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Tegen - posted on 12/26/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My eight month old daughter Jaelyn is afraid of the vaccuum! I have tried nearly everything to try and help her get through being scared of it but all she does is scream. Now that she is crawling I can't help but vaccuum at least twice a week but it seems as if she is not out growing it. I was wondering if any of you moms have children that are afraid of things and what do you do to help them be at ease?

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Kerry - posted on 01/03/2010

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thats surprising 2 me becose my 8 month old loves the vacuum in fact if he his crying we put it n becose it soothes him.lol try vacuuming at the same times every day about 3 times a day then she should get used 2 it after awhile. i no what people mean by strangers when dylan was younger he didnt mind who he was with but now if he is with some1 who he dunt no then he looks round 4 me or his dad b4 he feels safe.

Carissa - posted on 01/03/2010

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Funny I just came across your post and our 8 (almost 9 month old) is also or WAS afraid of the vaccuum. I didn't want to vaccuum because he break out crying... but we have talked to him, let him touch the vaccuum, we tell him when it is going on and off, we have him watch while someone else holds him... and now he crawls right up to it while its on. He stills is a little leary, he makes a little humming noise while its on, as if it might be hurting his ears or just letting us know he just doesn't like the noise. It took about a month for him to become comfotable, we just kept doing the same things (as above) over and over each time we were to use the vaccuum. I hope this helps in some way... good luck!

Heather - posted on 12/31/2009

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My kids are scared of the vaccum as well and as they got older they have started to grow out of it....I held all of them at first now I put my 8 month old in her hight chair when I vaccum with something to play with and it works out just fine

Alora - posted on 12/30/2009

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My daughter was afraid of the vacuum also. i let her play with it for awhile (after i cleaned it) and then when she would accidently turn it on i would turn it off and eventually she was fine..i also vacuumed while holding her for a while and let her watch me vacuum while talking to her. now i have no issues with it

Angeline - posted on 12/30/2009

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I was thinking the same thing as Brandi. Leave the vacuum in the room where your daughter can see it. Let her go and investigate it at her pace. Maybe if she sees it woun't hurt her then she'll just have to get over the noise. My daughter Audrie, screamed the first she heard our vacuum so I started being silly. I danced and talked to her while I vacuumed she thought that was great. I did the same thing when I used the blender. Now she doesn't mind at all.

Christine - posted on 12/29/2009

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My daughter is afraid of the vacuum, tinfoil, baking sheets, paper bags and anything that makes a loud noise! I try to make her touch the items that make noises so that way she knows where the noise is comming from.( hasn't worked on the tinfoil yet). As for the vacuum her dad or myself will hold her while the other vacuums (or hold her while we are vacuuming), and we reassure her that she is ok, and we let her watch us while we are vacuuming. So far its helping..

Shelly - posted on 12/29/2009

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I put my daughter in the front pack, that way you have your hands free, and easier on your back. I have been doing this since she was 1 month old and she loves to help. Good luck,dont give up, eventually she will see its ok!

Joy - posted on 12/28/2009

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oh, hun, this is sooo normal! Babies start to be terrified by loud noises and people they dont recognize(called stranger anxiety) between 6months-1 year. I think Brandi's idea of inroducing her to it slowly is a great idea and also the idea of vaccuuming while holding her. im a first time mom and i just let her wail while i vaacuum, it HAS to be done to keep her safe and i dont want to teach her that she should run away from things that frighten her. Eventually your daughter will come around to it and until then, im sure she'll be just fine! good luck...

Charlotte - posted on 12/26/2009

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Try holding her while you vacuum. My kids were all terrified of the vacuum, but I just hold my daughter on my hip while I vacuum for a few times and now she loves it! She crawls and CHASES it through the house lol.

Claire - posted on 12/26/2009

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yes my 8month old daughter is really scared of the blender i use to make her meals she crys her little heart out so if i cant get sombody to take her out of the house i just dont use it which is kinda hard if it really needs to be done i guess maybe try brandie's idea that sounds like it should work! good luck! ;-)

Brandie - posted on 12/26/2009

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This may be an odd suggestion., but my daughter is deathly afraid of people she doesn't know well. For our two days of Christmas, we found that it worked really well to transition her into new people. Maybe you could try the same with the vacuum? Just put the vacuum in the room and slowly get her closer to it and show her what it does BEFORE turning it on. Also, when you do turn it on make sure it's in a far room where she can barely hear it and then process towards her slowly. It might not work, but I'd say it might be worth a shot.

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