10 Ideas for Comfort Items to Bring to Your Child’s Appointment

Whether for a COVID-19 vaccine or any other reason, there are a few tried-and-true ways to prepare your child for a doctor’s visit: Talk about it ahead of time. Pretend through play. Practice calming exercises.

Best of all? Bring a few comfort items! (Your child will love this step.)

Put your child in charge of choosing a few items, and being responsible for them at their appointment. This can help them feel more comfortable before and during their visit, because they’ll know what to expect, and will feel more in control of their experience.

Here are ideas.

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Comfort Items Your Child Can Bring to a Doctor’s Visit

1. Small toy or stuffed animal

2. Favorite book

3. Activity book like a word search, coloring book, or I Spy book

4. Sticker pack

5. Fidget gadget like a fidget spinner or fidget cube

6. Medical play kit, so they can follow along

7. Soothing music or audio book (and headphones)

8. A favorite app or handheld game

To Help With Sensory Sensitivities

9. Noise-canceling headphones or ear muffs

10. Baseball cap

11. Sunglasses

When You Schedule Your Child’s Appointment

Be sure to check with your child’s doctor for what’s allowed, and ask if they have other suggestions. Let us know if your child has any special needs or sensitivities, so we can plan ahead to support your child.

Good luck planning ahead – and once it’s time for your child’s visit at Connecticut Children’s, know that our team is excited to give your child all the care and support they need!

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