Black Babywearing Week was founded by a group that saw a need for representation for black people in the babywearing space. We didn’t see ourselves in ads and online. When you clicked the babywearing hashtag, you didn’t see us. This week is to ensure that black caregivers understand that babywearing is accessible and something that our community does. Although there was a time in our history when black caregivers feared getting “too attached” to their babies, just in case they were ripped apart… we are here, now. Babywearing proudly, as its our birthright! Bringing light to our history, honoring the way our ancestors wore babies, and embracing our future.
Black babywearing week serves as a time to celebrate black babywearers, while spotlighting black educators, bloggers and black-owned babywearing companies. Today, I’ll be sharing 5 companies owned by BIPOC that sell beautiful wraps, slings, and carriers.
1. CooperRose Baby
CooperRose Baby is a “Eco-Friendly baby brand advocating for natural parenting in communities lacking support.” CooperRose was technically started because of a lack of representation of black folks in the cloth diapering community. They now provide beautiful khangas (which are traditional African wraps) that are from Kenya. Khangas are a simple, lightweight option for carrying your baby. They come in many beautiful prints and colors.
Check them out at https://cooperrosebaby.com
2. Heritage Baby Designs
Heritage Baby Designs is a “mama owned and mama made” ring sling company. She sews and hand dyes each of her ring slings herself! She launched this company when she realized there was a lack of diversity for us in the babywearing world. She also wanted to have a company that gave back to the community and use sustainable materials. For this reason, each of her slings are 100% European Linen. For each sling purchased, she provides medicine for one mom and one baby through Plan International Canada.
Check them out here https://www.heritagebaby.ca
3. Wrapsody Baby
Wrapsody Baby exists to provide beautiful, handcrafted baby carriers for babywearing in a sustainable way. They are committed to being eco-friendly in production and manufacturing, leaders among safety in babywearing, community building, promoting peace in the world, and making babywearing accessible. Wrapsody provides wraps and rings slings made from knit, jersey knit, cotton,or cotton/linen mix.
Check them out here: https://wrapsodybaby.com
4. DBG (Designed By Geeks) Baby
DBG baby provides affordable, geeks and reasonably priced woven wraps. This company was birthed out of a lack of diversity among prints in the baby wearing world. They saw a niche that needed filling and went for it. DBG designs and digitizes each print themselves, allowing them to create beautiful carriers in prints for the “geeks and nerds.”
Check them out here: https://designedbygeeks.
5. Helina Baby Inc
Helina Baby was birthed after its founder decided to create a carrier that was easy to use, and supportive and comfortable at the same time. “She wanted a light and breathable carrier, made with organic cotton, that was designed to feel weightless and allow parents to move freely and comfortably all day.” They now have their baby carrier with it’s unique HUGFIT™ system that allows for a comfortable, safe, non-toxic, sustainably made way to carry your baby for extended periods of time.
Check them out at: https://www.helinababy.com
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