It's that time of year again, Back to School!

How do you make sure that your child’s backpack makes the grade?

According to a post recently on the Today Show, here are some tips for picking the right backpack:

“Make sure the height of the backpack extends from approximately two inches below the shoulder blades to waist level, or slightly above the waist.”

“Distribute weight evenly. Load heaviest items closest to the child's back and balance materials so the child can easily stand up straight.”

“Wear the hip belt if the backpack has one, to improve balance and take some strain off sensitive neck and shoulder muscles."
It is also a good idea to wear the backpack on both arms, not just slung over one shoulder.

Is your child’s backpack too heavy?

“The backpack should not weigh more than 10 percent of a child's body weight.”

Also, stated in this post, "September 16th marks the American Occupational Therapy Association’s School Backpack Awareness Day. The goal of the day is to raise awareness about overloaded and ill-fitting backpacks."

A backpack can be sporty, fashionable, and useful!
Be smart and choose wisely when picking out that special backpack for this upcoming school year!