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Everything about this sounds great, but the reality was the opposite. It started well with baby having to suck harder, which itself resulted in him being out for the count by the time he was finished. Bring on the full nights sleep I thought! 3 hours later though and baby was awake, screaming like never heard before. This lasted 2 hours before he finally got back off to sleep. The next morning there was a solid musket ball poo in his nappy. First time ever seen that one. After a twisty day, the next night it was the same nightmare again after giving the good night milk, and again a little hard musket ball poo in the morning, this time followed an hour later by the worst smelling diarrhea. Returned baby to his normal Cow & Gate 2 milk and after a couple of days to get everything out of his sytem there were no more of these problems. The milk tastes very metallic and it is possible that the high iron content does not agree with my baby's tummy. We also had upset tummies when we tried the Cow & Gate 3 milk which has a higher iron content.
I have been using this milk now for about 2 1/2 months. My daughter is generally a good sleeper, but about 3 months ago she would wake crying in the night. So we decided to give this a try.It really helps, so we keep it in her routine now. She is waking less, and it does keep her asleep till around 7am now, rather than 6am.Its a shame you cannot get the goodnight food jars and pots here in the UK, as they also work, combined with the milk, its a great combination.
HiPP Organic Good night milk is from a range of milk formulas made by HiPP - there are only 2 varieties of Good Night milk and after receiving a sample through the post this was the one we decided to try.
Sending samples does work! It is almost £5 in most supermarkets but I have seen it on offer for £3.50 in Tesco before and for £4.25 in ASDA more recently. It comes in a 350g tin and comes with a scoop for easy measuring.
Hipp Organic Good Night Milk (hereafter known as Milk lol) is aimed at children aged from 6 months to 3 years and can be incorporated into your bedtime routine. It's a thick creamy organic milk product with cereals such as rice and buckwheat in it to thicken it up with the aim of filling baby up and helping them feel more satisfied for longer.
The ingredients are Organic skimmed milk, organic vegetable oils (palm, rapeseed, sunflower oils), organic corn starch, organic lactose, organic partially demineralised whey powder**, organic rice flakes, organic buckwheat flakes, emulsifier (soya lecithin), calcium carbonate, vitamin C, potassium chloride, L-tryptophan, iron diphosphate, vitamin E, niacin, zinc oxide, pantothenic acid, copper sulphate, vitamin A, thiamin (vitamin B1), vitamin B6, zinc sulphate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), potassium iodate, manganese sulphate, folic acid, vitamin K, sodium selenate, biotin, vitamin D, vitamin B12. (taken from the side of the tin)
According to the information leaflet in the latest tin from March 2010 this product will not be suitable for vegetarians as they are changing the way they extract milk based ingredients.
This milk is made up like most other formula milks, boil kettle and leave to cool slightly. However, rather than adding the formula to the water in the bottle you are supposed to add half the water, then the powder and then the rest of the water but I tend to just add powder to all the water and it still mixes OK.
You can instantly tell that its a creamy milk just by looking at it although from my point of view it doesn't taste particularly great but then neither does forumla!
The tin recommends use of a fast flow teat which we use anyway as J suffers from reflux and the Gavsicon thickens his milk. Even with a fast flow teat, the milk isn't very fast flowing so I have had to slit his teats with a knife so that it flows better for him.
I'm not sure whether it works at filling babies up at night because J hasn't had a night feed since he was 16 weeks old, some mornings he will happily go until 9am before he wants his breakfast, other mornings he wants it at 7am.
The directions state to give babies under 1 a 6oz bottle and babies over 1 a 7oz bottle. Jack would struggle to drink 5oz of this milk but we ran out yesterday and he has drank 2 7ozs bottles yesterday and today and not been any hungrier in the mornings. So it's hard to say whether it works or not. I think we might just stick with the normal formula from now on and save the money!
My daughter has never been a great sleeper and although I had hoped she would be sleeping through by 6 months, the reality was that she was still waking for milk once or twice a night.
I had seen an advert in a magazine for Goodnight Milk, and as I was desperate for a good nights sleep for both of us I thought I would give it a go. The product is described as an 'Especially satisfying Follow-on Milk with added organic cereals'.
The product was £4.98 for 350g from Tesco, so for its sixe its a bit more expensive than normal milks, but you are only advised to use it once a day so it should last a while. It comes in a large(which is recyclable) with a plastic lid, and inside the lid is a ring pull top. The tin tells me that the product is a specially formulated bedtime milk, gluten free and easy to suggest.
Inside is a creamy coloured powder which looks alot like milkpowder. It also has a scoop in there to measure out the correct amount of powder when making up your babies feed. The instructions on the tin tell me to boil some water, leave it to cool for 30 minutes then to add one scoop for every fluid ounce of water. Its recommended that you add all the powder to two thirds of the water, mixing it thoroughly and then adding the rest of the water. This all seems a little complicated, but I duly follow the instructions and I am left with a bottle filled with milk that looks alot creamier than other powdered baby milks. It reminded me alot like ovaltine
The tin does tell you to use a fast flow teat as the product is a bit thicker than usual. I use fast flow teats usually so this isnt a problem. However my daughter still seemed to be having real problems getting the milk out, and despite the fact I shook the bottle, and mixed it with a fork like the tin recommends, there was still lumps in it, and a residue at the bottom of the bottle. To be honest I was left wondering if my daughter had had enough to keep her full all night, or whether she would be hungry even earlier than normal.
Now lots of us will have been told stories about how our parents put rusks in our milk as children, and this just seems like a more modern version of that, but if it works then its a thumbs up for me.
Except it managed to cause more problems. My daughter did go longer than she normally does. I fed her this milk at 7.30pm and she dint wake up at 10.30 like she usually does, and I was feeling very confident that I might get a full nights sleep, a real luxury. I was awoken about 2.30 by my daughter screaming and crying, pulling her knees up like she had a bad tummy. She refused any milk or water, and spent along time whimpering to herself. She finally cried herself back to sleep about 4am. She was very grouchy and miserable the next day and off her food. Her dirty nappies were bright yellow too.
I cannot say for definate whether this milk caused this, but I decided not to use it again and we havent had a repeat of the kind of upset we had after using it.
I feel bad writing a bad review for the product based on one experience, but I am just being honest. I dont know if my daughter had an allergy to one of the ingredients, but I cant recommend it and wont be using it again.
The listed ingredients are Organic skimmed milk, organic vegetable oils (palm, rapeseed, sunflower oils), organic corn starch, organic lactose, organic partially demineralised whey powder**, organic rice flakes, organic buckwheat flakes, emulsifier (soya lecithin), calcium carbonate, vitamin C, potassium chloride, L-tryptophan, iron diphosphate, vitamin E, niacin, zinc oxide, pantothenic acid, copper sulphate, vitamin A, thiamin (vitamin B1), vitamin B6, zinc sulphate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), potassium iodate, manganese sulphate, folic acid, vitamin K, sodium selenate, biotin, vitamin D, vitamin B12.
So I have resigned myself to broken nights now!