Updates from BCIA

Seeking: Senior B2B Marketing Specialist
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The BCIA is seeking an experienced Business-to-Business Marketing Specialist (contract/freelance position) to develop a marketing strategy to effectively reach BCIA’s current and potential new markets.  Objectives: -develop a marketing strategy (direct and digital) to attract new members/new markets, particularly difficult to reach overseas and e-commerce companies -develop a strategy to promote relevant but lesser-known BCIA programs and services -conduct market research to establish member needs -assist with the strategy and creation of social media campaigns  Requirements: -7-10 years experience  -preference … 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

Infant Sleep Standard Update
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The CPSC recently approved a new and extremely broad  Federal Safety Standard for Infant Sleep Products that “will ensure that products marketed or intended for infant sleep will provide a safe sleep environment for babies under 5 months old.” The full Press Release can be found here. The final rule was published in the federal register on June 23, 2021 with a compliance date of June 23, 2022. This safety standard is sparking considerable discussion in the juvenile products industry. … 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

June Industry Roundtable Recap: Black org Advocacy
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Our topic for the June Industry Roundtable was centered around Black Babywearing Week: We’ve seen an increasing number of Black-led babywearing companies and industry-connected organizations. Many companies have committed to advocacy efforts to support, represent, and reduce harm to Black and African diaspora community members. How have the advocacy efforts of the last 5 years been working, where are the gaps, and how does the industry on the whole need to improve.  Recap: We had a host of people join … Read More

Product Registration Service Update
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Dear Product Registration Users, We hope all is well and business is stable! BCIA’s Product Registration Service is coming up on its 10th anniversary, and we continue to be one of the few programs in the market that is designed for small businesses. We are so pleased to have a robust mix of older and new companies of all sizes accessing this service. As everyone should be aware, back in 2018, the BCIA Product Registration Service merged with Registria to … Read More

April Roundtable Recap- Healthcare Resource Kits
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Thanks to all who joined us on Tuesday April 20th for a very productive discussion! Our topic was a continuation of our ‘Building Bridges’ series, where we look at how to make connections across industries and communities. One of the tangible goals we came up with was the creation of ‘resource kits’ for professionals who interact with baby carrier use, for example, lactation consultants, birthworkers, OBGYN, midwives, public health, chiropractors/OT/physio, etc. For this hour long discussion, we focused on birthworkers: … Read More

2021 Spring ASTM Meetings
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The May 2021 ASTM Subcommittee meetings are as follows: Tuesday May 4th, 2021 (online) 2:15-2:45pm ET F2907 Sling Carriers Committee Meeting 2:45-3:15pm ET F2548 Frame Carriers Committee Meeting There is no Soft Carrier meeting scheduled right now. If you are an ASTM member, you should have received call in details via email. The call in numbers are below for those who wish to join by phone. Join by phone 1-408-792-6300 Call-in toll number (US/Canada) 1-877-668-4490 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada) Global call-in numbers  |  Toll-free calling restrictions  

Healthcare Practitioner Membership
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The community has spoken and we’re listening! The BCIA has created a new affordable membership level for Healthcare Practitioners whose work involves, or is baby carrier adjacent. This includes, but is not limited to: Doulas (birth and post-partum) and other birth workersMidwives, OBGYNs, pediatricians, NICU staffPublic Health Lactation consultants Chiropractors, occupational and physiotherapistsAcademics/research Joining the BCIA allows you to plug into the conversation about current education, research, resources, and industry best practices. Network with manufacturers, educators and retailers in the … Read More

How To: Padded Products Registration
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We sat down with Maggie Terry, president of Legal Label Inc., to get clarification on the law label requirements for padded and upholstered products in the USA and Canada and we’re sharing that information here. A “law label” is a label that must be attached to products that have covered padding- including soft structured or otherwise padded baby carriers. This label outlines what the internal stuffing or padding is made of, where the product is produced, and the ‘URN’ or … Read More

Weaver’s Workshop Write-up
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We hosted our first Weaver’s Workshop, an hour long presentation and Q&A session geared towards artisan and handweaver manufacturers. Our aim was to cover the basic compliance requirements for the US, Canada and European markets, including testing requirements, costs, maximizing fiber/product offerings, and things to consider when deciding to move from hobbyist to business. The slide deck from the workshop is below, and a summary of the excellent questions from our participants is below. Missed this workshop? We are aiming … 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

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