- If you have any ideas and/or short anecdotes to contribute, please put them in replies to this post for us to consider. We put quotation marks around all the advice that came from friends.
- If you are a relative or friend of the toddler’s parents, please check out the last section of this page for ideas of how you can help lift their load.
- Thank you to everyone who is helping to contribute to this list!
First, check out the inspiration for this project which contains a huge list of hospital survival techniques. http://www.chdknowledge.com/2012/05/if-your-baby-needs-open-heart-surgery.html
- If you need to travel by plane and need financial assistance or have a particularly fragile child you may want to check out the air charity network.
Things to Bring
- A pic of the family to put by his bed.
- toddlers sippy cup/bottle
- lovey to comfort with
- his own socks as him being a sensory kid he hates the sticky socks.
- button down pjs
- If old enough a handheld game or ipad.
- favorite toy and some new ones.
- when Broc had OHS I raided the dollar store and walmart.I bought a HUGE gift bag and filled it with books,cars,trucks,crayons,color book,stickers,spinning lights.He loved that.
- bubbles and a new dvd.
- I did buy some bigger items too that were special.
- Everyday I would pull out something new or after a nasty IV poke or tube pull.