His sister wasn't as avid a fan of the Ergo as Warrick had been, but because they were so close in age I was able to still carry him in it thereby allowing me to hold her facing out while still having one hand free! Eventually she grew accustomed to the Ergo, and so it was officially deemed a worth while investment.
For the first couple months after our fourth was born I didn't use the Ergo. With no head support I knew I wasn't going to be able to capitalize on it until she was 3-5 months old. I had made another ring sling and I used that a lot. I put the Ergo in the car thinking I'd use it in the winter and kind of forgot about it.
I forgot that the Ergo was on the floor. I forgot that my kids were walking back and forth all winter.. on the floor of the car. It didn't occur to me that their boots would trample the Ergo repeatedly. When I finally discovered the disheveled baby carrier in its dirty and rumpled condition I figured I'd wash it. Totally my fault, and totally fixable.
I washed it. No luck. I washed it again. Still gross. I oxycleaned it. It looked exactly the same as it had before I'd washed it the first time. I didn't want to wear it, because it was so wretched looking. So, there it sat.
My friend suggested Dylon Dyes. I went to the store and picked up 3 packages. I decided on Navy.
In the end it dyed beautifully! After the dye cycle I had to wash it again to get all the residual dye out of the fabric (obviously dye isn't the safest thing for babies to be around).
I have to say I was very pleased with the results. I didn't know the stars would hold their gray color, but because the embroidery was comprised of a fabric resistant to dye they stayed gray! I like it better this way.