12 School Backpacks Doctors Buy for Their Own Kids
We spoke to doctors and health experts to see which backpacks they’re really buying for their own kids because growing spines and minds need proper support.
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Use your child’s own waist as a guide
Club Pilates education director and mom to two boys Alicia Lavender encourages fellow parents to find the right-size backpack based on their child’s waist. “A backpack should not be wider than your child’s torso or hang more than four inches below the waist. This is key for helping good posture because if the backpack hangs low the child will counterbalance by walking hunched over, which causes strain in the neck, shoulders, and back.” Opt for models designed specifically for younger children if the wearer is young, petite, or has a shorter torso. These are the back-to-school items that can actually make your child healthier.
Go for the classics
Lavender stresses that core and spine strength is essential for just about every movement in the body, and proper posture is part of that. “Strengthening the back and core abdominal muscles is ideal in order to improve posture and ease the burden of carrying a heavy backpack for long periods of time,” she says. “In addition to picking one of the best backpacks with even weight distribution, it’s a good idea to encourage healthy back and core muscles with exercises like bird dogs, planks, and bridging to avoid excessive strain.” Load up on even more tips for a healthy back-to-school season.