Preparing for an Overnight Stay
Whether this is your child's first hospitalization or one of many at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, being away from home and meeting new people can be stressful for both your child and family members. You can play an important role in keeping your child comfortable.
Familiar routines — dressing, bathing, eating— can help your child adjust. Don't be afraid to ask questions or to request explanations about your child's care. Your child's nurse will welcome you to your child’s room and familiarize you and your child with the features of the room or unit.
What to Bring to the Hospital
Bring familiar toys, clothes, and books that are inexpensive and clearly marked with your child's name. St. Christopher’s provides pajamas and age-appropriate toys through the Child Life department. Children can feel free to bring homework as well as hand-held games or electronic headsets to use following a procedure or during an overnight visit.
Important Things to Know