Development and Characteristics of a 25-26 Month Old Child

Parenting September 14, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 25-26 Month Old Toddler



How I Feel

  • I like our routines like the story you read to me and the hug you give me every night at bedtime.
  • I get upset when my routines are not followed.
  • I feel good that I can do more things by myself.
  • I am starting to treat familiar children as my friends.
  • I really like playing with other kids.
  • I am better about being separated from you because I know you’ll come back.
  • I can get embarrassed.

How I Talk

  • I say “no” a lot. This shows my independence.
  • I like to hear rhymes, but it may be hard for me to say all the words with you.
  • I talk more clearly now. Other adults can understand what I say.
  • I am starting to use words for positions, like “over”, “under”, “inside”, and “outside”.
  • I am also starting to refer to myself as “I” and others as “you” or “him”.

How I Grow

  • I need 3 small meals and 3 healthy snacks each day.
  • I can use a crayon on my own to make scribbles.
  • I can use a cup and spoon. Forks may still be hard.
  • I am starting to walk and run in straight lines.
  • I can jump off the ground with both feet.

How I Understand

  • I can match an object that is in my hand with a picture of the object.
  • I can take turns when playing games.
  • I know that there is a right way to do things. I am starting to compare my actions with the “right” way.
  • I am starting to put easy puzzles together (2 to 3 pieces).

Learn more about Your Toddler: 25-26 Months from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.

Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.