“ Brand: SMA / Product Type: Baby Milk „
I have been using SMA Gold First Infant Milk which is suitable from birth onwards for a few weeks now and my little girl seems to like it and is growing well so I am continuing with it. According to their packaging SMA's gold system is an advanced range of specially designed formulas to help met the nutritional needs of babies and young children. Every product has a tailored nutrient profile for each stage of growth and development.
I generally buy the formula in powder form which comes in big tubs and can then be mixed up with water to make your baby's feed but sometimes when you are out and about or for those 4:30am feeds when baby will not wait and needs to be fed now I go for the SMA ready to use formula.
This comes in a carton and is available in two different sizes, a large 1 litre carton which is £2.02 and smaller 250 cartons which cost 56 pence. Once opened the 1 litre cartons can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours and the smaller ones can be stored for up to 24 hours. I like to use the little cartons as they are just enough for one feed so you don't have to worry about storing them in the fridge or wasting any if you don't use it all up. THe cartons are very simple to open. There are flaps ont he side which have a scissors mark on them so you just cut across the cardboard and voila, the carton is open. You then pour it into your baby's bottle and it is ready to drink, no mixing or heating required, perfect for when you are out.
The SMA first infant milk ready to drink is called a breast milk substitute and is the best infant milk to use when baby is not breastfeed or to combination feed. The formula is said to include Omega 3 and 6 LCP's. When reading the list of the ingredients you can also see that it includes lactose, skimmed milk and so on so if your baby does have any allergies against lactose then this is not the formula to use.
The milk is quite creamy but to me has quite a bland smell and taste, it is not like real milk but that is what babies like and my little girl sure gulps it down. A good purchase for both you and baby.
I had used the SMA Gold powdered milk for my daughter and then again for my son last year however he would be sick on every feed, We ran out of powdered milk one day so i sent my partner off to get some whilst i found a couple of small cartons of the ready made sma in the cupboard, My son took this feed and wasnt sick at all on it, from then on we stuck to the ready made stuff. However as the price of this milk is extremely high compared to the powered milk, we decided to switch back. Big mistake! Son hated it again, after speaking to my health visitor as i was worried that i shouldnt be giving him the ready made stuff all the time and that i was having problems feeding him the powdered milk she said to carry on as hes happy and that he has proberbly got a taste for the ready made as its alot sweeter than ordinary baby milk. Kept my son happy though so cant conplain although the wallet did see the damage, a litre carton would last a day and cost around £1.15 where as a tin of powdered sma gold was around £6.00 and lasted about 4 weeks. These cartons are perfect for when your out and about.
This was another baby brain moment for me when I purchased this. I had gone out to my mother in laws for the day and as we were driving down the street I realised that I hadn't took any milk with me so we had to stop off and buy some with some bottles.
Yet again I went to boots this is due to it is between ours and my partners moms. When I was looking at the tins I didn't see the point to buy one to make 2 bottles and end up wasting the rest of the tin, also I didn't have much money in my purse either.
I payed 59p for a carton of this and it had 7oz of milk in it already mixed all you had to do was warm it up if your child likes it warm. My daughter was only taking 3 to 4 oz at the time but I picked 2 up just incase.
All you have to do is pour it in a bottle and you can feed your child this is great if you are on the go around the town or days out. It doesn't need to be refridgerated unless it has been opened so it is great for travelling. It will work out more expensive if you are buying these for use all the time due to the amount your child will drink a tin of the milk that you mix yourself is cheaper.
This is good for first time parents that worry that they can not cope with their child and are worried that they may harm their child when making bottles because it is already done for you.
I found that my daughter was not keen on this type of milk though due to it was thicker and seemed greesy for her, she usually bought quite a bit back up where as the powder formula she was fine with.
They are a good quick idea and convenient and they hold the same vitamins and health requirements as the tinned milk. It is also close to breast milk so if you are breast feeding and you are out but are not keen on the public area feeding then pop into the chemist or supermarket and pick one up because you are able to use it to mix feed without it causing problems for your child.
SMA gold baby formula is a whey based infant milk that also contains alpha protein that is a key protein found in breast milk. All mothers are advised that they should breast feed exclusively for the first six months, but this formula is a very good one to choose if you decide not to or are unable to breast feed, I have been feeding my son with this since he was five weeks old and have never experienced any problems with it..
I have been purchasing tins of SMA gold that last me roughly a week, but whilst in the supermarket one day I discovered that the formula also comes in handy, ready to use cartons, these are available to buy from most supermarkets. I purchase mine from Tesco and they cost 54p per carton.
The carton has the usual SMA gold logo on the front of it, the main colour of the carton is yellow and it is made out of strong paper/foil. The cartons come in three different sizes, 250ml, 500ml and 1L.
Due to the price of these cartons I have only ever used them occasionally when I have been out and about and found that it is a lot easier than transporting the baby formula tin around with me.
To open the cartons, you simply cut the corner off them and this then provides a spout to pour the milk out. You then just pour the required amount of milk into your sterilized feeding bottle. A 250ml carton of SMA gold provide roughly 9oz of baby milk, as my son is currently on 7oz, I have 2oz left over. I then gently heat the milk for a few minutes to warm it through before feeding my son.
As previously mentioned, it is cheaper to purchase a tin of formula for £7.21, as this then lasts me a full week. I do feel that the ready made cartons are a handy option if you are travelling or find yourself suddenly stuck with no baby powder, but they are not an option I would choose to use on a daily basis.
I have used SMA Gold with my first 2 children, when I had my 3rd child 12 weeks ago I started out breastfeeding. Problems occured so I switched to the same brand of milk id used 7 years and 5 years previously.
SMA Gold is pefect as it is suitable for newborn babies right through to babies who are 12 months.
I had never used the ready made cartons with my other children, so was a bit dubious to give it a go.
I decided to buy some as we took the children camping for the weekend when baby was 3 weeks old.
The cartons are available in 1 litre, 500ml and 250ml.
I bought the 250ml so we didnt waste any. They were a god send to be honest!
We didnt have to mess around with boiling kettles and waiting around for the water to cool down etc..
I now use these everytime we go away for a few days as they are so easy.
They are also perfect for days out too!!
Now even closer to breast milk.