Google “How to wash a baby carrier” and you’ll get all sorts of specific advice. “Spot-clean only!” “Swirl it in vinegar in your tub!” “Use soap nuts!” “Never ever ever put it in a dryer!”

Our handwoven cotton ring sling lines are made to be easy to use and easy to care for. First, slip a baby sock over the metal rings to avoid hearing CLINK CLANK CLUNK as they tumble around. Detergents with optical brighteners can sometimes leave marks on carriers just as they can on clothes, so if that’s a concern, you can use a detergent without them. Use cold water to avoid shrinking, and line dry for the same reason. If you feel like it, you can iron after drying–it’s not mandatory, but it does make the fabric glide through the rings.

Yes, that’s super short. It really is that easy! A ring sling is a tool, and we expect them to be used in all sorts of sloppy situations. Don’t let fear of The Big Wash keep you from living your fun, messy, exciting life!

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Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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