Thursday, August 30, 2012

Back To School With TrendyKid!

I think one of the greatest things about heading back to school is picking out a backpack. I loved finding just the right one, and having a new one to start school was always great! Unfortunately, there are a lot of of factors that you need to take into consideration. These days, children's health and safety are at the forefront. Backpacks can cause long term damage. A great alternative to backpacks are rolling backpacks. TrendyKid offers Travel Buddies that are perfect for younger children! Each set features an 18 inch rolling suitcase and a matching backpack! The suitcase is great for weekend or overnight travel, but it's also small enough to use for school! It's a great backpack substitute. It's safer too! Buy the set or purchase the backpack and suitcase separately.
TrendyKid backpacks have a nice fit, and they are completely adjustable. Be sure you take the time and get a proper fit. A little extra care now will pay off in the end! According to, when worn correctly, the weight in a backpack is evenly distributed across the body. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents look for the following when choosing the right backpack:
  • a lightweight pack that doesn't add a lot of weight to your child's load (for example, even though leather packs look cool, they weigh more than traditional canvas backpacks)
  • two wide, padded shoulder straps; straps that are too narrow can dig into shoulders
  • a padded back, which not only provides increased comfort, but also protects kids from being poked by sharp edges on objects (pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc.) inside the pack
  • a waist belt, which helps to distribute the weight more evenly across the body
  • multiple compartments, which can help distribute the weight more evenly
Even though there is not a waist belt, the shoulder straps are wide and very comfortable and the backpack sits close to the back. It didn't seem to shift around while Sam was wearing it.

 You should teach your kids to pack lightly and safely. You can:
  • Encourage kids to use their locker or desk frequently throughout the day instead of carrying the entire day's worth of books in the backpack.
  • Make sure kids don't tote unnecessary items such as laptops, cell phones, and video games can add extra pounds to a pack.
  • Encourage kids to bring home only the books needed for homework or studying each night.
  • Ask about homework planning. A heavier pack on Fridays might mean that a child is procrastinating on homework until the weekend, making for an unnecessarily heavy backpack.
  • Picking up the backpack the right way can also help kids avoid back injuries. As with any heavy weight, they should bend at the knees and grab the pack with both hands when lifting a backpack to the shoulders.
  • Use all of the backpack's compartments, putting heavier items, such as textbooks, closest to the center of the back.
Sam received a backpack and matching suitcase from TrendyKid. He loves them! They are fun and stylish. They're also very durable. The hard exterior is easy to clean. They are lightweight too. Sam has enjoyed them for a few months now. The suitcase can be pulled easily by adults and children because the retractable pull handle has two heights! I appreciate the fact that they still look new after months of heavy use! Buy them at TrendyKid!
Disclosure: TrendyKid is a sponsor and contributor. Products received in order to complete review. Honest opinions shared and were not influenced in any way.

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