Why is my 2 yr old afraid of everthing?

Tzeni - posted on 11/08/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




My 2 yr old son is afraid of everything from the mixer to motorbikes or maybe even the simplest thing. Is there a possibility that I am at fault? Am I being over-protective that as a result he's afraid of everything or is it just a phase?


Elizabeth - posted on 11/08/2011




I just read about this phase within the last week. It is related to an increasing imagination. He doesn't know what things are so his brain makes up stories. With noises he doesn't know what makes the noises or why. Maybe if you calmly explain things, it would help. Even if he doesn't understand all of the words, he will know that you are aware of whatever he is scared of, that there is an explanation, and that you understand it and it doesn't bother you.

Amy - posted on 11/08/2011




My son who is now 5 was exactly the same way at that age! If we went anywhere where there was loud noises he would freak out, and there was nothing we could do to calm him down until the noise stopped or we left. He was and still is very sensitive to noises, up until this year we couldn't even watch fireworks from the car without it bothering him. If you think he is abnormally sensitive to noises I would have him tested for a sensory processing disorder I'm pretty sure my son has one and I'll be speaking to his teacher about it. Some other things my son does that makes me think this is he hates clothes and the way they feel, he also has a food texture problem, and he still mouths objects. The only reason I mention it because you would know if your son exhibits these other behaviors, you can google sensory processing disorder in toddlers, know it's common to only exhibit some of the behaviors and not all but it will give you a starting point.

Tara - posted on 11/09/2011




Both of my daughters have had this phase, it's more because they are developing so rapidly with new language skills and their imagination just goes into overdrive.

My oldest (she's 3 1/2) today told me she was "afraid of the garbage truck" and when I questioned her more closely it was because it was big and loud and she didn't know what it did - once I explained what it did she was fine and went on to tell me all about what the garbage truck was doing and where it was going, etc.


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Tzeni - posted on 11/09/2011




i have a feeling that i'm at fault for some reason. there are times that i feel/know that i'm being over-protected & i think that he senses this. I don't know!! it worries me because some people make it sound like a "problem". i need all the advice i could get!!!!

Amanda - posted on 11/09/2011




Sounds like a normal 2 year old. This is when they realize there is much more to the world then just mom and themselves. It can be a little confusing and bothersome to many toddlers.

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