At bloom, we do not stand for racial injustice in any form. We are parents and parents-to-be, just like you, and we believe it is our most important job to raise our children as anti-racist. Black Lives Matter, and we are committed to the fight for racial equality and justice.
We support those on the front lines protesting, but also know there are so many other ways to join this critical movement, even from home with a baby. In fact, parents of babies and toddlers are a critical voice in this discussion! We are raising the next generation after all. Studies show that babies can show racial preferences as young as 3 months old, which means it’s never too soon to start teaching them that Black Lives Matter.
Here at bloom, we are thankful you have invited us into your home, and we take that responsibility seriously. So we’ve put together a list of things that our bloom staff is doing to fight injustice, from sending money to grassroots organizations to buying from black-owned businesses to reading diverse books to our little ones.
Below are some resources that we’ve found useful to help support the Black Lives Matter movement, from a parenting perspective. We hope they will help you make a difference, not just today, but throughout your parenting journey.
8 Books to Read to your Babies + Toddlers
- Beautiful Me by Ashley Sirah
- Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
- Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
- Chocolate Me! By Taye Diggs
- Skin Like Mine by Latashia M. Perry
- I Am Enough by Grace Byers
- Whose Toes Are Those? By Jabar Asim
- Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne
8 Parenting Articles That’ll Make You Think
- Living Abroad is My Way of Prolonging My Black Son’s Life
- Becoming a Parent in the time of Black Lives Matter
- How to Talk to Your Children About #BlackLivesMatter Protests
- Be an Anti-Racist Parent, Starting Right Now
- 5 Tips: The Preschool Years
- How To Teach Your Kids About Tolerance
- Black Moms Are Parenting Through Two Public Health Crises Right Now
- Children Who Marched For #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd
8 Places to Donate Money to Help Black Parents
- The Bail Project fights mass incarceration by disrupting the bail system. They provide bail money for the most vulnerable.
- Embrace Race fights systemic racism by supporting parents to raise children who are brave, informed and thoughtful about race.
- The Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.
- Reclaim the Block is an organization in Minneapolis asking to divest from police and focus on long-term investment.
- Campaign Zero promotes research-based solutions to end police brutality in America.
- Black Futures Lab was founded by a co-creator of Black Lives Matter; funds donated here build black political power and transform the way that power is utilized.
- NAACP Legal Defence Fund fights for equality in landmark legal battles, protects voting rights of people of color and advances the cause of racial justice and equality.
- Black Mamas Matter Alliance is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance that centers Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.
8 Instagram Accounts with Parenting Conversations About Race
8 Black-Owned Baby and Parenting Brands
- Ebi // Plant-based postpartum care
- Mama Glow // Holistic healthcare and doula services for prenatal care and beyond
- Black Girl Sunscreen for Kids // SPF 50 sunscreen made for children of color
- Cliqq // Baby and toddler clothing
- Healthy Hair Dolls // Made with curly, styleable hair to teach children how to care for their own hair through play.
- Boo-b // Vegan lactation products
- Ozzie + Olive // Statement t-shirts
- Little Likes Kids // High-quality puzzles featuring families of color
8 Collectives + Blogs Celebrating Black Parenting
- Moms in Color // Celebrating diversity and motherhood.
- Black Moms Blog // All things motherhood for black millennial moms.
- Motherhood Honestly // Blog and podcast reimagining how women thrive in life, work and motherhood.
- Loom // Empowered education from periods to parenting.
- Mater Mea // Motherhood stories, expert advice and resources for black moms.
- Black and Married with Kids // Discusses topics from parenting, to money to issues facing blended families.
- Rattles and Heels // Issues facing black motherhood and parenting.
- Black Moms Resource // Parenting tips and resources for black moms.
Got some resources you think we should know about? email us so we can share them!
Hanna Nakano is a Washington, D.C. based writer and photographer, and mother of two.