When Alex came home from the NICU, he would gag when his cheek was touched. Getting anything into his mouth besides the bottle and his "b" was just not happening. Then after his aspiration pneumonia in November 2007, he lost the bottle, I was so scared of losing any oral skill that I gave him his"b" when he would be tube fed, but around 7 months he gave up his "b" as well. I was sure that we were going to lose all oral skills, and desires. Alex did tolerate a spoon, but he never really liked it, and still gagged when certain things touched his cheek. Now of course he wants the spoon, phew.....Check! However, hes got about 15+ teeth in his mouth, and for the longest time I have been brushing them with a washcloth wrapped around my finger. He hated any sort of brush near his face. I was shopping a while ago, and there were these mechanical toothbrushes on sale for like 3 dollars. Since Alex loves his vibrating star toy, I wondered if he would like the feeling of the mechanical brush, with him in control of course............and he surprised me. sometimes with no hands! This boy has got some skills!