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What You Can Bring to CHaD/DHMC

Below are some suggestions of personal items for children and caregivers to bring from home when coming to stay at CHaD/DHMC.

  • What Children Can Bring
  • What Caregivers Can Bring
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It can be hard for children to be away from home. While in the hospital it is helpful to bring items that are familiar and comforting, such as:

  • Your child's favorite security item, such as a blanket, stuffed animal, special toy, etc.
  • Special cup or utensils your child may prefer to use
  • Favorite books and/or DVDs
  • Comfortable pajamas, clothes, or onesies
  • Pillow
  • Special snacks
  • iPod/CD player and music
  • Photos of friends, family, and pets
  • Toiletries, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner
  • Items for the nighttime routine, such as a nightlight, noise machine, or music

It can be a very stressful time for parents and caregivers while a child is hospitalized. It is often helpful and comforting to have personal items from home with you, such as:

  • Magazines, books, or puzzle books
  • Cellular phone & charger
  • Calling card
  • Toiletries, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, cleanser, shampoo and conditioner, hairdryer, etc.
  • Address book
  • Calendar or datebook
  • Change of clothing
  • Comfortable sleepwear
  • Pillow
  • Personal medications
  • Stress-reducing items, such as running shoes, knitting supplies, iPod, or laptop