Baby Carrier Regulations

The BCIA is Your Source for Baby Carrier Compliance Assistance.

Contact the BCIA for detailed compliance checklists, lab testing discount information, or to join our Product Registration Service. 

Compliance Checklist

Baby Carrier regulations compliance requires substantial effort. Keep the following steps in mind and you’ll come out on top:

  • Join the ASTM and purchase the relevant standard: F2236 (SSCs, mei tais and front pack carriers), F2907 (slings, wraps and pouch carriers) or F2549 (frame carriers).
  • The European equivalent is the EN-13209-2 standard for carriers with bound leg openings, and the TR-16512 technical report for all other slings and carriers, both of which can be accessed from European Standards.
  • Doing business in the US? Familiarize yourself with current CPSIA requirements.
  • In addition to ASTM, EN and/or CPSIA labeling requirements, most countries also have a Textile Act that mandates fabric content, care, testing  and labeling of textile products. Familiarize yourself with the requirements in your country of business.
  • Insurance, while not legally required, protects your personal assets and limits liability.
  • Detailed compliance and best practice guidelines for retailers, manufacturers and distributors in the US and Canadian markets are available to active business members both through the member forums, and/or through email. Contact the BCIA today to access these documents.

Components of Compliance

A small sample of the many compliance service providers available to the industry.

 

Additional Articles On Babywearing Regulations

Statement by BCIA Executive Director
The BCIA wishes to remind parents and caregivers of important tips for monitoring infants while being carried or held in a sling or other container, such as a baby swing, infant car seat, or stroller. Read more →

Product Registration Service

BCIA has negotiated a CPSIA-compliant online product registration system for our members to help bring you into compliance with the product registration requirement of the CPSIA. Read more →

Posts On Babywearing Standards from Our Library

Sling Standard Statement

Statement in Response to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Approving a Final Rule for Infant Slings. The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) is a US-based, registered non-profit trade association which exists to represent manufacturers, retailers...
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Lending Library and Rental Program Best Practice Guidelines

There has been much discussion about how to work with babywearing groups and libraries in a way that best supports valuable peer-to-peer education and outreach while also reducing liability to manufacturers, retailers and educators alike. BCIA has discussed the issues...
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Sling Safety Standard Public Comment

The CPSC public comment period for the Sling Safety Standard has created quite the flurry of concern in our industry. Many are looking for constructive ways to comment, show their support for the industry and generally get a handle on the issues at hand. Many of the...
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Baby Carrier Manufacturing 101

Ten to fifteen years ago, it was easy to start a baby carrier business. Many parents, excited by the idea that they could work from home and be with their kids while still earning money for their families, parlayed their sewing skills into successful small startups....
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