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Month 26

You’ll be surprised at what your toddler comes out with on a daily basis, as he picks up words at an increasing speed. By the time your toddler reaches twenty-six months he will be able to have a conversation of about two to three sentences and use roughly fifty single words. If you ask him his name he will probably be able to tell you and might even be able to say the name of a close friend (don’t be too worried at this stage if he mispronounces names slightly).

Getting your child to practise his name is a great self-esteem booster as it makes your child feel important. There are lots of brightly coloured letters available from toy shops which can spell out your child’s name and although it is some time before he will be able to spell or write, there is no harm in getting him used to the letters now.

Balance

This month your toddler practises his balance and may attempt to stand on one leg. Playing hopping games like hopscotch can encourage balance, as will riding his tricycle. Nowadays there are bikes available that have no pedals where your toddler’s feet touch the ground and help to practise riding a bike and balancing skills before they are old enough to pedal.

Fears

By month twenty-six your toddler may start to experience ‘fears’. These could come in the form of nightmares or being afraid of strangers. To dispel the fears it will take all your patience and understanding as you calmly explain to your toddler there are no Gruffalos hiding under her bed. Try to make the fears themselves less scary, by calling him ‘the silly Gruffalo’ and making up a story where the Gruffalo dances and likes to eat jelly. Try not to project your own fears onto your child, so if you hate spiders or heights, try to keep it to yourself where possible.

To help with creating a fun and cosy bedroom for your child, look in our Interiors section.

Have a look in our Experts section for advice on bedtime night terrors in toddlers.

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