Your basic guide to product registration cards

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Managing product registration cards can be tricky. Members often reach out for support around the product registration component of CPSIA. Both the labs testing baby carriers and Registria, our card processing partner, have identified a number of areas where manufacturers and distributors sometimes overlook key details when preparing these cards. Here’s a straightforward guide to filling out product registration cards for your baby carriers or other products. What are product registration cards? A product registration card is a postcard that … Read More

FAQ: Baby carrier compliance for consumers

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This baby carrier compliance FAQ was first published in April of 2019. It was last updated in March of 2022. There’s a lot of confusion around baby carrier compliance. Here’s the rundown on what it all means, what to look for, and what to avoid when you are shopping for a baby carrier. Much of this information is specific to the US market. Have a question about compliance in another country? Contact us and we’ll do our best to add … Read More

Infant Sleep Standard Update

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The CPSC recently approved a new and extremely broad  Federal Safety Standard for Infant Sleep Products that “will ensure that products marketed or intended for infant sleep will provide a safe sleep environment for babies under 5 months old.” The full Press Release can be found here. The final rule was published in the federal register on June 23, 2021 with a compliance date of June 23, 2022. This safety standard is sparking considerable discussion in the juvenile products industry. … Read More

How To: Padded Products Registration

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We sat down with Maggie Terry, president of Legal Label Inc., to get clarification on the law label requirements for padded and upholstered products in the USA and Canada and we’re sharing that information here. A “law label” is a label that must be attached to products that have covered padding- including soft structured or otherwise padded baby carriers. This label outlines what the internal stuffing or padding is made of, where the product is produced, and the ‘URN’ or … 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

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

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

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

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