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As a first time mum you do not know what products are best for your baby and can only go by word of mouth and recommendations rom others but after taking the aptamil starter kit to hospital with me I can not recommend a better product. It is easy to use after what could be a long night and having 6 made up bottles was great! Just add the sterile teats which are screw on and away you go. I now use the cartoons on day trips for ease. Just cut and pour into your bottles and away you go. You can heat eat or serve cold They do not take up much space and seemed to be as near to the milk powder as possible meaning my child notices no difference and takes the milk with no problem. I would recommend this product to anyone wanting to bottle feed or move on to after breast feeding.
When it comes to baby formula in the UK there are 4 main brands; aptamil, cow and gate, SMA and hipp organic. When you first start to formula feed its very much a case of trial and error and what works for your baby. With my first daughter we had a nightmare finding a formula that suited her, alot of that was to do with her having acid reflux. Because of this I have used 3 out of the four brands; cow and gate, SMA and the one I will be reviewing here, Aptamil by milupa. I feel this puts me in a pretty good position to review the formula, however just because this is how it was with my baby it doesn't mean it will be for every baby. Different formulas agree differently with different babies. After the nightmare we had with both breastfeeding and formula feeding my first I knew I would be formula feeding my second but along with that decision came an even bigger one which formula? Its a big decision to make as its what will be solely feeding your baby for the first six months of life. I took my time researching the formulas before I made the decision both nutritionally and on parents own experience. I came to decision we would go with aptamil because of all the formulas it is the closest to the make up of breast milk and was the one I'd found most babies agreed with. Aptamil comes in 900g tubs for around £9.49 making it the more expensive of the brands. The tub is blue with the aptamil name clearly across the front. It is also available in ready to feed cartons, larger ready to feed bottles and starter packs. For the purpose of this review I will be reviewing the 900g tub of aptamil first milk suitable from birth. To open the tub you need to first remove the security tab then open the lid. Inside the tub you will then find a plastic scoop and information leaflet. You have to remove the foil seal before you see the actual formula which is in the form of a white powder. Inside the tub there is a plastic section across one corner which you can use to level off the scoop when making a bottle. I found this really convienient as I didn't have to mess about levelling with a knife to make sure you get the correct amount. The tub is foiled lined to insure freshness and the lid has a section in the middle to push down for easy and secure closing. Once open you have to use within 4 weeks. Another handy feature of the lid is the clip for the scoop which means no more fishing the scoop out and getting covered in powder, a definite plus! The instructions for making a bottle are on the side of the box. They are easy to read and understand and explained thoroughly. Making your first few bottles for a newborn can be daunting but the instructions walk you through it easily. Also on the side of the box is a list of nutritional information which is good to have so you know what you are putting into your baby. Also on the box is a rough guide for how much your baby should be drinking a day based on age and weight. Although this can be reassuring I found my daughter didn't really follow it. When making a bottle its essentially 1 scoop of formula to 1 fluid oz (30mls) of water. In order to kill any bacteria from the formula the water you use should be at a certain temperature which is stated on the box. I found the 1 scoop to 1oz really easy. The powder easily dissolves into water just with a small swill or shake of the bottle. Unlike with cow and gate we rarely have issues with the powder clumping together in the bottle and clogging the bottle teat. It makes a lively smooth formula really easily. For us paying the little bit extra for aptamil over the other brands, is well worth it and there is a noticeable difference from the cheaper ones. You get what you pay for! The main thing you want in a formula is a happy content baby who feeds well and puts on weight as they should. This is exactly what we found when we fed our daughter on aptamil first milk. She took to it straight away. We never had issues with her not liking the taste or it making her upset or colicky after feeds. For us and our daughter it was definitely a good decision to feed her aptamil. She has grown just as she should and is a happy healthy baby. With our next baby aptamil will be the formula that I go to first to feed them and hopefully we will have just as good an experience second time round. I'd happily recommend aptamil to any parents.
I have been giving Aptamil to my baby since she was about 5 days old. Aptamil is suitable to give to babies from birth (First Milk 1). I tried breastfeeding but was unsuccessful. It was about 4am on a Friday morning when I had to send my husband to Tesco to get some emergency milk! We had half prepared for formula feeding but decided not to buy any milk unless we needed to. My husband found an emergency starter pack of Aptamil. It had 8 ready made 80ml bottles inside. These could be given either warmed or at room temperature - what a life saver! They weren't cheap but at 4am with a screaming, newborn, hungry baby it seemed to be the quickest solution. From memory, the pack was about £10. We also purchase Aptamil ready made formula on a regular basis. This is a 200ml carton, which again can be given warmed or at room temperature. The cartons cost 69p from Tesco or 79p from Co-op. We only use the cartons when we are having a day out otherwise it would be too expensive. On a regular basis I buy the 900g box of Aptamil powder, which costs £9.49 from Tesco, £9.45 from Superdrug or £10.69 from Coop. This seems to last for 6-7 days and has done since she was born although admittedly I was expressing milk for the first 4 weeks, so she was on a 50/50 mix. She's now on 210ml 5 times a day and she has a 120ml feed once a day. There is a guide to how much milk you should give your baby. The guide shows how much milk to give according to weight or age. It also provides a guide on how many feeds your baby should have per day depending on the amount of milk they have. The milk quantity is given in ml or fluid ounces and shows how many scoops to use. The packaging also clearly explains how to make up the milk and uses diagrams. Within the packaging there is a scoop and a leveler on the inside of the box to make a perfectly level scoop, as too much or too little powder in a mix can make your baby unwell. All in all, I would 100% recommend this milk. I have had no problems and my baby is feeding well with it.
When my son was born we had problems breastfeeding as he was premature and jaundiced, so he spent the first few weeks of his life in hospital recovering. We were given the choice of feeding him formula milk to build up his strength and we chose Aptamil, which the hospital provided in small 100ml glass bottles with a new teat for each use. When we bought him home we switched to the powdered variety, which comes in a 900g tub made of cardboard with a plastic lid and a handy plastic yellow measuring spoon. The tub contains instructions on how to make up the formula, but basically after you have sterilized your bottles, you add the required amount of powder to the bottle that already contains the correct amount of boiled water and then you shake it altogether and allow to cool, ready for baby to have. Made up feeds need to be used within 2 hours of preparation. When I was using the formula, in 2010/11, it cost around £10 per tub. When I was out and about I also used the handy 200ml ready made up cartons, which I would pour into sterilised bottles. These were good, but difficult to open, so I would carry a small pair of scissors with me. At first these cartons were a bit wasteful, as my son was only drinking about 50ml per sitting, but they can be kept in the fridge and as he grew he would be able to drink most of the milk in one sitting. Aptamil can be used from birth and is designed to be nutritionally tailored with a unique blend of GOS/FOS. It also contains nucleotides and long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs). The Aptamil website says that "Galacto- (GOS) and fructo- (FOS) oligosaccharides are special carbohydrates that pass undigested beyond the tummy into the lower gut where they encourage your baby's friendly bacteria to thrive. These occur naturally in breastmilk and a variety of fruits, grains and vegetables, including bananas, artichokes, chicory and onions. LCPs are special beneficial fatty acids, from the omega-3 and omega-6 groups, which are essential for the development of your baby's brain and eyes. World experts have concluded that the current evidence strongly supports the inclusion of LCPs in infant formula" Overall I would recommend Aptamil to others, the formula is easy to use and my son had no problems with it.
When my son was born, I decided to feed my son Aptamil First Milk - mainly because it was the first tub my partner bought when he went shopping - and to be honest I didn't really think there was anything much different between the term infant formula milks that were on offer. Aptamil was obviously a name I had heard of and so this gave me some confidence that it would be suitable for my child. A 900g tin of Aptamil First Milk powder currently costs £9.49 from Boots - which is a similar price to other branded infant formula milks. I am a little confused as to why I was unable to use my Boots Advantage points to buy this product - but for some reason this was the case. The Aptamil First Milk is, as the name would suggest, suitable for infants from birth. The powder comes in a tin which has a plastic resealable lid, and when it is first opened it has a metal foil seal over the top which is pulled off prior to initial use. The powder, once opened, has a shelf life of three months, but in reality a tin would last me about a week. There is comprehensive product and user information printed on the tin, and the instructions and directions are very easy to follow. Making up the milk is simple and involves adding one level scoop (enclosed in the powder) to 30mls of pre-boiled water. I tended to use the edge of the tin to scrape any excess powder off of the scoop to ensure the scoop was level. It is then simply a matter of shaking up the powder and water. The powder dissolves quickly and easily and there are no lumps left after a few vigourous shakes. The milk itself contains all of the things that you would expect a formula milk to contain (Prebiotics, antioxidants, LCP's etc) and it purports to be as close to breast milk as possible. Obviously I have no way of verifying this. However, I did find that this milk tended to make my son vomit with every feed - to the point where we began to nickname the milk "craptomil". After speaking to my health visitor she suggested I try another formula milk - and so I swapped to Cow and Gate - and then the vomiting stopped. Clearly there was something about this milk that didn't agree with my son......although I do know many people who have used this milk without any problems.
When my babies were born I was unable to breastfeed them properly so they were given formula top ups. As we were in hospital the type of formula used was what they provided, in our case Aptamil first milk which is suitable from birth. One day the support worker changed the brand that the twins were being given and they were both sick after the 2 feeds they had it. We made sure from that point that they were only given Aptamil for top ups and carried on using it when I stopped breast feeding at 9 months. Aptamil offer a wide range of formulas First Milk (From birth) Anti Reflux (From birth to 1) Hungry Milk (helps delay early weaning) Follow on (From 6 months) Growing up 1 year + Growing up 2 years + They also do a range of porridge suitable from 4 months+ & 7 months+ Packaging Aptamil formulas are available in tubs of powder or ready made in cartons/bottles. The tubs of powder have a plastic lid which flips open, inside is a foil seal so you know that the product is fresh and hasn't been tampered with. I always found these easy to open as there are arrows to indicate the direction to pull the tab. The cartons that the first milk comes in require scissors to open so you need to make sure you have some with you if you are using these out and about. The bottles which the ready made Growing Up milk comes in are far easier to open and Aptamil do seem to be starting to offer all their ready made milks in these bottles. The packaging provides a full list of ingredients Powder formula The cheapest way to buy Aptamil formula is the tubs of powder. This needs to be made using water that has been boiled and left to stand for 30 minutes. The back of the tubs give a detailed table of how many scoops of powder you need and the volume of water to make your required amount of formula. A plastic scoop is included in the tub and there is a piece of plastic across the corner of the opening that you can use to remove excess powder as you need to use level scoops. I always made the formula straight into the bottles and would then use a jug of cold water if it was still slightly too hot for how the twins liked it. Powder formula is best made fresh and used within the timescales on the packaging. Ready made formula When the twins were newborn they were only having tiny amounts of top up once a day so the ready made cartons were ideal for us. We used to store the open cartons in the fridge so we could use them again within the use by time. We used to just warm the bottles in hot water until they were the required temperature. Although we switched to cows milk when the twins reached 1 I have used the Growing up 1+ formula when we have been out. The bottles are really handy when you haven't got access to a fridge to keep cows milk in. As the bottles are kept at room temperature you can just pour them into little one's beaker or bottle for them to drink. Although formula has extra vitamins added it is much cheaper to use cows milk after a year. I do also give mine a separate vitamin supplement on the advise of our Health Visitor. Porridge When we introduced breakfast at 5 1/2 months I decided to try Aptamil's creamy porridge which is made with rice and corn cereal. This is easy to make with formula and makes a great weaning food. We then moved onto the multigrain breakfast from 7 months which was also popular with my little ones. Prices and availability Aptamil products are widely available from supermarkets and places like Boots which sell baby foods. A selection of prices at Boots as at July 2012 are First Milk 200ml carton 69p First Milk 900g powder £9.49 (As shops are not allowed to run promotions on first milks prices tend to be the same wherever you shop) Growing Up 1+ 900g Milk Powder £8.49 Creamy Porridge Stage 1 125g £2.49 Although slightly more expensive than comparable brands my little ones have always liked the Aptamil products they've had and after the initial sickness after a different brand I am more than happy to pay the extra. Would I recommend? Yes, Aptamil make good quality formulas and cereals suitable with a range for each stage of your babies growth. Although I never used the 6 month follow on milk as my babies were happy on the first milk and this provided everything they needed until they switched to cow's milk. More information Aptamil's website is currently unavailable but when it's back up and running it can be found at aptaclub.co.uk They also have a free phone number 0800 996 1000 where you can speak to one of their experts. I've always found their website really helpful with any questions I've had. I also joined their parenting club which sent free samples and a cute toy polar bear.
Before having my baby, it was always my intention to breastfeed so I didn't really research much about formula milk. However, during the first few sleepless days (and nights!) with my newborn son, my milk supply was struggling to keep up with his demand (leading to a rather stressful time for us all!). The midwife recommended that I should try using a bit of formula milk to 'top him up' and the formula that she recommended was aptamil - stating that she believed it to be the most similar to breast milk. We bought a carton of powder (priced £8.49) - the aptamil first range. (They also do a hungry baby formula, follow on milk from 6 months of age to support weaning and growing up/toddler milks). The side of the carton provided clear instructions of how to make the milk up and how much a baby of various ages (usually months) needs and how many times a day. I was initially worried about how complicated formula milk may be but this reassured me that it was quite simple. As a 'top up' to breast milk, this seemed to suit my son quite well. He didn't seem to mind taking it from the bottle or be horrified by any taste difference. This helped me through those difficult days until my supply finally caught up. As my son got older, I would also use this powder for at least one feed during the day (usually the last one at night) as he seemed to be satisfied for longer with this. I also found their ready made cartons ideal for taking out with me as these were great on the go - no need to boil a kettle to mix the powder. The knowledge that the milk also contains key vitamins, a 'unique blend of GOS/FOS', LCP's and nucleotides is also very reassuring to me as a mum. When I decided to stop breastfeeding when weaning, at 6 months, it was therefore natural to me to choose aptamil follow on milk for my son. This also suited me, and my son, very well and I am more than happy with that decision. I would definitely recommend Aptamil if you are considering formula feeding your baby. I also note that they have a 'calm' milk in their range - good for easing colic in babies. This is not a milk I have used but I think that this is a great idea, having experienced the misery that colic can cause.
When I had my first daughter I wanted to breast feed however she didn't take to it and when she was about 5 days old the breast feeding specialist told me I would have to give her some formula as she was too weak to actually try breast feeding no matter how hard we tried. It was the breast feeding specialist who recommended Aptamil to me telling me that research had shown that their milk was the closest to breast milk out of all the formulas available. This is what the Aptamil website states about their products "We've been pioneering research into infant nutrition for over 50 years, and throughout this time we've gained a level of knowledge and expertise we're proud to share. We have around 300 scientists worldwide who are dedicated to research in infant nutrition, as well as a team of nutritionists, midwives and other healthcare professionals here in the UK who are all committed to providing the best support for babies and toddlers." Aptamil can be bought as milk powder for you to mix yourself at home or as ready made cartons, obviously buying the powder is the most cost efective however to begin with we did buy a caouple of the cartons to see if we could give breastfeeding another try once we got her strength up. You can buy Aptamil at supermarkets and chemists such as Boots. Our daughter took to the milk straight away and it was lovely to see her finally enjoying feeding, I gave breastfeeding another try in between her Aptamil feeds but she simply wasn't intersted which was a shame but as long as she was healthy that was all that mattered. The cartons of Aptamil will cost you around 69p and holds 200mls so obviously this would cost a lot if you used them all the time however they are handy if you are going on a day out although the carton doesn't tear very well so you need to take scissors with you and it doesn't reseal if you don't use it all. Aptimil do three different tubs of formula, first milk, hungry milk and follow on milk and they come in tubs of 900g for £9.49 so they are generally slightly more expensive than the other milk formula brands but there is not a large difference. The tubs of formula are made of cardboard and have a foiled seal inside so that you know that the milk will be fresh and hasn't been tampered with, inside the tub you also get a small plastic scoop to make sure you measure the correct amount of formula to the correct amount of water. We found Sophie enjoyed her formula and after a couple of months she moved onto the hungry milk which sje also enjoyed. The milk was easy to mix and didn't clump at all so I was happy with it from the point of view of making it up and she was happy to drink it. Aptimil also do powdered baby foods ans larger bottles of the follow on milk however we never used either of these so I have no experience of them. Sophie decided to bring herself off her bottles completely at just under a year old so we never got to the stage of the follow on milk. When I had my second daughter I again struggled with breastfeeding and so turned to Aptimil again unfortunately it turned out she also had reflux and so had to have special milk but if she hadn't had this problem I would have happily used Aptimil again. For all they say breast is best it isn't suitable for everyone and this in my opinion is a good alternative, I have two healthy children and I would recommend this brand to anyone with a baby.
When Jayden was born I knew that I wanted to bottle feed him but didn't really have any idea about what type of formula to use and which ones were best. A few hours after he was born he was moved into the special care baby unit where he stayed for a week, due to low blood sugars he was fed hourly by a tube through his nose using a regular formula milk, when we were taught how to do this we discovered that the milk was a Cow and Gate brand. However after a few days he was moved onto being bottle fed but we found he would be quite sick afterwards, the nurses suggested we try a different formula milk as some brands suit some babies better than others. It was recommended that we give Milupa Aptamil a try as they said they had found this to be a bit gentler and light for babies, although I'm not sure if this is factual or just what they had discovered through experience, anyway we decided to give it a try. Jayden isn't the easiest baby to wind so most of the time he does bring a bit of milk up with his wind but he is so much better on the Aptamil formula milk which is what he has been on from a few days old, in fact Milupa formula milk was the only milk that I could drink as a baby as all of the others made me sick, this brand definitely suits him better that the others. Packaging The Milupa Aptamil formula milk comes in a range of varieties, we use Aptamil First Milk for Jayden as this is suitable from birth, it comes in different forms we use both the powder which you mix yourself and the ready made cartons. The powder comes in a large cardboard rectangle tub, this has a dark blue plastic lid which flips up and clips back in place, under this is a foil covering which needs to be removed. On the front of the tub is a small red rectangle at the top with the brand name Milupa written inside it in red, just beneath this is the name Aptamil, this is written in dark blue on a pale blue and white background. Right in the middle of the tub is a shield shape with information about the milk written inside and a polar bear curled up next to it. Right at the bottom of the tub is information stating that this is First Milk and suitable from birth with a large 1 next to it. On one side of the tub is a feeding guide written clearly within a table, just beneath this is instructions for how to make up the milk, these are accompanied with small pictures, there is further information about making up the formula just beneath this with a list of important ingredients included. On the opposite side of the tub is a table containing nutritional information along with a long list of ingredients, just underneath this is a section titled "Important Notice" this is more like the warnings section. The back of the tub has a guide at the top of it showing you how to open the tub and remove the foil covering, beneath this is a statement saying why you should choose Milupa Aptamil and contact information, along with other varieties of Aptamil in the range. The tub comes with a small plastic yellow scoop which is used to measure out the milk powder to ensure you get the correct amount. The ready made Milupa Aptamil Milk comes in small rectangle cartons which are made from a thick pale blue card, similar to that of cartons of juice you can buy in the supermarkets. The cartons basically contain exactly the same information as the tub of powdered Milupa Aptamil Milk including the nutritional information, ingredients, obviously the instructions of how to make the milk is not needed, the front of the carton has the same information on it including the brand and name of the product along with the polar bear which is associated with Aptamil. The cartons have the corners folded down which need to be unfolded and one corner cut off with a pair of scissors in order to transfer the milk inside into your baby's bottles. Milupa Aptamil (the powder) Milupa Aptamil Milk powder looks very similar to regular powdered milk you can buy, it is an off white colour, almost cream coloured, when in the powdered form it doesn't really have a smell to it, however when it is mixed with water to form the milk it does smell of milk, however it has quite a sweet sickly smell to it, its not unpleasant or horrible but I wouldn't say it had an overly appetising smell. Milupa Aptamil (ready made) The ready made Milupa Aptamil milk is the same consistency as regular milk in that it is just a runny liquid, it has the same creamy off white colour that the milk powder has and the same sweet sickly smell to it. The ready made formula milk is basically the same as the powder form when made you just get more for your money with the milk powder. Milupa Aptamil information Milupa Aptamil is described as a breast milk substitute, the First Milk variety is suitable for your baby from birth, it is described as being nutritionally complete so basically contains everything that your baby needs to stay healthy and to grow. It contains what Milupa describe as a unique blend of GOS/ FOS which are special ingredients found in nature. Aptamil First also contains nucleotides and LCP's (Omega 3 and 6) this is something babies are unable to produce enough of themselves so they are included in the milk. I cannot list all of the nutritional information that appears on the side of the tub or carton as the list is just too long, however you can be confident that your baby will be receiving all of the vitamins, minerals, fats and other vital ingredients that they require in their diet to grow strong and healthy, the Aptamil First Milk is literally a complete meal for you baby . Feeding Guide The feeding guide appears on the side of the tub/ carton and gives you a rough guide of how much to feed your baby's between the ages of 0 to 12 months, for examples * Up to 2 weeks - 90ml (3 Scoops) * 2 - 4 weeks - 120ml (4 Scoops) * 4 - 8 weeks - 150ml (5 Scoops) * 8 - 12 weeks - 180ml (6 Scoops) * 3 - 4 months - 180ml (6 Scoops) * 4 - 5 months - 210ml (7 Scoops) * 5- 6 months - 210ml (7 Scoops) * 7 - 12 months - 210ml (7 Scoops) These guide amounts of the packaging are just rough guides as to how much milk your baby will need at different ages, some babies will need more whereas others will need less. Personally I have found that Jayden always needs more than what is recommended, when he came home from hospital at a week old he was having the amounts recommended by the hospital which was up to 80ml of milk, however we were told to just make up the 90ml to make it easier so we could use whole scoops of the powder, however just a few days after he arrived home 80ml wasn't satisfying him and he ended up taking the whole 90ml but it wasn't long before he was on the next level up which was 120ml. Even now he is still on one scoop more that what is suggested for his age, he is obviously just a baby with a big appetite, whilst the tub suggests that these amounts are just rough guides I did check with my health visitor about what he should be eating and was advised to just let him guide us as to how much he needs and let him take what he wants, however it is handy to have this guide on the packaging so that you can keep a check on whether your baby is eating far too much or well under what they should be. Preparing the Milk Preparing Milupa Aptamil milk using the powder is very simply, obviously the first thing is to ensure that all bottle parts are sterilised you then do the following * Boil freshly rub water in a kettle and leave to cool for 30 minutes, you should not used artificially softened or repeatedly boiled water. * Measure the required amount of water into a bottles using the feeding guide (you should not add powder to boiling water due to the risk of scalding) * Using the scoop add the powder to the water levelling it off using the build in leveller inside the tub (do not press or heap the powder) * Put the cap on the bottle and shake to mix the powder with the water * Cool under running water, checking the temperature before feeding. Obviously there are no preparation instructions for the ready made cartons this is just for the tub of powered milk, however it is important that you follow the instructions carefully so that you do not harm your baby, there is a warning on the side of the tub in red lettering stating that powdered milks are not sterile so failure to following the instructions can make your baby ill. It also states that feeds should be made up as and when they are needed and that for hygiene reasons feeds should not be made up in advance and stored. Unfinished feeds should be disguarded as soon as possible and always within 2 hours, so this does give you a bit of time should your baby wish to come back to their bottle a bit later. After reading that the powdered milk was not sterile I was a bit worried in case I did something wrong which could cause Jayden to become ill, however after making up several feeds we soon got the hang of it. Price and Availability Milupa Aptamil First Milk in both the powder form and the ready made is widely available in most supermarkets, corner shops and chemists such as Boots and Superdrug. We purchase our 900g tub of powdered milk and our 200ml cartons from our local Tesco, the large tubs cost £9.49 and the cartons are 69p each. Personally I feel that the large tubs of powered milk are the best value for money as these last us a couple of weeks, however we do always buy several cartons each week as well as these are very handy for days out and early morning feeds. I do think that the cartons can work out quite expensive, they are not too bad value for money if you just buy a few for certain occasions, however if we were to just buy the cartons without the powder we would be spending double the amount of money compared to when we purchase the large tubs. My Opinion Personally I have been very pleased with the Aptamil First Milk and Jayden seems to enjoy it as well, I know that I can give this to him and know that he is receiving everything that he needs to grow and stay healthy, I did wonder whether he should be having water to drink in-between but was advised that it is down to personal preference, with the Aptamil milk he does not require water but some babies do like a drink between bottles, I have tried giving Jayden water but he really wasn't impressed and just screwed his nose up at it. As I have mentioned Jayden has quite a big appetite for a small baby and really tucks into his Aptamil milk, personally I think that it smells a bit too sickly and sweet, I have actually tasted it too once to see how hot it was and personally thought it tasted horrible but he seems to enjoy it and its not often that he leaves any. Based on the two versions we buy, the cartons and the large tubs of powder, I have to say that the powdered milk is the best value for money, you can make about 2 weeks worth of bottles with this whereas one carton for us works out as one meal, obviously this depends on how much your baby drinks, Jayden drinks between 180ml and 200ml at the moment so using cartons would work out a lot more expensive. If I had one disadvantage with the Aptamil powdered milk it would be the fact that you cannot make bottles up in advance, Jayden's feeds about every 4 hours, if he does go 4 hours or a bit more between feeds its fine we can have the bottle ready for him, however if one day he is hungry earlier than 4 hours it can be a bit of a problem especially as you have to let the kettle cools for 30 minutes, if he is crying to be fed and we have to boil the kettle and then wait half an hour it just gets him more worked up and stressed as you cannot explain to a baby that they have to wait, being able to make the bottles (as my Mum used to with me) in advance would solve this problem as the milk would be there ready when he was, on numerous occasions this has happened and in the end we abandoned the kettle and give him a carton of milk. Also because you cannot make the bottles in advance night feeds, or in our case 6am feeds as he now sleeps through most of the time, are also a bit of a problem as no one wants to stand in the kitchen either in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning boiling the kettle and then waiting half and hour before you can make the bottle, again especially if your baby is crying to be fed. When Jayden first came home there was no way this was going to work, if we used the powder he would either have to wait for his bottle when he woke in the night or we would have to set an alarm half and hour before he usually woke (hoping he woke at the same time) just to boil the kettle and then set the alarm again for half an hour later to make the milk, neither me or my husband fancied doing this which was why we purchased the cartons. Using the cartons means that when he was waking in the night and now when he wakes at around 6am we can just pour the milk in his bottle and its ready for him, he doesn't have to wait and there isn't a lot of messing around for us. All in all I would definitely recommend Aptamil First Milk despite the disadvantages I have mentioned, this is not something that would prevent me using the milk as it is the same for all powdered milks, to overcome this we just buy the milk in different forms to suit our needs. I will certainly continue to use Milupa Aptamil milk for Jayden even when he moves on from the First Milk I will purchase him the next stage milk in this brand.
I had my daughter in 2009, and having spoken at great lengths with my mum and general doctor advice I always knew I was 100% going to breastfeed. I did this for about 6 months, before then introducing my daughter to formula, mainly due to her growing demand for feeding, and I felt breastmilk was not enough. I personally found this formula to be the best on the market, as it was always hard to find on the shelves (my personal experience being that these products are the ones in greatest demand and so of big popularity) and from discussion with my health visitor, it was the brand most GPs recommend, and my friend who is a nurse in a children's ward of a hospital for premature babies said it was the brand they use when feeding small babies through a tube in the hospital. As I was combining it with expressed breastmilk also I was confident in my decision that this was the best for my child (in comparison to SMA and Cow & Gate). I predominantly used the powder formula, of course because it lasts longer, is effectively cheaper but occasionally when out and about, I used their ready made cartons which are of course much more easier as you simply pour it into the bottle and warm it in a bottle warmer (I am one of those fussy people who refuses to warm a bottle in the microwave etc and purchased every gadget imaginable when finding out I was expecting!) My daughter suffered absolutely no adverse reactions, and she always drank to her hearts content which made me feel at ease giving it to her. As her health was always my main concern, I did continue giving her the 0-6 months first milk until she was 1 year old, only because my daughter wasn't especially requiring the hungry milk and didn't seem to like it as much as the 0-6 milk. At age 1 was when I switched to the more pocket friendly option of giving her cows milk, but under other circumstances I most likely would have given her their toddler follow on formula also. Joining the aptamil club was good, it gave me coupons against some of their products which was always handy, and a free aptamil bear which my daughter loved :) If I ever have another child, aptamil would DEFINITELY be the only formula I would use!
A HUGE decision that has to be made when deciding what to feed your baby is what formula will be best for them. Obviously some mummies are fortunate to be able to breastfeed their babies for a long time, therefore their babies won't need formula. However, for those mummies who choose to formula feed, or move on from breastfeeding, please be rest assured that Aptamil really is brilliant. I decided to stop breastfeeding my son when he was a couple of months old; he was such a hungry boy and with a full time job, just couldn't keep up with the demands. Devastated, I trudged to Tesco to have a look at the array of formula milks available. I was reassured by the wide selection; I realised other parents must feed their babies formula too. I finally decided on Aptamil. I chose the regular formula milk in the blue coloured packaging. It costs £8.99 which I feel is so expensive; and unfair. Why should parents have to pay this weekly just to feed their baby? I understand it's to put mothers off buying formula and trying to get them to breastfeed, but what if you can't or it just doesn't work out for you? My baby really liked this formula milk. He didn't get sicky on it, nor did he have reflux. I am also reassured as if he ever does have reflux, I can revert to the the Aptamil Comfort for colicky babies. There is a good choice of Aptamil milks, all just very expensive.
The reason why I choose this baby formula from the rest is because when my daughter was 4 months old she was in hospital where she had her first bottle and they had given her this formula. The hospital recommended this so its the first thing I bought and never even thought of giving the others a go. For me, i was more familiar with the brands of Cow and Gate and SMA so I was unsure when I had never heard of Milupa but still had confidence from being recommended by nurses in the maternity hospital. The Milupa company was actually set up in Germany in 1921 so they have some expertise to say the least! One box of this formula costs about 13 euro and is available in pharmacies and supermarkets. There are three different stages depending on your childs own age. They also have toddler milk but I prefer just to give my daughter ordinary cows milk so I cant comment on this. It was very important to me that I would get the best for my daughter and I believe ts formula achieved that. The formula comes in a blue box. Included in a box of formula is a spoon for easy measuring for baby bottles and there is also a blue bar that goes across one corner of the box and this is used for topping off the excess powder on the spoon. I thought this was ingenious because I remember my mother having to level the spoon with a knife when my brother was younger so this is a fantastic invention! This formula is supposed to be as close to breast milk as possible. This was a comfort knowing that it was of excellent standard to give my daughter. I have also used their cereal ranges when my daughter was weaning and they tasted really good. My daughter loved them too! They came in such a wide variety of flavours but my daughters favourite was Sunshine Orange. She had this almost every morning and it really helped her get into the routine of breakfast time. As well as provide her with the well needed vitamins young babies must get daily. The cereals cost about 3 euro and I found them more available in supermarkets than actual pharmacies. My daughter feeded really well on this formula and I never had any problems with it. I'd advice you to have a look at their website if you undecided about what formula to use. They go over all the in's and out's of everything you'll need to know to make your decision. As for the cereal if you have a child about 6 months old you should treat them to Sunshine Orange!
There are plenty of milk formulas out there to choose from when thinking about what may best suit your growing babys needs. One formula we tried during the mid stages was Milupa Aptamil Follow on Milk. Later on we also tried the Growing Up Milk from the same range. Having used a mix of natural feeding, with the occasional formula feed top up, we hoped that the transition would be a smooth as possible, but during that time we did have to try a variety of formulas until we found one that we felt best suited the needs of our child. ********************************************************** Milupa Aptamil Follow on Milk is readily available from most high street pharmacies and also stocked in many supermarkets too. The milk formula came in an easy to store large 900g tub. It had an easy seal plastic lid that meant once the inner seal was open, the milk formula could still be stored and kept fresh ready for use. The product is easy to spot on the shelves as its clearly labelled as being follow on milk and the makers name is in bold and distinctive lettering. In terms of what we paid, prices often sat at the £8 to £9 mark, however sometimes by shopping around we saved a few pennies here and there. ********************************************************* Milupa Aptamil Follow on Milk is suitable for babies from ages 6 months onwards, we started using it a little later then that, in fact quite close to the 1 year stage. We were not sure which milk to choose at that point so decided to try the Follow on Milk first of all. Whilst our child took to the formula well enough and seemed to like the taste of the milk, we soon found that it was not substantial enough for our child. We decided to move on the the Aptamil Growing Up Milk at around 11 1/2 months or so and found this to be a better choice. Our child seemed to be happier at that point, so we found the milk was more suited at the time and could be used until the age of 3 if we had chosen to continue with it. Each tub of the Growing Up Milk enables you to offer your child up to 300mls of the formula per day. It also contains the right levels of essential nutrients including iron, along with prebiotics and vitamins. ********************************************************** The Growing up Milk also came in a similar looking tub with the same type of handy lid. We found that the cheapest place to buy was often Boots where it could be bought for £8 or so for a 900g tub. We found that the milk formula mixed reasonably well although care needed to be taken to avoid lumps. Mind you that may have been as much due to our mixing skills as it was the formula itself. We tended to just add a smaller amount of freshly boiled water at first, give the bottle a shake and then add the rest. This seemed to eliminate any lumps and leave the formula nice and evenly blended. Our child didn't mind the taste of the milk when we mixed it this way, as we had few problems with feeding with it. We didn't continue with it regularly though and did move our child on to a different product which our child seemed to enjoy more. ********************************************************* In summary I feel that the Aptamil Milk Formulas we tried seemed to be good products, but as with anything that you feed your baby with, sometimes babies take to a product well and sometimes they don't. The Aptamil range have plenty of different formulas suited to the various points in a childs development and are worth trying to see if they suit. Because we felt that they were a good product, even though we chose not to continue with them in the longer term, I feel the range is deserving of a 4 star rating.
When I had my first child I was positive I wanted to breast feed but unfortunately due to a pain relief injection I had during labour my baby was drowsy and could not latch on. When I asked the midwife for a bottle to give to my daughter they advised to use Aptamil as it is the closest one you can get to breast milk, she advised that the others were very rich so Aptimal was the best to use. My baby seemed to enjoy it and is still on Aptimal now. All the cartons come with a scoop to measure out the feeds, i found that it is best to put the powder in first then the hot water as if you put the water in first when you add the scoops the condensation from the water goes on the scoop and the powder then tends to stick to the scoop. My baby had to go onto the Hungry Milk after a few months as she had a huge appetite and since she has been on the hungry she has been great. I think this is the healthiest powdered milk for babies on the market and would definately recomend.
After being breast fed for a month we have used Aptamil for our baby (now four months) and it seems to really agree with her. We did a blind taste test of three of the baby milks available in our local supermarket; Apatamil, Cow and Gate and SMA. Unfortunately for us, we both liked the most expensive, Aptamil. But luckily for us she hasn't suffered so far with diarrhea or constipation while on it. I do believe however that some babies might have problems like constipation while on it as we're all different and some types of baby milks will suit better than other. But for us and our baby, this product is excellent. The ready made cartons are also very useful when out and about and the hearsay on not using cartons too often incase the baby will drink only the ready made stuff, was unfounded when it came to our baby. The cartons however might put you off the product though as it can look like a frothy milkshake when you decant it in to the bottle. The powder doesn't have the same bubbles and is also slightly lighter in colour. Well worth a try.
Brands of infant formula and baby milk.