I'm so very excited about this! I've been wanting a rainbow ring sling again for several years -- it's what I think of as my signature sling -- and when Alisa from Tekhni Wovens said she'd work with me on one, I jumped at the chance. The design is of stylized DNA strands, each a little different from the next, and because of the way the pattern repeats, each sling will have slightly different designs on the rails. DNA means many things to me: my degree is in biology, and I started babywearing because it enabled me to parent in a way that made the most biological sense. Our DNA is a continuous link not just to our ancestors, but to all of life on Earth. It makes us unique, but it also joins us to each other. It makes us a family regardless of direct genetic relationships.
Recommended from newborn to preschool and beyond. Tekhni's Repreve blend is soft, but very supportive, and is definitely "toddler-worthy", at the same time gentle and snuggable enough for your infant. Contrast-sewn hems help you find the edges easily, and prevent the hems from driving into your baby's sensitive skin.
The fabric is a jacquard woven with a 55% cotton and 45% Repreve blend. Repreve is made from 100% recycled water bottles. It's very strong and durable, and adds cushiness to the fabric without making it warm to wear. You can read more about Repreve on Tekhni's blog.
(Adapted from Tekhni's care page) The sling arrives to you in loomstate, and will need a wash to be ready for use. Cover the rings with an orphaned sock to prevent cosmetic damage to the rings (or the washer/dryer). An initial wash in warm water with low spin is recommended with subsequent washes on a gentle cycle with cool water. Use of natural detergents without any optical brighteners, such as Babyganics, will also help keep colors from fading. Do not use bleach or fabric softeners, as these can break down the fibers. Slings should be tumble dried on low. Wool dryer balls can help to soften the fabric. Our slings are made to withstand the rigors of everyday life; however, please treat with care to extend the life of the fabric. Remember follow our safety guidelines before using, and always inspect your sling for signs of wear or damage.