Interview with Karen Unger
Karen Unger is a passionate Carrying Consultant in the Ruhr area. She was trained by the "Trageschule Hamburg" and trained at FTZB (Fortbildungs-& Trainingszentrum Babytragen) in Mainz. Since then she has been a competent partner to families.
Dear Karen, As part of our "back to (pre-)school" weeks, we have a few questions for you as a Carrying Consultant:
Why should children be carried even at an early age when they are actually full of the joy of movement and the urge to discover?
Karen: Because even bigger children get tired and I do not have to carry a bulky buggy.
Which carrier do you prefer for toddlers?
Karen: I love the Fidella® Onbuhimo V2 back carrier. Quick to put on and fits in your handbag.
Which carrying variants of the baby wrap do you recommend for bigger clinging children?
Karen: Even big children can be carried in a "simple backpack", but the "double hammock" is usually more comfortable.
How about Seat Poppers?
Karen: Quick-to-bind 😉, usually it's just a phase. Sometimes you have to switch to a baby carrier. It is important to wrap the sling properly. You may have to change the binding method.
What else needs to be taken into account when carrying toddlers?
Karen: Change to another carrier size. The toddler is put on and taken off more often because it wants to walk.
Do you have a special carrying experience you would like to share with us?
Karen: There are a lot of beautiful carrying moments in my life. The last one was on our summer holiday when my 2.5-year-old wanted to fall asleep in the sling after a strenuous day. She hasn't fallen asleep in a sling or carrier for more than a year. For us, that was once again very cuddly and beautiful.
Thank you for your answers, Karen.