“ Brand: Cow & Gate / Product Type: Baby Milk „
Cow & Gate Follow on Milk...
Jack is now an unbelievable 20 months old and I had stopped giving him any sort of formula milk when he was 1 year and moved him on to full fat cows milk. However he seemed to get cold after cold so we decided that maybe he needed the added nutrients that formula milk would offer him. We reverted back to formula milk several months ago and surprisingly he hasn't had a cold since so perhaps it has helped.
When Jack was younger and on only formula milk for his food we used SMA milk but when looking at the price of SMA compared to Cow & Gate in the shops, most stores were selling Cow & Gate at around 25 to 30 pence cheaper. This may seem like a small amount but every little helps plus Cow & Gate sold a follow on milk which is specially designed for children from one year on. This is the milk we bought first however when doing my weekly shop in Morrison's I realised that they didn't stock that particular one and had to buy the Cow and Gate Follow on Milk from 6 months.
So as I say Cow and Gate is cheaper than SMA but for a 900 gram tub (same size as SMA) you pay just under the £7 mark. SMA is sold at around £7.20p in Boots and most other stores. The design of the box is better than the SMA tin as this box is made of tough cardboard but a strong plastic lid. On opening the Cow and Gate Milk Formula, there is a brilliant device on the inside of the lid which enable the scoop provided to be levelled off (something that always had to be done with a knife when using SMA thus more washing up). The box is a square like shape and this particular stage is a purple colour box compared to the milk for younger babies which I believe is yellow in colour.
The milk formula inside the tub looks pretty much the same as the SMA powder we used before did and that is an off white colour fluffy powder. The principle of making up a bottle is the same as when using SMA whereby you take your clean bottle fill it up with the desired amount of cooled boiled water and add in the right amount of formula. The quantities of water to powder is for every ounce of water you use one scoop of formula milk.
Jack seemed to like this much just as much as he likes any milk and he wolfs it down. He does only have about 5 ounce of a night time but he seemed to give no indication that he realised it changed from either SMA or cows milk.
The formula itself boasts lots of reasons why you should use it for example it has key nutrients for growth,it supports a healthy digestion and helps support children's natural immune systems. The vitamins contained within the milk are ones such as vitamin A, D,B12, E, C and K along side others such as Folic Acid and Thiamin. The formula also has a whole stack of minerals like calcium, zinc,copper, fluoride and potassium to name but a few. I am not sure how this lot compares to standard full fat cows milk but I would bet that it has a lot more going for it. However Jack still does have a glass of cows milk through out the day so really he is having the best of both worlds.
I think Cow & Gate milk is really good all round. Jack seems to like drinking it, it has tons of vitamins and minerals in it for him, its cheaper than other brands and it has good packaging. I think for my next child I would probably use Cow & Gate from birth because of all these reasons and above all because I do believe it is a brand you can trust.
A 5 star rating and a HIGH recommendation for this good product.
I hope this has been of some help to you. Thanks for taking the time to read.
Cow and agte is one of teh most trusted brands on the high street as far as baby milk and food is concerned. There are a couple of others but i liked the idea of it having prebiotic care to help with abbies immune system which helped me to make my choice. I think most of the milks on the market contain pretty much the same ingredients and are all good for baby its just some agree better than others for different babies.
I love the tubs on the cow and gate milk, they always look really eye catchin with the different bright colours and they ahve an easy level inside to scrape your scoop on so you have the right amount.
I started my babies on nutriprem 2 which is also cowe and agte they had to have this because they were premature and only tiny, this was on prescription but at 6 weeks they went onto stage 1 cow and gate. By 12 weeks they were just so hungry all the time i tried them with stage 2 and they were fine although i didnt think it helped their hunger much.
Then at 6 months i decided to turn to the stage 3 one. Stage 3 contains more iron supplements which is what a baby runs out of once they reach 6 months and i felt happier knowing they were getting the extra from their milk, evne though i knew they were getting a full balanced diet i guess it put my mind at ease.
And after all they can never have too many bitamins etc. You can also get some money saving offers on the stage 3 milk however with the stage 1 and 2 it is illegal for them to do it.
When I started to wean my daughter at six months it became apparent that the stage 1 Cow and Gate formula would no longer have right supplements for her growing body, especially as by 6 months a baby's iron levels from birth have depleted so they need topping up with iron supplements and through the solid food that is being introduced.
I decided to stick with Cow and Gate as a brand, as I knew it agreed with my daughter and I found the tubs to be really easy to use. The step 3 is designed for use from 6 months to one year and includes the following ingredients:
Skimmed milk, Vegetable oils, Lactose, Maltodexin, Prebiotic fibres, polyfructose, calcium carbonate, vitamin c, emulsifier, choline chloride, ferrous sulphate, zinc sulphate, nicotinamide, copper sulphate, panthothenic acis, folic acid, vitamins E, A, Bg, Beta Carotene, Thiamin, B12, Biotin, D3, manganese suplhate, potassium iodide, K1 and sodium selenite.
Unlike other follow on milks this one also contains prebiotics to help baby's immune system and can come in a comfort version for babies with reflux problems.
The tub comes with 2 seals, so there is plenty of security reducing the worries of any possible tampering with the product. You have a plastic seal on the lid, which is a snap off one, then inside there is a foil seal which you pull out (similar in essence to the seal on a plastic milk bottle). Each tub comes with its own scoop, which is one 30ml measure when filled level to the top. The Cow and Gate tubs have a handy little scoop holder in the lid, so the scoop handle doesn't get covered in powder. There is also a leveling section to the lid. Previously (and still with some brands I believe) you had to also sterilise a knife and use that to level the scoop, but with the Cow and Gate you simply scrape the scoop along the levelling tool - one less thing to sterilise at least. Once opened the powder is good for 4 weeks and there is no need to refrigerate the powder.
A tub contains 900g and usually costs £6.89 - although as this is a stage 2 milk it is allowed to be put on offer and you can get vouchers off from the Cow and Gate baby club.
The powder mixes really easily with warm water and produces a milk which isn't too thick for baby to consume. The powder is not sterilised, so feeds once made should not be left for longer than 2 hours, as bacterial can begin to grow after that stage.
You can also get this feed in a pre-mixed carton for life on the go.
Follow-on milk with extra iron. From 6 months.