(Undated) – With the start school parents are shopping for school supplies and one that you might not put much thought into is your childs backpack. The National Safety Council has things to keep in mind when selecting you childs backpack. Make sure the backpack is the correct size for your child, never wider or longer than your child’s torso and never hanging more than 4 inches below the waist. Look for one with padded back and shoulder straps as well as hip and chest belts to help transfer some of the weight to the hips and torso, multiple compartments to better distribute the weight and compression straps on the sides or bottom to stabilize the contents. A roomy backpack may seem like a good idea, but the more space there is to fill, the more likely your child will fill it. Make sure your child uses both straps when carrying the backpack. Using one strap shifts the weight to one side and causes muscle pain and posture problems. For more information about how to select the correct backpack for your child follow the link.