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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 have been using the SMA formula milk ever since I finished breastfeeding which was when my baby girl was about 6 months old. She liked this formula more than the others and has got on really well with it. I used the first stage milk and the follow on milk and just recently we have switched over to the toddler milk, Stage 3 which is from 1 year plus as my little girl has just turned 1.
Now, there are various theories on this milk and whether you actually need and is it worth the money or whether you should just make do with cows milk. I have had midwives tell me that it really is not worth it and that they panic you on the advertisements for this milk by saying that your toddler is not getting enough iron and that this milk will help with that. Midwives say that with a proper diet your baby should get the iron it needs anyway. Well, I have decided to do a combination of both formula milk and cows milk as even though my little girls diet is fine I like to know that she is getting extra vitamins from this formula and the iron that she needs as well. The majority of the time she drinks cows milk but I find this formula is really handy when we are out and about as obviously you don't have to keep it in the fridge like cows milk in the powder form and in carton form the formula is really handy for putting in your changing bag and carrying around.
SMA say that their toddler Milk is the best nutritional support for active toddlers, from 1 year. It is a fortified milk drink with Omega 3 & 6 and increased levels of iron, it is specifically developed to help bridge any nutritional gaps and help ensure your toddler is getting the key nutrients they need. They go on to say that it is for children from 1 - 3 years and that you should use it alongside cows' milk as part of a healthy balanced diet which is what I do.
Immediately when you open this can you can smell the creaminess of this milk and I find it much creamier than the stages that came before it. I think this probably makes it a bit more inviting and less bland than the other milks as babies palates are expanding and they now want something with a bit of taste and flavour. The milk has essential vitamins and minerals which are nutritionally balanced to help ensure your toddler gets the key vitamins and minerals they need, Omega 3 and 6 which helps eye and brain development and is fortified with iron which is crucial for growth, brain development and a healthy immune system. So, I think there are quite a few benefits of sticking with this formula for the time being.
This variety of formula comes, like the other varieties, in two forms, a powder and also a ready to use liquid. The powder comes in a big tub and this variety has a green 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 and a pink lid for 6 months plus. Inside the powder comes with a scoop to enable you to measure out the powder and add it to the bottles.
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.
SMA say that their toddler milk is nutritionally superior to cows' milk. Apparently, a 200 ml serving of SMA Toddler Milk provides up to 50% of your toddler's RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of essential vitamins and minerals.
The SMA Milk is suitable for both Halal and Vegetarian diets (Powder Only) so if your baby has to follow these diets it is ok to consume.
I purchase the 900g tubs which cost £7.24 from Boots. As I am now only using a little bit of formula per day I would say a tub would probably last about a month which I think is quite good value. The ready to drink cartons are a bit more expensive than the other stage milks. A 200ml carton costs 60p but they are handy to have around and they also include a straw which I think is a bit young for a one year old but will be really handy when my girl is 2 or 3.
A nice alternative to breastfeeding and something I like to use in conjunction with cows milk!