Here are some quick tips to help you find the right fit for your child:
- Measure your child’s back from the shoulder line to the waist (belly button) & then add 2 inches. The backpack’s height should not be bigger than this measurement.
- Measure the distance between the outside ridges of your child’s shoulder blades & then add 2 inches. The backpack’s width should not be bigger than this measurement.
- The shoulder straps should be wide and padded.
- Preferably the back should be padded too.
- The backpack should also have a waist strap to support the low back.
- All straps must be adjustable.
- Use the following weight limits:
- Up to 60lbs child can carry 5lbs
- 60-75lbs child can carry 10lbs
- 100lbs child can carry 15lbs
- 125lbs child can carry 18lbs
- 150lbs child can carry 20lbs
- 200lbs child can carry 25lbs (no one should carry more than 25lbs)
- Heavier items should be placed lower in the bag.
- Flatter items should be placed in the back part of the bag (these will be against the child’s back).
Nicole Meltzer, RMT, CHt is co-creator of Balanced Body Mind Spirit. Through her specialization in fertility issues, prenatal & pediatric care she helps parents conceive & achieve balance while on their journey into parenthood & beyond. To learn more, visit www.balancedbodymindspirit.com