News Release Response: AAP and Baby Carrier Safety

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On behalf of the industry, the BCIA wishes to respond to the recently published AAP news release and research abstract ‘Baby Wearing Injuries Presenting to Emergency Departments, 2011-2020: A Dangerous Fashion Trend.’ Baby carriers and babywearing have and continue to be, one of the safest ways to transport and interact with your baby, and come with immense physical, emotional, attachment and cognitive benefits. Like other baby gear products used and enjoyed by millions of parents worldwide, carriers require education. We … Read More

2021 Incident Data Review

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The August Industry Roundtable topic was a review of the current incident data involving slings, soft carriers and frame carriers collected by the CPSC. That data, condensed and summarized by the BCIA, can be found here: 2021 Incident Data When discussing incident data, one of the first questions is always how carrier incidents compare to other juvenile product categories. For comparison purposes, this is the most recent CPSC Nursery Products Annual Report (Injuries and Deaths Associated with Nursery Products Among … Read More

How To: COVID-19 Part 2

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It seems pretty clear that we’re all in this together for the long haul. The COVID-19 pandemic has required drastic physical distancing and lockdown measures all over the world, leading to a dramatic shift in how we collectively manage our time and space. We compiled a list of tips, tricks and safety points to help caregivers manage the new status quo. Baby carriers as a practical tool: If you must go out in public with your child, a baby carrier … Read More

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

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