|(left to right) Gabby Goodwin and her mom, founders of Gabbys Bows; Yolandra Rodgers, founder of Tippy Tot Shoes; and Dante Lee, founder of Toys Like Me|
Americans spend trillions of dollars every year, and more and more Black entrepreneurs are setting up shop to get in on the action. In fact, their are more Black-owned businesses now than there ever have been. Recognizing how profitable it can be to produce products for babies and children, many have decided to take on this multi-billion dollar industry.
Here are 8 Black-owned companies that have created unique products for children:
#1 – Tippy Tot Shoes: Launched in 2017 by a Black entrepreneur named Yolandra Rodgers, this company produces high-quality baby shoes with excellent foot support and comfort that helps to increase walking efficiency. She came up with the idea after noticing that many toddlers wear clunky shoes and sneakers.
#2 – Toys Like Me: This unique toy company was created in 2018 by Dante Lee, an African American dad who noticed that most toys sold by major retailers do not reflect what children with brown skin look like. He wanted to create backpack dolls and other products that Black children could resonate with, that is, toys that would build character, self-esteem, and most importantly… self-awareness!
#3 – Gabby Bows: This company, launched by 8-year old Gabby Goodwin and her mom, produces a Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette engineered to prevent hair slippage. It sounds simple, but what Gabby has created has earned her national attention on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Real, The Washington Post, and more.
#4 – SASS-E Todds: Kid sisters Stephanie and Samantha Smith have set out to show the world their concept of high fashion. Their company is a unique clothing line created by toddlers for toddlers. The two girls love to create and design clothing and accessories.
#5 – Darlyng & Co.: This Black-owned company, launched by a married couple, produces several unique baby products. One of their popular products is The Yummy Mitt Teething mitten, which is designed for babies that teeth early and have limited fine motor skills to hold a traditional teether.
#6 – HBCU Pride & Joy: This company is an upscale baby boutique dedicated to the next generation of HBCU fans. They pride themselves on offering a wide selection of officially licensed HBCU gear for babies, toddlers, and older children.
#7 – Saavy Kids Clothing: If you are looking for classic southern baby style, this Black Southern Belle owned brand is exactly what you are looking for. Perfect for the mom who loves smocks, stripes and all things Southern. Very nice clothing products available for both boys and girls.