COVID-19: Masks and PPE Manufacturers

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Government and health officials around the world are now strongly suggesting that the general public wear masks when out and about. With so many talented designers, seamstresses, manufacturers and distributors in our industry, quite a few have turned their talents to producing masks and other PPE (caps, straps etc). Many of our industry members have, and continue to generously donate masks to essential/health care workers. The companies listed below also have stock available to the general public. *if you would … Read More

COVID19: Small Business Support

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Many countries, at federal, provincial/state or local levels are rolling out support measures to help small businesses manage through the COVID-19 shut down. Most small businesses are saying that these measures are sufficient, or they exclude small business owners. If you are looking for assistance, this list, while not comprehensive, might be a starting point. Everywhere: If you carry insurance, call and see if disaster relief is included in your policy. Many people have this coverage and don’t realize it. … 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

Weekly Coffee Chat

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Are you stressed about figuring out how to pivot your business in these challenging times? Do you need to connect with people outside your own home? Join us for a weekly informal coffee chat to connect with industry folks. We will be alternating time zones weekly to allow all who want to participate. Need a different time slot? Get in touch and we will see what we can do. Upcoming Dates: Tuesday March 24th 12pm EDT/5pm CET/3am AEDT Tuesday March … Read More

Industry Roundtable Recap 2019

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Our monthly industry roundtable sessions have continued through 2019. Here’s a quick recap of what’s been discussed. May 22, 2019 May topic: With no current international body that governs babywearing education, how do we navigate varying definitions of credentials, knowledge, certification, and expertise? How can we honor living traditions and generational knowledge and hands-on experience while embracing the opportunities that a certifying body could bring to the industry? 11 industry members (mostly educators) from around the world joined the call … Read More

Southern Regional Leaders Retreat

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*this is not a BCIA event, it is posted on behalf of the SRLR. Please contact them directly for more information.* If you believe the use of carriers and babywearing are more than just a lifestyle trend, please register now and join us June 21-22, either Houston or online via Zoom for the Southern Regional Leaders Retreat. Although the interdisciplinary event will center leaders in the South, all are welcome who are committed to improving the support families have when … 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

How to: Counterfeit/trademark Infringement

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Counterfeit and trademark infringement issues are a legitimate concern in our industry. Unfortunately there is no easy way to counteract this- protecting all of your information and images is expensive and time consuming, and going after 3rd party marketplace sellers that pop up and disappear constantly can feel like a futile whack-a-mole exercise (and truly- there really is no time and cost-effective way to combat this type of infringement). There are solutions to larger counterfeit issues though. We sat down … 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

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