Ok, let me preface this by saying I do home daycare and I have never seen this type of OCD behavior in a toddler before. I need some insight!!!
My ds just turned a year old last week. FOr going on 2 weeks now he has been COMPLETELY obsessed with the vacuums. He knows where they are (theres one in a downstairs closet and one in an upstairs closet), he knows where the dustbuster is too.... We have 2 toy vacuums that both make noise and these will do for a while (like 2 or 3 minutes) but then he goes back to the closet doors and starts going "enh, enh, enh" and pointing. If you ignore him, he shrieks. If you still ignore him he starts to melt down with sobbing heaves and fat tears running down his face. Then, when you can't take his sadness any more and you go open the door so he can get the vacuum he gets soooooo excited. BUT, you have to get it out, plug it in, un-latch the handle and help him push it. If you skip any of these steps with the vacuums the afore mentioned scenario starts again. The dustbuster he can do himself, but the bad part is... the rechargeable battery in it only lasts for 15 to 20 minutes and as soon as it dies, he starts for the closets with the vacuums.
This scenario happens at LEAST once every 30 minutes while he is awake. He has a one track mind, and he would do it ALL.DAY.LONG if someone had the time (and patience) to help him. The kid has the attention span like no other toddler I know, as long as he is vacuuming. When I do help him, starting with the intentions to do it as long as he pleases to "get it out of his system" he will always out last me (or dh or grandma.)
Any suggestions? This has been going on for about 2 weeks now!