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Present for 3 yr old starting chemo

(20 Posts)
Bramshott Tue 03-Nov-09 12:09:02

My goddaughter (4 in December) is about to start a course of chemotherapy sad. She will be in and out of hospital for quite a while - it's a long course as it's low dose I think. So far I have sent some colouring books etc, thinking that she will be bored, but I'm wondering what sort of things might be well recieved/useful? Is there any sort of little collection of toys that I can get her at regular intervals so she has a new "little friend" to take in with her?

Claire2301 Tue 03-Nov-09 12:26:04

How about a special build a bear, bear? A friend of mines DD was in hospital for two months, grandparents brought the bear and friends brought clothes, toys etc for the bear. She absolutely loved dressing it, chatting to it, tucking it up at night etc etc. Otherwise DVD's, slow games as she is probably going to be very tired. Best wishes for your goddaughter.

Bramshott Tue 03-Nov-09 16:54:28

Thanks Claire.

Anyone else / any other ideas?

RubysReturn Tue 03-Nov-09 17:02:14

Sylvanians are good for littlies - my dds liked them for ages.

WOuld a toy hospital be good?

If you have ££££££££££ a Nintendo ds (about £40 recon) I believe - with a few games are a v good way of filling time.

Poor little sausage

fishflange Tue 03-Nov-09 17:02:51

Sylvanian family figures

Little wheely suitcase with play make up, feather boas, plastic rings and beads.

Poor lamb, what a lovely fairy godmother she has

Bramshott Tue 03-Nov-09 17:20:10

Ooh - I'm liking the idea of Sylvanian Families. They could write her little letters which arrive with them couldn't they . . .

Thanks! Just trying to work out what to do / how best to help.

RubysReturn Tue 03-Nov-09 17:32:19

I bet they are very glad to have you about.

RubysReturn Tue 03-Nov-09 17:35:55

ta dah!

Bramshott Tue 03-Nov-09 17:56:55

Thanks Ruby!

chegirl Tue 03-Nov-09 20:23:52


A build a bear is lovely but not easy to clean. Your neice's immune system is likely to be severely compromised and soft toys are not always a good idea.

Whatever you choose make sure its washable (hot wash) and wipable.

Stories on CD and a kid's CD player are great because the little lamby may be too weak sometimes to sit up and read/play.

Smallish things that are easy to hold when little hands are feeling weak, shiney, exciting glittery things, DVDs etc are usually popular.

Can I ask what her diagnosis is? I only ask because it may give you an idea of how long her treatment will last.

I wish her and her family all the best.

chegirl Tue 03-Nov-09 20:25:12

Sorry - I should have said Goddaughter x

MavisEnderby Tue 03-Nov-09 20:30:48

I would say dvds that she could watch if she is having a tired day.Also toys that are plastic and easily cleanable as Chegirl said if her immune system is weakened.Lego?Drawing and colouring stuff sounds good for days when she feels up to it.Books for her parents to read to her.Pretty hats/scarves and so on for if/when she loses her hair.

Seding love and strength to you and her parents and her.

MavisEnderby Tue 03-Nov-09 20:34:44

Fisher price Little People areextremely popular with my dd 3 atm.They have a lovely little dolls house type thing and people that has sounds and so on that dd absolutely loves and has played with nearly constantly for almost a year.

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Tue 03-Nov-09 20:44:32

DS is 3 and we got him a Playmobil ambulance from new baby DD which he absolutely loves and plays with over and over.

this one

RubysReturn Tue 03-Nov-09 21:35:34

Had to come back as had an idea - if you can sew, coudl you make matching pjs/nightie for her and her teddy?

If not, I bet someone on MN can!

Katz Tue 03-Nov-09 21:41:00

my girls have loved these dolls

snap and style

you can get extra clothes and a range of the dolls.

Bramshott Wed 04-Nov-09 10:05:01

Thanks for all your ideas. My DDs have one of those dolls Katz, and I've wondered what it was called - they love it!

For now I have ordered a Peppa Pig in a nurse's outfit, a Sylvanian rabbit family, and some mini-aquadraw mats. When they come, I will work out what's best to give her for now, and anything unsuitable can be for my DDs Christmas presents! Thanks for the heads-up about easily washable / cleanable - that's a good point.

RubysReturn Wed 04-Nov-09 18:52:46

Nurse Peppa sounds fantastic grin

Lizzylou Wed 04-Nov-09 18:56:15

How about the Playmobil Take along Dollhouse?

Here, easily washable?

How very worrying for her family and for you.

Nurse Peppa Pig does sound fab smile

Hope all is well for her.

ScarletBandit Sat 07-Nov-09 14:08:41

Hi Bramshott. The suggestions on here are fab and I would echo the easily cleanable things, although if she is particularly attached to one or two cuddly ones they could be thrown in the washing machine!

Dvd's are great for times when she may be tired and not really feel like playing, and a few funny books that someone could read to her to make her smile smile

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