How To: COVID-19 Measures- Mail

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The COVID-19 pandemic has many people self-isolating and many businesses making the necessary move to close their storefronts to the public. Many clients and consumers are ramping up their online and delivery shopping in connection with that. The question of course arose: Is there a risk of viral transmission from the mail at this time? We put together this short guide to answer key questions and provide some guidance for manufacturers, retailers and consumers alike so everyone can make the … Read More

Statement from Executive Director

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Berwick, ME USA, May 1st, 2019. Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) Executive Director Linnea Catalan issued the following statement. “The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) offers our heartfelt condolences to the family of the 3-week-old baby boy who passed away on April 8th on the Central Coast, Australia. As parents ourselves, we 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 of … Read More

Fake Carriers Warning

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The BCIA would like our members, businesses and consumers alike, to be aware of the knock-off 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” — and Moby), … 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

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

Visible & Kissable™: Holiday Safety

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We all know how easy it is to get caught up in the rush of the holiday season! A baby carrier is an invaluable tool for keeping little ones snug during the holiday rush of shopping, concerts, parties and travel. Make sure the smallest family members are safe and secure with these seasonal safety reminders. A baby carrier can keep your baby in the safest place possible- on your chest and in an upright position. Baby carriers are meant to … Read More

Visible & Kissable™: Holiday Safety

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We all know how easy it is to get caught up in the rush of the holiday season! A baby carrier is an invaluable tool for keeping little ones snug during the holiday rush of shopping, concerts, parties and travel. Make sure the smallest family members are safe and secure with these seasonal safety reminders. A baby carrier can keep your baby in the safest place possible- on your chest and in an upright position. Baby carriers are meant to … Read More

Hot Weather Safety Tips

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Temperatures are skyrocketing- what’s a hot weather parent to do? Don’t let high temperatures keep you from doing what you love with your little one. Carry on with these hot weather safety tips. It might sound obvious, but stay out of the sun wherever possible. Keep outdoor activities to the morning and evening when the temps are a bit cooler. Babies lack the ability to regulate body temperature the way adults do and their skin is even more likely to … Read More

FAQ: Compliance for Consumers

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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 it to our FAQ. Stewed Rhubarb Handmade hemming wraps.   Q: Why is compliance important? A: Primarily because it protects … Read More

PSA: Using Clothing as Carriers

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The BCIA is a non-profit trade organization representing the manufacturers, retailers and educators who work in the baby carrier industry. We work to advance the industry, promote the importance of carrier use, and maintain best practice and safety guidelines for consumers. Quite a bit of social media attention has recently centered around using clothing as a makeshift carrier, in particular, using long, thin, stretchy cardigans as a wrap around carrying shirt. These shirts are not manufactured, tested, or meant to … Read More

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