Product Type: Milupa Aptamil kids equipment
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A great baby formula
Member Name: Bunnyhop2
Advantages: My babies liked it
Disadvantages: Slightly more expensive than other brands
Aptamil offer a wide range of formulas
First Milk (From birth)
Anti Reflux (From birth to 1)
Hungry Milk (helps delay early weaning)
Follow on (From 6 months)
Growing up 1 year +
Growing up 2 years +
They also do a range of porridge suitable from 4 months+ & 7 months+
Aptamil formulas are available in tubs of powder or ready made in cartons/bottles. The tubs of powder have a plastic lid which flips open, inside is a foil seal so you know that the product is fresh and hasn't been tampered with. I always found these easy to open as there are arrows to indicate the direction to pull the tab. The cartons that the first milk comes in require scissors to open so you need to make sure you have some with you if you are using these out and about. The bottles which the ready made Growing Up milk comes in are far easier to open and Aptamil do seem to be starting to offer all their ready made milks in these bottles.
The packaging provides a full list of ingredients
The cheapest way to buy Aptamil formula is the tubs of powder. This needs to be made using water that has been boiled and left to stand for 30 minutes. The back of the tubs give a detailed table of how many scoops of powder you need and the volume of water to make your required amount of formula. A plastic scoop is included in the tub and there is a piece of plastic across the corner of the opening that you can use to remove excess powder as you need to use level scoops. I always made the formula straight into the bottles and would then use a jug of cold water if it was still slightly too hot for how the twins liked it.
Powder formula is best made fresh and used within the timescales on the packaging.
Ready made formula
When the twins were newborn they were only having tiny amounts of top up once a day so the ready made cartons were ideal for us. We used to store the open cartons in the fridge so we could use them again within the use by time. We used to just warm the bottles in hot water until they were the required temperature.
Although we switched to cows milk when the twins reached 1 I have used the Growing up 1+ formula when we have been out. The bottles are really handy when you haven't got access to a fridge to keep cows milk in. As the bottles are kept at room temperature you can just pour them into little one's beaker or bottle for them to drink.
Although formula has extra vitamins added it is much cheaper to use cows milk after a year. I do also give mine a separate vitamin supplement on the advise of our Health Visitor.
When we introduced breakfast at 5 1/2 months I decided to try Aptamil's creamy porridge which is made with rice and corn cereal. This is easy to make with formula and makes a great weaning food. We then moved onto the multigrain breakfast from 7 months which was also popular with my little ones.
Prices and availability
Aptamil products are widely available from supermarkets and places like Boots which sell baby foods. A selection of prices at Boots as at July 2012 are
First Milk 200ml carton 69p
First Milk 900g powder £9.49
(As shops are not allowed to run promotions on first milks prices tend to be the same wherever you shop)
Growing Up 1+ 900g Milk Powder £8.49
Creamy Porridge Stage 1 125g £2.49
Although slightly more expensive than comparable brands my little ones have always liked the Aptamil products they've had and after the initial sickness after a different brand I am more than happy to pay the extra.
Would I recommend?
Yes, Aptamil make good quality formulas and cereals suitable with a range for each stage of your babies growth. Although I never used the 6 month follow on milk as my babies were happy on the first milk and this provided everything they needed until they switched to cow's milk.
Aptamil's website is currently unavailable but when it's back up and running it can be found at aptaclub.co.uk They also have a free phone number 0800 996 1000 where you can speak to one of their experts. I've always found their website really helpful with any questions I've had. I also joined their parenting club which sent free samples and a cute toy polar bear.
Summary: A great range of baby formulas and cereals