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Best Back to School Backpacks Kindergarten to Grade 3

Updated on September 9, 2014

Backpacks are the Best Book Bags

Starting school is a big step for our youngest and carrying books in a cool, new backpack kicks the year off right.

There are so many styles it can be difficult to choose just the right one.

School age children usually have an idea of what they would like but some suggestions and photos may help you pick just the right one. There are hundreds of styles and taking the time to find the perfect bag for each child is worthwhile in the long run.

Photo Courtesy of o5com Flickr

According to WebMD, a backpack that is too heavy can cause back, shoulder, and neck pain on your child.


How much your child should be carrying in his backpack:

Child's Weight---Backpack Weight

50 pounds---5 pounds

75 pounds---7.5 pounds

100 pounds---10 pounds

125 pounds---12.5 pounds

150 pounds---15 pounds

Information from webMD

Backpacks for the Stylish Young Lady

Not too large, easy to adjust and smart looking--what more can our new young students want to carry. Most girls have a good idea of the color and style they would like even at this young age.

Follow These Guidelines for Selecting a Backpack for Your Child

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

  1. Pick a backpack that is lightweight. This will cut down on the weight that your child must carry each day.
  2. Make sure that the shoulder straps are wide and well padded. Narrow straps will dig into the child's shoulders and could cause pain.
  3. To distribute the weight more evenly, try and choose a backpack with a waist belt. Multiple

    compartments will help with this also.

Backpacks for Our Youngest School Boys

These are perfect for the younger boys.

For Our Youngest

These backpacks are perfect for our very youngest students. Great selection on ebay.

Teach Your Child How to Lift Their Backpack - To avoid strains and injuries.

Tell your children to:

  1. Face the backpack before lifting it.
  2. Bend their knees.
  3. Use both hands and check the weight of

    the backpack by lifting it slightly. Have them lift with their legs, not their back.

  4. Carefully place one shoulder strap on at a

    time; never swirl the backpack onto one

    shoulder to carry it.

Thanks you AgriLife Extension at Texas A&M for the information on Choosing the Correct Backpack for Your Child.


Important Information for Selecting Your Child's Backpack

This is very important.

The pack should fit the child. It should not

be bigger than the length of the child's torso.

Measure from the bony bump at the base of your child's neck (your 7th cervical vertebrae) to the top of the hipbones to get the proper length of your child's torso.

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    • Jefff Molnar profile image

      Jeff Molnar 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      As a father picking out backpacks for this upcoming school year I found it very helpful. Blessed!

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      6 years ago

      Great information here! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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      6 years ago

      Great information here! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    • BunnyFabulous profile image


      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for the great safety tips and weight guidelines for young backpack users. I think a lot of parents either don't know or ignore them and cause undue stress on their children's bodies. You've got some cute backpack choices on here too.

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      Cynthia Davis 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Love these backpacks for kids. I like the way you reminded parents about the health benefits of carrying a light weight backpack, too. Blessings**


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