Absolutley terrified of the vacuum cleaner

Patricia - posted on 03/13/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My now 22 month old daughter is terrified (and I mean terrified) of the vacuum cleaner. She sits on the sofa and shakes like a leaf and cries. She liked it when she was a baby because of the "soothing" noise. Nothing has happened to make her afraid of it; she hasn't been run over by it! She started being afraid at around 1 year. We got her a toy vacuum to play with in the hope of having her help Mommy clean, but she's afraid of it too. I can't leave it sitting out for her to get used to because she screams when she see's it. Any advice on getting her over this?

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LaCi - posted on 03/15/2010

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lol! my son is 21 months and he is also afraid of the vacuum cleaner. He will scream hysterically and run away or climb to higher ground every time I get it out. I haven't really done anything about it. He runs to the opposite end of the house and I vacuum, then we switch places. I figure he'll get over it, just like he got over the blender and the food processor.

Amber - posted on 03/15/2010

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My daughter was the same way. It got so bad I could not vacuum while she was home. I finally just had her help me push the vacuum when it was not on, for about three days, then i turned it on and let her help me vacuum. Now she has no problems with it. I hope this helps:)

Audrey - posted on 03/14/2010

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My son started to do the same thing until I started to hold him while I vacuumed... even though he was frightened, because I was holding him, he finally adjusted to the sound and now I can vacuum with him not being bothered by it... maybe that would work?

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Kimberly - posted on 03/15/2010

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my 5 month old daughter is terrified of the vacuum cleaner as well. She gets all shaky and scared I have to turn it off. I can't vacuum unless she is sleeping :/

Corinne - posted on 03/14/2010

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my daughter is the same way! it never bothered her until she was learning to crawl! now when i turn it on she screams her head off!! i try to avoid vacuuming if shes awake but if i have too ive noticed that shes ok with it if she can push it with me! i get her involved with it...otherwise i honestly just tune the screaming out and vacuuming as quickly as possible! if i have help, i have them take her into another room and play with her! we have one of those push popping toys...she lovesss that thing! im sure its just a phase and i look forward to it being over with!

Jess - posted on 03/14/2010

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My 7 month old started doing this too. We found pulling the vacumm out and letting her play with it helped. We just get it out and let her sit on it, play with the buttons (not plugged in) it just making the vacumming a non event !

Charlotte - posted on 03/13/2010

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my son is the same way but getting better. talk to her about her fear and tell her that it will be ok. would it help to vacuum when she naps if she naps.

Heather - posted on 03/13/2010

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By chance did she have tubes put in her ears or anything like that? My son loved the vacuum until he had tubes put in his ears, then he could hear it better and it was so loud that he was terrified!

Brittany - posted on 03/13/2010

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oh my.. lol. have you tried making it "fun"? sounds like common sense i know, but my son used to be afraid of the vacuum cleaner too. then one day when i pulled it out, i plugged it in, showing him how (he's 11 mos old and is really getting into the "how things work" stage). i held him the whole time too, which seemed to calm him. then after plugging it in, i hit the button on then off real fast. just one quick "vroom!", and did this a few times. then i would let it click on a little longer, and longer and longer. then he seemed fascinated with the fact that when i hit the button it turned on and off. of course, your daughter is much older so may not appreciate this as much, as she probably "gets" the on/off thing, lol! but maybe try just holding her and showing her its OK, that the vacuum won't hurt her. otherwise, you may just have to have daddy or someone take her to another room or outside for a walk while you get your vacuuming done? i'm sure that this is just a phase, so hopefully she snaps out of it soon. if not soon then eventually right! i've never been a fan of the vacuum either, it's so loud, ugh. anyways, hope you find the answer you're looking for, good luck! :)

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