Designer Lily Raskind, with Daughter Aoife

Designer Lily Raskind, with Daughter Aoife

the 10
baby items I was most excited to buy

For those familiar with Sunshine & Shadow (and the Yellow Is Gold extension line for Urban Outfitters), it should come as no surprise that Seattle-based designer LILY RASKIND gravitates toward exuberant pattern and improbably bright colors when it comes to finding things for her 14-month-old daughter, Aoife. Her taste is both cool and exquisite, which is why we tapped her for a list of those things that are so great, "they're reason enough to have a baby."

Herewith, the 10 baby things Lily Raskind was most excited to buy.

  • 1

    Pendleton Chief Muchacho Crib Blanket

    I can honestly say, this blanket is reason enough to have a baby.

  • 2

    Baskets From Africa

    Putting things away, and having a place to put them, is a never ending project in a house with a baby. This website is great because it's a fair trade company, and you can see the actual basket you'll be getting.

  • 3

    Native Line Onesie

    Textile artist, and good friend, Justine Ashbee hand dyed this amazing onesie as a 1st birthday gift for Aoife, and is planning to make them available on her website for order.

  • 4

    Artecnica Themis Mobile

    There is nothing else out there like it. It's SO good.

  • 5

    I Know a Lot of Things
    by Ann & Paul Rand

    This book is hands down my favorite of the books we have. Paul Rand's illustrations are perfection and Ann Rand's text is lovely
    to read.

  • 6

    Manimal Moccasins

    The sand/yellow version was not around when I got them, so it looks like we'll be in for another pair…

  • 7

    Barefoot USA Owls

    I love how graphic and vibrant these stuffed animals are, and they're made by women in Sri Lanka using all cotton and non-toxic dyes. I got ours at the local farmer's market, but orders can be placed by email at

  • 8

    Bella Foster Print

    I firmly believe that a baby's room needs art. This print by painter, illustrator, and friend Bella Foster is so beautiful. You can spend countless hours looking at her depiction of Central Park.

  • 9

    Navajo Beaded Bracelet

    I found two of these at a trading post while at Elise and Rob's wedding in Montana—they're super special and handmade by Native American artisans. It takes a bit of searching, but they're out there on the web…

  • 10

    Marimekko Print Fatboy Jr Beanbag

    I love mixing patterns in Aoife's room—this classic Marimekko print looks great in there.

Pendleton Chief Muchacho Crib blanket
African Baskets
Native Line Tie-dye Onesie
Artecica Themis Mobile
I Know a Lot of Things
Manimal Moccasins
Barefoot USA Owls
Bella Foster Print
Navajo Beaded Bracelet
Marimekko Print Fatboy Jr Beanbag
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