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

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

Visible & Kissable™: Holiday Safety

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We all know how easy it is to get caught up in the rush of the holiday season! A baby carrier is an invaluable tool for keeping little ones snug during the holiday rush of shopping, concerts, parties and travel. Make sure the smallest family members are safe and secure with these seasonal safety reminders. A baby carrier can keep your baby in the safest place possible- on your chest and in an upright position. Baby carriers are meant to … Read More

Season’s Greetings!

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From our families to yours, we wish you much love, warmth and happiness over the holiday season. The BCIA will be shut down from December 18th 2015 to January 4th, 2016 to spend the holidays with loved ones- we hope you will be doing the same! Urgent inquiries will be responded to as necessary. If you require safety brochures, product labels or PRS cards, please submit orders before December 18th as nothing will be shipped during our seasonal shut down. … Read More

Hot Weather Safety Tips

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Temperatures are skyrocketing- what’s a hot weather parent to do? Don’t let high temperatures keep you from doing what you love with your little one. Carry on with these hot weather safety tips. It might sound obvious, but stay out of the sun wherever possible. Keep outdoor activities to the morning and evening when the temps are a bit cooler. Babies lack the ability to regulate body temperature the way adults do and their skin is even more likely to … Read More

Statement: Traditional Carrier Use

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On behalf of the industry, the BCIA offers the following clarification in response to the recent media attention brought to the practice of babywearing: https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/ryan-reynolds-under-fire-for-the-way-he-carries-122181562587.html While BCIA would like to reiterate the advice that keeping baby “close enough to kiss” is an excellent practice for parents of new babies to follow when carrying, we find other components of the information presented problematic. Research on the relationship between hip dysplasia and cradleboards, a traditional carrying method in Native American/First Nations and … Read More

Employment Opportunity- Web Designer

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The BCIA is hiring a part time web designer for general website maintenance and ongoing updates. We are looking for someone who has professional experience working with WordPress and various integrated plugins to manage the following tasks: regular backups,site updates and troubleshoot problems when needed general website refresh to improve functionality and appearance, particularly for front end users integrate new elements as required (ex. social media integration, showcase members etc) integrate a simple shopping cart/order system Hours are on an … Read More

How To: Lending Library and Rental Program Best Practice Guidelines

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There has been much discussion about how to work with babywearing groups and libraries in a way that best supports valuable peer-to-peer education and outreach while also reducing liability to manufacturers, retailers and educators alike. BCIA has discussed the issues with manufacturers, retailers, educators and international sling library/group leaders within the industry. We have also consulted with a number of insurance brokers/experts and legal counsel to put together the following guidelines. The following information are general guidelines only and are … Read More

Scholarship Opportunity: BOND Conference

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The BCIA is excited to announce that we will be attending the BOND Conference as diamond sponsors. As part of our sponsorship, we are making available 2 reduced rate scholarship opportunities to those who may otherwise not be able to attend this fabulous event. Details:The Paper Factory, New York City, April 22-24, 2016 Regular rate: 597$ Scholarship recipient pays: 150$ (recipient is also responsible for travel and lodging costs. BCIA will cover the rest of the conference registration fees) One … Read More

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