Must-Have Detroit-Themed Baby Items

Want your baby to rep the Motor City? Check out some of our favorite Detroit-themed baby items including picks from Shinola, Ford and more.

Detroit has a rich history of music, manufacturing and culinary magnificence. Make sure your baby represents the 313 loud and proud with these local love items.

To each their own…pizza style, that is

And in Detroit, it is hip to be square. This bib celebrates Detroit’s unique pizza characteristics — the crispy, bronzed crust, airy dough and melty, fatty Wisconsin brick cheese. This drool-worthy dish will eventually become a staple in many metro Detroit kids’ diets, so why not tempt their tastebuds early with this bib? It will catch the drool and then some. Get in on Etsy for $14.99. 

Team Lafayette Coney Island or American Coney Island?

Get this toddler T-shirt ready for when your baby graduates to solids. You can settle the great debate once their palate is ready to handle chili sauce, chopped onions and yellow mustard. Flying wieners and buns form the background of this ketchup and mustard-colored shirt. $18. 

Castles and faraway lands aren’t good enough. 

Hang the beautiful Detroit skyline above the crib instead. The playful cityscapes that artist Kim Sly designs as a part of the “City Love” collection are the ideal complement to your baby’s room. Her mission? To create fun and personal wall art for all ages. Bonus: this piece could transition to any room in the house. So, when your kindergartner decides she wants only unicorns, move this art to your office! Starts at $20. 

History meets talent.

Bailey Sisoy Isgro, founder & director of Detroit History Tours and the Detroit History Club, paired with artist Nicole Lapointe to create Rosie: A Detroit Herstory Children’s Book. The full-color images illustrate a timeline of the era of the Rosies, showcasing how women during WWII “invented new ways to get the work done.” Get yours for $22. 

Tiny heirlooms. 

Shinola is a modern Detroit success story, creating handmade products built to last. Combine Detroit’s history of baseball with Shinola’s future of leather goods for a Shinola Detroit hand-cut and sewn leather baseball to display on your nursery shelves. The Detroit Tigers are the oldest one-name, one-city franchise in the American League, so celebrate America’s greatest pastime with this object d’art that is both form and function. Starts at $40. 

Living Ford. 

The name Ford is synonymous with Detroit history, and a snuggly bear bearing the logo of this iconic brand is the perfect item to kick off your stuffed animal collection. Henry Ford’s entrepreneurial spirit lives on in Detroit, and you can share his lessons with your little on as she grows. Get it for $17.95. 

Love those baby bellies.

Jessica Blair lives in Brush Park with her husband and baby son, who serves as a model for her budding line of Detroit-centric baby gear. She is proud of Detroit’s finest gems – the Art Deco lobby of The Guardian building, the gorgeous skyline views from Belle Isle Park and the buzzing Saturday crowds at Eastern Market. Find yours on Etsy for $22.50. 


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