So recently, we’ve teamed up with BritMums and Similac to road test their brand new palm-oil free Growing Up Milk. A formula jam-packed full of nutrients for your little ones between the ages of 1 and 3 years old. We’ve formula-fed Short Rib basically since he was born and he’s thrived on it (yes, breastfeeding warriors, we tried the preferred method. Didn’t work.) We still give him just one bottle of formula milk just before he settles down to go to sleep – mainly as a top up of all the nutrients he needs, and I guess as a signal to him that it’s time to slow down and relax. It’s part of his bedtime routine… one that works and one that I wasn’t immediately sure I wanted to change.
Similac is a brand new range of baby formula which is palm-oil free (that means we’re saving wildlife here, among other things!) and absolutely jam packed full of goodness and nutrients to help supplement your tiny human’s diet. With over 90 years experience, you know you’re in capable hands!
Short Rib has been on the same brand of formula from the day he was born. We’ve gone through the stages like everyone else, but we always stuck with the same. We tried another type of milk for night times and he wasn’t really that keen, so trying to change him again this late in the game had me a little concerned. Would he hate it? Would it make him poorly?
I needn’t have worried.
Short Rib accepted the new formula instantly. Not even an eyebrow raised at the change, just grabbed his bottle and guzzled it greedily. All of my worries about him hating it, it not agreeing with him or whatever vanished pretty much instantly. He loves Similac Growing Up Milk just as much as he does the stuff he’s used to.
I’m also pleased to report that it completely agreed with him – we’ve had no incidents of spitting it back up, upset stomachs or restlessness to indicate that this stuff might not be doing its job. That’s a fair achievement considering that since we started giving Similac to him, the clocks have gone back.
I assume the taste is alright, but I’m not trying it in order to report back to you. You can do your own research on that one, but Short Rib is clearly a fan.
Preparing the formula will be a familiar process to anyone who has formula fed their baby. The whole boiling the kettle, cooling the water in a sterilised jug with cling film on the top before pouring it into the baby’s bottle. The one (and pretty much only) difference between Similac and any other brand is that it is one scoop to 60ml water. The scoop is bigger, it’s not some weird expanding formula.
Once you get used to that, it’s like slipping on a pair of warm, woolly, winter socks. Just feels natural.
I know that every kid is different. Short Rib is on formula for his one remaining bottle. His cousin, who is only a month younger, is off the formula altogether and is guzzling cow’s milk. Some kids his age are still breastfeeding. Your maternal instincts know what is right for your kid, however if you are planning on using formula when they’re a little older, it’s comforting to know that it’ll help with their growth and development along the line.
For me, it gives me that much needed reassurance that the boy is getting everything he needs. Similac in particular has so much packed into it, that will help Short Rib through this pretty vital part of his childhood. That said, I have a bit of a bug bear with it. I’ll warn you now though, it’s petty.
The packaging. It looks pretty, for sure. But it’s a cylindrical tin and it means I have to grab another utensil to level off the scoop. In other brands that I’ve used, the containers have corners, with one of them housing a bit of plastic that you can use to level off your scoop. It means that bottles one handed are far easier, for when your tiny human is being super clingy.
I told you it was petty.
Important notice: Breastfeeding is best for babies and is recommended for as long as possible during infancy. Breastfeeding provides many benefits to both mother and baby. It is difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed. We recommend that you speak to your healthcare professional for advice on how to feed your baby.
We have been sponsored by Similac to try Similac Growing Up Milk and write about it on our blog. All opinions are our own.
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