It’s surprising how much STUFF baby’s need (ok, if you have actually had a baby maybe it’s not that surprising). The toys. The bottles. The diapers. Oh, the diapers. And to top it all off, it seems E is ALWAYS growing out of pjs and every other weekend I am rotating his clothes, packing up onesies he no longer fits and taking out new things for him to wear.
But if he is going to need all of this stuff, we want to support local, small businesses whenever we can. And not just because he’s small too. Here are a few of our faves:
- Keiki Kine Designs: This business is a family affair, with designs created and hand-printed by a mother and her family in their home in Nanakuli. Their designs (E has their “One Bag Rice” onesie) are super cute and well-made and include everything from baby onesies, tees and swaddles to adult shirts and infinity scarves. They just happened to be owned by one of my college classmates and we can’t wait to see what this mama comes up with next!
- Malama Baby Co.: I actually came across this business before I had E, and purchased some of their products for friends and their littles as gifts. When I found out we were expecting, one of the first things I bought for E was a Malama Baby Co. swaddle. Since then we’ve also picked up their baby carrier bibs, car seat cover, and pacifier clips. Since 2008 they’ve been designing simple, modern and comfortable baby products, and I love their quality and cute designs. (Plus it’s hard to find local businesses that make more than just baby clothes or swaddles!)
- Coco Moon Hawaii: When they say their products are “buttery soft,” they’re not kidding. A friend with two littles of her own gifted us several of their products including their Nalu Swaddle, Single Fin Romper and bib and burp cloth set and we use them religiously. In addition to being soft, the material is also incredibly light and breathable so the swaddle is perfect to use as a light blanket or car seat cover with Hawaii’s warm weather.
- Hapa Maui: We discovered this Maui mama-owned business at the KCC Christmas craft fair last year and immediately fell in love with their super-soft swaddles and adorable prints. Even though E has dozens of swaddles I find it hard to resist picking up a new swaddle or blanket anytime I see her at a local craft fair. Her stuff is just that cute.
- Honolulu Baby Co & The Keiki Dept: There are a few businesses making baby clothing. But two that we particularly like are Honolulu Baby Co and The Keiki Dept for their cute sayings and prints. Because if anyone, likes to “kolohe all day” it’s my baby.
What are your favorite local baby businesses? Help us discover new ones in the comments below!