“ Brand: SMA / Product Type: Baby Milk „
This is a review for the new design SMA Gold follow on milk.
My daughter has been formula fed from about 1 month old, and we started using SMA at about 5 months old when we found it was kinder to her reflux, and also kept much better due to a nice metal damp-free tin.
Our daughter is now 7 months old and is starting to eat small, regular meals, so we decided to move onto follow on milk.
This milk is designed to compliment weaning for older children and had slightly differen't ingredients and added nutrients to the first infant milk.
Suggested feed is 6oz bottles (180ml) but it can be made the same as new born milk, 1 scoop for one oz. Recommended daily intake of 600ml. My daughter is a snacker so we make 5oz bottles and she drink 6 of them!, so still drinking a lot of milk.
This milk seems to be just as kind to her reflux, and doesn't seem to look or smell much different to the first infant milk, and my daughter definitely doesn't have a different reaction.
It is a little cheaper than first infant milk. Due to government restraints you cannot have money offers, vouchers, or boots/tesco points against first infant milk. Once you are using follow on milk you have the additional advantage of money off vouchers (Which I was sent in the post) and I can now collect and spend boots vouchers on my babies milk.
Some Health visitors and midwives recommend you stick to the first infant milk. But if you want a milk to compliment weaning, and the added bonus of finally being able to get a bargain on formula, I suggest moving onto follow on milk once your baby has started weaning.
This is now called Follow-On Milk from 6 months. It is to be used to complement the weaning diet. I started using it when my son turned 6 months as I had originally used SMA Gold from birth to top him up from breastfeeding.
It costs about £7.25 for th 900gram tin but this can vary greatly depending if you buy it from larger supermarkets or smaller convenience stores.
The tin states that it has an "improved protein balance", "Omega 3 & 6 LCPs" and "essential nutrients, fortified with iron". To be honest, as a mother, I just want to know that it is good for my baby and all the information from the pack, other reviews and recommendations, I am very pleased with SMA. I like to use the milk instead of cow's milk as I personally feel that the formula goes well with the new tastes he is getting from solids.
You prepare the milk like all other formulas. One level scoop for every 30ml or 1 fl. oz of water. I find that we can simply make it up when my so is thirsty. I DO NOT make it and leave it in the fridge as the tin only advises to keep feeds for up to 2 hours. When making up the milk, use the scoop provided and level off with the back of a knife. Very simple!
I find that one tin lasts roughly 10 days but obviously this will differ for every child as they may be drinking plain water or juice at other times.
In conclusion, I strongly recommend this brand as a follow on milk and have had the ultimate seal of approval from my baby ~ he's never refused his bottle or brought it back up.
Also, the tin makes a great storage container once finished with or can be recycled.
Since starting my baby on formula milk I have been using the SMA brand. In the beginning after breastfeeding I started ehr on the SMA Gold Infant First Milk but now that she is 6 months plus I have moved onto the number 2 milk which is Follow-on Milk from 6 months +.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.
This variety of formula comes, like the other varieties, in two forms, a powder and also a ready to use liquid although I will be reviewing the powder. THe powder comes in a big tub and this variety has a pink lid on it and is easily distinguishable from the other tubs which have a yellow lid for the 1st stage and a blue lid for the hungrier baby. Inside the powder comes with a pink scoop to enable you to measure out the powder and add it to the bottles.
This Number 2 powder like I've said above is a follow-on milk from 6 months + and is used to complement the weaning diet and is nutritionally superior to cows' milk. The formula includes Omega 3 and 6 LCP's. When reading the list of the ingredients you can also see that it includes lactose, milk powder and so on so if your baby does have any allergies against lactose then this is not the formula to use. I did wonder how this milk was any different from the 1st stage powder but after reading the back of the tub my questions were answered. This formula has an improved protein balance and is fortified with extra iron which are delivered in a smaller amount of milk than infant formula so baby still has an appetite for food. They recommend that it's best to use this milk as part of a mixed weaning diet. I obviously still give my baby milk but I definitely do find that she still has a very healthy appetite for food so I am satisfying all her needs whilst still giving her all the nutrients she needs.
The formula is extremely easy to make up into a drinkable milk as is with all the formula varieties. There is a table on the side of the tub to tell you how much to use which says that 180ml or 6fl oz will need to be made with 6 scoops of powder. I find it very easy to remember because it's the same number. You have to add water that has been boiled and left to cool for about half an hour as this helps to protect against germs. This is the only part that I find a bit annoying as I must remember to boil the kettle a while before I want the water although you can make a feed up as long as it is used within 2 hours. They do recommend on the tub that you can run the bottle under cool water to cool it down even more if needs be.
Once made up 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.
I purchase the 900g tubs which cost £7.24 from Boots. I would say that these tubs probably last about 2-3 weeks so on the whole it is not too costly. Obviously I am a supporter of breastfeeding but I have found this a great follow on milk.
This milk is no longer called progress milk but is now just called follow on milk which is designed for the second stage of feeding after you have started to wean your baby and is suitable for babies aged 6 months and over.
Once I had started to wean jess onto solids she began to want less of her milk each day which is understandable really as she needed less to fill her up but using the first stage of sma meant I had to still get a large quantity of milk in to her each day to get the nutrients she needed so I opted for this stage 2 milk as she could get the same amount of nutrients from a smaller quantity of milk so was ideal for using along side her food swell.
A 900-gram tin of this retails at around £7.25 which is very similar in price to the first stage milks but unlike the first stage baby milks there is no set price on this milk so can quite often be found on offer in the supermarkets and at boots.
I was a little worried about changing Jessie to this milk as I wasn't sure it would taste the same and was worried she would get an upset stomach, there has been no difference in using this milk and she enjoys it just as much as the first stage milk,
It is just as easy to use as the first stage of milk with the same measurements of 1 scoop of powder to each ounce of milk.
I used this formulae for my Daughter from 6 months and am gradually changing her over to cow's milk at the moment. My Son is now 7 and a half months and I have recently changed him over to SMA Progress so I have had a lot of experience with this infant milk.
I am pleased to say that I am very happy with this product and have never been tempted to try any other in the supermarket. I have been quite lucky in that both of my children seem completely happy with this baby milk and both have slept through the night (most of the time!)
SMA Progress comes in a re-usable tin and is red and white with a small picture of a mother and baby at the top. The words 'To complement the weaning diet' are printed on the front under the logo. This is very important as this milk should only be used for babies over the age of 6 months that are being weaned onto solid food as it has less amounts of protein and iron than the very first milk to make sure your baby still has an appetite for food.
This SMA milk is nutritionally superior to cow's milk and can be used until your baby reaches the age of 2. It contains proteins, Omega's 3 and 6 and essential nutrients fortified with iron. SMA comes in a 900g tin and has instructions on the back of the tin to show the milk is made up. It is very simple to make as all you do is add the same amount of scoops to fluid ounces of water for example, 7 scoops of powder to 7 ounces of water. All other nutritional information and guarantees are on the back of the tin.
A 900g tin of SMA Progress can be bought in Asda or Tesco for £7.21. A whole tin usually lasts me 6 days for one baby but obviously this all depends upon how many ounces of milk your baby has in each bottle and how many bottles they consume in a day.
SMA Progress is suitable for vegetarians and halal.
Try SMA today and hopefully your babies will be as satisfied as mine have been!
My son is now 15 months old and he started drinking SMA Progress Follow On Milk when he was 9 months old. He had been breastfed all the time til he was 14months and had never tried any formula milk until he was 9months. I bought several kinds of formula milk such as Cow & Gate, Heinz, SMA and Aptmill when I decided to introduce milk to him. Among these, he liked SMA best and for the others, it was like he was drinking something terrible (no offence to the other brands though). I did try those myself and I think SMA tastes best and seems quite bland. So I started buying this for him. He initially could only drink about 250ml a day, then gradually 300ml and now likes it very much. The price is reasonable compared with other brands. No big difference in nutrients though and I do not think this matters too much. It all depends on your baby's taste. We will just have to buy what she likes:)
My son was always a funny feeder when he was younger and I struggled to get any food down him so I was glad when he was 1 and could have normal cows milk.
I suffered with so many problems with him when he was this age being ill all the time he would still take his milk bottles but I struggled to get any food down him.
At a loss of what to do and due to him being my first child I was going to take him to my health visitor. That day I popped into lloyds chemest and spoke to the pharmasist first and she advised me to get him a milk that would hold everything that his body needs so if he wasn't taking the milk he was still taking in what his body required and filling him up, she also advised that if the problem persisted then to consult my doctor.
I had a browse around the shop and saw this one at £6.59 a tin this was 4 years ago the price has gone up a little now just over £7. It holds valuable Iron and nutrition that your child needs which is great and it is to be mixed in the same way that the younger powder formula milk is to be used.
This age group is from 6 months to 24 months so my son was ok to drink this. I found after 3 days of having this milk when he was ill it had helped him pick up and would want something to eat again. I must admit that I wasted alot of this milk because if it is not used in 28 days it has to be disgarded and I never used the whole tin in this time. I later found that it is available in smaller tins.
If you are not ready to move your child onto cows milk and are worried about how much vitamins and iron your child is taking in then I would advise to invest in this. It is a good way of ensuring that your child gets what it needs and this will help with their development.
It explains how the formula is to be mixed and everything that it holds inside the tin so it is easy to understand.
My darling son is now nearly 8 months old and how time flies when you are surrounding by nappies, milk and piles of washing! I initially breastfed, but after a recommendation by a paediatrician (long story - not going there) I switched almost solely to infant formula milk. The Hospital, Health Visitors and almost everyone I knew recommended SMA. What did I do? I ignored that recommendation and put him onto HIPP Organic (simply because it was the cheapest on the market (at the time was £5.50 for 900g - versus SMA approx £7.20 for 900g). Then as he got hungrier i switched to Cow & Gate 2 for hungry babies. I made this selection because of the little scoop leveller built into the tin. That's the only reason. Anyway, little one was on that milk for a while but was constantly being sick.... everywhere. When it was time to move on to the third stage milk I decided to give SMA a chance! And boy am I pleased I did!
I have been using SMA Progress for almost 2 months now. He keeps it down well, only the occasional sicky moment.
The 900g tin costs £7.21 in Tescos but I recently stocked up on a two tins for £12 offer.
I find it goes further.... like other infant formulas we have tried you add one levelled scoop of powder per 1oz of cooled boiled water. The scoop size with SMA is smaller and therefore you get more ounces to the tin. For example... The C&G formula tin used to last me 6/7 days; the SMA lasted me 9 days. That is a HUGE difference for the price.
As for nutrition, I have no idea other than to say that every professional, and as I said before most friends, recommeneded SMA right from the outset. Although I had been told by friends that SMA caused constipation in the little one, we have had nothing of the sort.
My only gripe is that there is no built in leveller as with C&G so it takes a little more time. But very much worth those extra few seconds in this case.
**If you haven't tried it for your little one and are having problems with your current brands, try it, you won't look back**
Sma progress is a follow on milk which compliments the weaning progress. if you are begginning to feed your baby and are already giving them sma it is best to switch to this milk.
The milk is nutritionally balanced and also contains iron.
the milk is better for the baby than normal cows milk.
the milk contains vitamins and minerals which are essential to the babys diet.
Sma progress is suitable for babies over 6months.
to make this milk you boil water and leave it to cool for 30 minutes. you then add the approriate ammount of scoops to make the milke.
to make a bottle of 180ml you add 6 ounces of water and six scoops of the powder.
to make a jug you add 18 scoops of the powder to540 ml of water.
this milk tops up the babys store of iron.
it can be difficult during the weaning period for the baby to get a complete nutritional diet.
the milk obtains key nutrients which are vital for babies.
giving the baby 5-6hundred ml of this milk in a day can ensure that the baby receives the nutrients they need which help with growth and developement.
normal cows milk should not be given to babies in their first twelve months of life.
good price same as other sma
I had problems breastfeeding my son so made the hard decision to give him formula food. My Midwife suggested using SMA gold and I have used this ever since he was 7 days old and have never had any problems with it.
My son is now six and a half months old and one day whilst shopping I noticed that SMA also make a progress milk, this is a follow on milk to SMA gold and is only suitable for babies aged over 6 months and can be used until the baby is 2. However, the health visitor advise that from the age of one you can start to give your baby full fat milk as their main drink, by this time your baby shouldn't be on very many milk feeds a day and mainly eating food.. It is exactly the same tin as SMA gold but it has a red plastic top instead of a yellow one. I bought two 900g tins of SMA progress in Tesco for the price of £12.
All babies are born with a supply of iron, by the age of 4-6 months this iron becomes used up, which is why it is important that youre baby is getting enough iron in his diet; this progress milk contains all the iron that your baby needs. My health visitor advised me that you don't have to move onto progress milk if your baby is happy on the normal milk. As we had started weaning Rhys he seemed t be drinking more milk than ever, so I thought that I would try him on the follow on milk to see if this satisfied his hunger at all.
SMA progress is a follow on milk that is especially designed to complement the weaning diet of your baby and is nutritionally balanced, includes essential vitamins and minerals and is fortified with iron. It states on the tin that it is nutritionally superior to cow's milk.
You make up the feeds of the progress milk exactly the same as you do with any formula; you use one level scoop of formula to 1oz of water. Rhys currently drinks 7oz of formula 5 times a day, so for each food we put 7 level scoops of formula in with 7oz of water.
The one difference I noticed with this formula compared to SMA gold is that it seems to be slightly thicker as the powder takes slightly longer to dissolve in the water. As I don't drink this myself I cannot really comment on whether the taste is any different, but all I can say is that my son likes it as much as his other milk and drinks it all up every feed!!
Another point i will also make is that when you buy any first milk like SMA gold, for instance you do not qualify for any clubcard points and cannot use any discount vouchers to purchase baby milk. I never understood why this was until someone told me that the shops arent allowed to do anything that may tempt someone into buying this first milk, in case someone blames this for the reason they stopped breast feeding? Now whether this is the case or not, im not really sure. But i do now get clubcard points for this progress milk and they sometimes have special offers on the price of them to, so it worth doing, but only if it is good for your baby!!!
Follow-on milk for older babies and toddlers. Specially made to meet their growing needs.