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#1 of 7 Old 06-29-2004, 09:33 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My dd is 10 mnths old and has recently developed an absolute fright of both of our vacuum cleaners. We've always had them (one hand held, one standing one) and have always used them around her, with her in the sling, in the backpack, whatever. About two weeks ago, I was using the hand one and she was playing with her toys on the floor and she started crying, this really scared, frightened cry. Obviously, I stopped vacuuming and comforted her. But I couldn't go back to vacuuming; no matter what I did to show her the vacuum was "our friend" and not an evil monster, let her play with it, I showed her the different parts, etc, once they get turned on, she's terrifed. I know this is getting long, sorry...in the beginning, her fright was confined to the hand-held...until today. I was using the standing one and same story. I'm not sure what to do. We can't *not* vacuum. She cries even when she is in the another room with Dh or me while the other vacuums. Our whole upstairs is carpeted and we have one very large and hairy dog..not to mention a little 10 mo. crawling around....any ideas? Please...we're desperate! Thanks.
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Wow, I wish I could help you, just thought I'd bump this so maybe someone else will see it. My 3 yo developed a sudden fear of the vacuum, but it didn't hit until about 20 months or so. She's still a little afraid of it. maybe it's the noise, I'm not sure. Dd3 is 7 months and she doesn't have a problem. I've vacuumed around her on the floor, she reaches out and touches it, etc. I'm hoping that will lessen the fear later. Good luck, I hope you find something that works for you.
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We have the same problem with our 11mo. So, one of us takes him for a walk while the other person vacuums. You may not be able to vacuum as often (since it's now a 2 person job), but it works.
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Our 7 month old is extremely afraid of the vacuum cleaner and dust buster. She starts to shake and wimper if she hears them, and then it develops into a full on fear-filled scream fest. It has happened twice at home (we don't run either machine around her anymore!) and a few times while we were out and about.

DH takes dd for a walk while I vacuum OR I take dd out and he stays vacuums while we are gone. That may not seem like a solution, but it works for now.
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same thing here. she used to FALL ASLEEP to the vacuum... now she runs when we get it out. she is getting better, though. We bought her a toy vacuum that she will play with once in a while when I vacuum now, but more often than not, she runs either upstairs when I am down or down when I am upstairs. (my dd is 3 now)


Dh holds her on the couch or someplace 'safe' while I run it. He has sat outside with her, but that only works in warmer weather.

Can you use the upright with her in a sling? will she allow that?

just keep trying with one of you holding her in another room.
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My ds is terrified to see any of the vacuums (upright, shopvac, dustbuster, etc). I was the same way as a child. I think they figure out that the machines suck stuff up never to be seen again and fear that they may be sucked up too. Some kids are afraid of tub drains and toilets for the same reason.

We have to vac when the kids aren't around. It doesn't happen as often as it should. My mom says kids out grow it, but I think i'm still scared of the sucktruck... Hate using them to this day!
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Welll.... My 3 yo is afraid of vacuums, and always has been. As he says, "Mommy, I don't like vacuum cleaners, garbage disposals, or streetsweepers." Thank goodness we have wood floors.
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