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12 Toddler Fears From The Ordinary To The Outlandish

upright vacuum

The old standby fear.

Lately, the Shnook has been curious about animals that eat people. Every day in the car it’s:

“Mommy, will a camel eat a person?”

So far, we’ve assessed that lions, tigers, bears, crocodiles, alligators, and hippos would all willfully eat a person, if offered the opportunity.

I feel that he’s asking these questions because he’s probably dealing with fear, maybe in addition to a genuine scientific curiosity.

At this point, the only other real fear I’ve noticed is of monsters, even though we’ve told him they don’t exist. He’s a little afraid of the dark when he’s alone, but only because of the monsters.

Fuzz has a love/hate relationship with both the vacuum and the blender. I’m not sure they can be called “fears” because he wants to operate both appliances, but always wants me to hold him while they’re on.

Most toddlers are afraid of something. Some have more fears than others. To them, these fears are very real and we as parents need to make sure we make them feel safe. But, while they’re sleeping,  it’s really okay to laugh.

Last night, I polled my Facebook friends about their toddlers’ fears and I’m amazed at the variety. Even though some seem far-fetched, I can understand why these things might be scary.  Click through the slideshow for some toddler fears you might expect, and some that are hilarious and bizarre.


  • Bees 1 of 12
    Bees
    Heck I'm still afraid of bees. I totally understand this one.
    Submitted by Jenny
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Birthdays 2 of 12
    Birthdays
    Not cake, but birthdays in general. A flaming onion incident at a Hibachi restaurant birthday party caused my toddler nephew to fear birthdays for over a year.
    Submitted by Rebecca
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Bulldogs 3 of 12
    Bulldogs
    Bulldogs are portrayed as mean animals in most cartoons, live action T.V. and movies. I guess this dude does look a little scary. Naw, I just wanna hug him.
    Submitted by Robin
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Cows 4 of 12
    Cows
    Boo!! I mean, Moo!
    Seriously, cows are big, especially next to toddlers. If you get up close to a cow, she might step on you, or kick you. There's a reason to be scared.
    Submitted by Danielle
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Inanimate objects attacking 5 of 12
    Inanimate objects attacking
    Cue the Jaws Theme music.
    This hammock is comin' to git you!
    Submitted by Sarah W.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Bathtub jets 6 of 12
    Bathtub jets
    "If ever someone accidentally leaned on the button during bathtime it would be at least a week before she'd willingly take a bath again."
    How inconvenient.
    Submitted by Russell
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Monsters Inc. 7 of 12
    Monsters Inc.
    I totally get this, even though the entire movie is about Monsters that actually can't scare anyone, right? Am I thinking of the right movie?
    Submitted by Justine.
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  • Pigeons 8 of 12
    Pigeons
    Kind of a drag for parents when you live in New York City, right?
    Submitted by Sarah A.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Puppets 9 of 12
    Puppets
    Well...yeah, if they look like this!! Look at those sharp teeth!
    Submitted by Robin
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Santa Claus 10 of 12
    Santa Claus
    "Like don't walk on the same side of the street as Santa scared."
    This particular Santa falls into that category for me.
    Submitted by Bill
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Trampolines 11 of 12
    Trampolines
    I think it's less a fear of the trampoline than what your body will do on a trampoline. They can be pretty high of the ground!
    Submitted by Kirsten
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Loud Noises 12 of 12
    Loud Noises
    This one is pretty common, but I still find the vacuum a little hilarious. Have you seen the movie Mr. Mom?
    Submitted by Kristin
    Photo Credit: Flickr

What are your toddlers’ fears?

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