Tips for school bag shopping
Here are our tips for schoolbag shopping:
- Don't make it too big. New entrants are little tots and carrying around a bag that's nearly the same size as them may look cute for a start, but will get very tiring for them. If a bag is too heavy or too big it can put a strain on their little bodies. Besides at primary school level your child won't be laden with huge amounts of homework that needs to be dragged from classroom to kitchen table.
- Zip it! Make sure the zips are sturdy and strong. If a zipper breaks and isn't easily fixed then it can deem the entire bag useless
- A waterproof bottom is a good idea. Kids put their bags down in a variety of places - including puddles - and sometimes the fabric on the bottom can be the first area to disintegrate. A good bottom will see a bag last the distance.
- Pockets, pockets and more pockets. Lots of little compartments are good for separating lunches, books and wet togs or clothes.
- Thomas the Tank Engine, or Dora the Explorer may be flavour of the pre-schoolers month, but be wary of investing to much money in a bag with a design or character that your child may outgrow.
- Something bright and cheerful is good as it's easy for your child to spot amongst the dozens of other bags in the cloak-room as well as being easy for drivers to spot on the road.
- Personalised school bags are a cute idea. There are lots of online services now like Stuck on You where you can have your child's name printed, and select a design and colour of your choice.