Never underestimate the power of a good backpack. After all, it’s something your child has to carry to school every day, so find one that does its job well. A good school bag shouldn’t be too heavy, and shouldn’t strain junior’s back or shoulders.
Parents should also ensure that the bag is appropriate for their children’s needs and body build. For example, pre-schoolers should ideally be carrying only a small school bag, while children in primary school would need bigger and more spacious ones to carry more books and items.
If you’re on the lookout for the ideal school bag for your child, here are our top picks.
Satch by Ergobag
Price From $198
What These range of school backpacks sit comfortably on the body, and come packed with ergonomic features (not to mention numerous eye-catching colours that your kid will love). The back panel is stabilized by two ergonomic aluminium rails, adjustable to the back length of the student. The waist flaps alleviate the strain off the back, and shift the weight to the stronger pelvic area. Chest straps are also adjustable to the height of the student.
Parents say The bags are of good quality and workmanship. Love the new colours and different compartments each bag offers.
SkipHop Boys' Forget-Me-Not 3 Piece Backpack Set
What These delightful animal-themed backpacks are sure to be a hit with both boys and girls. This three-piece set includes a backpack, an insulated lunch bag and a reflective clip-on keychain. The backpack has a top flat carrying handle with dual adjustable shoulder straps, a clear front zip pocket, plus two side mesh slip pockets on the outside. The flat base keeps the bag upright at all times, while inside, two large compartments inside has enough room to hold all of junior’s belongings, including the insulated lunch bag.
Parents say Highly recommend this bag to any mothers out there. The product is as depicted on the website, and better in quality than expected.
Stuck on You Mini Backpack
From Stuck On You
What This brand is famous for keeping super-organised mums, dads and kids in check, with their personalised name label and kooky designs. The backpack is also perfect for playdates and short excursions, and can fit in essentials like yummy snacks, paper, pencils and junior’s favourite toy.
Parents say Perfect for toddlers, small and the right size for them. Stuck On You is excellent in customer service too.
Price From $45
What Your little one is bound to go crazy over these loveable Affenzahn kids’ rucksacks. These eco-friendly bags come in cool animal shapes, and in all kinds of funky sizes and colours. They are also spacious enough for a water bottle, lunchbox and a change of clothes, with a reinforced handle that’s perfect for hanging on a hook at home, nursery or in kindergarten.
Parents say Very durable, and beautifully designed. The material feels like it will last a long time.
Impact Ergo-Comfort Spinal Support Backpack
Price From $109.90
What This home-grown brand produces children’s backpacks with ergonomic spinal protection. Available in trendy colours, the bags are much lighter than usual kids’ backpacks and have a good amount of soft padding on the back for extra protection. The bag is also contoured to fit junior’s back arch perfectly and features a chest strap for added support. Impact is also the only ergonomic brand internationally endorsed and recommended by Singapore Physiotherapy Association and The Chiropractic Association (Singapore).
Parents say School-going kids carry a lot of books these days. Since this bag is made to fit the body snugly, it doesn’t put a lot of stress on my child’s back and shoulders.
Price From $35.91
From Dr Kong
What These school backpacks come with a patented spine pressure-free design that reduces pressure on your child. The hollow tunnel design ensures there’s no unnecessary impact on the spine during movement.
Parents say Love Dr Kong's bag due to its durability, my son has been carrying it from Primary 1 to 6. Books and files are heavy but he doesn’t hunch when carrying this bag because of the solid paddings.
Jujube Minibe Harry Potter Bag
From Pupsik Studio
What This compact backpack is the perfect size and design for your little one – especially if he or she’s a Harry Potter fan! It’s large enough to carry a folder or notebook, but small enough to be lightweight and comfortable. Padded straps keep the shoulders comfortable, and breathable mesh on the back panel keeps junior cool throughout the day.
Parents say Got this for my toddler, it's lightweight, comfy and a good size.
Price From $95.20
From Pupsik Studio
What This spacious, hand-luggage approved backpack also doubles as a car booster seat - perfect for car-pooling and family holidays. The hard plastic shell makes BoostApak ultra durable too, plus it’s got ergonomic back padding.
Parents say Great buy. Kid can finally sit properly and safely in car, sometimes I also use this to level up the chair seating height at restaurants. Heading out is more convenient now!
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Photos: iStock, Amazon, Dr Kong, Ergoworks, Ergokid, Pupsik Studio, Stuck On You
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