My 11 mnth old daughter is scared by the vaccum cleaner

Mikaylah - posted on 02/28/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have an 11 mnth old daughter who screams and starts shaking everytime i get the vaccum cleaner out...it doesnt even need to be on for her to start screaming..btu when i do turn it on she gets worse..i have tried sitting her on it when it is turned off so she knows that it wont hurt her and she is okay with that but as soon as she is away from it and i turn it on she is back to screaming and shaking..I am afraid to vaccum at all and resortesd to doing it while she is napping but i dont want herr to be afraid of it anymore..Please Help

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Mikaylah - posted on 03/01/2010

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Thankyou everyone for ypu comments hopefully she will grow out of it soon enough its just so distressing seeing her like that though..thanks heaps

Bethanie - posted on 02/28/2010

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My son was absolutely terrified of the vacuum from about 6 months until he was about 16 months (hes 20 months now) and he still occassionally gets upset but now for the most part he could care less. He was also afraid of my hand held mixer. He was afraid of BOTH my vacuums, a little tiny one and our large one. He would also play with it and it's attachments but as soon as it was turned on, he was screaming. It was a phase he went through that has now passed as will hers. If I vacuumed when he was awake, someone needed to hold him or I would just wait until he was napping--as annoying as that can be. She'll grow out of it in her own time.

Amanda - posted on 02/28/2010

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try buying her a toy vaccum cleaner that make a noise and ask her if she wants to help, then if she does tell her that you have to turn yours on so you can help her.

Jessica - posted on 02/28/2010

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my daughter was terrified of the vacuum and the blender. i just had to hold her while i showed her what it does. now she loves the vacuum because the hand held piece will suck up her clothes and she thinks its magic.

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Have you had her ears/ hearing tested? I know with some vacuum cleaners they emit a really high pitched noise thats almost inaudible but it hurts the ears. (It does with me and i've had hearing problems all my life). hope this gives you somewhere to start.

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