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I have a 15 month old and my dh and I don't have anyone to watch him. What are we supposed to do? any ideas? The only person we could possibly use is his nana but she works full time in a high power job. SO if the baby comes before x-mas she is out. Can toddlers go to the hospital?
 

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He can definitely go to the hospital, but depending on your hospital's policies he may have to be in the waiting room area when things get active (and obviously have an adult with him). They may have an emergency sitter set up (usually a candy striper, or volunteer from the gift shop, etc) but this may be harder on your DS than someone he knows already, and if your Dh is there they will probably not offer the service. Calling L&D and asking what your options are is probably going to be your best bet.
 

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You should call your hospital & ask what their policy is regarding toddlers in the delivery room AND how long they can stay after the birth , etc. And then, a few days later, call again just to be sure the first person didn't give you incorrect info. I did this & did get slightly different info from both people.<br><br>
My hospital says that our toddler would be allowed throughout the birth & can stay with us afterwards, as long as he has his own adult whose sole job is watching after him.<br><br>
(I know our 24 mo old would be terribly annoyed & bewildered stuck in a hospital so it was reason number 409 on my list of reasons we decided to have a UC instead)<br><br>
Good luck figuring it all out! You'd think the hosp staff would realize that having a new baby is a <i>family event</i> & <b>EXPECT</b> your other kids to be there.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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At my hospital and the one I originally planned to go to, it was a similar thing - if you wanted your other child to be there, they had to have an adult there with them whose only job was to watch that child - so if it was you, DH, and DS, your DH would have to be focused on watching your son rather than helping you during labor.
 

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I asked b/c I feel like this time could go fast, and I don't know who will be watching my girls. My OB told me to just take them to the hospital, then call whomever will be watching them to come to the hospital instead of trying to run the kids somewhere. He said if it were an emergency, most likely they could find SOMEONE to watch my 2 kiddos while I pushed (kids would be allowed in until pushing time). Last time my labor wasn't very long, so I figure by the time I figure out I"m in labor, get DH home and ready to drive me, plus take the kids somewhere, it would be at LEAST 1.5 hours, probably closer to 2 (we are an hour from the hospital). I really don't want to have twins on the side of the road!
 

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At our local hospitals, NOONE under 12 is allowed on the birthing floor. PERIOD. Now, on the recovery floors, they can visit like anyone else in one hospital but can not stay overnight like "dad" can, they only get to come during "visiting" hours, which means that if dh is your only option to watch the child, he can not stay with you, he has to take the kid home after visiting hours. If you show up with noone to watch your kids except dh, your dh will have to stay with them (on another FLOOR from where you are!) while you labor and deliver alone. They do NOT provide any type of "childcare".<br><br>
This is a huge reason I could not even consider birthing in a hospital...dd would FREAK if we were seperated.
 
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