scared of the vacuum cleaner

E - posted on 04/12/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 17 months and terrified of the vacuum cleaner!! she will scream until i turn it off. does anyone else have this problem and what do you do?

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Jaclyn - posted on 04/16/2010

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Yes i did have this problem my boy would scam the house down and want to cuddle me but he did eventually get over it i left it out for him to play with and also for his birthday i got him his own little toy one...seemed to work. But now his afraid of the blender lol but i just try and show him that he doesn't need to be scared.

Tia - posted on 04/15/2010

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My daughter Marleigh is the same way. She freaks out when someone is vacuuming. We also go over to it and touch it and I reasure her it is okay. I usually wait until she naps or is in bed for the night to clean up or if it is an emergency and no one is there to distract her, I hold her while I vacuum.

Jeanette - posted on 04/14/2010

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My almost 17 month old son is, I wouldnt say afraid of the vacuum, but I think he gets worried that it is going to hurt whoever is using it. If my fiance is vacuuming then my son runs to him yelling Daddy until he picks him up...Its a pain in the neck to hold him while we vacuum but it seems to help him realize that its not going to hurt anyone. He is getting better everytime...And when we leave it out he sometimes trys to open the closet door and push the vacuum in the closet. hah

Jen - posted on 04/12/2010

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Our lil girl went through that. We basically any time one vacumed the other would sit with her watching. And encourage them to investigate it off and then on. One thing that really worked is asking if she was ready before we turned it on. Good luck!

Briony - posted on 04/12/2010

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My 17 month old son is also terrified and I've even found him hiding beside the coffee table peering out at it. I usually get his dad to hold him while I vacuum although this isn't always practical. I've tried putting him in his cot with his toys which seems to work ok and close his door until it's time to vacuum his room. I've tried leaving it out in his play room (turned off) for him to explore and get used to and I've even tried kissing and cuddling the vacuum to show him it's nothing to be scared of but he still screams. I've heard it my take awhile but they will eventually grow out of it. In the meantime just constant reassurance and a big smile on your face while you do the vacuuming :-)

Theresa - posted on 04/12/2010

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My son is 17 months old and he too is afraid of the vacuum... he never used to be.. but i just keep vacuuming. He usually will corner himself and cry. I just tell him its ok.

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