Speech development in children typically begins around 6 months with “da-da-da” before evolving into “mama” and “dadda” by the end of 12 months. Around 18 months, babies can usually say several simple words like “cookie, “bye bye” and “milk”. Daring Dorothy had a somewhat different linguistic learning curve. Her first word - at 6 months - was a firm “tea”, quickly followed by “please” and “now”. Her first complete sentence? “Please get me a cup of fruity black tea with pineapple, peach and liquorice root, with a scone on the side”. It might sound like a gutsy demand for a toddler. But it’s never too early to ask for what you really want.