As a parent-run business we couldn't agree more with the items and business ideas below. It's not because we are biased or because we LOVE being labeled a mompreneurs (even thought it is super cool), but because it really does make sense. What better way to know what babies and kids want/need than by trusting in a business run by parents who have already experienced the same struggles, challenges, and victories you. the consumer, has or soon will?
We are proud to be listed amongst some of these trail blazers and we will continue to help our parents out in any way that we can. Enjoy the read!
Originally published on Lilladu Exchange.
As mompreneurs ourselves, we appreciate the passion that goes into owning your own business while raising a family. Parent run businesses, especially mom-run businesses are pure gems as they constantly take the extra steps in making sure their products and services are what their customers need since they themselves are their target market . That is why we felt it was important to give shout outs to some notable parent run businesses, especially with holiday gift shopping around the corner.
This official newborn kit is a must-have parental survival box in the aftermath of having a baby and is a great gift idea for any new parents. Denielle Kennett came up with the “It Takes a Village” box after having her first child and realizing so many items that could have made her postpartum experience less stressful were not available to her and/or she didn’t know existed. ITAV is dedicated to making the first 12-weeks of life easier on both parents and baby by providing bundle boxes filled with the absolute in newborn necessities, including nutrition, clothing, safety items and so much more. Each bundle can be tailored to individual needs and can be made as big as necessary depending on number of children. Lastly, ITAV donates a portion of their proceeds towards a different charity each year.
How can you not love handmade children’s clothing, booties, bibs and accessories? Kristina, the mom behind Two Little Beans & Co. started her business after years of sewing for her sons and receiving orders from friends and family alike who saw her work. The prints are influenced by Maine’s beautiful coast and bright colors are incorporated throughout the eco-friendly materials. The hand-crafted children's items from Two Little Beans & Co. are sure you make your little even more adorable (if that is even possible). We are fans of these products and are personally in LOVE with their holiday pajamas.
As mothers we understand how difficult, stressful and time consuming it is to find childcare that fits your specific needs. CareLuLu is your personal childcare problem solver. This online marketplace connects parents with childcare and preschool programs using helpful search filters such as budget, hours, age of their child, or even something as specific as a peanut-free environment if their child is allergic. CareLuLu also provides detailed information on childcare providers including tuition, teaching philosophy, photos, and parent reviews. CareLuLu was co-founded by parents, Patrick Matos and Evgeniya Usmanova, after they experienced firsthand the challenge of finding a childcare facility for their own daughters. Together with co-founder and CTO Gabriel Marques, they built a platform that simplifies the daycare and preschool search process. The best part is this service is free for all parents! Just sign up on their website and start your search by zip code, it’s that easy!
While the company name says cloth diapers, this online and brick and mortar store sells these and so much more! From baby essentials and gear, to mama care and nursing bras, this company has it all for moms and their littles. In October 2013, Betsy & Zeth Lundy, purchased the Maine Cloth Diaper Company from its original owners, around the time of the birth of their first child. The store is currently housed in Bangor, Maine, with a small selection of products also available at the Green Store in Belfast, Maine. Betsy & Zeth standby the products as reflections of things they have enjoyed and that have made parenting simpler and more affordable.
As always, if it’s that time where your toddler went on a recent growing spirt overnight and you need to swap out your children’s gently used outgrown clothing for quality name brand clothing, make sure you check out our exchange collection and use UCPLA10OFF to receive 10% off your purchase (plus we will donate to United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties)