The BCIA 2017-18 Annual Report is now available for download. A heartfelt thank you to the myheartcreative team for their excellent work in putting this together for us once again. BCIA 2017-18 Annual Report Please give it a read through, take a look at where our industry organization has been and where we’re going. We are planning a Virtual Annual General Meeting for mid-November where you will have ample opportunity to discuss and bring questions back to us.
Have you ever wanted advice from an experienced designer? Here is your chance to have a one-on-one chat about your website or print design. Amy Samuel will provide valuable insight and expertise to help you understand how to take your designs to the next level. Wednesday October 24th at 2:00pm Central Registration Form About Amy Amy Samuel is a true creative. She earned her BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma and began working as an Art Director of an … Read More
Wrap Manufacturer’s, this one’s for you! This is the second in our ongoing series “How To: Compliance.” Recently, a series of questions from some of our manufacturer members brought up and excellent discussion about off-label product use and how does that impact manufacturer liability, as well as foreseeable misuse and liability. We consulted with BCIA legal counsel to determine the best course of action. Any identifying details in the following scenarios have been changed. First, let’s define foreseeable misuse. Foreseeable … Read More
Please join us for our 2018 BCIA Annual General Meeting Wed, Nov 28, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST For the first time, we will be doing this meeting virtually so that a broader audience can attend. We hope you’ll join us! You’ll be able to join via computer (video optional), smart device or by phone. Agenda 1. Introduction of new and returning board members 2. Brief speech from our Executive Director: what we’ve done in 2018, where we’re … Read More
Pulling or “Tug Testing” Baby Carriers It has recently come to the attention of the BCIA that people have been “tug testing” their carriers and/or recommending to others that this is a way to “test” your carrier’s construction at home. The BCIA consulted with 2 industrial engineers, a US testing lab representative, a UK consumer product safety consultant and a number of baby carrier manufacturers and asked for their expertise on this subject. Before using your carrier: Visually inspect your … Read More
Temperatures are plummeting in the Northern Hemisphere! Winter weather brings new challenges for staying warm while still getting out and about, especially once you add a baby into the mix! The good news is that today you have more options than ever. Safety First Keep your little one snug, warm and close to your chest in a properly fitting sling or carrier. The most important thing is to be mindful and never cover a baby’s face with a blanket, cover … Read More
A recap for those who couldn’t attend the BCIA 2018 AGM on Wednesday, Nov 28. Apologies for the lack of recording, technology thwarted us. Welcome Board of Directors Introduction new members: Alisa DeMarco of Tekhni (USA), Tina Hoffmann of DIDYMOS (Germany), Kristi Hayes-Devlin, Columbus Trading Partners (USA)- Kristi is taking on the role of BCIA secretary (Kristi is also the BCIA founder and is returning to the BoD after a few years away). returning member: Beth Warrell-Leistensider of Catbird Baby … Read More
From the BCIA team to you and yours, a heartfelt thank you and seasonal good wishes as we near the end of 2018! The BCIA will shut down for ordering and shipping (brochures, labels etc) from December 21, 2018 to January 7, 2019. Please have your orders in to Nadine at email@example.com well before this date to ensure timely shipping before the new year. We will be monitoring emails over the holidays however response time may be delayed while staff … Read More
A list of current research, articles and resources for caregivers, consumers and industry members. Do you have a relevant article, video or resource to include? Please contact us and we will review it for inclusion. There’s No Such Thing as Holding Your Baby Too Much (article includes links to current research) Babywearing: 23 Science Backed Benefits (includes extensive list of current research) The Importance of Skin to Skin Contact (Breastfeeding Support) How To: Choosing and Using a Baby Carrier
BCIA supports the baby carrier industry in bringing safe carriers to market, promotes the importance of in-arms carrying, and works to increase the value of baby carriers.
Please join us for our 2019 Industry Roundtable discussions! All are welcome. What is an industry roundtable you ask? An informal hour for industry members (retailers, educators, manufacturers, etc) to come together and discuss industry issues and network/brainstorm. Our facilitator Angelique Geehan is very good at keeping conversation going with interesting topic suggestions but we have found that organic conversation occurs quite easily and often in surprisingly useful directions. Roundtables will be virtual, on the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of … Read More
BCIA is continuing to work on business matchmaking, and we invite anyone who would like to find a service, sell their business or product line or design to submit a classified-style ad. Retail businesses welcome, as well as manufacturers. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to insert an ad or to inquire about an ad you see here. 1. Small, single-owner US babywearing business (mei tai and structured carrier) with strong brand presence is seeking a buyer or investor. Revenues under $500K … Read More