As the holidays quickly approach + Black History month in February, I think it’s an important time to reflect upon the past year. Regardless of the political landscape and what side of it you fall on, there is no denying that our country and society has racial inequalities. Black women are more likely to die giving birth, there are less Black-owned businesses in the market, and Black folks fared worse this past year due to COVID-19. So I want to use this space to also amplify Black voices + to encourage the support of Black-owned businesses. So here are 10 Black-owned Kids Companies to Support Right Now!
Teri Co. Canada
Teri Co. Canada makes vegan leather play mats for your children. If your home is anything like mine, full of white carpet, and your are afraid your kids with draw all over it with marker, then this is the mat for you! Their larger mat is also a perfect picnic mat for a spring or summer day. They also make smaller mats for table play.
This brand of baby slings are 100% European linen and made with love in Canada. They’re the perfect sling for any new mom in your life! I also love that they are all hand-dyed for the extra personal touch! So much care and love goes into each of these slings and for each sling sold they donate a percentage to a non-profit.
Alaffia is a organic soap, shampoo, and lotion company. They offer a wide range of products from their adult-line to their baby + child line. We use their bubble bath as a special treat at the end of each week. We also use their entire line of soaps and lotions on our children. I love that they are organic + non-toxic and Black owned! They are also involved in a lot of charity work which is great!
The Rooted Baby Co makes Black dolls for kids, accessories (hair ties, etc), bibs, tethers, and swaddles. Their company celebrates the owner’s Ghanian culture and showcase the beautiful fabrics of Ghana throughout all their products.
Rahma Rodaah is a small business owner, social justice advocate, and author. She self-published two books titled “Little Brother for Sale” and “Muhimma’s Quest” to ensure her children’s culture and skin color were represented in literature. Her books are a great addition to any bookshelf and I encourage everyone to check them out!
So there you have it 5 Black-owned kids companies to support. I hope that as we move forward, we can all begin to support Black-owned businesses so they can continue to thrive. We all have a lot of work to do, myself included.