Staying Overnight

At Children’s National Health System, our approach to caring for patients involves the entire family. As our partner in care, we work closely with you to ensure the best outcomes and a positive experience while your child is a patient with us. We make sure you have the information, resources and support you need to be an active member of your child’s care team.

Throughout your child’s stay, we encourage you to ask questions and share your observations.

Staying Overnight with Your Child

Parents and legal guardians are welcome to visit Children’s National 24 hours a day. We strongly encourage parents to be with their child during an overnight (inpatient) stay. Your presence is comforting, especially for younger children. Either both parents or up to two guardians can stay in a child’s room. Most inpatient rooms at the hospital include a bed and a reclining chair. There are also sleeping spaces located close to the rooms in quiet waiting areas.

Other family members and friends are welcome to visit from 10 am to 8 pm, seven days a week. All visitors must check in with the nurses or social workers on the child’s unit and follow visitor rules for that unit.

What to Bring

The following checklist will help you get ready for staying overnight at Children’s National. What to bring with you:

Discharge Information

Do not leave the hospital without your discharge instructions. Here are some helpful tips about your discharge.


Frequent appointments or staying overnight at the hospital can be stressful for families. At Children’s National, we offer a variety of amenities to support you and your family during your stay.

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My Dining Patient Menu

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Jason's Story

When Jason was born, the Children's National team was already standing by to treat his failing kidneys. He spent his first two months in the NICU, and he has been in and out of Children's National for the past six years.

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