Updates from BCIA

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

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

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

Fake Carriers Warning
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The BCIA would like our members, businesses and consumers alike, to be aware of the knock-off carriers now being sold on various web sales sites. Many of these carriers are available on a regular basis on eBay, where unscrupulous sellers use well-recognized brand names to sell shoddy copies. They often receive their stock from sites like this one: http://www.dhgate.com/wholesale/search.do?act=search&sus=&searchkey=baby+carrier&catalog=#search All the brand name carriers shown in that link (including Ergo, Beco, Hotslings, FreeHand — rebranded as “Minizone” — and Moby), … Read More

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