As along as it's not FILTHY (ie covered in dog poo LOL) or small enough to choke on then I've let both of mine put things in their mouth - yes my youngest still has a fascination with shoes and as long as they're not 'visibly' dirty (ie dog poo, mud etc) I don't go RUSHING to stop him 'tasting'........he's baby that's what they do (gosh that sound awful doesn't it LOL)
How silly is that? Lots of rattles etc also combine as teethers and have special surfaces designed for chewing. Anything safe is allowed in DDs mouth. Had to retrieve a sticker that had come off a bath toy boat last night but if she chews her rattle, cup handle, towel etc I don't have a problem.
These women must be very busy if my DD is anything to go by.
moondog is so right. DD is 12.5 months and has recently started mouthing things a lot again because she's teething. Has become passionately attached to a Vaseline tin lid! And why not? I've been teaching her lately not to eat paper, and keeping dangerous stuff out of her mouth obviously, but otherwise, FGS ... they stop doing it naturally after a while anyway!
Ds is 3.5 months and will put anything he can get his hands on into his mouth. If there aren't any objects, he will stuff what he is wearing in. Last night he had half his gro bag in there. As has been said, this is how he learns. It is up to me to keep him safe, but I can't stop him doing something so instinctive, surely?
A lot of baby toys are specifically made to be used by the baby as something to go in the mouth. I can understand they might not want the baby putting everything in it's mouth (although I'm like Gwenick in that respect), but they have to let the baby put age appropriate toys in it's mouth.
franch how do you manage to teach them not to eat paper??? We have moved most books etc out of dds way etc but she always finds something. I reckon shes eaten half a tree by now Dd has put all kinds into her mouth and Im always legging it after her and grabbing miniscule crumbs etc that she finds on the ground before she puts them in her mouth. But have always been relaxed re toys etc after all its a very important development stage. Children learn by putting things in their month.
I think it is actually cruel to tell a 7 month old 'no' for doing something which is a necessary driving instinct. And as for the hand-slapping - how can they be so ignorant!!!!!
And if it it something that is unclean/dangerous, I would just tactfully (with distraction) remove it - certainly not show disapproval with a 'no'. How are they supposed to know what is ok? Disapproval for folowing an instinct at that age must be really confusing for the poor baby.
(oops,that was a rant, wasn't it!)