Baby Carrier Manufacturing 101

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Here’s a short breakdown of what you must do to comply with the laws pertaining to baby carriers. It should be understood that where stated, these are not suggestions; they are mandatory for any durable infant product, which includes baby carriers. This is also not a comprehensive list; it’s merely to give you an idea of what you need to do to legally sell carriers in the United States. You must, no matter how large or small your business is, … Read More

Sling Safety Standard Public Comment

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The CPSC public comment period for the Sling Safety Standard has created quite the flurry of concern in our industry. Many are looking for constructive ways to comment, show their support for the industry and generally get a handle on the issues at hand. Many of the comments that have already been submitted are very harmful to our industry as a whole, and the sling product category in particular (slings, wraps, pouches, carrier shirts). This cannot be stressed strongly enough- … Read More

Lending Library and Rental Program Best Practice Guidelines

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There has been much discussion about how to work with babywearing groups and libraries in a way that best supports valuable peer-to-peer education and outreach while also reducing liability to manufacturers, retailers and educators alike. BCIA has discussed the issues with manufacturers, retailers, educators and international sling library/group leaders within the industry. We have also consulted with a number of insurance brokers/experts and legal counsel to put together the following guidelines. The following information are general guidelines only and are … 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

AGM Recap

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A recap for those who couldn’t attend the BCIA 2018 AGM on Wednesday, Nov 28. Apologies for the lack of recording, technology thwarted us. Welcome Board of Directors Introduction new members: Alisa DeMarco of Tekhni (USA), Tina Hoffmann of DIDYMOS (Germany), Kristi Hayes-Devlin, Columbus Trading Partners (USA)- Kristi is taking on the role of BCIA secretary (Kristi is also the BCIA founder and is returning to the BoD after a few years away). returning member: Beth Warrell-Leistensider of Catbird Baby … Read More