“ Brand: Milupa / Product Type: Baby Milk „
I have just reviewed the 900g tub of the powdered Aptamil formula and thought I would share my views on the ready made cartons, they are absolutely brilliant!
They're especially good for when we're out for the day or in a rush and don't have time to boil the kettle and cool the feed. We have some disposable Tommee Tippee bottles that we got from Boots so we can throw that away after the feed along with the carton if we are out of the house, instead of carrying around dirty empty bottles in our bag. We also use the ready made cartons for some night feeds or when I'm in a rush and don't have time to make a fresh feed. It's all about convenience really.
The formula in the Aptamil ready made cartons is just the same as the formula from the tub so your baby is still getting all the goodness they need from the feed. The only difference I noticed is that the formula in these ready made cartons looks quite grey in comparison to the look of the milk you make fresh from the tub, I think this is because it is made
Priced at 64p per 200ml carton they may seem a little pricey compared to buying a tub of the powder but it's all about convenience. Not having to worry about getting back home because you need to make a feed from fresh. Obviously some would argue that breast feeding is a lot more convenient, but for those of us who aren't able to feed our little ones from the breast then this is the next best thing. The carton is the same breast substitute milk as the powdered form so it's still just as good.
Another plus side, for me and my little girl is that sometimes powdered formula milk can clog her up a little bit and by using the cartons it seems to clear her out - so to speak. The ingredients are pretty much the same except that obviously there is liquid already in the ready made cartons - demineralised water. It's still jam packed full of all the vitamins and minerals our little ones would normally get from us when being fed from the breast.
The only downside I think for these cartons is they aren't very big, they are only around 7oz so if your little one is on more than that then you will obviously need to buy more cartons. For me 7oz is fine at the moment as my little girl is only on 6oz feeds.
Aptamil also do the cartons for hungry baby and follow on milk. Other main stream brands of baby formula do ready made cartons/bottles so there is going to be something for everyone depending on what brand they normally use. The cartons can be found in most shops and supermarkets with the other baby formula's for around 60-70p per carton depending on where you shop. I'd recommend any mum to give them a try, they are an absolute god send.
I have recently had my first child and was determined to breastfeed. I'm disappointed to say I only lasted 4 days and with him loosing 14% of his body weight decided to switch to formula.
So I had to make the decision of which infant milk - I chose to use Aptamil as that was what the hospital gave when my little one needed a top up and also claims to be the best if combined with breast milk (which I'm still trying to do)
I decided to purchase some cartons as they are useful for trips out. You do not have to keep the carton chilled and can be served at room temperature.
Aptamil First Milk comes in a slim, rectangular, light blue, 200ml carton. The company who make Aptamil are "Milupa", there logo is situated in the top left hand corner in red and white.
The carton is clearly labelled as "Aptamil" with a cute picture of a cartoon polar bear.
First Milk is stated on the front.
The carton is very informative it provides -
- all the ingredients
- feeding preparation instructions
- feeding amount guidelines
- contact number helpline
The reason I purchased the cartons were for there convenience. These cartons can be kept at room temperature and served straight from the carton into a sterile bottle. Once open you have 2 hours to use the formula or if you have a fridge to hand can be chilled and used within 24 hours.
The only difference I have noticed between the carton formula and powdered formula was the carton milk is slightly thicker.
I brought my cartons from Tesco for 64p each but they are widely available from Boots, Superdrug, most supermarkets and even Amazon.
Since switching from breast to formula my little boy is back to his birth weight in only 6 day (gained 7oz in 6 days).
He takes the cartons very well and will happily have them at room temperature. They are great for trips out and at 64p each I don't think they are too expensive but I am currently getting 2 feeds out of a carton. I wouldn't use these all the time but would definitely recommend for convenience.
Cartons of ready to use formula are a fabulous invention. They are great for when you are out and about with baby, for those emergency times when you have a screaming hungry baby and don't have time to boil and wait for the kettle to cool down, and for when the grandparents come round to babysit and you don't trust them to count the correct number of scoops! One of the best things is that ready to use formula does not require to be heated and can be given to baby at room temperature.
However, cartons of ready to use Aptamil seem competitively priced at around 64p until you realise that the carton contains only 200ml. As a comparison, SMA ready to use cartons currently retail at around 65p for 250ml, that's only 1p extra for an additional 50ml. As most standard baby bottles are sized at 250ml, this would mean having to carry around 2 cartons for each feed, if like me you have a hungry baby who regularly takes a 250ml feed. If you are out and about you would have to discard the unused milk in the second carton unless you had brought a sterile container with you to take it home. As ready to use formula only keeps for 24 hours in the fridge it is more than likely that it will find it way down the sink eventually.
200ml cartons may suit most babies but as the mummy of a very hungry baby, these Aptamil ones are too small.
How things have moved on over the last 16 years! I don't recall this kind of thing being around when my teenagers were babies, although I did breastfeed them mostly, so didn't know a great deal about baby milk back then.
Mid 30's and having my 3rd child, I think the breastfeeding before had taken its toll on me. I started breastfeeding but really wanted to give mixed feeding a go so I could take a rest from the huge demands that breastfeeding can put upon you. Boy, am I glad I gave it a go, as I eventually fully swopped to this milk by the time my baby was about 6 months.
I happily breastfed and bottle fed from 6 weeks onwards, right up until he was fully feeding on formula milk by 6 months.
We were on holiday for a week and it was actually my partner, whilst walking around tesco that suggested he try our son with a bottle of this. I wasn't so keen to start with, but agreed and was amazed to see my son guzzle the milk down! I chose this milk because it said on it that it was the best milk to compliment breast feeding and it certainly worked for us!
This milk can be given at room temperature straight out of the packet and many a baby that I see have it, takes it just in that way. I must admit,right from the start, I warmed the milk up by standing the bottle in some boiling water for a while. My son seemed to prefer the warmed up version. If we were caught out sometime though, he would take it (if hungry) at room temp. I think it depends what you introduce from the outset really.
It was absolutely fab to be out and about, sometimes having forgotten milk, or not wanting to breastfeed out in public or smoething, and be able to pop into a shop and usually pick up a carton of this milk. Boots and superdrug stocked it, as did our local chemist and most supermarkets - morrisons, tesco, asda.
You can also buy the dry powder tubs, which I started to do after a while as it was cheaper to do so. I always made sure I bought several of these packets as well though as they would then be used for when we went out and about! GREAT!
I absolutely couldn't fault this milk and really glad I chose to give our son it. At 12 months we did stop it though as the follow on milk didn't smell anywhere as near as nice (sickly sweet), but thats another review! cows milk for the win from 12 months onwards!
My daughter came into this world quite dramatically an emergency c-section two weeks early was nothing something that was planned and this effected feeding. I had in my mind I would have a natural labour and would breast feed. However, nothing could be further from the truth! Being in so much pain, my daughter being in special care for a few days and my milk not coming through caused me great stress and the only option of feeding her was using formula. The hospital automatically put her onto Aptamil First although they also use Cow & Gate. I didn't have a choice to start off with but I was given the option to change her onto something else when she joined me in the main ward.
The hospital only use ready made formula and I had to get my other half to go out and buy ready made cartons. Unfortunately my milk didn't come through properly and after five days resigned myself to the fact that she was going to be bottle fed. I ended up keeping her on Aptamil after reading through their website. It is a company that has been providing formula for a number of years (originated in Germany and came to the UK in 1983) and is used throughout hospitals across the country. Now if it is good enough for them then it is good enough for me!
** Packaging **
The Aptamil First ready made cartons come in slim, rectangular 200ml cardboard cartons. They are pale blue in colour and apart from featuring the Aptamil logo and the white polar bar. Depending on the stage your baby/ child is on all the Aptamil products feature a number - on the Aptamil First carton is the number 1. On the back is the ingredients list together with instructions.
** Use **
The formula cartons need to be stored in a cool and dry place before they are opened but once they are opened they need to be refrigerated and used within 24 hours of opening. This gives an ample amount of time to use the carton up by using them with feeds throughout the day should you need to. Just remember to use a sterilised bottle and a clean pair of scissors to open the carton.
** The Formula **
The formula in the cartons seems to be slightly thicker than powdered formula and has quite a milky type smell to it.
The formula is nutritionally tailored with a blend of GOS/FOS prebiotics, long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, nucleotides, vitamins and minerals. To cut it short all these things help provide all the goodness a child needs. Basically the formula is created to help the baby's friendly bacteria to thrive, help produce softer stools due to healthy gut flora and help develop your baby's eyes, brain and nervous system.
** Availability & Price **
Aptamil Ready to Use Cartons are available in all good supermarkets and are generally around the 57p mark per 200ml carton. This can be an expensive way of feeding a child if you solely use these cartons.
** Overall **
My daughter has thrived since being born and although I would have preferred to breastfeed it wasn't an option for me and she copes incredibly well on this formula she has never refused a bottle and the health visitor has commented on her excellent weight gain which I think is partly down to the formula.
Because of its price I only use it for night time feeds (she has 2 a night) and if we go out anywhere as they are handy to use. She is not a sicky child and finds this incredibly easy to digest, the proof is in her nappy! One thing I find awkward at the moment is because she is only having around 120mls per feed (she weighs under 7lbs) I have to throw the rest of the carton away unless I know I am going to home within 2 hours to refrigerate the rest of the feed but I know this won't be a problem forever. Definitely an expensive way to use just by themselves but for me they are handy and also save me a lot of time during the night!
Overall, a formula which suits the needs of my daughter and something which I am happy to continue using.
I wasn't actually aware that you could buy ready to use baby milk. I thought that you could either breast feed or buy it in the form of powder formula and make it up with boiled water.
I decided from the start that I would breast feed, but during the end of my pregnancy when I was getting the last few bits and bobs for my baby, I came across these little cartons in Toys R Us and thought they were a fantastic idea. We bought a few cartons just in case the breast feeding didn't go to plan. I think they were around 70p each, although I now get them from Tescos as I think they are something like 58p.
After my baby was a week old, I introduced formula in the nights and still breast fed during the day and for the start, I was very confused about the right way to make the formula as the guidelines have changed regarding storing feeds etc. Having some of these cartons in the cupboard made things so much easier for me.
Each carton is 200ml and there are guidelines on the pack telling you how much you should give your child depending on his/her weight. You simply shake and snip open the carton, pour into a sterilised bottle and give it to your baby. You can warm it if you prefer, but it can be drunk at room temperature. I am lucky as my baby will drink warm or room temperature milk. If you don't use all the carton, you can store it in the fridge for a maximum of 24 hours.
I now use Aptamil powder formula as well as breast feeding, but these cartons are fantastic if you are out and about for the day and although I express breast milk for her daytime feeds, I always carry one of these cartons (and a pair of scissors to open it) and a sterile bottle in my baby's changing bag just in case we are out longer than expected.
I don't know how long these cartons have been around but they are a godsend.
My baby was re-admitted to hospital at 4 days old as she was dehydrated with low blood sugars - we weren't that hot at breast feeding! After a combination of expressed milk and aptamil top ups she was on the mend and sent home. Before I gave birth I didn't buy anything to do with bottle feeding as I assumed breast feeding would be easy, and bottle feeding sounded complicated with making up the feeds a certain way and sterilising etc. (I now know this isn't the case). In hospital they had tiny 100ml bottles of aptamil ready made, which were great, so we looked for some when we came home so we could top her up. At that time she only took 60ml at a time so 200ml seemed far too much, and we couldn't understand why nowhere sold the 100ml bottles (they are only supplied to hospitals). However we got some of the 200ml cartons and never looked back.
These cartons are ideal for certain occasions - putting in your change bag for going out if you can't be bothered making up and cooling a bottle, having in incase of no prepared bottles and a mega hungry baby, topping up breastfeeding. If you do take them with you don't forget scissors and a sterilised bottle though!
I moved onto to powdered aptamil after a while, as it is about 3-4 times more expensive to rely just on cartons than powder (although breastfeeding is free if you're lucky enough to be able to) but always had a few cartons in for emergencies. Cartons are about 60p each and aptamil is one of the pricier baby milks. Aptamil always reacted fine with my baby's tummy and I thought this a better reason to stay with Aptamil than to save a few pence.
Finally we went on a road trip staying in B and Bs when baby was 5 months old - working out how to sterilise, make up and cool bottles in advance was a nightmare, so we bought loads of these (pricey but at least they are sterile), and used our microwave steriliser as a cold water one - easy!
These little cartons were an absolute godsend to for my husband and me. When we discovered that our baby was not putting on enough weight we were told to supplement his feeds with formula. Having never planned to bottle feed we were totally unprepared. Whilst we had a steriliser and bottles (for expressing breast milk), we had only a basis idea of how to go about making up bottles and we new about the new NHS advice about only making up one bottle at a time. This seems ridiculous now, but when you are suffering from sleep deprivation and emotionally fraught because your child is now progressing as they should, it all seemed too much.
These cartons made life so much easier. Simply cut and pour the desired amount into a sterilised bottle and then warm in a jug of hot water. We eventually got used the timings for the kettle, steriliser and number of formula scoops and have bee getting along fine with the boxes of Aptamil powder. We still buy ready made cartons every week; they are great when you have a child who has irregular feeding patterns and a 30 minute wait for the kettle is just too long! They are also good for easy feeds during the night as well as when you are out and about.
If you put them into the back of your fridge they will last 24 hours from being opened - we found it useful to write the time and day they were opened on the top of the carton to avoid confusion. They can be awkward once your child starts to take more milk as you have to open another carton to make up what has been left over to the correct amount. It's also gutting when you're out and about and you have to discard what is left in he carton, because you cannot refrigerate it.
All in all I am a big fan of Aptamil. I was so upset when my breastfeeding plans had to change, but seeing the difference this formula has made to him makes me so happy. To see your child progressing so well and so quickly (after starting Aptamil baby put on 21oz in one week!) is so reassuring. My baby absolutely loves the stuff and is never more excited than when a warm bottle is placed in front of him. You can find these cartons everywhere from supermarkets, pharmacies, village shops and even petrol stations. This is the only breast milk substitute I would give to my son and whilst the cartons have worked out more expensive than the boxed powder (59p a carton), for a new and nervous parents I feel they are worth every penny.
I came across these in the supermarket when getting some powdered formula. I now always have a few in the house, firstly they are better for taking out and about as there is no risk of finding the bottle has leaked all over when you have a hungry baby, and secondly if we have an accident and spill a bottle I always have a spare empty bottle sterilised and can just pop a carton in and away we go!
It would be very expensive to use them all the time though as they are between 55p and 60p a carton and each carton has 7oz in. My daughter currently has 6 5oz bottles per day so this would be a lot of cartons.
Another great use I have found for them is when we go to stay with friends for a few days it means I am not having to use their kettle etc to make up bottles and it means I am not taking the extra time to measure them all out and I get to spend more time with them.
Infant milk from birth onwards.