What is Child Life?

Using play, education and self-expression, HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital as a team of Child Life Specialists who are dedicated to improving the patient experience, care and satisfaction in the hospital, including family and sibling support and grief services. Learn more about Child Life.

Child Life Wish List


  • Due to strict infection control purposes, all donated items must be new and unwrapped.

  • We do not accept latex balloons, food items or candy. Please no toys with guns or swords.

  • In order to ensure patient safety and abide by patient confidentiality regulations, gifts cannot be delivered directly to patients by the donor(s).

Our biggest needs:

  • Stat strip adhesive Band-Aids
  • Crayola Model Magic (4 oz. packets)
  • Light up spinners
  • Teen items: apparel, body works, movies, games, etc.
  • ROKUS Sticks
  • Carhart mens/womens hats
  • Toddler shape sorter
  • Diamond dot crafts


  • $5-$10 café gift cards (HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital)
  • Nintendo Switch games (E for Everyone)
  • Gearation Magnetic Board (John Deere version)
  • Playskool Explore ‘N Grow Busy Gears
  • LOL surprise toys
  • Bluey toys
  • Board books
  • Beanie Boos (smallest size is best)


Program needs:

  • Lift and flip books

  • Recordable devices from Build-A-Bear (without prerecorded sounds)

  • Bath and Body lotion sets

  • Shampoo and conditioner sets

  • $3-5 gift cards/ Gas cards

  • G, PG, PG-13 Movies

  • Musical, light up infant toys

  • Paw-patrol toys

  • Little People toys and cars

  • Train or construction sets

  • Medical play sets

  • Lego sets

  • Shopkins toys

  • Infant teethers

  • I Miss You book by Pat Thomas