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Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Portrait by Alex Fatemi

Colorful is one word almost anyone would use to describe Bay Area-based artist Kindah Khalidy. So, it’s no surprise her Mother Essentials list includes a rainbow of fun hues, some of them taken from products she’s collaborated on herself (a jumpsuit with Gorman, rug with Crate + Kids, and an extra-artsy birthday cake). As a new mother to 6-month-old son Rami, Khalidy is equally excited about the practical stuff—like finding the perfect basket for storage and a stroller with a sick turn radius. Check out her current 14 faves below.

Blank Canvas. “There are plenty of activities in this book for all the rainy days coming up.”
Once Upon a Colorful Canvas, $13.63, Amazon.

Colorful Rug. “This rug is a fun addition to floor play time with my son, Rami.”
Crate + Kids x Kindah Khalidy Color Echo Rug, $479, Crate and Kids.

Stroller. “This stroller by UPPAbaby holds so much! I use it to ship all of my orders, recently towed an X-mas tree in it (ahem, Bay Area living), and my over-excited dog even likes to ride underneath! The turn radius is also good for quick maneuvering in busy supermarkets.”
UPPAbaby Vista Stroller, $899.99, Amazon.

Coffee Mug. “I drink approximately 30 cups of coffee a day, so having a special mug makes it really fun.”
Large Mug, $36, Heath.

Birthday Cake Everyday. “To go with the coffee.”
Custom Cake Order, starting at $28, Timeless Coffee.

Jumpsuits. “A one step, minimal effort outfit that will camouflage any spills.”
Gorman x Kindah Khalidy Celebration Pant Suit, $215.20, Gorman.

Classic Stripes. “I also love these t-shirts, which are super soft and won’t pill after multiple washes.”
The Modern Long in Cream and Navy, $98, Kule.

Gumball Machine. “This was the first toy I bought when I found out I was pregnant. It fully functions like a real gumball machine, which is so satisfying.”
Kukkia Gatcha Gatcha Wooden Gumball Machine, $46, Nordstrom.

Baskets, Everywhere. “My days are full of shuffling things around in baskets from room to room. This one is really good.”
Extra Large Round Wire Decorative Storage Bin, $24.99, Target.

Pint-Sized Vans. “The proportions on these are just too good.”
Vans Old Skool Crib Shoe, $30, Vans.

SFMOMA Tickets. “We took our son here when he was just 12 days old and have been trying to go see a lot of art with him ever since. I like the idea of exposing kids to art early on.”
SFMOMA Tickets, starting at $19 for adults (18 years and younger are free), SFMOMA.

Colorblock Jacket. “An exciting take on workwear, this jacket has huge pockets—bonus!—and has a nice swing shape to it.”
Leslie Jacket, $248, Dusen Dusen.

Pillowcase Power. “When I finally get to catch up on sleep, I like to lay my head on these.”
Gorman x Kindah Khalidy End of the Rainbow Pillowcase Pair, $59, Gorman.

Nurture. “This was such a helpful resource to turn to during and after pregnancy. I recommend it even if you’re not expecting!”
Nurture by Erica Chidi Cohen, $15.60, Amazon.

For more on Kindah, check out her website and Instagram feed! And for more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with jewelry designers Lauren Godfrey and Maggie Gavigan Smith, Oakland retail queen Sherri McMullen, PR pro Priscilla VegaCourtney Klein of StorqJoanne EncarnacionLaTonya YvetteMorgan Walker of Make.doJeanne Chan of Harlow & Grey, and more.

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