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Preparing for Your Toddler’s Hospital Stay

What You May Want to Prepare Your Toddler For:

  • Change in routine
    • Diet restrictions
    • Changes in sleep patterns
    • Mobility restrictions
  • Separation from caregivers
  • Unfamiliar environment and people
  • Possible interruption of typical development
  • Toilet training
  • Learning to talk and walk 

When to Talk to Your Toddler:

  • 1-2 days prior to admission 

How to Help Your Toddler:

  • Bring familiar comfort items from home
    • Blankets, stuffed animals, toddler sippy cup, soothing music, as well as any items you think may be helpful
  • Create a plan for consistent caregivers (make a schedule of who can be at the hospital at different periods of time)
  • Provide your child an opportunity to participate in health care play
    • Purchase a play “doctor’s kit”

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