Your basic guide to product registration cards

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Managing product registration cards can be tricky. Members often reach out for support around the product registration component of CPSIA. Both the labs testing baby carriers and Registria, our card processing partner, have identified a number of areas where manufacturers and distributors sometimes overlook key details when preparing these cards. Here’s a straightforward guide to filling out product registration cards for your baby carriers or other products. What are product registration cards? A product registration card is a postcard that … Read More

FAQ: Baby carrier compliance for consumers

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This baby carrier compliance FAQ was first published in April of 2019. It was last updated in March of 2022. There’s a lot of confusion around baby carrier compliance. Here’s the rundown on what it all means, what to look for, and what to avoid when you are shopping for a baby carrier. Much of this information is specific to the US market. Have a question about compliance in another country? Contact us and we’ll do our best to add … Read More

Visible & Kissable: Health Canada & BCIA Joint Education Campaign

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BCIA is pleased to announce our joint education campaign in conjunction with Health Canada. Recognizing a need to educate the public about safe babywearing, BCIA has combined forces with Health Canada to produce an educational campaign. By educating the public, including parents, health care providers, retailers and others coming in contact with babywearing families, we plan to increase awareness of safe positioning with the intent of minimizing the already low risk of injury or death while using a baby carrier. … Read More

Baby Carrier Manufacturing 101

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This post was originally written in 2013, and has been reviewed and updated in 2022. At the bottom of this article you’ll find a link to our baby carrier manufacturing guide to the US market.  Baby carrier manufacturing overview The rules about baby carrier manufacturing are complex in some countries. One of the things we do most at the BCIA is support members who make baby carriers in understanding and complying with regulations in a variety of countries. Baby carriers, … Read More

Fake Baby Carriers Warning

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The BCIA would like our members, businesses and consumers alike, to be aware of the knock-off carriers (“fake baby carriers”) now being sold on various web sales sites. Many of these carriers are available on a regular basis on eBay, where unscrupulous sellers use well-recognized brand names to sell shoddy copies. They often receive their stock from sites like this one: http://www.dhgate.com/wholesale/search.do?act=search&sus=&searchkey=baby+carrier&catalog=#search   All the brand name carriers shown in that link (including Ergo, Beco, Hotslings, FreeHand (rebranded as “Minizone”) … Read More

Legacy Carriers

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You know your favorite pair of blue jeans? The ones that you wore until you they were super soft. And then you wore them some more until the knees got thin and the cuffs were frayed. Before you knew it there was a little hole by the pocket, but you still really didn’t want to retire them until one day, you had a catastrophic shopping experience. And by catastrophic, we mean you mooned everyone at the Safeway when you bent … Read More

CPSC workshop April 3, 2014- Reducing 3rd Party Testing Costs

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Commission Workshop – Potential Ways to Reduce Third Party Testing Costs Through Material Determinations Consistent with Assuring Compliance CPSC has recently announced a workshop on potential ways to reduce third party testing costs, to be held at CPSC’s National Product Testing and Evaluation Center in Rockville, Maryland on Thursday, April 3. The goal of the workshop is to provide CPSC staff with information and evidence concerning possible Commission determinations that certain materials – irrespective of their manufacturing origin or manufacturing … Read More

Customized Carriers, Accessories & Embellishments

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Updated Sept 2018 We’ve been seeing a lot of aftermarket accessories and customized carrier add-ons on the market lately. We are also seeing embellished, beaded or decorated wraps and carriers coming directly from manufacturers. A lot of it is beautifully crafted; but is it safe? First and foremost, we want to make sure that these accessories do not compromise the safety of the product or introduce hazards that would not otherwise exist. Here are some very general guidelines, whether you … Read More

Statement by BCIA Executive Director

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Berwick, ME USA, April 7th 2014. Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) Executive Director Linnea Catalan issued the following statement. “The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) offers our heartfelt condolences to Marriane and Richard Matthews on the tragic loss of their son Eric over the Christmas holidays in London, UK. We, as parents ourselves, feel very deeply for any parent who suffers the profound grief of a child’s death.” The BCIA wishes to take this moment to remind parents and caregivers … Read More

Safety Brochures

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The popular ‘Visible and Kissable’ BCIA safety brochure has had a fabulous update and is looking better than ever. These brochures are free to whomever wants them (you pay shipping). They offer practical safety advice and include a space on the back to be personalized with your own business information. They are an excellent resource for retailers, educators, health care professionals and anyone else who is in regular contact with parents and caregivers. We have the option to ship from … Read More

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