So I’m a previous mother of two, ages two and four respectively, and just recently I’ve received a new little blessing who is only a few months old. My oldest is starting school soon, and I was determined to find the perfect backpack for her.
The most important thing is to find something that will not only be comfortable for her, but also be something that she really likes and wants to wear. While she probably won’t think that it is a cool backpack when she turns 7 or 8, I do want her to think it is a cool backpack right now at five – and I’ll buy her another one next year or the year after, when she has had enough of it. But at the same time I wanted to make sure that it was also going to be durable and functional enough to at least last a year or two.
I obviously want my child to actually like the backpack just because that’s a good reason all by itself. But also, it’s really hard to get a backpack on a four year old in the morning when they really don’t want to wear it. This is especially hard to do really quickly.
But in my mind safety was first. I didn’t want the backpack to be made of anything that was dangerous! So I did a lot of looking around online to find out what was safe. The best places are review sites, but also consumer sites were good too. One rule of thumb I found that was very good is that a backpack should weigh only about 10 percent or so of the child’s body weight. So my child weighs about 40 pounds, so I had to make sure I got a backpack that only weighed about 4 pounds. You can go up to 15 percent but that’s at the very most.
Otherwise, I’d risk my child toppling over and hurting himself! I’m obviously not going to let that happen! Part of this is also that the backpack has to actually be able to hold whatever I need to send with my baby when they go to school. So the material has to be tough enough to hold it. A lot of the backpacks available for children are made of really cheap, really thin plastic. So if you want to send a lunch with anything even slightly solid in it, like a thermos, you risk it falling right out of the bottom of the backpack if the material isn’t solid. I read a lot of reviews for different backpacks until I was convinced that the one I got was made of durable material. After all, these things get dropped and thrown around sometimes, every once in a while they may bump into something sharp, If the backpack is made of plastic with the thickness and consistency of paper, it will just rip apart.
Once I had an idea of the kind of backpacks for school that would work for my daughter, I made sure to go to a local store that had some versions of it first so she could look at it and I could see whether she would like it. The last thing I wanted was to go through all that trouble and then have her hate it and throw it around
It turns out she really liked it though, so all was well!