Denise Van Outen

Each month, Prima Baby columnist Denise Van Outen has shared her favourite baby must-haves as part of her busy mum diary.


Read on to find out what Denise can't live without...

Fisher-Price Amazing Animals Sing & Go Choo Choo

Lee's parents bought the Fisher-Price Amazing Animals Sing & Go Choo Choo for Betsy recently and she's been obsessed with it ever since. She loves the colour red, so anything with even a hint of it is a big hit, and this keeps her occupied for ages. Well done, Grandma and Grandpa.

Around £35,

Mamas & Papas Three-piece Pinny Set

This super-cute Mamas & Papas Three-piece Pinny Set is from the spring range and Betsy looks so pretty in it. The new collections at Mamas & Papas are such good value and, because there are so many pieces, you can mix and match.

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0m-2y, £34,

Fisher-Price Stroll Along Walker

Betsy adores her Fisher-Price Stroll Along Walker. She loves toddling along behind it, although I still have to hold her carefully. I order all her things from the Toys R Us website - it's such a brilliant one-stop shop for everything you need for your baby and toddler.

Around £24,

Frugi fashion

The spring/summer 2011 collection from Frugi was all organic cotton, but really well priced, and so pretty. I buy loads of stuff from their website.

Gumigem teething necklace

Betsy's really been suffering with her molars coming through, and this is just the right size for her to chomp down on. Great for keeping little hands occupied when I'm holding her, too - genius!

£10.50, T-shirts sells personalised baby and childrens' clothes,and I've bought loads for Betsy. They wash well and are such good quality - I do the voice-over for the TV show The Only Way Is Essex, and bought Betsy a bodysuit with 'Essex Baby' on the front - too cute!

From £10.90.

Green People No Scent Sun Lotion SPF 25

I'm getting into the habit of protecting Betsy's skin on sunny days. This is a lovely product with no harsh ingredients, and it's really easily absorbed, too.


Ladybird Rainmac

I'm loving this pretty Ladybird Rainmac. I just roll it up and put it in the pram when we're out on our walks. I almost wish for it to rain, because Betsy looks so cute in it! You can never rely on the British weather, can you?

From £15,

Mothercare's Retractable Car Sunblinds

You can forget how hot it can get with the sun beating down through the glass of car windows, so sunshades are really useful. I like Mothercare's Retractable Car Sunblinds.

£7.99 for a pack of two,

Oxo Tot Sippy Cup

I'm loving this Oxo Tot Sippy Cup. It's leak-proof and looks really smart - Betsy feels so grown up using it!


Vertbaudet reversible cotton sun hat

Betsy looks so sweet in this gorgeous sun hat from Vertbaudet, and it's great for when we're out and about.


Tommee Tippee Disposable Bibs

Betsy's such a messy eater and these come in handy when you're out-and-about or spending the day at the seaside. I'm a huge fan.

£2.99 for 20,

UV beach shelters

UV beach shelters are great for the garden, and Betsy takes a nap in hers when we're on the beach. Plus, she's also protected from the wind.

Bath toys from the Early Learning Centre

I'm loving these super-cute bath toys from the Early Learning Centre. A good old splashabout means Betsy drops off really quickly when she goes to bed - and sleeps right through. Betsy loves the Seaside Pour and Play.


JoJo Maman Bebe's gingham bean bag chair

I think Betsy feels like a proper little grown up when she's sitting in her gingham bean bag chair, chattering away!


Peppa Pig Aquadoodle Mats

Betsy plays with hers for ages - she scribbles on the mat with a water-filled pen and watches her 'doodles' fade away - meaning she gets to do them all over again!



This is a great alternative to armbands - Betsy loves hers, it gives me peace of mind when in the water, too.

From £24.99,

Hippychick's Waterproof All-In-One

It's fantastic for Betsy in bad weather, as I don't have to put the raincover on the buggy. Betsy hates that - she likes to be able to see where she's going.


Jo Tantum's Go-Anywhere Black-out Blind

So handy when you're travelling - you can create a snug little sleep space wherever you are. I use it in Betsy's nursery, too, to keep it dark.

From £25.95,

4little1 Baby nose-clear nasal aspirator

Betsy had a terrible cold recently, and this really helped - it meant she could get a good night's sleep.

£7.29, prescription only,

Dribble Ons bandana bibs

I love these for when we're out and about with Betsy. They're a great alternative to 'real' bibs and make Betsy feel that little bit more grown-up! Really cute and very soft on her skin, too.


The Harley Trunki

Betsy LOVES her Trunki - called the Harley after the Harlequin ladybird it resembles! She pulls it around and puts all her favourite toys in it - it's so sweet!


Cuddlerobe from Cuddledry

The toddler version of the Cuddledry is a must in the winter months - I wrap Betsy in hers straight from the bath so she doesn't get chilly.


Ugg Toddler Classics

Our kitchen floor is tiled, so Betsy and I make sure we wear our Ugg boots when we're in there to keep our toes toasty. She's so cute in hers!