We have almost come to the end of the year. While some are busy preparing for their holiday trips, some of us are excitedly preparing for our children starting primary school next year. New school, new uniform, new school shoes and of course a new school bag. Choosing a school bag is important as it will carry all the things a child needs for school.
Have you been eyeing on a particular school bag that you want your child to carry? Do you allow your child choose his own school bag? Before you start the hunt for his ‘perfect’ school bag, check the school’s rules or handbook on school bags. Most schools if not all, highly discourage school bags with trolley.
If possible, start looking for a school bag only after you have bought the school books. This will give you a gauge on how ‘big’ the school bag should be.
For me, I’ve learnt through experience. My eldest child got an ergonomic school bag when she was P1. As you may know, ergonomic bags are not exactly light. Those super light ones are well over my budget. Being a first-time P1 mum, we were so excited that we bought the bag way before we bought her school books. Standing at only 1.07cm then, she was one of the shortest girl in her cohort. After putting the books into the bag, it weighed almost 6 kg. I was so afraid she would topple backwards due to the weight…
I do think that durability is very important. The school bag may cost more but if the child can use it for at least 2 to 3 years, you have already save money in the long run. If you think you will be changing his bag every year, then getting a very durable bag is not a concern.
We should also make sure the seams at every corner of the bag is well sewn. When the child’s school bag is heavy, he will probably just drag the bag or simply use his legs to push the bag forward. Soon, you will find a hole at the bottom of his bag.
Waterproof or not?
Well, it’s really up to you. Most bags are not waterproof anyway. When it’s raining heavily, just make sure both the child and his school bag are well sheltered. There were a few occasions where my child came back with a soaking bag even though she was carrying un umbrella. Her books and papers were all wet and we had a hard time drying them.
Choose the school bag together with your child. You do not want your child to dread carrying his school bag everyday. Afterall, we want a happy child.