Updates from BCIA

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

Legacy Carriers
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You know your favorite pair of blue jeans? The ones that you wore until you they were super soft. And then you wore them some more until the knees got thin and the cuffs were frayed. Before you knew it there was a little hole by the pocket, but you still really didn’t want to retire them until one day, you had a catastrophic shopping experience. And by catastrophic, we mean you mooned everyone at the Safeway when you bent … Read More

CPSC workshop April 3, 2014- Reducing 3rd Party Testing Costs
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Commission Workshop – Potential Ways to Reduce Third Party Testing Costs Through Material Determinations Consistent with Assuring Compliance CPSC has recently announced a workshop on potential ways to reduce third party testing costs, to be held at CPSC’s National Product Testing and Evaluation Center in Rockville, Maryland on Thursday, April 3. The goal of the workshop is to provide CPSC staff with information and evidence concerning possible Commission determinations that certain materials – irrespective of their manufacturing origin or manufacturing … Read More

Customized Carriers, Accessories & Embellishments
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Updated Sept 2018 We’ve been seeing a lot of aftermarket accessories and customized carrier add-ons on the market lately. We are also seeing embellished, beaded or decorated wraps and carriers coming directly from manufacturers. A lot of it is beautifully crafted; but is it safe? First and foremost, we want to make sure that these accessories do not compromise the safety of the product or introduce hazards that would not otherwise exist. Here are some very general guidelines, whether you … Read More

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

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