“Any tips on how I can encourage my almost 3 year old not to be absolutely petrified of the vacuum cleaner? It’s been a problem for a while now and is not getting any better…. If anything, it’s may be worse!” Any tips for a child scared of the vacuum cleaner ?

Posted by Anon, 20/04/13

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  • Mine was terrified of the vacuum too, but as she grew she learnt that it wasn’t going to harm her.


  • I agree that you should let her have a go and she’ll see that the vacuum cannot hurt her.


  • Mine were a little petrified. I did let them have a play. Even they got to bring dirt in and sprinkle. Now at 9 and 6 they still jump on a chair but don’t scream.


  • Let her have a go at vacuuming and then she might realise it’s not going to hurt her.


  • These are good answers! It was very interesting reading the comments on this!


  • You could remove them from the situation. Bit hard to not have the child around every time you vacuum though. All I can see you doing to solve it is to keep using it. Maybe leave it out and let 3 yo play on it while not in use. Use it in daily short bursts might help too


  • the males in our house hate the vacumn cleaner noise, if it was left up to them, it would never get done.
    can your daughter play outside safely where you can check on her easily while you do it a room at a time checking on her inbetween. I used to put my kids in another room while I vacumned.


  • wait til he is asleep! or try a robot one?


  • leave it out in the lounge when it is off and unplugged and they will play with it and then you can tell them that you will turn it on and get them to help


  • My daughter went through this. In the end we sat down with it and looked at all parts in the tube etc, making it fun until she was ready to turn it on, with the help of her favourite snuggle. She still doesn’t like the noise at age six but she isn’t scared anymore.


  • I think you just have to make it fun, maybe get some ping pong balls and make a game up. If your little one really is not going to have a barr of it maybe some earmuffs are the answer


  • Piggy back rides while you vacuum. turn music up loud and sing and dance along to her favourite songs as you go to drown out the sound, then after a few times when and if she is comfortable with it, start turning down the music while still singing and dancing along just ignoring the fact the vacuum is going


  • Maybe buy her a toy one also you could get her to help in time all will pass.


  • My 2.5yr old was also scared of the vacuum but I explained to her it’s cleaning the floor and offered her to help mummy clean and vacuum the house with me so she gave it a go with me by her side and she now loves helping me vacuum the house.


  • Mine was scared and I never made a big deal of it. I always told her it was just the vacuum and nothing to worry about and kept going. She went from being in tears to just skirting warily around it and now just ignores it completely and goes on doing what she was doing.


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