Updates from BCIA

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

Safety Brochures
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The popular ‘Visible and Kissable’ BCIA safety brochure has had a fabulous update and is looking better than ever. These brochures are free to whomever wants them (you pay shipping). They offer practical safety advice and include a space on the back to be personalized with your own business information. They are an excellent resource for retailers, educators, health care professionals and anyone else who is in regular contact with parents and caregivers. We have the option to ship from … Read More

International Babywearing Conference July 17-20, 2014
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Join the BCIA at the International Babywearing Conference in Tempe, Arizona (US) from July 17-20, 2014. Hosted by Babywearing International Inc. The International Babywearing Conference “brings together babywearing educators and researchers, birth professionals, and parents from the US, Canada, and around the world who want to learn more about babywearing and other parenting topics” (BWI). Stop by the BCIA table to get the latest industry updates from board members Rochelle Price (SlingRIngs), Joanna McNeilly (Center for Babywearing Studies) and Michal … Read More

2014 Annual General Meeting
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BCIA Annual Meeting Prospectus 2014 Join Your Customers and Colleagues During the ABC Kids Expo Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Monday, September 8th 2014 5:30-7:30pm 2014 marks the third year that BCIA will host our annual member meeting, in conjunction with the ABC Kids Expo in La Vegas, Nevada. Our business membership is currently comprised of 375+ international business members comprised of manufacturers, retailers, educators and related business members. Join your BCIA board of directors and fellow industry professionals … Read More

‘Visible and Kissable™’ Usage Guidelines
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The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance Corp. (BCIA) is pleased to announce that it recently applied for registration of its VISIBLE & KISSABLE™ and BCIA™ trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (U.S. Ser. Nos. 86173163 and 86173160). In order to maintain the distinctive quality of these important marks and to be able to prevent the unauthorized use of these marks by third parties, our attorneys are requiring that we remain vigilant in ensuring that the marks are used … Read More

ABC Expo Sept 7-10th, 2014, Las Vegas
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Coming to the ABC Expo? Stop by to see the following BCIA manufacturer members Company Booth Baby Holdings 3135 Baby K’tan 2321 BabyBjorn 6749 BabyHawk 2737 Beco 7137 Catbird Baby 2731 Chimparoo 2931 ErgoBaby 1705 Grovia/Ovolo 911 Hotslings 1311 Lillebaby 1317 Lucky Baby World 2527 Moby Wrap 2405 Nunamoochie 6112 Sakura Bloom 2733 Snuggy Baby 2310   Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, September 8th 5:30-7:30pm Room S-222 Upper Level Concourse Meeting Room, Las Vegas Convention Center … Read More

Sling Safety Standard Public Comment
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The CPSC public comment period for the Sling Safety Standard has created quite the flurry of concern in our industry. Many are looking for constructive ways to comment, show their support for the industry and generally get a handle on the issues at hand. Many of the comments that have already been submitted are very harmful to our industry as a whole, and the sling product category in particular (slings, wraps, pouches, carrier shirts). This cannot be stressed strongly enough- … Read More

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