What To Expect:
- Provisions: We provide everything an infant or younger child would need:
- Hospital beds with safety rails
- Pediatric wheelchairs
- High chairs
- Child-size pajamas
- Your child's room is his or her "home away from home" while in the hospital. Please feel free to decorate the room with your child's artwork, cards, or other personal belongings to help your child feel more comfortable.
- Sleep chairs are provided to accommodate one parent at the bedside if they desire to stay the night with their child.
- Age-appropriate toys and activities are provided by the Child Life Specialists.
As your child's primary caretaker, you are an important part of your child's care while in the hospital. Our staff is here for you and your child. As the plan of care is developed for your child, please share special things that are important to you and your child. We encourage you to tell us what you need and how you would like to participate in the care of your child.
Play Areas and Activity Spaces
Play spaces have been created to provide a safe, inviting area for children and their families. At Baystate Children's Hospital, our staff knows that being in the hospital may be stressful and frightening to a child. The play spaces and each child's room are "safe spaces" where procedures and treatments are not done. Medical procedures occur only in treatment rooms so that children associate no pain with play areas or their beds. Adolescents may choose to have procedures done in their rooms, however.
Play and activity spaces are available on each of the units. The play deck located at the entrance of the Infant and Children's Unit. Weather permitting, the outside play deck is also available. This space is especially calming, with outdoor furniture, a children's garden, and seasonal mural. The adolescent activity room is available 24 hours a day. Video games, movies, and a portable computer on the adolescent unit are also available for use in patient rooms.