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At Cow & Gate have almost 100 years of experience in making safe and wholesome milks and foods for generations of babies. To help guarantee the best quality, Cow & Gate have milk, fruit, vegetables, cereals and meat ingredients grown especially for Cow & Gate. Cow & Gate then test and check at every stage to make sure the products meet the highest standards.

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      28.02.2011 18:40

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      Hello, I had similar experiences with previous mums.I have changed to C&G then my daughter started to have diarria, and could not stop pooing. Her bum become red. I tried 1 and2, both same effect. Aptamil has similar effect, but itwas not that bad. SMA is best, in a way, but it tend to give constipation to my daughter, so I am actually mixing Aptamil and SMA to get sofer poo but not diarria.

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      18.10.2010 20:41

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      would not use cow and gate

      I breast fed both my sons until they was 5 months they are now 4 and 1. When i decided to stop breast feeding i moved them onto SMA and had no problems, once my second son reached a year i wanted to move him onto cows milk, however he did not like it so had a look at other formula milks to see which would suit his age i chose cow and gate growing up milk for toddlers{one year plus}.

      He refused at first but after a few attemps he enjoyed it. It is very easy to make a feed for him in its container however im sure all mothers would agree its whats inside that counts.
      He has been drinking it now for 2 weeks and every day he has had diarare what on earth is in this milk that can have this effect on my little boy! He is used to eating a wide range of foods i have always homecooked his meals he has never had jars. His stomach has been used to a lot but there is something not right about this milk. Up to five times a day he has had severe runny stools that have resulted in his whole back covered in poo.
      Will not be using cow and gate any more!

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      12.04.2010 23:29
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      dont buy it!!!!!!!!!!

      cow and gate is terrible!!!

      I first gave my baby girl the formula milk when she was 3 months old. She was on sma but thought i would try cow and gate as it was cheaper. Big mistake, my daughter was so poorly cause it is so rich, she had sickness and dyharia for three days. As soon as I put her back to sma she was fine again.

      I started her on solids at 4 months and always used hipp. When she was around 6half months I decided to try cow and gate jars as I liked the veriety compared to other brands. Big mistake yet again, my daughter was again v v poorly and had a very sore bum. At the same time my friend started to feed her 6 month old daughter the food and also had the same symptoms.

      What do they put in the jars that is so different to the others???
      It certainly makes me wonder.

      I will never use a cow and gate product again and would never recommend it anyone.

      I hope this has been helpful to anyone thinking of feeding this to there babies.

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        06.03.2010 20:51

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        a good trustworthy brand

        Cow and Gate is a brand for a range of baby foods, ranging from infant formula right up to 1 year plus meals.

        In formula you can get Infant formula, which is a subsitute to breast feeding, you can also get a hungry baby formula, also a substitute to breast feeding but with a slight difference to give a fuller for longer feeling, then at 6 months they have Follow on milk, then at 1 year plus you can get toddler milk, which in my opinion is abit of a marketting scam but all the brands seem to do toddler milks now.

        The main product I use from cow and gate is there jar purrees, we started with stage one, these are very smooth in texture, they come in a huge range of flavors too, my son always loved them. We are now using the stage 2 jars and of all brands Cow and Gate are my favorite, they all have advantages but now my little boy likes lots of lumps these are great. again they come in lots of flavours and each jar has a great texture, lots of lumps to work on but soft enough to not be too hard work. One that always stands out in my mind is the Cottage Pie, this has lumps of vegtables including some whole peas, the first time my son had this he wasnt keen and I thought I would struggle with it in future, the following week my husband done the shopping and bought it again, when I gave it to my son then he loved it and now we buy that one each week.

        As a brand Cow and Gate is one I would trust and I will continue to use there products whilst my son needs them.

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        02.03.2009 19:56
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        A great replacement for mothers breast milk for early babies when mums arent able to produce milk!!

        We all know that Mothers milk is the best, although in a perfect world for so many reasons this is not always possible. When for some reason we cannot give our baby Mums milk then we do need a substitute.

        When I had my little girl she was born 10 weeks premature. At this age a baby has not learnt to suck yet. We tend to forget that this most simple thing has to be learnt and also needs strength to do so.

        So my daughter was fed through a tube. She was only 3lb 3oz. I had enough milk to supply the tubes for 2 weeks and so then we had to find a suitable substitute for her.

        SMA and Cow and Gate milk for "natural arrivals" does not have enough nutrients and goodness in it to help a premature baby put on weight so Cow and Gate have come up with Nutriprem milk for premature babies. She then went onto nutriprem2, after being on Nutriprem1 for only a few weeks. A nutritionally complete catch up formula for low birthweight and preterm bottle fed babies.

        The tins come in 900g with a scoop.

        The major nutrients

        Energy 310
        75
        Protein 2.0
        Carbohydrate 7.4
        of which saturates 1.5
        polyunsaturates 0.7
        GLA 8
        LCPs 36
        IAA 16
        DHA 14
        Fibre Nil
        Sodium 0.03

        Vitamins

        A B D E C B6
        Folic acid
        Biolin
        Puntothenic acid.

        To make the milk, and of course you have washed your hands before hand is easy. Boil freshly run water and leave kettle to cool for about 30 minutes.
        Measure the required amount of water which is usually 1 scoop of powder 1 fluid oz, into a sterilized bottle and shake for about 20 seconds.

        You must always make sure you use the scoop that comes with the milk.

        Level off the powder with the back of a clean knife. Do not press down the powder into the scoop.

        Before you give the baby the bottle always test the heat of the milk on the inside of your wrist. Any left over pour away.

        This may seem like stating the obvious but dont make this in the microwave (before I had a baby I had no idea)

        Dont store the powder tin in the fridge, a dry cupboard is the best place.

        When it is opened use within the month which is easy!

        Cow and Gate have got a health line 08457 623 624

        You cannot just go and buy this milk you have to have it on prescription.

        They can take this up to a year but your doctor will most likely say when it is time for them to come off it.

        Sometimes the doctor or midwife might not tell you about this milk thinking that you will continue to breast feed but it is not always convenient so if your child is premature it might be worth asking if you could have some of this for emergencies.


        While Zoe, my daughter was taking this she put on weight rapidly and was on this till she was a year old then she went to cows milk. So if you are reading this and have got a premature baby I hope this relaxes you a bit and you know they can put on the weight and get over their birth weight and I would love to hear from you.

        She is now a healthy little girl with loads of energy and you`d never know she had such a fight for life and was so small!

        Thanks for reading as always Kim xxx

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          15.10.2008 23:13
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          great brand and one that i trust 100% and would definately choose again

          Cow and gate is a well known brand and has been around for many years. It is one of the brands that i trust when making decisions regarding my baby.

          When i found out i was pregnant with twins i automatically knew i would be bottle feeding them. I had a look through all the different ones and looked at reviews but also got recommendations from friends and family so i decided to go with cow and gate formula. I also felt peace at mind knowing that it contained prebiotic care.

          It is a reasonably priced brand at just over £7 for a box of stage 1 and 2 milk or just under £7 for the 6 monhts plus (this one you can also get offers as well).

          A handy tip is to join the www.cowandgate.co.uk website by doing this they send you free offers and coupons etc through the post which i myself know when you have a baby every little helps.

          I also tried the cow and gate goodnight milk as i got a fair few vouchers for money of this but i didnt think it much good, my babies loved the taste of the milk but they used to wake more than when they werent on it, maybe it laid toooo heavy on their tummys so after a week of persevering i stopped it. They do still have stage 3 formula now at 10 months old and ive never looked back on the brand i chose.

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          15.10.2008 10:02

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          Great formula

          Cow and Gate, for me, is the best formula you can buy. Its not only one of the cheapest brands (but still to expensive in my opinion) but I like it because the powder dosnt bubble up like Sma and it come in a very useful box when you can level out the measuring spoon so you can do it one handed and dont need to keep using the back of a knife to level it out.

          There are plenty of people out there who for whatever reason are unable to breastfeed, perhaps find it to time consuming and tiring or who just dont want to and cow and gate formula is a great substitute. There is so much pressure on new mums to breastfeed, we all know breast it best but for those who cant I would always recommend using Cow and Gate formula as I believ it is better then the other brands.

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          14.10.2008 15:17
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          quality milk that will fill your baby and you can buy it from many shops and stores

          As i couldnt breastfeed i had to decide which milk to give my daughter. Not being able to give my daughter the best start was hurtful and i felt guilty but it was something i wasnt able to do. I used SMA throughout my sons 1st year so i tried this with my daughter but she didnt take to it well, she was very sicky and constipated with it so i decided to switch her to Cow and Gate Premium 1. She took to this perfectly, she was sick as much and she was drinking more of it. Her feeds were well spread out and she had a feeding routine. As my daughter started to become hungryer i moved her upto Cow and Gate Premium 2, this satisfys here perfectly.

          You can buy this milk from all supermarkets aswell as boots, superdrug, coop and many other shops. I usually buy the milk from my local asda and it cost me £6.98 slighlty more than SMA. Prices do vary depending on where you buy from.

          Cow and gate do other milk to suit your babys needs. They do a comfort milk - this is good for babys who become constipated and sicky. Night milk for when they are little older to keep them going through the night and they also do differnt stages to satisfy there needs.

          The tub is very nicely desgined and it also comes with a level for your scoops.

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          04.06.2008 09:52
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          A great baby food company

          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Cow & Gate ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

          Cow and Gate was first launched in 1711 as a small grocery shop owned by the gates. Over a hundred years later they had bought many creameries in the UK and Ireland and were becoming very successful in the dairy industry. However with their main product being cream they found themselves with a lot of waste and eventually in 1900 they bought drying agents and began making milk powder for the confectionary industry.
          Since then they developed their company into what it is today and branched out into many more markets.

          Their extensive research over the past 100 years has meant they have become a leader in the baby food market and are currently a part of the hugely successful Danone group.

          What products do they offer?
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          I have found all of the cow and gate products fantastic right from birth. They offer great baby milks at very competitive prices.
          Their milks include a milk for babys of any age, a milk for hungrier babies, one to complement weaning and a milk for todlers. There are also milks for premature babies, sensitive tummies and there is even a night time soothing milk drink.

          Cow and Gate also do a huge range of baby foods to suit every baby of every age. They make a great selection of dried foods from breakfast cereals to dinners and deserts. They make full meals for babies and also they make baby food in different sized jars.

          My favourite products from the Cow and Gate company are their treats such as the baby biscuits and rice cakes and their juices.


          The packaging from their products is fully recyclable and the packaging clearly states which age group the food is suitable for.

          Cow and gate have a fantastic website offering information to parents about feeding their babies and they also have a customer care line.


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          In my opinion this is a fantastic company which has been built up from nothing over almost 300 years. They have a great choice of products and claim to be the UK's no 1 in baby food, which I would easily believe.

          Their products are reasonably priced and available in every supermarket and they are constantly developing new products.
          They are a hugely trusted brand and I would certainly recommend anyone who has not tried Cow &Gate products for their babies should definetly give them a go, with such choice they are bound to find something which suits.

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          13.02.2008 18:21

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          Cow and Gate Comfort 1 has been a life saver to me. My 3 month old daughter has been a nightmare to feed from day 1. It got to the stage where at 10 weeks I was struggling to get her to take more than 2oz of SMA gold at a time. She would drink a tiny amount then pull away and scream until I took the bottle away. I tried her on Cow and Gate stage 1 but with no difference. It was then that I found the comfort variety. She remained fussy for a few days but hasn't looked back since. She is now taking 5 1/2oz bottles at each feed and really enjoys her feeds. PLus it makes feed time more enjoyable for me as it's not a constant fight.

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          15.09.2007 00:57
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          A great choice for early weaning.

          I started weaning with baby Ellie approximately 3 weeks ago and although I wanted to use as much 'homemade' food as possible, I decided to begin with some baby rice, as this seemed to be recommended as an ideal first weaning food.

          I chose to use the packets of 'Cow and Gate' baby rice, as I trusted this brand, having used the baby milk and also, as it is a brand that specialises purely in baby food.

          Since using the cow and gate baby rice, I have also used the packets of 'creamed porridge' and ' apple & banana wake-up', so my review will be based on my experiences of these three products.

          The products are all part of the cow & gate 'baby balance' stage 1 range, which are suitable from 4 months onwards.

          All three products consist of dry, powdery / flaky food in a sealed, foil packet in a box. Once opened, the packets can be folded down and stored inside the box for up to 28 days.

          The boxes are blue, with a picture of a happy, smiling baby, the ingredients of the food and a picture of what the food looks like when mixed.The boxes contain information about the nutritional content and ingredients of the food, information about the different stages and products within the 'cow & gate' range, instructions on how to mix the food and contact information.

          The boxes contain all the necessary information that any Mum or Dad would need and the picture of the happy baby implies that the food will satisfy your own baby.

          All three products claim:
          ** No added sugar or salt
          ** No artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives
          ** Gluten free
          ** Smooth & Easy to swallow
          ** Aproved by babies & their Mums

          The baby rice also claims to be the purest baby-grade rice; the porridge and apple & banana wake-up claim to have one third of the key vitamins & minerals in each bowl.

          <<<<< Pure Baby Rice >>>>>

          The cost of the baby rice is £1.59 in Sainsburys, for a 100g box.

          The baby rice is mixed using one spoon of baby rice to ten spoons of your baby's usual milk, although the consistency can be changed by adding either more or less milk. The rice can be served warm or cold.

          The ingredients are:
          ** Rice
          ** Thiamin (Vitamin B1)

          The baby rice has no added milk, lactose or egg and it is suitable for vegetarians.

          <<<<< Apple & Banana Wake-Up >>>>>

          The cost is £1.89 in Sainsburys for a 125g box. It is part of the cow & gate breakfast range.

          The food is mixed using one spoon of apple & banana wake-up with three spoons of water, although more or less water can be added. It can be served warm or cold.

          The ingredients are:
          ** Baby-grade fruit (apple, banana)
          ** Milled rice
          ** Demineralised whey powder
          ** Skimmed milk powder
          ** Vegetable fat
          ** Calcium
          ** Vitamins ( Vitamins C, E, B6, A, D3, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Thiamin (B1), folic acid, biotin)
          ** Iron
          ** Zinc

          The apple & banana wake-up is described as being 'fortified milk with apple, banana and rice' and it has no added egg.

          <<<<< Creamed Porridge >>>>>

          The porridge is also part of the breakfast range and costs £1.89 for a 125g box.

          The porridge is mixed using one spoon of food with three spoons of water, although more or less liquid can be used. The porridge can be served warm or cold.

          The ingredients are:
          ** Baby-grade milled cereals (rice, corn)
          ** Demineralised whey powder
          ** Skimmed milk powder
          ** Vegetable fat
          ** Calcium
          ** Spices (vanilla, cinnamon)
          ** Vitamins (Vitamins C, E, B6, A, D3, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Thiamin (B1), folic acid, biotin)
          ** Iron
          ** Zinc

          The creamed porridge is described as being ' Fortified milk with cereals & vanilla' and has no added egg.

          ***** Our Experiences *****

          I tend to give Ellie either the porridge or the apple & banana wake-up for breakfast and then the baby rice for lunch, as we are still only on two meals of solid food a day. Although I used the baby rice on its own at first, I now mix the rice with other foods like pureed carrots, apple and broccoli.

          At first, I measured the spoons of milk or water exactly as the instructions on the box, but I now find it much easier just to gauge the amount needed and add more food or milk / water if needed. All of the foods mix really well, even with cold water that I have stored in the fridge. The foods warm through well and quickly by placing the bowl in a jug of hot water. the foods are quick and easy to prepare and the baby rice mixes well with the pureed food.

          The opened packets can be quite messy and the dry food does tend to tip out of the packets a little, although I have solved this problem by transferring the food into sealed containers. The food is handy and easy to take on a day out, either by taking the whole box / container or by transferring the required amount of dry food to a baby bowl with a lid, ready to mix with either the water or milk.

          The foods have quite a bland taste and are, therefore, ideal as first foods. They have a soft, mushy consistency.

          The biggest disadvantage that I can see with these packet foods, however, is the need to also have the water or milk with which to mix the dry food... at least with a jar of ready made baby food, it is ready to eat and does not need preparation. This could be problematic when travelling and may not be as convenient as a jar of ready made food. Personally, this is not a problem for me, but may be a disadvantage for other people.

          My biggest reason for either using or not using any brand of food, however, is Ellie...
          Does she enjoy it?
          Is she eating well?
          Is she healthy?

          All I can say on all of these questions is YES!!! Considering we are only 3 weeks into weaning, her mouth is opening eagerly whenever the spoon of food is near, she is smiling (just like the babies on the boxes), she cries for more when it is all gone and she tries to draw my hand with the spoon closer to her mouth!! If she could speak, I'm sure that Ellie would give these foods at least a 9 out of 10 and maybe even a 10.

          There are other foods in the cow & gate packet food range. I have come across 'sunshine banana' and 'fruity breakfast' within the breakfast ranges and I'm sure we will give these a try.

          Although I have not seen these in my local Sainsburys, I think there are also some packet foods for dinners and desserts. Personally, I don't think I will use any of these, as I would prefer to use my own prepared food, especially as Ellie gets older, but the packet foods that we are using now have certainly been a good way of introducing solids to her.

          Thanks for reading. I hope this review is useful to any parent who is introducing solids to their baby.

          Nessie : )

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          11.11.2006 12:14
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          A really great baby product

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          When I was pregnant I was really sure that I was going to breastfeed, I did for a while. But things were a bit hard at the start when my little baby girl was born.
          , I was having a phenomenally long labour and was getting really tired and emotional. I had been in labour for 13 hours so I gave in and asked for some more pain relief Pethidine, I was only using gas and air and a tens machine at first.
          The pethidine had an effect on my baby Ella and made her really tired so she wouldn’t feed probably from me. By the time she was ready to feed and awake my breasts were engorged and she couldn’t latch on so I ended up giving her some formula milk, which I bought as a back up. I had bought cow and gate premium Babies first milk.

          At first I was giving her both breast and bottle. But to give her breast I had to use a breast pump. I had an electric one which worked really well. But because of all the problems I had. I just wasn’t making enough milk for her in the end. Her feeding really picked up and she was demanding all the time which really made me happy. So after 3 weeks I gave up and just stuck to formula.

          I bought Cow and gate premium from boots and it was £5.98 for a 900g tub. I don’t know why Cow and gate appealed to me over the other brands. I think it’s because of what it says on the front about it being closer than ever to breast milk. Also because they have such a variety of different milks. Like organic ones and ones for hungrier babies from birth. Which I use now.
          The prices vary depending on where you buy them. In my local co-op they cost just over £6.00.

          Cow and gate premium 1- I found this to be a great choice for my little girl. She has never turned a bottle down lol. It seemed to satisfy her needs and she’s very healthy. She’s put on lots of weight and is on the average line for her age.

          Cow and gate plus 2- After 6 wks I found that she was still quite hungry and was drinking a lot. So I bought her the number 2 milk which you can still use from birth and is said to be for hungrier babies. I found this one to be great also. She’s still very healthy and happy. She drinks it all happily and seems satisfied at the end of her feed again now.

          The look

          The cow and gate tubs are plastic and are rectangular shape and come in different colours so that you don’t mix up what you buy. They have red lids and on the inside of the lid at the top you have a holder to but your scooper in.
          They have all the info you need displayed like ingredients and vitamins. How to make the feeds. The inside of the tub also has a bit of plastic in one corner for levelling off your scoops. Which is a really good idea.

          Other

          I have found Cow and gate to be a good product with a great range. I will be looking into their food products when she’s ready for solids.

          You do get through a lot of milk as they get older and it’s now starting to get more expensive as she’s getting through a whole tub in just under a week. She drinks 6oz every 3 hours.

          The price is no different from the other brand milks though.

          All in all I love using Cow and gate and I would recommend it.

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            30.06.2006 10:23
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            Helped cure my babies colic within day's

            My little one suffered badly from colic for a good few weeks so after researching the various other formulas on the market I chose Cow and Gate Omeno Comfort formula. Within day's her colic was near on cured and she now goes down at night a contented little baby - no more nights of uncontrolable screaming. I would highly recommend this formula to other's who little ones suffer from Colic - slightly more expensive than other formulas but well worth the extra pennies.

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              24.02.2006 18:45
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              A WARNING TO ALL PARENTS

              >>>>>I wasn't sure what category to put this in as its not much detail about the actual product's but I really wanted to add this bit of Very Interesting Information<<<<

              If i get bad rating's then fair enough but at least I know this will help SOMEONE sonewhere xxxxxx Emma xxxxx


              MY EXPERIENCE WITH COW & GATE
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              What was I feeding my baby?

              When my Son Mitchell (now 16 months) started eating solids I was over the moon. He took to eating really well and I had no trouble. I started off giving him Baby rice, he really enjoyed is bless him. As time went on and he got older i started to use the Cow and Gate Jars. His favorite was the "Sunday Lunch". For about 3 months Mitchell was having these jars and was really happy and content with what he was eating.

              I was worried that Mitchell might be getting bored of "Sunday Lunch" and "Vegetable and Turkey Casserole" so Me and his dad went out and brought a few different jar's for him to try. One of the included "Lamb Cassreole"

              One afternoon when Mitchell was due for his dinner I, as always went into the kitchen to warm it up. Now...alot of Mum's that I know heat the jar up in the microwave or stand it in a saucepan / bowl of boiling water. Ive never warmed it this way, i for some strange reason just didnt take to the idea. I always scooped the contents of the jar into Mitchell's food bowl and then placed it in the microwave to heat up.

              I took the "Lamb Casserole" jar out to warm up as I usually do undone the lid and started to scoop out the contents 1 scoop - 2 scoops - 3 "tap" "tap" WHAT???? I thought 3, i tried again, out came the 3rd scoop but to my disgrace on the other end of the spoon was not the "Lamb Casserole" it was something hard. What on earth is that I thought? I got out a plate and scraped what was on the spoon onto it and checked it out.

              I shouted to my Partner to come into the kitchen and take a look at what i'd found. I was Disgusted. We was looking at the most biggest chunk of glass that you can ever imagine to be in a jar of this size. I checked the jar that I was using to see if I has broken it but NO this jar was in perfect condition. As my partner picked up the glass and run it under the tap to wash it off we realised that it was the top of another baby food jar.

              This means that somebody some where out there had a jar just like ours with the rest of the missing glass.I was furious.
              I has a million and one questions running through my head.

              What If I had just done what alot of mum's do and warm it up in the jar and fed it to him out of the jar, Mitchell could have eaten smaller parts of it.

              The jar must have glass splinters in it that I would have fed to Mitchell if i hadn't have found the larger piece.

              How many more jars are out there like this?

              When We phoned Cow and Gate to warn them about this product that we had brought they just simply asked us our name and address, asked us the jar expiry date, jar ref number and brand.And told us to send it in to them so that it can be observed. Offering us their Appologies

              To this day we have not heard anything about the jar, I have written numerous letter's but not heard anything. They obviously got us to send the jar to them before we could take things further. I have taken pictures on my camera but me being me still havn't got round to getting it develpoed yet but I will do and Cow and Gate will recieve a copy just to remind them of what their jars might actually be containing

              I was very very Angry, Upset and Scared. What had I been feeding to my son. Although Mitchell has never rejected any of this food I was still very cautious and I have never used Cow and Gate Jars again.From that day forward I cooked for Mitchell myself, at least I knew what was in the food and where it had been who had touched it etc etc.

              Mitchell is now eating anything and everything but his baby brother James (6 months) has never had a jar. He eats everything that we eat. I cook everything myself just for my re-assurance.

              Thank you to all who have read this review, I didnt write this review to say that Cow and Gate are not good because they are....For other products.

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              THIS IS JUST TO MAKE EVERY PARENT EVERYWHERE AWARE OF WHAT THEY ARE FEEDING THEIR CHILD.
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                25.01.2006 01:06
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                C&G Omneo Comfort gave me a happy, contented baby!

                Making the decision to formula feed your baby is a hard one. Not only do you feel incredibly guilty for not being able to do (and in my case, not really wanting to do) one of the most natural things in the world, I have found a lot of people seem to be intent on telling you why breastfeeding is better for your child. As if you haven’t already considered this.

                What I am trying to say is please do not feel guilty if you have been unable to breastfeed, or have chosen to bottle feed for personal reasons. A happy mother is an essential ingredient for a happy baby and if formula feeding is how you achieve this, then it is no one else’s business to tell you what they think you should be doing.

                I chose to formula feed only a couple of days after my son’s birth for several reasons. First and foremost, I ended up back in hospital three days later and was on a lot of medication and in a lot of pain. I was incredibly tired and just could not face having to get up every couple of hours to feed him.

                I started Oliver on Cow and Gate Premium but found that it didn’t agree with his tummy and was making him colicky and constipated. Fortunately my partner had seen the Cow and Gate Omneo Comfort when he had bought the last tub of milk and recalled that it had said that it was for babies with sensitive tummies. So I sent him out to buy me a tub and we have been using nothing else since.

                -- PRODUCT DESCRIPTION --

                Cow and Gate Omneo Comfort One is a nutritionally complete formula milk for infants who have a sensitive digestive system. (Translated this means it helps the poop and bottom burps come out easier and calms an iffy tummy.)

                You make it up in the same way as any other formula milks – one scoop per ounce of water – but I would advise you buy some medium or fast flow teats at the same time because Omneo Comfort milk is a lot thicker than normal formula milks.

                -- PRICE --

                I get mine in Boots or Asda for £7.23 per 900g tub.

                This is a bit more expensive coming in at £1.25 more than C&G Premium, which is about £5.99 per 900g tub.

                However that little bit extra is worth is for a more contented baby and I don’t mind paying that at all.

                I did read somewhere that the Omneo might be available on prescription, but that it is very hard to get and you have to prove that the Omneo makes a difference to your child’s health. You would have to research this yourself as I am not sure if this is true. A quick phone call to the chemist should answer your question.

                -- PACKAGING --

                The Omneo Comfort comes in a 900g tub, much the same as the other formula milks do. The box is a light yellow colour, with a red lid. On the front there is a red Cow and Gate logo, which has the stage of milk underneath. Make sure you get number one for a newborn baby.

                All the information you need is included on the packaging.

                On the back there is a feeding guide (which I have found useless as Oliver is a very hungry baby) which gives you an idea of how much your baby should be taking per feed. Below this there are preparation instructions, which are very simple to follow, and below this there are feeding and storage instructions. The best before date is also on the back.

                On either side there is ingredients and nutritional information, and a product description and storage details.

                When you open the box by breaking off the red tab, there is a space inside in which the scoop is kept on top of the foil seal. The seal is really easy to take off and there is even a clip on the underside to keep your scoop safe so you don’t lose it.

                -- WHAT I THOUGHT --

                As any parent who has had to deal with a constipated baby will know, you are willing to do anything to ease their discomfort. I spent a fair few nights sleeping (or trying to) with Oliver tummy down on my chest because that was the only way to stop him crying. It gets to the point where you end up crying along with them because you just don’t know what to do.

                I had tried everything I could without going to the doctor for medication. Cooled boiled water, massaging his stomach whilst he was in a warm bath, bringing his knees up to his tummy repeatedly – the list goes on!

                Fortunately for me Oliver’s tummy aches seemed to settle almost as soon as I started using the Omneo Comfort.

                The box has clear instructions on how to make the milk and how to store it which is especially useful for new parents like myself. I also really like the clip at the top of the box for keeping the scoop so you don’t lose it (which I only discovered whilst writing this review). My one gripe is that the scoop isn’t very well shaped for narrow necked bottles. You do tend to lose a bit of the formula over the sides unless you do what I do and use a funnel to make bottles up.

                I have to say that it does make them have fairly runny poops, so make sure the nappies you are using a built to cope with this. It also makes the poop stink to the high heavens… I always know when my wee boy has filled his nappy (and it’s not just because I can hear him farting away like a machine gun!!!). It does warn you about this on the box!

                Finally, I have to say that whilst it says on the box that it helps babies with a sensitive digestive system, it doesn’t really say how it does that. I checked on the website and it never really went into any further detail, just saying that ‘we know it works because mothers tell us’. This niggles me a bit simply because I am a very curious person and like to know how everything works.

                -- CONCLUSION --

                I am giving C&G Omneo Comfort five out of five! Oliver is no longer constipated or suffering tummy cramps. My life has been made a lot easier – more sleep and less stress – so I cannot give it a lower rating, even though my baby now has a very smelly bum.

                -- Good Points --
                - helped to calm colic
                - stopped my baby’s constipation/sore tummy
                - clear instructions

                -- Bad Points --
                - gives your baby a runny (and very smelly) bum
                - a bit pricier than other formula milks
                - will need to buy faster flowing teats as the milk is very thick

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