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$$CHILDNAME$$ at 20 months

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Dad and toddler cuddling At around 20 months, you might notice something amazing in $$CHILDNAME$$’s language development – a ‘word spurt’. $$CHILDNAME$$ might also start using new words after hearing them only once. You play an important role in helping your child learn new words. By talking often to your child and using a range of words to name and describe things, you can help $$CHILDNAME$$ develop a larger vocabulary.

Toddler playing in mud. Credit Shutterstock/Yulya Shilova

What to expect

Here’s a quick summary of what $$CHILDNAME$$ might be doing at 18-24 months.
Toddler and grandmother playing happily with balls

Talking with toddlers

Here are some fun ideas for helping your toddler learn to talk.
Toddler having a temper tantrum credit iStockphoto.com/Jani Bryson

Toddler tantrums

Big feelings and not enough words – this could be one reason for your toddler’s tantrums.

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Everyone’s different
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