Almost every movement in our body (from birth to old age) involve our spines. However sad to say, some of our children’s spines are being affected by poor posture as well as by carrying heavy school bags.
One of the important things I discovered as a parent of a school going child is never to overlook the importance of a good school bag. After all the fussing about getting into a ‘good’ school, labelling the text books, folders, stationeries etc…where do they all go into? Yes…the school bag. Lugging the heavy school bag can take a heavy toll on our children’s spines which are still growing.
Interestingly throughout Dana’s Primary 1 year, we have tried to unload her textbooks by renting a locker for her in school and only pack those that she needs to complete her homework etc…but her bag is still surprisingly heavy. We found out why:
• Water bottle and lunchbox – She can hold in her hands but on most days, there are the large folders to hold too…so into the bag they go.
• Pencil cases, school diary and exercise books – All the necessities for each and every day, which is a hassle to store in school lockers.
• Folders, folders and folders – homework these days come in the form of worksheets and these folders overtime will accumulate by the weeks and become really bulky and heavy.
• Some school bags are already heavy to start with…even without a single book in it.
Naturally, we were very concerned that the heavy school bag would potentially cause harm to the growth of Dana’s spine. We toyed with the idea of buying her a trolley bag but that was quickly dismissed as the wheels and wheel base add more weight to the bag itself. It would also be challenging for her to heave the heavy trolley bag up and down stairs to get to her classroom. We then tried looking for a school bag that fits the body size of a 7 year old but it was close to impossible because most, if not all, bags are created as a one size fits all (regardless whether our child are taller or shorter built). We did some research and consulted our more experienced friends, many of which recommended the ergobag.
The ergobag Difference: Here are some of the reasons why an ergobag makes an ideal school bag for any primary-school going kids.
Watch this home video put together by Daddy on why we decided on an ergobag for our daughter!
Ergonomic Technology: The design of the ergobag uses the same concept as that of high-end backpackers’ bag by constructing a bag using lightweight yet strong materials which includes a mash back for better air circulation. Thanks to the broad hip belt, the weight of the bag is distributed from the shoulders to the more stable pelvic area. The padded shoulder straps and the height adjustable chest strap ensures the backpack fits comfortably to the backs of girls and boys. Backpackers carry heavy loads whilst tracking for hours on end – so, if the ergonomic technology is good for these seasoned trekkers, it would certainly be beneficial for our kids.
Customisable: The back of the bag is customizable according to our children’s height. The back strap and harness are movable and can be adjusted to fit our children as they grow. By adjusting the back, it ensures a better fit. The staff at the Ergokids store will be more than happy to fit and adjust the bag for our kids and teach us to do it on our own subsequently. How thoughtful! A bag that grows with your child throughout Primary School (up to 1.50 m height)!
Sustainable: ergobags are made of fabrics from 100% recycled PET bottles. Can you imagine that? This way, they are light yet able to withstand pressure and also helps to be environmentally friendly.
Visible & Safe: ergobag’s designs are safe as it has reflectors woven into the designs. This makes kids more visible especially during storms or in the evenings when they trek to (or return from) school.
Attractive & Contemporary: ergobags come in a series of attractive colours and designs. Children can collect a series of 20 over attractive badges called ‘Kletties’ to personalise their bags!
This is another short video which gives a good overview of the ergobag!
Before you return to school, pay a visit to the Ergokid Showroom to invest in a proper school bag that will help promote better spine health for your kids!