Updates from BCIA

2020 Industry Survey
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The BCIA is collecting current state of the industry information via 2 surveys right now. Both surveys are anonymous and the data will be compiled into a report that will be made available y to you for your information and business needs. The first is a very short COVID-19 Business Impact Survey that should only take 2-3 minutes to complete. The second survey is the 2020 BCIA Industry Survey which is an overarching state of the market survey. It should … Read More

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

Compliance Assistance Services
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Need some extra one-on-one assistance? Work directly with BCIA executive director Linnea Catalan to tailor services that meet your unique business needs. BCIA members can pick and choose from the following a la carte options. Children’s Product Certificate Assistance/ReviewHave your test reports? Let’s put them together into a CPC template that you can continue to update as needed.$50.00New Market ConsultationSkype/messenger/phone or email consult to: Identify testing needs and options to enter desired market (USA, Canada, EU, Australia)Explore test lab optionsDiscuss how … 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

2019 Virtual AGM Summary
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Did you miss our 2019 Virtual AGM? Here’s a synopsis of what was discussed. Thanks to all who joined us! 2019 Virtual AGM: Tuesday November 5 at 12pm EDT Welcome and Thank you for Joining Introduction of 2019-2020 Board of Directors Arie Brentnall, Chair- Geared Up Baby Susan Gmeiner, Treasurer- Maya Wrap Allie Vella, Secretary- Baby Tula  Diana Mateescu- Poarta-Ma!  Kit Jenkins- The Carrying On Project Alisa Heytow-DeMarco- Tekhni Tina Hoffmann- DIDYMOS Daniel Lucas- Diono/We Made Me  Laura Brown- babywearinghelp.org  … Read More

ASTM Meeting Update
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When: Tuesday October 22nd, West Conchohocken, PA Phone 1-877-668-4490 Attendee Access Code: 267-955-46 Schedule: Frame Carriers 1-1:30pm EDT Soft Carriers 1:30-2:30 EDT Sling Carriers 3:30-4:30 EDT (schedule subject to change, will update as needed) For those who will be joining us for the carrier meetings, either in person or over the phone, here is a short recap of what has happened with the standards and what will be covered in the meetings. Slings: the ballot to allow manufacturers to set … Read More

2018-19 Annual Report
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The 2018-19 BCIA Annual Report is now available for you to download and read. The team at myheartcreative once again generously donated their time and talents to design this report and pull it together for us. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. 2018-19 Annual Report

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

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