Now those of you who are regulars on the blog will know that Pudding is a foodie, she loves her grub. This is possibly telling in the size of her thighs. But milk, well that she is not to fussed about. In fact in all honesty it can turn into a battle at bottle time! So when we were offered the chance of trying a new follow-on milk I jumped at the chance.
The Similac Follow-On milk is prepared in a similar way to all other formula milks in that you need to wait 30 minutes for the kettle to cool before making the milk. This was not a problem for us, as Pudding has her milk about the same time every day. So I could get organised before she got grumpy!
I was slightly thrown the first time I came to prepare Similac Follow-On milk. With our usual follow on milk it is one scoop of powder to 30mls of water. The Similac formula uses one scoop to 60mls of water. This was actually easier for us as Pudding only ever drinks 180mls of milk so it was much quicker to scoop out the milk. It also meant I didn’t get distracted and forget how many scoops I had put in. I would say that the only real problem was that the tin did not provide a scoop level so it was a bit tricky to ensure the scooped amount was correct.
Because Pudding is such a great eater I don’t worry too much about how much milk she drinks in a day. What I love about Similac Follow-On milk is that I know she is getting all those extra vitamins and minerals. The Similac Follow-On milk includes vitamin A and C as well as calcium, vitamin D and iron. In addition to this the milk is palm oil free and suitable for vegetarian, Kosher and Halal diets. As a Mum I feel reassured that on those days where she is teething and not into solid food as much that the Follow-On milk will provide her with everything a growing baby needs.
I liked the design of the tin, I think it keeps the milk fresher as the lid seal is tight. The instructions for making the formula were really easy to follow. I did however miss not having a scoop leveller. The tin was also a winner when it was empty. It could be used as a drum or in our case chased all over the laminate flooring!
So what did my fussy Pudding think of Similac Follow-On milk? Well I was actually pleasantly surprised. I made up her usual 6oz of milk and handed her the beaker. Usually she takes a couple of sips and then rolls over and shuffles off to play. Sometimes it can take up to an hour and quite a lot of protesting to get her to drink enough. But after the first few mouthfuls of the Similac Follow-On milk she kept right on drinking, finishing the whole 6oz without stopping!
I have to say I wasn’t convinced that it wasn’t just that she was particularly thirsty at that time. But she then did exactly the same thing every time she had milk for the whole day. No messing about, just laid back and drank her milk straight off. I can only assume that she really liked the Similac Follow-On milk. The proof as the saying goes is in the Pudding.
I would certainly consider continuing to use Similac in the future. Although that is dependent on how easy it is to buy locally. I am hoping that my local Boots will stock it. It made a nice change to see Pudding enjoying her milk. I wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending it to other parents, especially if their little one is a bit fussy with their milk.
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.
DISCLAIMER: I have been sponsored by Similac to try Similac Follow On Milk and write about it on my blog. All opinions are my own.