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    Default What to buy for child in hospital?

    A friend's daughter is having heart surgery next month, the first of many. I want to send her a care package. We live in different states and her little girl having the operation is 7 months old. Any ideas on gifts I can send for her, her husband and children?

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    You're a very thoughtful friend. Do they have other kids? What about something like loom bands so they can do something if they're at the hospital? Books, meal vouchers, stuff to keep them cosy like a nice blanket, socks

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    -Have groceries delivered for when they get home
    -Organise a cleaner
    -Order takeout and pay over the phone
    -Send a book pack with something for the kids and books that Mum & Dad will enjoy
    -A nice blanket for bub to take to hospital
    -Flannelette pyjamas, that way they can be left unbuttoned if need be

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    I agree that a cleaner is a great idea.

    I have sent meals for dinner from a local takeaway that delivers. Indian, Thai etc all freeze well.

    I've had kids sick in hospital and to be honest it made a huge difference when people made meals or organised a cleaner.

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    I know some people would love a cleaner but I would've hated it - the idea of someone coming into my home would just freak me right out. My bestie wanted to organise a cleaner for me recently when I was in hospital and I'm so glad she asked me first because it was a big fat no thanks! Just something to keep in mind.

    Other things that I appreciated were books, magazines, chocolate/lollies, colouring books and puzzles for the bigger kids (the paint with water books are great for hospital), a nice journal and a pen, a nice blanket and some little toys for bub, handcream for mum because you are sanitizing your hands a million times a day and my hands would get so dry.

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    My child had open heart surgery at 5 and a half months. And just the fact you are thinking of her is beautiful. Hiring a cleaner is a beautiful idea. Maybe a special book with a beautiful message written in it as a forever keepsake. I'm sending positive thoughts to your friends little one xxx

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    My daughter has been in and out of hospital with heart surgeries etc. She was actually in for surgery at about the same age.

    For bub... there isn't really anything but perhaps some clothes that open all the way down with snaps (not zips) and have no feet. This means bub can be dressed (not immediately) and can still have drains/ecg leads, pacing wires and pulse ox stuff on... you can feed them through the gaps between the snaps. I always liked to dress my daughter still. Kmart sell thiw pretty cheap (I buy these for otber friends with heart babies) and I tell them it doesn't matter if th3 clothese need to be cut or get stained.
    You can buy these white noise toys (cloud brand or something) or a similar toy to put with bubs for comfort. My daughter always has it in hospital.

    For parents.... can you organise a food hamper? Maybe some can deliver it for you with quick easy snacks... cup a soups, noodles, chocolate, chips.... doesnt sound healthy but its quick and easy. Plus stuff to keep occupied. Perhaps a usb stick filled up with mums fav tv show or some movies for her to watch while passing the hours in hospital. Trashy magazine... crosswords. Plus if you play words with friends or something play with her on phones to pass the time.

    Hope that helps.

    Sent from my GT-P5220 using The Bub Hub mobile app

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