I recently found an ingenious use for a drawstring back sack - a backpack organizer! I use a large backpack as a diaper bag then put one diaper, changing pad, wipes, and bib into the smaller drawstring back sack. I put the back sack into the backpack. Using the back sack in this way means that I can easily take just what I need to take into a restaurant. No more lugging a heavy, bulky backpack that someone inevitably will trip over. And, I still have peace of mind that if anything goes so wrong and I need the entire backpack, it's waiting for me in the car.
By Gwendolen Potter from Raleigh, NC
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How many times has your child come home with precious art work smashed or torn from being stuffed inside a backpack? Let your child make a backpack organizer out of a used Pringles can.
It can be a good idea to create a small emergency kit for your child's backpack. Some snacks, first aid supplies, and even a comforting letter can be helpful in an unexpected emergency.