After an exhaustive online search I realized there is no one source that has compiled mami-approved suggestions for Latinas and other moms who are raising socially conscious, multi-cultural kids. When I set out to look for toys that defy stereotypes for girls and reflect our skin tones and cultural values, I found a lot of blond Barbies—who after all these years still have the unrealistic breast-to-waist ratio that I thought feminists had done away with long ago.
Lucky for you, I’ve done some research for you. Here’s my “mami-approved” list of mom-vetted, culturally accurate, developmentally appropriate toys from the perspective of a children’s television producer who is also a mom to a Black and Latina daughter. Here are the top five 2012 mami-approved dolls on my list.