Statement by BCIA Executive Director

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Berwick, ME USA, April 7th 2014. Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) Executive Director Linnea Catalan issued the following statement. “The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) offers our heartfelt condolences to Marriane and Richard Matthews on the tragic loss of their son Eric over the Christmas holidays in London, UK. We, as parents ourselves, 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 … Read More

Season’s Greetings!

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From our families to yours, we wish you much love, warmth and happiness over the holiday season. The BCIA will be shut down from December 18th 2015 to January 4th, 2016 to spend the holidays with loved ones- we hope you will be doing the same! Urgent inquiries will be responded to as necessary. If you require safety brochures, product labels or PRS cards, please submit orders before December 18th as nothing will be shipped during our seasonal shut down. … Read More

Statement: Traditional Carrier Use

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On behalf of the industry, the BCIA offers the following clarification in response to the recent media attention brought to the practice of babywearing: https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/ryan-reynolds-under-fire-for-the-way-he-carries-122181562587.html While BCIA would like to reiterate the advice that keeping baby “close enough to kiss” is an excellent practice for parents of new babies to follow when carrying, we find other components of the information presented problematic. Research on the relationship between hip dysplasia and cradleboards, a traditional carrying method in Native American/First Nations and … Read More

Sling Standard Statement

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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 and educators in the baby carrier industry. As an alliance of industry leaders, our mission is to promulgate standards across the industry, promote educational outreach, and help small businesses comply with regulations and best practices. The BCIA has been instrumental in the creation … Read More

2016-17 Annual Report Sponsorship Opportunities

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The following are opportunities to sponsor the BCIA 2016-17 Annual Report. We welcome members of BCIA to consider sponsorship, as well as non-members who offer services or products that are related to the baby carrier industry. All sponsors will receive: Full-page, half-page or quarter-page ad in the BCIA annual report, which is referenced for a full year by the BCIA membership. A small number are physically printed for upcoming BCIA events (K&J, ABC Expo) and a copy will be emailed … Read More

Disaster Relief Efforts Q&A

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When natural disaster strikes, our best intentions are to assist. Texas, USA is currently dealing with the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and unprecedented flood levels. Mumbai, India is currently experiencing the worst flooding in recent history. The following is a short Q&A addressing some of the questions that have arisen in the babywearing community during these disasters. Q. My carrier was submerged or flood damaged, can it be salvaged? A. The short answer is probably not. While simple wrap … Read More

CPSC Burden Reduction Public Comment Sept 2017

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Submitted September 26, 2017 Re: Docket CPSC-2017-0029 Request for Information on Potentially Reducing Regulatory Burdens Without Harming Consumers Dear Mr. Stevenson, The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) is a US-based, registered non-profit trade association which exists to represent manufacturers, retailers and educators in the baby carrier industry. As an alliance of industry leaders, our mission is to promulgate standards across the industry, promote educational outreach, and help small businesses comply with regulations and best practice business guidelines. The Commission has … Read More

EcoParent Advertising Opportunity

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EcoParent magazine is launching a new US edition in Spring 2018, and we’re offering BCIA members a 40% discount on full year (4 issue) bookings. That means a full page would go for $630/issue (USD), a half page for $375/issue or a quarter page for $210/issue. Fast facts: Publishing quarterly in Canada since 2011 Now launching US edition Editor-in-chief is a licensed ND Office copies in over 2,600 ND’s offices across the US, in partnership with state ND associations & … Read More

2016-17 Annual Report

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The BCIA 2016-17 Annual Report is now available for download. A small number of print copies will be available at the Annual General Meeting on October 18, 2017 at the ABC Expo in Las Vegas. 2016-17 Annual Report A heartfelt thank you to myheartcreative for their creative and excellent design work, as well as to the following sponsors below: Didymos BabyMoon AM Testing Veracity Insurance York Jersey Underwriters Mutual Cornell Fidella The Carrying On Project  

Webinar: Why Understanding Social Justice Concepts Matters

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Please join us for an educational webinar: “Why Understanding Social Justice Concepts Matters” Presented by Angelique Geehan of Interchange Thursday, October 12, 2017 11am-12:30pm central time (US/Canada) Registration details: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/340838877?pwd=FMKxMmLlNCqwIumekTziMw Password: BCIA2017 Or iPhone one-tap: US: +16699006833,340838877# or +16465588656,340838877# Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 340 838 877 International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=4dVg0OPbliMXt7MJ2oJmoDwg6x8WkM7D … Read More

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