ergobag backpacks for children starting school – the schoolbag revolution

Fall marks the start of school – for many children, for the first time. While the kids are usually full of excitement and anticipation for the big day, for parents it means letting go a bit and ensuring that their youngsters are as well prepared as possible for their time at school. Parents often wrestle with the same question: Which schoolbag should I buy for my child?

Even in the early years, schoolchildren have a lot to carry. With the wrong backpack, the collection of textbooks, notebooks and folders, watercolor sets, pencil cases, lunch packs, drink bottles and much more can quickly become a daily burden. Also, at this age children are still in a growing phase, and their needs in terms of schoolbags change just as quickly. ergobag meets this challenge head-on by providing an innovative solution: a satchel with adjustable straps that can be worn from kindergarten through 4th grade. The backpack combines the ergonomic principles of modern trekking backpacks with the requirements for an attractive, child-friendly schoolbag. It thus gives infants the little boost they need to start their day and look forward to school. Below we share with you some of the basic requirements for a first schoolbag and the advantages the ergobag backpack offers.

Schoolbag requirements for first-years

The German Institute for Posture and Movement (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft für Haltungs- und Bewegungsförderung e.V. - BAG) found that around 74 percent of primary schoolers walk to school; for about 78 percent of those, the journey is one kilometer or less. This means that kids spend about a half hour carrying their satchels each day. When starting school, it’s all the more important to find an optimally positioned bag that rests properly on the back without straining it. This produces the following set of minimum requirements for schoolbags for beginners:

  • Well-padded, sufficiently wide, easily adjustable shoulder straps
  • Ergonomically contoured backrest: pressure-resistant, breathable, non-slip
  • Convenient handle
  • Multiple compartments for placing heavy objects close to the body
  • Length- and height-adjustable chest strap
  • Ideally, a hip/waist belt for better weight distribution
  • An age-appropriate empty weight of no more than 1300 g with an internal volume of at least 15 liters
  • Reflectors are a must for safety on the way to and from school

This makes ergobag the ideal schoolbag for children starting school

Selecting the right schoolbag for beginners means finding the right fit. Does it rest snugly against the back? Is it flush with the shoulders? Is it the right height to allow the child enough freedom of movement? Are the straps easily adjustable to prevent excess pressure or marks on the shoulders? The ergobag backpack meets all these requirements. The schoolbag for beginners adjusts to fit any child perfectly. The innovative drawstring compresses the contents of the bag, drawing the weight closer to the back where it can be carried more comfortably. The waist belt with padded fins shifts the weight to the more stable hips and provides back relief.

And why is ergobag the best bag for children starting school? The breathable back cushions, stabilized by aluminum rails, provide added comfort, while the adjustable, close-fitting chest strap stabilizes the position of the bag. The sliding back length adjuster lets the backpack grow along with your child, up to a height of 1.50 meters, making the bag wearable throughout primary school. Finally, provided the bag is not too heavy when full – a maximum of 15 percent of the child’s body weight is recommended – nothing stands in the way of a perfect first day at school.

 

My first schoolbag - what should it look like?

Parents know all too well: ergonomics aren’t everything. A schoolbag must not only fit comfortably, it should also be visually pleasing to their youngsters. Even kindergartners often have a very clear idea of their perfect schoolbag, especially what it should look like. After all, the backpack is the first visible symbol that they are finally “big” kids. ergobag knows what kids like – that’s why it relies on a colorful design with customizable elements known as Kletties. Kletties are available in various designs and attach easily to the backpack. Whether it’s a farm, soccer, cat or cowboy motif, Kletties let your little ones express their creativity. And if they get bored, they can easily create their own Kletties. This gives them the flexibility to adapt their first bag to their changing tastes in later years – and keeps it fun.

ergobag schoolbags keep children safe when starting school

Safety is a topic of top priority when it comes to starting school. ergobag offers fluorescent safety sets to fit any ergobag model and provide safety for the walk to school – especially during the dark winter months. Once they are zipped onto the backpack, the bright neon colors make kids visible in traffic.

The sustainability of its products is also important to ergobag: it only uses textiles made entirely from recycled PET bottles. This practical repurposing of plastic waste helps conserve natural resources. The quality of the raw materials used to make the bags is also impeccable, as confirmed by independent testing institutes.

But the final decision on which first bag is best will likely rest with your child. Whether it’s TorfieBär, Prinzessin auf der Himbärbse or Brumm-BrummBär, go ahead and let him or her choose – as a parent you can feel safe knowing that all creatively designed ergobag backpacks for children starting school provide safety, comfort and stability. Our ultra-cute collection of Kletties helps make the exciting first years of school even more fun. ergobags can be purchased easily online or at your local specialized retailer.