19 Parents' Favorite Products From Black-Owned Businesses and Designers
For Kids' Rooms
1. Set the vibe
The Malick Sidibé pillow, illustrated in the style of the famous 1960s Malian photographer by that name, will up the cool quotient of any room with a hip, joyful design and bold pops of color.
"The average person in the U.S. doesn't have access to the creativity of the 1.2 billion people living in Africa. Trying to close that gap sparks my creativity." -Nana Quagraine, mom of 4-year-old twins, founder of 54kibo
2. Introduce art
March for Change is one of dozens of eclectic digital art prints on watercolor paper available from MKoby Art's five-star-rated Etsy shop. Frame them yourself to make these pieces your own.
3. Stash with style
Basket weaving is a generational tradition, but these 8-inch-tall diamond pots have a modern twist: Women in Senegal weave them out of a local grass called ndiorokh and recycled plastic. Use one to hide all the small toys or hair scrunchies, or keep it in the kitchen for snack bars.
Dress Up The Kids
3. Neat feet
There are few things cuter than tiny tootsies. Boutique brand Tippy Tot Shoes specializes in dressing up those little piggies with snappy designs that actually provide great foot support.
4. Pleasant dreams
Your kid will plunk down their anchor and drift off to sleep in these super-comfy, 100 percent cotton Captain of the Sea Pajamas.
"It is important to see reflections of yourself and your culture represented in the media and in the products you consume, especially as a child and on into adulthood." -Nicole W. Brown, mom of four, founder of Izzy & Liv
5. Sweet relief
These minimalist teethers for the modern baby are made of silicone and are free of BPA, PVC, latex, phthalate, and lead.
6. Cloth curious?
Leakproof and sturdy, Pooters cloth diaper covers have double-leg gussets that prevent leaks and blowouts (yay!). Made by a mom of four.
Have Some Fun
1. Shuffle Up
Add these camping-themed playing cards from Little Likes Kids to your collection of screen-free activities. The brand makes excellent puzzles as well.
4. New friends
Worldgirls is a diverse line of dolls, each with a backstory from a different country around the globe. They're designed by twin sisters who give every doll a character such as warrior, healer, explorer, rebel, or scholar.
"We hope Worldgirls will encourage children to foster meaningful connections with people-and dolls!-from different backgrounds, which will change the world for the better." -Laken and Carlissa King, creators of Worldgirls
You've Got Mail
Subscription boxes offer a way to keep the fun coming on the regular.
Receive a package with two or three curated reads featuring Black characters. The books become more advanced as your kid grows older. Monthly, $28, three-month prepay, $80, six-month prepay, $151, one-year prepay, $286.
Kids from pre-K to seventh grade get a STEAM-centric box with a book on a Black trailblazer or a child hero, plus a creative project and an activity built around the likes of robotics or chemistry. Monthly, $35 per box, three-month prepay, $90.
Each Brown Sugar Box, recommended for ages 4 to 9, includes something to wear, décor, toys, and books. $55 per quarter.
This article originally appeared in Parents magazine's July 2021 issue as "Designed With Love and Pride." Want more from the magazine? Sign up for a monthly print subscription here