How To: Media/Social Media Talking Points

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BCIA members are active in their industry and communities, and are therefore recognized as subject matter experts. When information about the carrier industry, such as the recent AAP news release, reaches any form of media, you are often the go-to to provide a response. While larger companies may have communications teams on staff, smaller companies can sometimes be caught by surprise by media requests. The risk with any story involving a perceived special interest such as babywearing is that it … Read More

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

BCIA Resource Development Committee

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The BCIA and the Resource Development Committee are seeking additional interested members who would like to participate in this project. There is no requirement to be a ‘babywearing expert’ (we have lots of those!) but if you work or volunteer in one of the fields listed below, we would love to have your expertise. We are also particularly looking to make sure that we have committee members who are Black, Indigenous, POC who are working in these spaces and/or babywearing … Read More

Weaver’s Workshop

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021: 12:00-1:00pm Eastern/9:00-10:00am Pacific Are you an artisan handweaver who is selling -or considering selling- wraps, slings and carriers? Please join the BCIA for an informal discussion around: -compliance and regulatory requirements in the USA and Canada (we will also lightly touch on Europe as time permits) -testing costs and expectations -making the most of your options for customers while minimizing testing costs -decorative finishes and accessories (ladders, fringe, beading)- assessing risks and other factors to consider … Read More

How To: Annual Compliance Review

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January is a terrific time to do a scheduled compliance and process review. A few things to ask yourself as you work through this process: -Has the safety standard that applies to your product been updated recently? The ASTM F2907 Sling Standard was updated at the end of 2019. -Is your testing plan and testing schedule laid out for the upcoming year? Do you know when your own test records or any component test reports expire? -Are you planning any … Read More

2021 Industry Roundtable Schedule

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Industry Roundtable Discussions are informal conference call chats that allow industry members to network, discuss and brainstorm on a variety of topics. They are usually held monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12-1pm Eastern time. Industry calls are facilitated by Angelique Geehan, an expert consultant and educator in a number of fields of expertise. Please call in and join us! Open to all. *if any participant has questions or thoughts arising during a roundtable that they would … Read More

How To: Injury Lawsuits

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It has come to recent attention that a legal firm may be looking for a connection between baby carriers and hip dysplasia in order to build a class action lawsuit. While this seems like a farfetched claim, and there is no known medical link between carrier use and hip dysplasia, there is no way of knowing what the outcome would be of an attempted lawsuit. The BCIA has put together this short informational guide so companies can be prepared ahead … 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

2020 Industry Roundtable Schedule

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Industry Roundtable Discussions are informal conference call chats that allow industry members to network, discuss and brainstorm on a variety of topics. They are usually held monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12-1pm Eastern time. Industry calls are facilitated by Angelique Geehan, an expert consultant and educator in a number of fields of expertise. Please call in and join us! Open to all. *if any participant has questions or thoughts arising during a roundtable that they would … Read More

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