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Socially conscious companies: Mama + baby brands that give back

It feels good to give back. And do you know what feels even better? Shopping and giving back at the same time. But with so many companies to choose from, it can be overwhelming to know which causes to support and which items to pick.


We’ve done the research for you and have pulled together a list of some of the trendiest and socially conscious brands and products out there right now.

So why not feed your shopping habit while also feeding those in need?

1. cuddle + kind

There are so many things to love about cuddle + kind, it’s hard to choose just one. These handmade, heirloom quality dolls are just about as cute as they can be; from bespectacled bunnies to dapper doggies, our little ones couldn’t get enough of these cuddly companions. (And frankly, neither could we.) But best of all, every purchase provides a meal for a child in need. One doll = 10 meals, and to date cuddle + kind has given over 1.3 million meals to children in need. Math may not be our strong suit, but those are some numbers we can definitely get behind.

Pro tip: These dolls make a perfect gift for the new baby in your life, be it someone else’s or yours! The heirloom quality and exceptional attention to detail make them perfect keepsakes to pass down through generations.

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2. Pampelone Mini-Me Collection

Founded by a former fashion publicist, the chic, relaxed style of the resort clothing line Pampelone will transport you to the shores of the French Riviera. (Um, yes please.) This fashion forward company has taken its three bestselling pieces and created an exclusive Mini-Me collection—and 100% of the proceeds are donated to mothers2mothers, a nonprofit committed to eliminating the mother-to-child transmission of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. The resort dresses are stylish, well made, and available in grown-up sizes so your matching game will be ? .

Pro tip: We love that these pieces can do double-duty as either pool cover-ups or as beautiful summer dresses.

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3. Sudara Punjammies

How could we not get behind pants that are comfy enough to wear to bed but trendy enough to wear out and about? ? Enter Punjammies. These soft, flowy lounge pants are made in India and come in a dazzling array of beautiful fabrics. Each pair empowers women to live in freedom from human trafficking through safe, sustainable living-wage employment. As if we needed one more reason to wear pajamas to the grocery store...

Pro tip: Punjammies are machine washable, but please read the label for specifics; these pants are too gorgeous to ruin in the wash!

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4. Yoobi

This brand caught our eye during our fourteenth trip to Target this summer (but who’s counting?) and we’ve been big fans ever since. Did you know that a teacher spends an average of $485 of their own money each year on school supplies for their class? Yoobi is out to change that: for every item purchased, one will be donated to a classroom in need in the U.S. We not only ? Yoobi’s mission, but also their on-trend products (ice cream pens! banana notebooks! donut wallets!), vibrant colors, and wallet-friendly prices.

Pro tip: Don’t miss Yoobi’s art supplies, either. The Sidewalk Paint Brush Pens were a huge hit for outdoor play with our little ones this summer, and there are tons of other creative products available, too.

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5. Tea Collection

Go back-to-school shopping with a purpose: every purchase from the Tea Collection gives back to The Global Fund for Children, an organization committed to advancing the dignity of children and young people around the world. We love this commitment to giving, and we also love Tea’s globally-inspired styles and their durability. You may pay a bit more, but we promise these clothes will look just as good on their first wear as they will on their 20th. We’re particularly big fans of the graphic tees and trapeze dresses.

Pro tip: Check out the School Days event—each spring and fall, your school can partner with Tea Collection and save 15% plus donate 15% back to you school.

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6. Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks

These blocks build more than just towers. Tegu’s mission is to create a for-profit company that fosters a positive social impact through business. Headquartered in Honduras, they pay employees a living wage and prioritize long-term career development. The magnetic wood blocks are high quality, uncomplicated in the best possible way, encourage open-ended play, and are, quite simply, really pretty!

Pro tip: We found Tegu’s wooden blocks to be a nice alternative to the other plastic options on the market. And we love the 8 Piece Pocket Pouch set for travel!

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7. Little Sapling Toys

There’s such a simple beauty in watching a child play with a wooden toy. Little Sapling creates timeless toys for babies and toddlers made from sustainably harvested wood, and they’ve partnered up with Trees for the Future to plant a tree for every toy sold. Their handcrafted teethers caught our eye—and our little ones’ hands and mouths! We love the on-trend designs, heirloom quality, and personalization options.

Pro tip: We love gifting these teethers. The US States collection makes a particularly cute and personal gift!

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They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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