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What to bring for your stay at Sainte-Justine

What to bring for your child

Personal care items

In addition to clothes, you must bring:

  • one or two pajamas,
  • a robe (optional),
  • slippers (with non-skid soles),
  • socks.

And personal care items, such as:

  • toothbrush,
  • toothpaste,
  • hairbrush,
  • comb,
  • shampoo,
  • soap,
  • deodorant, etc.

For your baby or toddler, bring their pacifier and blanket and make sure to properly label them with your child’s name.

For younger children, make sure to bring things that comfort them and their “blanky,” as well as their favourite toys, clearly marked with their name.

Do not forget to bring a sufficient supply of disposable diapers. Bibs are available in the care units. For breastfeeding mothers, breast pumps are available upon request. Speak to your nurse for more information.


The prevent clutter in the room, for extended stays, please limit the number of toys (3 or 4) and rotate toys and personal belongings.

You can also borrow toys from the Toy-lending Library run by a team of Volunteers, located on the 9th floor of Block 1. The toy-lending library is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

If your child is placed in isolation because of an infection or for their protection, they will not be able to go to the game room. In this case, you are recommended to bring a few toys from home, but you must not share any of your child’s toys with other patients.

Electrical appliances

In all of the care units, small home appliances (coffeemaker, toaster oven, air conditioner, television, etc.) are prohibited to ensure the safety of patients and the proper operation of medical equipment. Battery-operated devices are permitted (electronic games, portable DVD players, laptop computers, etc.).

For your stay in Obstetrics and Gynecology

For mothers

In addition to your clothes and personal care products, you must bring a sufficient supply of sanitary napkins and tissue paper.

You can also bring other items that will make your stay in the hospital more comfortable, such as a portable CD player, hairdryer, etc. Please note that any items you bring with you must be in good working condition (CSA-approved and equipped with their original electrical cables).

For your newborn

  • Underclothes are provided in the hospital throughout your baby’s stay.
    Bring season-appropriate clothes in preparation for your baby’s discharge from the hospital.
  • Car seats
    Since January 1, 1990, placing newborns in a car seat when travelling by car is mandatory. In accordance with the law and for your newborn’s safety, a car seat must be already installed in your vehicle on the day of your baby’s discharge. Bring the car seat with you upon admission so that we can properly inspect it. Several organizations in the Montreal area offer car seats for rent.
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Updated on 1/3/2017
Created on 7/11/2014
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