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 baby carriers/ trademark infringement

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Counterfeit baby carriers 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, … 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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This post was originally written in 2013, and has been reviewed and updated in 2022. At the bottom of this article you’ll find a link to our baby carrier manufacturing guide to the US market.  Baby carrier manufacturing overview The rules about baby carrier manufacturing are complex in some countries. One of the things we do most at the BCIA is support members who make baby carriers in understanding and complying with regulations in a variety of countries. Baby carriers, … Read More

Fake Baby Carriers Warning

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The BCIA would like our members, businesses and consumers alike, to be aware of the knock-off carriers (“fake baby 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”) … 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

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