Our Favorite Small Shops - The Cutest Baby Items Made by Women

When given the choice to shop small or shop at a corporation I always prefer to purchase things I need from small businesses. Small businesses tend to give back more to the community, whether it's donating a portion of their profits or supplying meals, they focus on helping and supporting people in need. Small shops also create a strong and supportive community that you just don't get with large corporations.

With everything going on in the world, building a community of people that support one another is incredibly important. In addition, the customer service you receive from small shops is most often really friendly and personal. You get to talk to the owner directly most of the time or a small team that really cares about the product and your satisfaction with it. 

I've included my favorite small shops that focus on babies and kids. Why not give your little kiddos adorable and handmade items that are carefully thought out and designed with so much love? We know that as busy parents, where you spend you money matters. 

1. Ava and Isa

This adorable small shop is ownerd and operated my a woman named Bernice Synper located in South Carolina. She makes the sweetest little linen and cotton children's wear that is perfect for the hot summer months ahead! The dresses and skirts are so adorable that you'll find yourself adding everything to your cart! Check out her shop here! Want to see adorable photos? Check out her instagram.

2. Simka Rose

This shop makes adorable re-usable products for babies. Their bibs are my FAVORITE. Each bib is made with 100% food grade silicone that is BPA, PVC, lead, latex, mercury, phthalate, and cadmium free so you can feel confident about what touches your baby's skin. Their suction plates are also incredible and super helpful when your baby is trying to throw everything off of the high chair! The bibs are so easy to clean with just water, so you save energy because you don't have to put them in the washing machine like a fabric bib.

What I adore the most is that they donate one meal with every purchase and are super committed to giving back to their community. The owner Hannah is a passionate advocate for women and diversity. Check out their shop here

3. Nalakai

I know this shop is mine, but we are just so passionate about babywearing and supporting families as they start their journey of parenthood. We make eco-friendly bamboo and linen ring slings. I handle all customer service myself because I love connecting with my customers and hearing your stories! And with every purchase, we donate on your behalf to Cepia, a charity that supports low income families and runs a school in our adopted home of Costa Rica. Most recently, for Blackout Tuesday we donated 100% of our profits that day to the Equal Justice Initiative. Thanks to your support, we raised over $900! 

Our Nalakai Slings are simple and effective for carrying your baby hands-free and in style. You can keep your baby close to your heart, cuddled up to you in our super-soft and very lightweight bamboo and linen fabric. Babywearing has SO many benefits. To read more about babywearing read our blog here!

We also just launched Nalakai Naturals, a new skincare line for pregnant women and mamas! Check out our Healing Herbal Perineal Spray available now on amazon!

4. Forever French Baby

Swaddles, knotted gowns, hats, headbands and mittens are Forever French Baby's specialties. My favorite collection they have is their Charli Collection. Charli was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and her parents want to spread awareness and light on all of the wonderful and positive abilities that people with autism have. Her sweet daughter's artwork was printed and used in this collection. It's known as the Charli Print and it is so pretty! Their tie bottom gowns are perfect for newborns. When you need to do a quick diaper change, just un-tie and you're in! Check it out here!



 5. Opal & Fig

Every little baby needs a doll! It's a classic gift that stands the test of time. Opal & Fig make handmade heirloom dolls and every doll sold goes towards feeding the hungry. Their Etsy shop has a lot of return customers and if you have a look you'll see why. They make stuffed animals as well as dolls with different skin colors, which is a beautiful feature. It is never too early to start teaching your children about diversity. Check them out here!

I want to encourage you to shop small. Every small shop puts their heart and soul into their business and they care about community and sharing with people less fortunate. With the uncertainty of the world we live in today, let's support and help each other when we can. Where we spend matters, and it is important to shop consciously.

I love being part of this beautiful community! I have met so many amazing and talented female entrepreneurs who have since become good friends. I am constantly amazed at all the beautiful things these women create, most of whom are also working from home and balancing motherhood and work. Another thing that I really love about the small shop community online, especially shops owned by women, is that we all support each other. Big brands compete and bash each other and only worry about their bottom line. I love being able to support other hard working women by sharing their shops and their stories, and they do the same for me. Right now, we all need a little extra support and love. I hope you love these shops as much as I do!

Feel free to comment below with your favorite small shops and share your knowledge with our Nalakai Mom Tribe! 

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