the less your child will fit into it. Encourage your child to clean their backpack out every night after school and repack it for the next day. This will not only develop discipline but will also make sure that they aren’t carrying around a heavy backpack with unneeded items.
  • Two Straps Are Better Than One – Messenger bags, satchels, and purses that force weight on one shoulder can be more detrimental than two strapped bags.
  • Comfort is King – Padded straps are a must when choosing a backpack for school. Narrow or unpadded straps can dig into shoulders and cut off circulation.