5 quick tips on how to carry your Child's backpack - the spine safe way.


How heavy should a child’s backpack be? Moreover, what is the “correct” way to wear a backpack?

A heavy, incorrectly fitted and poorly packed school backpacks can lead to spinal health problems as a child grows.

The health of your child's spine is crucial especially while they're developing, and big, poorly worn backpacks may strain and cause discomfort to their spine.

5 Tips on how to carry the backpack in a spine safe way

  1. The weight of the bag must not exceed more than 10% of your child’s body weight. Try packing only the essentials to reduce the load, and make use of school lockers if available.

  2. Pack the heavier items close to the spine.

  3. Secure the waist straps to distribute the weight of the bag to the child's hips rather than their shoulders (the hips are much stronger than the shoulders)

  4. Always wear both straps.

  5. Limit the time spent wearing a backpack to no more than 30 minutes at a time.


Mason and Emily are always happy to share advice and assistance on selecting the right backpack for your child and help make sure the bag is adjusted securely, so it is fitted correctly to suit your child’s current level of development. The same cannot be said for fashion advice, sorry.