Friday, November 19, 2010
Exciting BCIA update!
Today the CPSC issued a safety announcement in regards to baby slings. This is a good sign that the CPSC may consider education as a viable alternative to a mass recall of baby slings. The BCIA issued their own concurrent statement pledging to work with the CPSC on babywearing education. The CPSC reached out to the BCIA regarding this statement and expressed a desire to improve communication between the BCIA and their agency! This is a great step in the right direction and will hopefully lead to more cooperation in the future.
This is great news for the future of babywearing! And it is in direct response to the pressure the CPSC has received from the entire babywearing community. By standing together, we were able to send a clear message that the CPSC was able to hear. But there is still more work to be done. We need to make sure that the CPSC and the new Congress understand how important the babywearing industry is to all of us. We can help by contacting the CPSC and letting them know that we would like to see them partner with the BCIA on a national education campaign, like the one they are planning in cooperation with Health Canada. Contact them through the CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772; or visit www.cpsc.gov/talk.html
And continue to spread the word, this alliance gets stronger the more of us there are! The BCIA still has a lot of work ahead of them as they continue to secure the future of the babywearing industry.
For more information on babywearing safety, see the BCIA's safety guidelines.