• I love peek-a-boo and patty-cake.
• I like toys that I can poke, bang, pull and twist.
• I like to put objects in a container and dump them out.
• I can pretend to care for dolls and animals by feeding and holding them.
• I like stacking blocks, the older I am the more I can stack.
• I need my caregiver in the room with me so I don’t get scared in strange places.
• I love looking at myself in the mirror.
• I like to imitate adults, especially when they make animals noises.
• I can listen and wiggle my body to music.
• As I get older I can repeat words that I hear.
• Please read me books, this helps me learn common words.
• I need 14-16 hours of sleep per day.
What I can do with my body:
• I will climb on everything.
• I can stand on my own, and am learning to take a few steps.
• I like to use my fingers to pick up small toys.
• I like to pound objects to see how loud I can be.
• I want to be exploring my environment, not stuck in my crib.
Concerns I have about being in the hospital:
• I am afraid of strange people and strange rooms.
• I may try to pull out my tubes.
• I get really frustrated because the medical equipment can hinder my movement.
• I can associate people with pain.
• I need lots of different sights and sounds that can stimulate me.
• I may have more dependent behaviors (I may want to drink from a bottle instead of a cup).
• I may become clingy and whiny when my caregiver is not around.
• My routine may get disrupted, so make sure to create a daily schedule that is similar to what I do at home.
How can you help me while I am in the hospital?
• Give me stimulating activities such as pop-up toys, trucks or dolls that make noise, containers I can put things in and out, and blocks for stacking.
• Talk to me in a calming voice during procedures.
• Let my caregivers help with my care as much as possible.
• Provide a safe place for me to play (playrooms are great, but a mat on the floor is good too).
• Ask me about my favorite toys from home so you can provide similar activities that I normally play with.