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10/06/2013 at 20:06
I'm guessing it's quite common for babies and toddlers to be scared of hoovers. However i'm wondering if P's extreme terror is within the normal spectrum!!!
The hoover has probably been turned on with her in the house less than 5 times since she was born but she is hysterical about it. If the cupboard it lives in is even slightly open she screams and shouts and points at it, and comes and grabs me. If the hoover actually comes out she will scream hysterically and physically shake all over, sobbing and screaming in fear and clinging to you. This is without it being turned on!!!
Last week we went to a friends who has a mini-henry hoover for her little boy. P spotted it and reacted the same as she does to ours. The same reaction occurs with lawn mowers, the big floor cleaning hoover machine thingy in the changing room at center parcs and, today, a large remote control car!!
I should add that aside from this P is bold, independent and pretty fearless so it's not normal for her to be easily scared. H suggested getting her a mini one to play with but after her reaction to the one at my firends i'm not too sure now?!
Has anyone elses LOs reacted this strongly? If so when and how did you help them get over it?
10/06/2013 at 20:15
E is like this with one of my belts! So random, but she's absolutely terrified of it. Luckily for me that's a bit easier to deal with (said belt is now hidden away).
Maybe there's some sort of cartoon about hoovers on YouTube you could watch together, or something in a book?
10/06/2013 at 20:20
My eldest hated hand driers and would be terrified to even walk past them when they were off. He got over it though and can now use them happily, can't remember what age he got braver (he's 7 now). I think it's the big noise they all make. How about watching Teletubbies with the naughty noo-noo? That might help her like them better?
10/06/2013 at 20:49
A doesn't like the Hoover, was genuinely scared but is now ok so long as he is sat up on a chair/sofa and I don't get too close.
He's still petrified of hand dryers though, I always forget/hope he's over it and try again, but no, he'll still scared.
10/06/2013 at 21:51
S hated the hoover and the lawnmower, and brooms, and the like for ages, she would scream the place down if I actually turned the hoover on! I could only hoover if she was asleep or H was there to hold her (in contrast to J who used to try and ride the darn thing like a rodeo!).
She grew out of it. She's not fussed at all now, other than dancing in front of it daring me to get her toes, and she likes having a turn herself. What she really hated was the noise, so once I worked that out and put her ear defenders on her that we had from a visit to Santa Pod, she was a bit better.
I also remember laying the hoover on the floor, unplugged with J's plastic tools and getting the two of them to 'fix' it for me a few times. She quite liked the joining in with that, and the celebration when it was 'fixed' and working!
10/06/2013 at 22:04
O is going through a spell with certain pitched noises just now (the hoover, the sirens on his Happyland, a sound book he got for his birthday and the door noise in our local newsagents!!) ...I think it's just a phase they *hopefully* grow out of! In the meantime he is going to have to get on with it with the hoover, else our house will be in a right old pickle!
10/06/2013 at 22:15
M was exactly the same with hoovers, hair dryer and hand dryers. She is loads better now and quite happy with Hoover and hair dryer but her fear of hand dryers is still bad. She gradually got better, I would always tell her when I was going to get the hair dryer/Hoover out, then I would tell her I was about to use it and give her the opportunity if going into a different room, always told her when I had finished and showed her that I was putting them away etc. haven't solved the hand dryer problem yet but again if we go into a toilet that has them I just keep talking to her, telling her I won't use it but other people might etc. she no longer gets hysterical but it's not a great experience!
11/06/2013 at 00:02
The last time I tried to use a hoover in front of Isobelle she actually 'ran' up the stairs. I've read that you can try getting her to touch the hoover without it being on which I'm going to try with her but haven't yet. Hope P gets over her fear in time x
11/06/2013 at 20:34
Thanks ladies, some useful ideas. My mum initially laughed and told me to hoover anyway and she'd get used to it, once she saw how bad her reaction was though she rethought that idea!
I have tried leaving it out, unplugged to see if she'll get used to it but she gets so hysterical i end up putting it away again. Hopefully she'll outgrow it sooner rather than later!
12/06/2013 at 11:48
My son hated the hoover, would scream the house down and when I put him in his cot so I could get some housework done, he'd scream just as bad. When he was a bit older and able to talk he told me he was afraid it was going to suck up him or me (that's why he'd get so upset when I would be in the other room with it). We did get him a mini one which he loved to play with but until he was old enough to understand there wasn't anything to be scared of, I just had to hoover when H was home so he could take him out.
12/06/2013 at 15:05
Litte Sue has a morbid fear of the electric hand dryers in restaurants etc. She will really get hysterical + cling to me - shes nearly 3.
Even if I talk to her about it its a no no....
12/06/2013 at 16:12
What about getting it out, but outside in the garden or on the drive. Put it out there before she comes out, so she doesn't feel like you're coming towards her with it. She might feel like safer as she isn't enclosed with the hoover. Perhaps when she is comfortable and will go up to it (outside), you could switch it on outside too as it won't be as noisy and again she can escape.
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