Little kids and backpacks. Conjures up a cute image doesn’t it? Those teeny bodies in turtle mode - so proud - carrying something that looks literally half their size and body weight. It is definitely cute. But definitely not recommended.
Just FYI, a number of studies reported an association between back pain and backpacks, and, to a lesser extent, between poor posture and backpacks."[That] can lead to adult back pain and spinal disorders, particularly after carrying a heavily loaded or incorrectly worn backpack for 12 or more years of schooling." says Dr. Andrew Lawrence - President of the Chiropractors Association of Australia.
So you see, this is actually serious business!
Let’s take a look at what makes a good back pack for little kids:
- Choosing the proper size: The width of a backpack should be relatively proportionate to the person’s width. For instance, a small child should not opt for an adult-sized backpack. Further, the backpack’s height should extend from approximately two inches below the shoulder blades to waist level, or just slightly above the waist.
- Look for broad straps with padding for the shoulders, both to offer more comfort, and protect the shoulders from excessive pressure. It is important that both straps be used in order to distribute the weight of the backpack evenly. Using just one strap adds extra strain to that one shoulder.
- Adjustable straps are useful, not just for proper fit but for proper positioning – again, the backpack should sit just slightly above the waist and both straps should stay even in length.
- Go for backpacks with pockets, slots, and dividers to evenly distribute the weight. Heavier items should be placed closer to the back, within the pack. Lighter items may sit further from the body.
- Keep the weight of the packed backpack to 10% of your child's bodyweight. The average 3-6 year old child weighs 13kg – 23kgs, therefore should be carrying a bag well under 5kgs
- Avoid loose, uneven or careless stitching that could easily come undone. Check for raw or frayed fabric edges which could unravel.
- Pass on zippers that are openly exposed to weather. Instead, opt for zippers that have fabric flaps over them to keep water and other elements out of the backpack.
Sounds a bit stressful really, but you can rest assured we have done the homework for you. Marmalade Lion Expect-A-Spill backpacks have been carefully designed with your little ones comfort and safety in mind. Not too big but not too small, our backpacks come with ergonomic padded straps and are made from our signature soft, waterproof fabrics.
Marmalade Lion backpacks also feature;
- Elastic side pockets, one being insulated to keep drinks cool
- Insulated front pocket, ideal for keeping snacks cool
- Large internal pocket
- Water Resistance
- Carry and storage handle
- Easy to care for fabric
And it wouldn’t be a Marmalade Lion product if it didn’t have an amazingly practical added bonus. We’ve designed a detachable, reusable WET BAG that comes with the back pack to ensure an easy and sustainable method of storing wet clothes, shoes, bathers or nappies. Making it the perfect swimming/beach or day care bag.
In actual fact, Marmalade Lion backpacks have all the same features as a nappy bag, so no need for the struggle of stuffing your bag under the pram whilst carrying your handbag and coffee at the same time. Chuck these babies on your back and off you go! As William Wallace once said, “They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!”
Ok kid, you can take my freedom if you must. Just let me keep my coffee!
Have a look at our super cute and functional backpacks here.