I know this is a strange question, because I always thought the oral stage lasts from birth to 2 years, or at least 18 months for most kids. But in the past couple of weeks, not one but two therapists of Andrew's (hearing specialist and PT) have brought little tiny things to the house for him to explore/play with, and he promptly put them in his mouth. Both seemed surprised he wasn't over this... (he is 11.5 months adjusted/15.5 months actual on the nose). But isn't it perfectly normal for a baby this age to be putting things in his mouth still? I seem to remember relatives stopping this at maybe 18 months, but I also know 2-year-olds who still do this...isn't that why they put 3 and up on toys with small parts? I guess I just want to make sure Andrew is OK here...I think he is, and if it was just the one person who thought he was beyond this I'd probably think nothing of it, but now it's two that have seemed surprised he wasn't. I will say the speech therapist said, in between these two incidents, that of course he couldn't handle 1/2 inch cubes. LOL. But then the whole thing happened again with another therapist so it's got me asking...is this something to be concerned about or are my instincts right? When did your children stop putting tiny, non-food items in their mouths?