Child Life Wish List


Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital


Infants & toddlers

·          Infant Mobiles that are plastic or non-plush

·          Infant Bouncy seats, swings, mirrors (without fabric)

·          “Fascination” Stations

·          Infant toys, wrist & feet rattles

·          Shatter proof mirrors/ attach to cribs

·          Toddler clothing sizes 18-24 months

·          Cassette tapes, CDs of lullaby and children's songs, blank tapes

·          Tape recorders, boom box (for play groups)

·          Baby Einstein videotapes

·          Kick start gym, crib rockers, busy boxes

·          Musical instruments, musical toys that light up 

·          Tactile mats, tactile stimulation toys, V-tech toys

·          Board books and pop-up books

·          Big wooden puzzles with handles

·          Chubby cars & trucks

Preschool & school-age

·          Coloring books and markers & crayons

·          Pre-packaged sets of coloring books & crayons

·          Pre-packaged sets of bead jewelry or arts and craft kits for appropriate ages

·          Bubble tumblers, rolls of stickers, large tubs of Crayola Model Magic modeling compound

·          Board games (Monopoly Junior, Checkers, etc.), card games such as UNO

·          Doll house furniture and people

·          Match Box cars, Hotwheels

·          Washable toys, with little or no detachable parts (i.e., Magna Doodle, See 'N Say)

·          Current age-appropriate movies, DVDs (must be closed captioned)

·          CD players, music CDs, blank CDs 

·          Photo story books, Dora the Explorer & Bob the Builder books/videos

·          Play Doh and Play Doh kits

·          I Spy books and other Pop-up books, light up toys for distraction


·          Hand-held computer games for all ages

·          Gameboy Advanced game systems & Gameboy Advanced games

·          Wii, Nintendo DS, PSP and PS3 games, Q20’s

·          CD players and CDs for teens

·          Stationary or portable DVD players and age appropriate DVD movies, Video Now

·          Current adolescent DVD movies and videos (must be closed captioned)

·          Journals, black paper with gel pens, scrapbooking supplies, beading supplies

·          Scrapbooking materials and scrapbooks

·          Lotions, body splash, nail polish & nail manicure sets

·          Picture frames, individual craft kits, scrapbooks & scrap-booking items

·          Teen board games (Scattegories, Monopoly, etc), card games such as UNO, SETGAME

·          Laptop computer, software

·          Gift certificates to: The Gap, Blockbuster, Barnes & Noble, Foot Locker, Old Navy, Aeropostale, Kohl’s, iTunes, FYE, etc.


We are always in need of: playing cards, special decks of cards such as UNO and SETGAME, seasonal stickers, small giveaway items, individual crayon boxes & coloring books, crossword puzzle books, hidden picture books, small bottles of bubbles.


Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital

Child Life Department





·          Used toys and stuffed animals.  In the hospital, following infection control guidelines is critical.  To protect our patients, we can only accept new items.

·          Toys stuffed with shredded foam, small pellets or beans. Look for items with fabric or solid foam.

·          Toys with detachable parts (like button eyes) that could be removed and swallowed or inhaled.

·          Electrical, spark-producing or friction-producing toys.

·          Movie tapes in the VCR format

·          Fragile toys that can break into small pieces with sharp edges.

·          Toys made of glass or brittle plastic.

·          Toys with sharp edges or protrusions.

·          Toys or craft kits with toxic or lead-based paints, latex or glues.

·          Toys with parts that can pinch fingers or pull hair.

·          Humorous medical toys and games.  These may arouse fear and cause misconceptions.

·          Toy guns and other violent toys.

·          Latex or rubber balloons or toys that are made of these substances.  We do accept Mylar ™ balloons.


Your thoughtfulness and generosity are very much appreciated.


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