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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
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. Clean the can out very carefully. Wrap the can with pretty scrapbook paper or construction paper.
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.