If you’re reading this post, we’re betting you know a thing or two about how kids can inspire people to do magical things—things we never thought we were capable of before this little bundle appeared in our lives. Well, we think it’s high time we gave credit where credit is due—to the little guy. So we are shouting out 10 awesome Bay Area–based companies that have pint-sized muses, from a bike company dedicated to building the best two wheeler for a one-year-old to a toy designer who is turning milk jugs into dump trucks. And while we adore all these brilliant entrepreneurs, we think their tots should definitely get employee of the month status.

Making Motherhood Look Good: Sun + Dotter

This unique fashion-meets-family design service was founded by a San Francisco-based writer, stylist and mom. Her goal? To help new parents navigate their new world with style. From baby products to maternity wear, Janette Crawford helps her clients identify what's essential, and what jives with their values: everything from creating a successful registry to avoiding unnecessary kiddie clutter to dressing the bump.

Biggest challenge of starting your own business with a young family?
Needing to be creative and productive in a prescribed schedule. I love the work I do and would often be content to work from day into night, but with a little one, I can't. I get a lot done after she goes to bed, though!

Biggest reward?
That sense of self that I was afraid of losing once I had a baby? It didn't go away at all, and taking on the challenge of being a mom and running my own business has only made me a better version of myself. Setting a great example for my daughter (Vivienne, 3) is my daily motivation.

All images courtesy of the companies.

Do you know of a local company that was born after the birth of a child? Tell us in the comments below! 

—Erin Feher