Is it normal for my toddler to want to clean everything?

Nadine - posted on 10/01/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is nearly 21 months old and his baby brother is nearly 7 months old. I have started potty training my eldest since he no longer wants to wear nappies. What is concerning me is the fact that he wants to clean everything. He often walks with a cloth and dusts the room divider and ornaments, he walks around with a broom and tries to sweep. If he is sick and throws up he gets very upset about the mess and he does not like it if I clean it, he fetches a cloth and cleans it. I got him a puppy and if the puppy makes a mess he tries to clean it. When I change his brothers nappy then he wants to throw it away and when his brother eats he stands ready with a cloth and wipes his face after each mouthful. At night after supper, if he didn't finish his food he carries his own plate to the kitchen, empties the leftovers into the dustbin and puts his plate on the counter. He even tries to take my plate and his dads plate to the kitchen. I have never made a fuss about a mess. My husband and I are both very relaxed when it comes to things being messed and I always clean it up without a word. But my son makes a big fuss if he sees any mess. I am becoming concerned about his behaviour.

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YiFang - posted on 10/01/2009

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I think it's a great thing that your son is not only being clean but also very particular. My son started at one year old, he would try to clean the floor and his crib. I think it's because he sees me and the babysitter doing that all the time. I love it and try to encourage that. However, when he starts cleaning the floor in the store, I know I need to teach him when and where to clean.

I think explain to him sometimes certain things can be messy and you will go back to clean later. Also, maybe give him a little area just for him to keep it the way he likes might help.

I personally think it's so cool that your son is so clean and knows exactly how and what he wants. This is how I look at it, a clean boy is way better then a messy one ;-)

Lynlee - posted on 10/01/2009

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Our son is sometimes like that. Sometimes he is messy as but other times he will be so concerned when he spills something or there is a crumb on the floor. He also went through a phase of walking round with a sponge and cleaning everything and he has to help with the vacuuming. To an extent your son is mimicing you, just practising what he has seen you do but it is normal behaviour - don't worry about it.

Helen - posted on 10/01/2009

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hey ur sooo lucky lol wish my kids would do the same it would help cocidering the fact i ave 4 kids 5yr 3yr nearly 2yr an a nearly 1yr old i dont think theres any thing wrong with it he just seems to b a very tidy child ave u thought bout encouraging a little mess like finger printing with paint or mix corn flour an water together in a bowl my kids love that hope that helps if u r still concerned try talkin to ur health visitor ?

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Lil_gi_2 - posted on 01/09/2017

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It would only concern me if it is obsessive, and if there are other issues as well. More than likely its a phase. My son likes to clean a lot and I encourage it. But he can also be a very messy and dirty lol.

Nadine - posted on 10/07/2009

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Thank you everyone for your comments! I will relax and let him be. You are right, I am lucky that he is clean and he does know exactly what he wants! Thank you all again. :-)

Glocel - posted on 10/02/2009

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I think that's great! There's nothing to worry about. My son is 21 mos. too and there are times he also cleans up after a mess, he gets the mop, the vacuum, the duster, a tissue or paper towel and starts doing what he sees his dad and I do during chores. We even got him a toy vacuum so he wouldn't have to grab the real vacuum when I am cleaning the house. And what I noticed is that everytime he knows he did something good, he acknowledges himself by clapping. Then he approaches me or his dad and motions for a kiss.

Just relax and be grateful, he's a perfectly fine boy.

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