My 2yr old is terrified of the vacuum what do i do

Tina - posted on 04/18/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




My 2 yr old has nightmares already & about vacuums multiple times a night he wakes up screaming no vacuum help & if he sees or hears a vacuum i screams & peaks around corners to make sure there isn't one around i got him a toy one that he loves to see if that helped him get over his fear but it hasn't does anyone else have that problem or have any suggestions for what might help


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My son didn't have nightmares or anything but he would run and cry whenever I'd vacuum when he was younger. The way I solved this was to carry him (he was around 18 months - 2 years) with me sometimes when I'd vacuum. I mean, not the ENTIRE time I was vacuuming, but just for a few minutes I'd vacuum the same spot or do a small area while holding him so that he could see that it was ok. He eventually got to where he would reach out and try to "help" me push it (while I was holding him). So then one day I literally took it and sat it in the middle of the living room floor, unplugged. I just left it sitting there all day and little by little he'd work his way over to it, touch it and then back away. By the end of the day he was trying to push it around the house. After that, I just sorta made a game of it. He would sometimes stand behind it (in between me and the vacuum) and "help" me and sometimes he would actually sit on it and I'd give him rides. Now, he's 3 and a half and my little helper. He LOVES it when I get out the vacuum. His job is to plug it in and then when I'm finished, he helps me dump the collection container and then unplug and put it away. Good luck momma :)


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Louise - posted on 04/18/2011




My suggestion was the toy one! Hum........ this is a hard one he really has turned this into a phobia. is it the noise or the action of sucking things up I wonder? Buy a sweeper and see if he has the same reaction to this and then you will have your answer. Vacuums are really loud machines and quite scary, try the sweeper until he is a bit older and then place the vacuum in different rooms not switched on and see if he still sees it as scary. Introduce it back to him very slowly. Other than that I have no idea what to do!

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