How much are your babys eatting at 7 months?

Cera - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 38 moms have responded )

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I'd just like to compare how much babies at 7 months are eatting. I feed my son cereal in the morning before his nap. Then he has lunch, and supper, and cereal again before bed. In between each meal I've given him snack like rice crackers, veggie cheesey things, little fruit flavoured puff snacks, or arrowroot cookies, or a botttle of formula.



Wondering, if he's not having enough formula or too much or other things. I dont always know what to give him or lunch or dinner because if I've giving him veggies and fruit for lunch I might give him meat for dinner but don't know what else to give him with it because he already had his veggies and fruit.

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Amanda - posted on 04/16/2009

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I actually read on web sites and tv shows that they dont really know how much formula you should give a baby in the run of a day. Just as long as they still drink lots, since it is their #1 source of nutrients until the age of 1.
Your routine actually sounds like mine! cereal for breakfast, with a little bit of fruit mixed in with a 6 oz bottle, i give him fruits for dinner, usually almost a jar, i also waited until 6 months to introduce foods and cereals, with a 6 oz bottle, and for supper, usually a mixture of 2 different veggies that hes tried, and a 6 oz bottle. Before bed, i give about half the amount of cereal he gets in the morning, with an 8 oz bottle to balance out the difference, then off to dream land!!!
I hope this helps, and some of these comments helped me, because i actually had some questions about what and how to feed my baby, and i realized i guess im not doing such a bad job!! good luck:)

Chelsea - posted on 04/15/2009

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Meats should not be introduced until an infant is 8 months old and then slowly.  A baby at 7 months old are only being introduced to food and they should be getting almost all of their nutrients from either formula or breastmilk still.  A serving for a child of this age is 1-2 Tablespoons.  I would suggest that you feed your baby a bottle or breast-milk 30 minute to 1 hour before serving a meal



Breakfast 1-2 T fruit mixed with 1-2 T of cereal



No Snack just formula or breastmilk



Lunch 1-2 T of veggie or fruit (if he wants more serve another option but only 1-2 T)



No Snack just formula or breastmilk



Dinner 1-2 T of veggie with a finger food to practice with



 



Please remember that 7 month olds really really really need the formula or breast-milk and don't need the solids for nutrients until they are 8-9 months old.  They are just eating for practice at this point.  Protein and dairy should not be introduced until your infant is 8-9 months of age!!!  Milk should not be introduced until your infant is 1 year old.

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Tara - posted on 04/29/2009

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My husband and I introduced solids at 6 months to our daughter. Since she was premature, we adjust her age for most things. The doc told us to start with rice cereal, which was a nightmare, so we went right into introducing veggies.

Our routine when solids were first introduced:
8am: 7oz bottle (which has now increased to 8oz)
12pm: 7oz bottle
4pm: 7oz bottle
6pm: 1-2 tablespoons of veggies
8pm: 7oz bottle--and will sleep until roughly 8am (she wakes up earlier, but usually doesn't wake me up until 7:30-8am)

Routine now:
8am: 8oz bottle
10am: 1-2 tablespoons of fruit
12pm: bottle
4pm: bottle
6pm: 1-2 tablespoons of veggies
8pm: bottle

She can't drink her bottle on her own yet, so we feed it to her. She has started to practice feeding herself with her smaller juice bottle. We give her juice only if she seems constipated, usually with her meals or if she wants to practice holding/drinking the bottle. Other than that, we give her water with her food.

I haven't bought one of those net things where you can put pieces of fruit/veggies in because if your child isn't ready to take bites into the food, then they aren't ready for whole pieces of food. If your child is teething, give him/her one of those chewable rings for teething.

Maybe it is because this is our first child or maybe it is because our daughter was premature, but my husband and I are taking things slowly. Isabella is still small for her age (she is probably about 14lbs), but is steadily growing and will catch up eventually. She also has no teeth coming in, so we haven't introduced anything that is chewable, like cheerios.

Connie - posted on 04/29/2009

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My little guy wakes up around 6am every morning to nurse, then he sleeps again until about 7:30. At around 8ish I give him some rice cereal and some pureed fruits, nurse again about 10:30. At noon I give him more rice cereal and some pureed veggies, nurse again at 2:30. 4:00 is more rice cereal and either a fruit or veggie, nurse at 6pm, and more rice cereal and both a veggie or meat and fruit again at 8pm. I nurse him one last time before bed at 9:30 or so. It seems like I am feeding my guy a lot, but he eats what I give him and never spits up afterwards. When I am in the kitchen making supper and he is in there with me, I give him a few cheerios or an arrowroot cookie to eat as well. He's close to 8 months now, but at his 6 month check up he was in the 47th percentile for his weight, and 83rd percentile for his height so he's a healthy and growing boy!

Jessica - posted on 04/28/2009

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Well I havent tried snacks with my daughter yet. But She has 4 8oz bottles of formula a day and gets fed solid foods mixed with cereal 3 times a day. But its all spread out. She goes 3-4 hours without a bottle and has solids about 2 hours after her bottle. Hope this helps. I feed her till shes full

Heather - posted on 04/23/2009

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Wow! My little one's schedule since he has been 4 months old is this:



6:00 a.m.6 oz bottle

9:00 a.m. Cereal mixed with half jar of 2nd foods fruit and we are now introducing scrambled eggs as recommended by my pediatrician and 4-6 oz bottle

12:00 p.m. half jar of veggies with a tablespoon of meats and half jar of fruit and 4 oz juice in sippy cup

2:00-3:00 p.m. 6 oz bottle

5:00 -6:00 p.m. half jar of 3rd foods meal and half jar of 2nd foods dessert maybe and arrowroot cookie

Bedtime: 8 oz bottle

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Here's my little one's routine:

8:00 Nurse

9:00 2 oz. (half and half mix) of 2nd stage fruits and veggies

11:00 Nurse

12:30 2oz. (half and haf mix) of 2nd stage fruits and veggies

2:00 Nurse

5:00 Nurse

6:00 2oz. (half and half mix) of 2nd stage fruits and veggies

7:45 Nurse



I have no idea how much he gets at each nursing but he's still young enough that if he's hungry I prefer to nurse him longer as opposed to more solids. I'll bump up the feedings as he gets older but until he's a year old breast is still the best.

Natasha - posted on 04/22/2009

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hello, this is my daughters eating routine!

on waking-6oz bottle and baby cereal
12.30- she may or may not have a 4oz bottle
lunch time- vegetables and a yoghurt
2.30- nap time she gets a 6oz bottle, if she hasnt had the 12.30 bottle, otherwise she has a 4oz bottle
5.30- another 4oz bottle
6.30- dinner (vegetables, potatoes and meat) and a pot of fruit, and maybe a baby biscuit or rice cake
bedtime- 8oz bottle
i think shes getting enough food but i do think she mite be having a little bit too much formula, what do you think??

Lauren - posted on 04/22/2009

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Quoting Adriana:

Do you guys put some cereal in the last bottle at bedtime?
I don't know if I doing well ,but I put in the mornings too with her bottle .At lunch I give 1 jar of babyfood and 4 onz of formula. Around 4pm fruit with 4 onz of formula again and then after her bath 1 bottle 8onz milk with 1 1/2 tbsp of rice cereal.
she is a big girl , but I don't know if I'm giving to much cereal ???


I was told that pediatricians recommend NOT putting cereal in the bottle.  You could just feed it to her before the bottle.  I don't think you're giving too much cereal, just the wrong "venue".  I give my girlie cereal at lunchtime and at bedtime before her bottle.  Hope this helps!

Sybil - posted on 04/21/2009

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I still give my son formula as his main source of food...he usually has a bottle in the morning then breakfast which is oatmeal and half of some fruit...and a veggie for dinner or some type of meat but i'm giving him bottle inbetween...just started to do lunch which is gonna be a veggie...but my doc said he should be consuming atleast 30 oz of formula a day

Adriana - posted on 04/21/2009

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Do you guys put some cereal in the last bottle at bedtime?

I don't know if I doing well ,but I put in the mornings too with her bottle .At lunch I give 1 jar of babyfood and 4 onz of formula. Around 4pm fruit with 4 onz of formula again and then after her bath 1 bottle 8onz milk with 1 1/2 tbsp of rice cereal.

she is a big girl , but I don't know if I'm giving to much cereal ???

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I have wondered if we are feeding our daughter enough, but she is consistently gaining and weighs ~16.5 pounds.



Our schedule...



Breakfast - 1 T cereal with 1/2 tub Gerber 2nd fruit and 4 oz bottle



Morning Snack - 5 oz bottle



Lunch - 1/2 fruit (Gerber 2nds), 1/2 veggie (Gerber 2nds) and 4 oz bottle, then nap



Afternoon Snack - 5 oz bottle



Dinner - 1/2 veggie (Gerber 2nds) and 5 oz bottle



Evening snack - 2 T cereal



Bedtime - 5 oz bottle



To sum it up...She's getting 28oz of formula, 1 tub of Gerber 2nds fruit, 1 tub veggie, and 3 T cereal per day. I'm planning on adding in meats around 9 months of age.

Lauren - posted on 04/21/2009

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Mine eats basically what Alison's little one does plus one extra bottle of formula. She is in the 75th percentile for weight (at her 6 month check was just over 17 lbs) even though she still spits up quite a bit. Everything I've read and heard from my dr. says that the formula/breastmilk is still the primary source of nutrition at this age and the solids are mostly a learning experience.

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Wow! some of your little guys are eating a lot! I have wondered if I am not feeding enough, but my son never seems hungry in between feedings. He weighs about 17.5 pounds. Our schedule is approximately:
7am - Nurse
10am - 2 tbsp rice, 4 oz formula
1pm - Nurse
4pm - 1 package gerber 2nd foods fruit or veggie, Nurse
5:30 - plays with cherrios or Grahm crackers
7pm - 4oz formula with 2 tbsp rice, Nurse

Jodie - posted on 04/21/2009

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my son eats more fruit than anything he hates the meat but loves all veggies we go through about 3 jars of veggies or whatever mix we have and about 4 jars of fruit a day he only drinks about 10 ounces of formula throughout the day he eats cereal twice plus a cup of juice throughout when hes thirsty and water also he loves to drink water from my cup i dont think it really matters what thier eating as long as thier full and healthy

Sarah - posted on 04/16/2009

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My son is just turning 7months and hes about 23 pounds. He has an 8oz bottle when he 1st wakes up then for breakfast he has a jar of babyfood(usually fruit) with oatmeal mixed in, and juice in his sippy cup. I let him snack on baby cookies and juice and sometimes another 8oz bottle. Then for lunch another jar of babyfood with oatmeal mixed in. More snacking and another bottle....then for supper i usually give him something like mashed potatoes with juice in his sippy cup.. Then he has a few more bottles of formula through the evening and wakes up for one more during the night. It may sound like alot but hes a big boy and he was 9lb 5oz at birth and i started him on solids at 3 months

Judith - posted on 04/16/2009

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Wow, some of your babies are EATING!! A lot. I'm always amazed at how different each baby can be!! Here's our routine, we didn't introduce any solid foods until nearly 6 months.
Times are approximate:
8am: 6 oz milk
11am: 6oz milk
1-2pm: cereal and fruit
4-5pm : nurse
7pm: nurse
nurse again at bedtime
We plan on starting adding cereal and/or a veggie in the evening, but I still prefer nursing her because I know it has more nutrients than formula or cereal, and since I work during the day, I'd like to nurse her while I can!
She weighs approx 16lbs. It seems as though we don't feed her enough, but any more than this and her little belly bulges out and she spits up!!

Christina - posted on 04/16/2009

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the best thing is still the breastmilk/formula. They dont need the solids except for the iron in cereal, which the serving for that  is 1/4 cup twice daily. I give mine fruits/veg at 11:30 and then again at 7:30 right before bed. During the day  she drinks breastmilk and 1 - 2oz water mixed with 2oz juice. Dont rush into too much solids.. but I do  give mine the biting buiscuits. And if she is hungry  I will feed her some more jarred food or more  bottle. They  still need at least 24 oz of breastmilk/formula. NEVER give baby anything sweetened. It can really mess up their teeth and tummy.

Sue - posted on 04/16/2009

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My daughter usually gets formula when wakes up,- cereal and bottle breakfast, - nap - fruit or yoghurt and bottle lunch, - banana or fruit juice, - nap, vegie or meat or pasta and bottle dinner. have you tried pasta or rice instead of vegies? tanika loves both.I try not to give too many snacks between meals as I think it encourages bad eating habits later on ie. always eating. I also always have a bottle of water near her so if she wants to drink she can.I believe a child can never have too many vegies or fruit,as long as he doesnt get bored with them.His weight can tell if hes feeding right.hope this help you out a bit.

Jenn - posted on 04/16/2009

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We are doing pretty much the same thing as Angie (two posts above). We do a 8oz bottle of milk/formula at 9-10am, 1/2 tub fruit +2-3 TBS of rice cereal/oatmeal around 2pm with a 7 oz bottle, 2 different kinds of veggie at 6pm + a 7oz bottle and then a 8oz bottle at bedtime which is 10pm and they sleep pretty well until around 8:30am.

Jennifer - posted on 04/16/2009

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ok, so are you  guys giving your babies thoose Gerber Graduates puffs yet?  Owen haqs cereal, fruit, veggies and Baby MumMums and fresh fruit in a little net feeder thing that i have.



Jenn

Angie - posted on 04/16/2009

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My daughter eats 4, 7-8 oz bottles of formula a day, with 1 to 2 plastic tubs of Gerber 1st foods. She usually gets 1/2 tub of fruit sometime around noon and 1 tub of veggies when we are eating dinner. She is also given cheerios to play with at least once a day, but hasn't started getting them to her mouth yet. :)

Rebeca - posted on 04/16/2009

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wow, he eats alot!! i give my daughter 1 bottle of milk and 2 rusks pureed when she wakes in the morning, at lunchtime i give her solid...i normally buy jars from supermarket....organix goodies are excellent and won an award, i give her some juice, late afternoon i give her another bottle of milk. At tea time i give her more solid. after her bath i give her her last bottle, i never give solid after 7 pm, she sleeps straight thru untill morning x

Heather - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hi Cera,



Our mealtime routine is:



Morning bottle (8oz), sometimes before a.m nap another bottle(6oz), after nap cereal and fruit, then within an hour a bottle (6oz), afternoon bottle (8oz), snack: fresh fruit in teether/feeder or a cookie, dinner: vegtables (and meat), bedtime bottle (8oz), night time top up bottle (4oz) (this ensures a good night sleep).



At this age it is important for babies to get atleast 28oz of milk/formula, and supplement with foods that your baby is ready for.



In most cases, if your baby's diet is lacking something, his poop will tell you!



Heather

Michelle - posted on 04/16/2009

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it seems from reading here that babies eat constantly thro the day



my baby has been gettin his breakfast which is a 7oz bottle of milk and some cereal or porridge at 6-7. then if hes cranky he has a snack either a yoghurt or some fruit.



he has his lunch at 12, which is vegetables/rice and 4oz of milk,



then his dinner at 4 which is meat/vegatables and another 4oz bottle.



 then before he goes to bed has 7oz bottle of milk. which is around 8/9



its a good routine which hes developed pretty much himself!



he gets snacks if he wants them, if i jsut gave him them he'd eat them for the sake or eating. my son never gets full he just vomits what he doesnt want. so its for me to decide when hes full, but hes never cranky, loves his milk though!



i used to give him sweets with his meals but i was told by a paediatriction that would make him develop a sweet tooth!

Michelle - posted on 04/16/2009

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it seems from reading here that babies eat constantly thro the day



my baby has been gettin his breakfast which is a 7oz bottle of milk and some cereal or porridge at 6-7. then if hes cranky he has a snack either a yoghurt or some fruit.



he has his lunch at 12, which is vegetables/rice and 4oz of milk,



then his dinner at 4 which is meat/vegatables and another 4oz bottle.



 then before he goes to bed has 7oz bottle of milk. which is around 8/9



its a good routine which hes developed pretty much himself!



he gets snacks if he wants them, if i jsut gave him them he'd eat them for the sake or eating. my son never gets full he just vomits what he doesnt want. so its for me to decide when hes full, but hes never cranky, loves his milk though!



i used to give him sweets with his meals but i was told by a paediatriction that would make him develop a sweet tooth!

Michelle - posted on 04/16/2009

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it seems from reading here that babies eat constantly thro the day



my baby has been gettin his breakfast which is a 7oz bottle of milk and some cereal or porridge at 6-7. then if hes cranky he has a snack either a yoghurt or some fruit.



he has his lunch at 12, which is vegetables/rice and 4oz of milk,



then his dinner at 4 which is meat/vegatables and another 4oz bottle.



 then before he goes to bed has 7oz bottle of milk. which is around 8/9



its a good routine which hes developed pretty much himself!



he gets snacks if he wants them, if i jsut gave him them he'd eat them for the sake or eating. my son never gets full he just vomits what he doesnt want. so its for me to decide when hes full, but hes never cranky, loves his milk though!



i used to give him sweets with his meals but i was told by a paediatriction that would make him develop a sweet tooth!

Michelle - posted on 04/16/2009

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it seems from reading here that babies eat constantly thro the day



my baby has been gettin his breakfast which is a 7oz bottle of milk and some cereal or porridge at 6-7. then if hes cranky he has a snack either a yoghurt or some fruit.



he has his lunch at 12, which is vegetables/rice and 4oz of milk,



then his dinner at 4 which is meat/vegatables and another 4oz bottle.



 then before he goes to bed has 7oz bottle of milk. which is around 8/9



its a good routine which hes developed pretty much himself!



he gets snacks if he wants them, if i jsut gave him them he'd eat them for the sake or eating. my son never gets full he just vomits what he doesnt want. so its for me to decide when hes full, but hes never cranky, loves his milk though!



i used to give him sweets with his meals but i was told by a paediatriction that would make him develop a sweet tooth!

Kateland - posted on 04/15/2009

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she eats cereal in the morning then food twice a day at 12 and then 5 pm, and she eats about 3 whole containers of the 2nd foods.

Tiffany - posted on 04/15/2009

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my pediatrician said as long as baby was getting 24 oz. of milk a day he was fine. they still get all of their nutrients from formula. 2 servings of veggies, 2 servings of fruits, and 1 serving of meat also.

Shannon - posted on 04/15/2009

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so far i am still introducing fruits.... i decided to wait till 5.5 months to introduce rice cereal & waited till 6 months to introduce other grains, veggies & fruits...... and i think i'll hold off till around 12 months till i give him meat.... this way just felt "right" to me....so we are a bit behind what most of you guys are doing....
our routine is:
7 & 9 am - breast feed
10 am - rice or oatmeal (5 tbsp) & fruit (1/2 cup & we are currently on apples)
1 & 3 & 6 pm - breast feed
7:30 pm - same as at 10 am
9 pm - breast feed then bed time

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2009

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Our routine has been consistent only for the past month, as follows

6-630 AM cereal with fruit

8 AM 5 oz bottle

11AM veggie and fruit or yogurt

12:30-1 PM 5 oz bottle

3:30-4pm 5 oz bottle

5-5:30 PM veggies and friut

7 PM 6 oz bottle then bed-sleeps until 5:30 AM



Hope this is helpful!

Melissa - posted on 04/15/2009

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Cera~



Our routine is 7 am 8oz bottle



8am rice cereal or oatmeal with fruit



9-930am 4-5oz bottle then nap



12-12:30 lunch veggies, pasta, and a meat mixed  and fruit with oatmeal or rice cereal



2-2:30 4-5oz bottle nap



4-4:30 snack puffs or some finger foods



6-6:30 Dinner (same as lunch)



8-8:30 bath followed by 8oz bottle and then off to bed.



I make all my baby's food I started giving him whole wheat pasta blended up and mixed with a veggie or two along with a meat.  He doesn't eat the jarred food anymore, but I try to sneak in the meats because they smell awful when I steam them in my Beaba cook machine.



Hope this helps :)



 

Tammy - posted on 04/15/2009

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Hi Cera.



Our little boy has a bottle at 7.am, 8.30 ish porridge, 10ish a rusk or banana something like that, then has lunch at 12, normall veggie and a fromage frais for desert then at 3pm a fruit pot, 5.30ish dinner which is normally meat with veggies and potato or something like that, he normally has what we are eating just mashed up good and he normally goes to bed about 8ish and has a bottle just before he goes to bed!



With his snack that he has at 10ish i just give it to him and its up to him if he would like to eat it as i dont want to make him, its just like finger food really.



He goes to nursery once a week and there they do near enough the same feeding routine so it works out quite good.



I was told by my health visitor and doctor that not to worry about how many bottles they have now as the food is very important to them to grow as there is not enough nutrients in just milk  so i aim to give him 2 bottles a day, which they said is great, he doesnt always drink them all but he has whats he wants, i do realise that there is differnt opinions on this tho so i think you should do what you feel comfortable with.



Really hope this helps



Take care x

Stephanie - posted on 04/15/2009

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I always make sure that my little guy eats his whole bottle of formula before he gets solid food since it has all of the nutrients he needs. Then he gets cereal and a fruit for breakfast, just fruit and a bottle for lunch (for now); cereal, fruit, and a veggie for supper with 6 oz. bottles in between. He gets an 8 oz. bottle to go to bed with. Sometimes I'll slice up some fruit and put it in one of those little net thingys for him to chew on throughout the day as well.

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