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When my little man turned one I changed his formula from follow on to growing up milk. I chose the Cow and Gate Complete Care Growing up milk as it seemed to be the most widely available and reasonably priced. My little man is the least fussy eater there is, and will happily drink cow's milk, but I chose to give him growing up milk as he has a bone condition, and at least this way I know he is getting all his daily vitamins. 500mls of this milk contains as much iron as 40 litres of cow's milk, as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals
I normally give him the powdered formula, as I don't think he works out much more expensive than buying him whole milk. However when we go out, and for his recent stay in hospital, it is more practical to carry the ready to drink variety. They are available in two sizes 200ml which is 44p at Tesco, and 4 x 500ml which is £3.79. The ready to drink milk is an ambient product, so it doesn't have to be stored in the fridge like cow's milk unless it is open, when it will keep for 3 days.
The bottle has a screw on lid, and then a foil seal for freshness. When you open the bottle you get a sweet creamy aroma, which reminded me of rice pudding. When poured into the cup it is thicker than ordinary cow's milk and is darker in colour. It has a sweeter taste than whole milk, which reminded me of vanilla slim fast - yes I tasted it!!! This is definitely my little man's favourite milk against this, powdered and cow's milk.
500ml is the recommended daily intake of this milk, which is a large bottle, so would cost about £7.50 a week to feed a child on this, and sometimes my little man will have another cup before his afternoon nap which would push the price up even more. The powdered variety costs just over £6.50 a tub when not of offer and lasts about a fortnight, so is a much more economical option if you want to use growing up milk. However, these bottles are excellent to have in your bag just in case!
As a mother of a fussy little eater, my little girl is very picky when it comes to what she will eat and drink recently. She had been having cows milk as it is cheaper than these bottles but when we are out, these are a life saver, as I can't keep normal cows milk cold.
I first tried the growing up milk, when I recieved a voucher for a free 200ml bottle which cost normally just under 50p. The size of this bottle is just right as a portion and I know my bubba is getting all the nutrients she needs and isn't becoming dehydrated.
I always throw a bottle of this into the bag when we are going out knowing that she is getting all the right vitamins she needs, plus it stops me from buying sweet baby juices as well. I would say my little girl has a bottle every couple of days as we don't use them at home. Cow & Gate recommend 500ml of this milk per day but I think it works as a supplement to the childs diet and my daughter isn't having any problems with it. I really like the fact that it can be stored anywhere until opening and then you can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days, it has a long life on it and you know with kids they won't eat/drink something all at once and then you have to throw it away. I haven't had a single bottle go to waste.
I normally buy mine from Boots, 200ml at 49p and 4x500ml at £3.89. I think they are good value for the convenience they provide and will carry on using them.
My son turned one yesterday (oh, how time flies) and he has been taking Cow's milk for a good few weeks, happily. I find that Cow's milk is considerably cheaper than buying formula milk but was finding it difficult when we were going out for long periods during the day time as he still has a bottle of milk in the afternoon and obviously cow's milk would not stay fresh when not refridgerated.
I first tried the Cow & Gate Growing Up Milk when I received a voucher through the post for a free bottle; a bottle normally being 44p - 49p (bargain). The 200ml size it a good sized portion for my little one and he took this milk well. Happily I received a free voucher in the post and managed to get hold of several more free bottles in store at Boots with vouchers there! (Again, bargain).
Because I find this milk so convenient for when we are out and about and I can be safe in the knowlegde that Jake is getting all his necessary vitamins and a great deal of iron from just one bottle, he has this on a regular basis; not everyday but probably three times a week. Cow & Gate recommend 500ml of this milk per day for your child. Jake is doing just fine as he is and I do not intend to increase his intake of this milk, adding further cost to his 'running costs'.. That said I do think it is a decent enough price to pay to the convenience and I will happily continue to use this product. It is great that it can be kept and stored at ambient temperature and can also be kept in the fridge for upto 72 hours once the bottle has been opened.
As the mother of a particularly fussy eating toddler, Cow and Gate Growing Up Milk is top of my shopping list each week. Whilst keen not to fill my son up with this milk, as I continue (usually without success) to offer him a variety of food each day, I know that by drinking a 200 ml Ready to Feed bottle each day (47p at Tesco), he has received all the vitamins that he needs.
The milk has a not unpleasant sweet smell to it. The bottles are re-sealable and can be kept for 2 days in the fridge. Ideal for holidays or trips away. We recently packed 12 bottles in our suitcase for a trip to the States and our little one polished them all off.
My only 2 problems with this product are that smaller supermarkets do not stock it, and it says for 12 - 36 months.......................I think my son will still be asking for this milk when he goes to school!
Do be aware though that as with all formula milk, once opened it must be kept in the fridge. Also, the foil seal underneath the lid does not always come off cleanly and can be sharp.
I have two toddlers aged 2 and 3 and i love this product. It is great for those days when you're on the go. i like to keep a supply of this in my cupboard and give my children a bottle of this each day, for my own peace of mind really, so i know they are getting the vitamins they need to grow. Both of my kids are fussy eaters so this is a great way for me to get nutrients down them as they still depend quite a lot on milk as a foodstuff. As an adult, you would assume the difference in taste to cows milk would put them off of drinking this but they actually seem to quite like it. You can buy it in most supermarkets and chemists, a small single serving bottle will cost 47p, but if you like to stock up, you can buy a 4 pk of larger bottles which will usually do at least 3 servings. This will set you back around £5-6, i know it seems like a lot but thats near enough a weeks supply so its around the same as buying powdered milk, just without the hassle. Bottles are resealable, just to add extra ease.
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