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      02.05.2010 21:03
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      Good milk for breast to bottle transition (better than SMA in my experience)

      Cow and Gate Milk is a very popular brand of baby milk and is available in various different varieties which are suitable for different aged babies.

      Stage 1 is for babies aged 0-6 months
      Stage 2 is for hungrier babies aged 0-6 months
      Stage 3 is for babies aged 6-12 months
      Growing up milk is for babies aged 12-36 months

      I have experienced Cow and Gate Milk as I am a mum of two and have successfully transfered both my babies from breastfeeding to Cow and Gate Formula Milk. With my first, I had terrible problems weaning him onto formula. I tried SMA at first and he absolutely would not touch the stuff. When I tried him on Cow and Gate he took to it straight away. When my daughter was ready for weaning, I put her onto Cow and Gate as my first choice and she took to it straight away.

      Obviously every baby is different, but in my experience, my babies coped very well with the transition from breast to bottle with Cow and Gate. Neither have experienced any adverse reaction to the Cow and Gate and I like the fact that is available virtually everywhere that sells baby milk - even abroad.

      Cow and Gate Milk retails at around £7.25 for a 900g tub of dried powder but is also available in ready made cartons which are exceptionally handy to have as spares in the car or when out and about.

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      13.04.2010 11:22
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      Hunrgy baby milk was great, did the job

      When my son was born like most mothers we want to breastfeed but its not always an option, despite trying my son wouldnt have any of it. I didnt choose cow and gate it was what id been given in hospital. From birth i started him using the first milk, i found this milk didnt fill him and he wasnt one for water so staying on this first milk wasnt for him. I changed to cow and gate hunrgy baby which was great, he really did fill him up, but was still thin enough to flow through a slow flow teat. From 6 months i started to use cow and gate good night milk, which is a very thick milk i needed to replace my teats to a fast flow to allow this milk to come through. Im not sure how well this milk exaclty worked as my son was a good sleeper anyway. from about 9 months until 1 year my son stopped being a good sleeper and good night milk made no difference. When my son turned 1, i felt pressured by the cow and gate adverts to stay on formula and not go onto cows milk, im sure everyones seen the advert with the baby and the HUGE cup of milk and then saying that huge cup had as much iron as 2 cups of cow and gates growing up milk. So i kept him on this, when my healthvistor came to do his 1 year check she enlightened me to soem facts about formula milk, apart from it being loaded with fat and sugar which our babies dont need along side a healthy diet and a cup of full fat (blue) cows milk its more than enough. Cow and gate milk isnt the cheapest so it makes such a difference in my pocket my son has gone from 4 bottles of cow and gate formula a day to just 1 bottle of cows milk at night and its ressurring to know hes still getting everything he needs to be healthy and grow.

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        20.09.2009 19:29
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        Good value formula milk

        When my bubba was born, I had problems feeding her. I really wanted to breastfeed her but I just could not, so I had to choose powdered milk. I found it a really hard time and then I had on top, deciding which milk was best when there are so many on the market.

        What I found out from doing a lot of research was that basically all baby milks are the same - they have the same or similiar ingredients. My choice was between SMA and Cow & Gate. I decided to go for Cow & Gate as it had added nutrients, plus I had heard quite a few negative comments about SMA.

        My girl was bang on time, so we went staright on to stage 1 after trying to breastfeed , although Cow & Gate do a special formula milk with added nutrients to help for premature babies. My bubba coped really well with the milk, the only difference I noticed was that she was sick slightly more but she carried on to gain weight and the health visitor was happy and so was I.
        We moved on to stage 2 at around 4 months old, I was advised to do this by the health visitor as I was not happy to start weaning until 6 months old. I found it a smooth transition and bubba slept for slightly longer during the night.

        At 6 months, I moved on to stage 3, although I had started weaning, I wanted to know that she was still getting all the vitamins and nutrients that she needed. This basically supplemented her diet and I found that she again moved steadily to stage 3.

        I did try the goodnight milk, just to see if it lived up to its claims, at that age you need all the sleep you can get but I personally did not see any difference from the ordinary milk, she just slept for the same amount of time.

        I am really happy with Cow & Gate products on a whole. I find their pricing really reasonable about the same as other formula milk. They do tend to change their packaging regularly, so just check that you have picked up the right box. Inside the box, there is a plastic scoop so you know that you are feeding your baby the right amount.

        Overall, I would use Cow & Gate again in the future.

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        14.07.2009 09:56
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        A trusted brand of milk for your babies from birth to toddlers

        Once i had finished breast feeding i moved all of my children onto cow and gate milk as it contained prebiotics, my daughter suffered with colic from about three weeks when she went onto cow and gate at seven weeks the health visitor recommended omneo comfort by cow and gate, it is a thicker milk that is easier to digest, because of the thickness i had to use medium flow teats with it but i never looked back after a few feeds the improvement on the colic was amazing we actually had a peacefull evening!
        From then we moved through the stages six months plus and now the toddler milk.
        The design of the product is great, the information is clear and precise, telling a parent what they need to know and the container has an inbuilt leveller so you don't have to mess around with knives.
        Although the comfort milk is quite pricey (approx £9) it is worth it, a great alternative to breast feeding if you choose to bottle feed.

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        18.03.2009 21:32

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        Baby milk

        When my daughter was born i had problems feeding her myself and had to change her to baby milk as she wasn't getting enough milk and lost quite a bit of weight. I was not in a very good way and so i sent my husband to the shop to get her the milk. I didn't tell him which brand to get just to get the ready made up stuff as it would be easier. He came back with Cow and Gate and she has been on it ever since. the only problems that we have had is that she doesn't have a bowel movement every day but if she drinks water in between feeds then she is fine so i just need to keep an eye on the amout of water that she has. I can't compare it as we have not used anything else but it has worked and done what it needed to.

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        12.10.2008 16:27
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        Great baby milk through all the different stages i would definately use again!

        When i found out i was pregnant i was really unsure as to which baby milk i would use, i knew it wasnt the right choice for me to breastfeed, however there are that many different baby milks on the market it was hard to tell which would be besy for baby.

        I do think that a lot of the baby milks are pretty much the same with regards to ingredients etc but i also liked that cow and gate had quiet a few different ranges and especially liked that it contained prebiotic care. I had heard a few bad thoughts about SMA so i decided to go with cow and gate.

        My girls were 4 weeks premature and because of weight were first put onto cow and gate nutriprem2 . This contained a lot more nutrients etc to help them catch up. It also meant we had to get them on prescription which did in turn save us money. I then moved them onto stage 1 milk at around 6 weeks old as thats what id been advised to do by the healht visitor and consultants. the change didnt affect them at all and their weight gain was great. The at around 12 weeks old they were just so hungry so instead of trying to start weaning as it was too early we went onto stage 2 for hungrier babies. this helped a little and helped them go a little longer through the night but i still had to start weaning at 16 weeks old. Once they turned 6 months i moved to the stage 3, maily because i wanted to make sure they got all the nutrients etc they needed whcih is what stage 3 milk contains. I knew they were havign a really well balanced diet bu ti guess they can never have enough vitamins etc.

        Ive never had any problems at all with cow and gate, their prices are reasonable however they do tend to change packaging frequently lol so juts check the box every time you buy it incase. Its changed 3 times sincei had my little ones 9 months ago lol. But their packaging is also so much easier to use as they have a plastic spoon inside but also a plastic part where u scrape the spoon to make sure its the correct amount (it definately saves using the knife to level it off.)

        As for the goodnight milk i used this at around 6 months old to see if it helps them to go a little longer through the night, with 2 of them i felt t otally drained however it didnt seem to work if anything it made them wake more through the night.

        When i have my next baby/babies i will defiantely be using cow and gate ive had no problems whatsoever with this.

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        17.09.2008 16:24
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        A great addition to your baby's night-time routine!

        One thing I have learnt during the first year of parenthood is that a baby's routine changes constantly, or certainly that was the case with my little one. Cow & Gate Good Night Milk helped me during one such difficult phase I was faced with at around the 6 month stage. After a couple of months of relatively peaceful nights, the baby began waking at night wanting an extra bottle. At the time, he was being well fed in the daytime, and we were happy that he was getting all that he wanted. After speaking to a friend, I was recommended to try using Cow & Gate Good Night Milk for the final feed of the day. Since we had always used SMA baby milk from when he was very young, we were a bit hesitant to mix his milk, but thought we'd give it a go to see if it helped.

        From the very first night that we gave the baby the Good Night Milk, our problems were solved. The milk worked a treat. The Good Night Milk is much thicker than normal milk, hence making it much more filling. And certainly for my little boy, this was enough to fill him up for the night, and give him a good night's sleep. He had no problems in taking the new milk, and didn't upset his stomach in any way. What I did find we had to do was to buy faster flowing teats for the bottles, since the thickness of the milk made it difficult for him to drink through his regular teats.

        Cow & Gate Good Night Milk is a follow-on milk, and is suitable for babies from the age of 6 months. It is a specially formulated thicker milk that is designed to help settle a baby during it's bedtime routine. The milk is different to most follow-on milk, as it contains prebiotics, which are special nutrients that help support a baby's natural immune system. The milk contains extra iron and vitamin D for a follow-on milk, and is free of gluten and low in sodium. Cow & Gate Good Night Milk should not replace your baby's regular milk, but instead should be used with the main milk.

        Cow & Gate Good Night follow-on milk is available in 400g cartons, which are well designed with an easy-peel foil sealing. the lid can easily be opened with a single hand, and has scoop leveller build into a corner of the box, which I find really handy. I was very impressed with the deign of the box, it made making up bottles far easier, and could practically be done almost entirely single handedly. The powder should be used within 4 weeks of opening, which is plenty. I would definitely recommend the Good Night milk to parents who may be experiencing similar problems with their little ones.

        The Cow & Gate Good Night milk is generally available for £4.98 in most supermarkets, however is currently on offer at Asda for £3.

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          18.09.2004 12:52
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          I discovered these biscuits at my local chemist, where they cost £1 for a large box. For some reason they are slightly more expensive in the supermarkets, around £1.34. This seems to make them better value than rusks as you get about 35 small biscuits in a pack.
          They are suitable for babies from 6 months and my nine month old son hasn't had any trouble eating them. There is a foil bag inside the cardboard box which keeps them fresh, although I find it better to keep them in an airtight jar though. They have a long best before date but they do go stale very quickly if left out in the air.
          The biscuits are made with six cereals and are fortified with calcium, iron and vitamins.
          The ingredients are:
          Cereal flours (wheat, oats, maize, barley, rye, rice)
          sugar,
          skimmed milk powder,
          vegetable oil (palm oil),
          raising agents (ammonium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate),
          calcium carbonate,
          sodium choloride,
          flavouring,
          dextrose,
          iron (ferrous lactate),
          vitamin B1,
          vitamin B6 and vitamin B2.

          This product is soya and egg free and contains no artificial colourings or preservatives. However, it is not gluten free.
          As you can see from the list of ingredients, these biscuits are not the healthiest choice for your baby as they contain both sugar and salt, but I don't think they'd do any harm as long as they are only eaten in moderation.
          The biscuits look a bit like dog treats but smell gorgeous. I have tasted them [what i put myself through for my research eh?!] and they taste delicious. They are designed to melt in a baby's mouth so that they can't choke on them. This is great for babies but means that they are useless for dunking in my tea. I guess I'll just have to buy my own biscuits.
          Another possibility with these biscuits is that they could be crumbed with baby's milk to make a cereal base. You can add pureed fruit purees to make a pudding.

          My baby really likes them and they've come in very handy to bribe with whilst we're on long car journey. I think it makes him feel very independent to have a food which he is completely in charge of.They do tend to be quite messy but then most things that babies eat tend to get everywhere [I found some on my pillow this morning!!]. They are easy to get out of the carpet though.
          Savoury snack biscuits have just come out from the same company for people who want to cut down on the amount of sugar which their baby/toddler is consuming. These taste like cardboard though so I would recommend just buying bread sticks.



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            05.03.2004 03:26
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            I got a couple of the new Cow & Gate 'snack bars' as a free sample in a Bounty pack, and they're part of the Cow & Gate finger foods range. They come in 3 different flavours; Apple, Plum and the Multi-cereal and Milk bar. The samples I got were of the 'milk' bar and the plum one. so how good are they? All of the bars are made up of 4 equal size break-off type 'portions' and are very easy for little hands to hold and munch on..or squish it into the carpet..or feed it to the dog..or hide under the sofa for later..ha ha! The packaging states "For toddlers from 12 months old.." "Multi-Cereal & Milk Bars are ideal for babies learning to hold and eat finger foods, which is an essential part of the developmental process of weaning" My little boy isn't quite 1 yet but is good at eating things..he got lots of teeth. But I agree with the recommendation, for example this wouldn't be a good first 'finger food' because it takes quite a bit of chewing. Instructions for Use..well common sense really, don't leave them alone while they're eating. Also says on packet "In the interests of good hygiene, clean your baby's teeth regularly, especially before bedtime." ( Now if anyone can tell me how to brush a 10/11 month old monster's teeth then please let me know. Because I have tried, failed, and given up. We've postponed teeth-brushing untill he can understand whats going on and not to swallow toothpaste and or try and eat the toothbrush...ends up in a big stressful noisy mess and not worth it..especially not before bed anyhow. ) - "A milky munch!" - This snack bar is made up of 7 different cereals and a yoghurt coating. One of these bars contains as much calcium as a quarter pint of milk, so although the yoghurt topping bit is quite sweet they do hav
            e some goodness in them. Ingredients include glucose syrup and sugar- explains the sweetness. It was sweet and quite chewy but it kept my little monster busy for a bit. I think Mr.Man prefered this one to the other as he was quite happy to keep hold of it and eat it.. and not give it to the Dizz-dog when she came for a hopeful sniff. ( Mr.Man= my little person..) - The Fruit Bars - These are equivalent to 1 piece of fruit. The Apple bar is made from one medium-size apple and the Plum bar is made from two small plums. - Plum Bar - Is made from Plum, "blended with coconut, apple and oats". Though I must say I didn't much like the taste of the Plum bar..tasted like vey bland fruitcake and couldn't taste the plum. Mr.Man tried it but lost interest pretty fast and the Dizz-dog finally got a taste. Made my bloke try it and he said it tasted like chewy fruitcake, it's definately not as sweet an' tasty as the milk bar. The 'Fruit Bars' also contain 35% of a toddler's daily requirement of Vitamin C. - Information For Special Diets - Egg free No added soya Suitable for vegetarians No artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives. ( Fruit Bars are milk and lactose free) In conclusion... Fruit and vegetables are of course an important part of your small person's diet and these new 'snack bars' are an easy way of getting more fruit into your little one. However I think that it's much easier and better to give them real fruit even though it can be messier. Compared to the price of these 'snack-bars' fruit is definately the better option unless you want something easy for when you're out-and-about. Prices at Tesco are £0.39 each (any flavour 25g bar) or £1.56/100g when you see the actual size of the bar 39p seems a bit pricey to me. I wouldn't recommend this product for every-day feeding but
            good for the occasional quick snack because they are packed full of vitamins and good stuff. more cow & gate info on all their products at www.cowandgate.co.uk Thanks for reading,

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              01.05.2002 08:34
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              I use the cow and gate formula for my son so i thought i would try out the jars of food. The foods are nice but i did not think much to the baby porridge from 4 months old. It seemed very stringy and sticky it was too stodgy for my son he was choking on it.Also comparing the foods with other brands cow and gate do not seem to have as much chose only a selected few,the formula is excellent and i have always used it with all my children but i dont think much to their foods.Perhaps they should come up with some more variety, like Heinz and even the organic selections have a lot more to choose from. I have noticed with the cow and gate jars there is only about 6-7 flavours to choose from whether or not its just in my area where i live i dont know, but i do know that babies get bored with the same type over and over again

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                25.09.2001 01:59
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                I must admit to favouring the Cow and Gate range. I have been pleased with the milk formula and all the food, both dry and ready prepared. When my son reached six months I started to scour the supermarket shelves for suitable finger foods and came across the Cow and Gate biscuits. They are suitable for babies from 6 months but a word of warning here! I gave them to my son at this age and he bit off a massive chunk and tried to swallow it whole! The biscuits are very hard and don't seem to disolve like rusks. I therefore decided to avoid them for a few months. I recently bought some more as he is now 10 months old and he copes with them really well. The biscuits cost somewhere in the region of £1-39 for a box that contain approximately 35 biscuits. This is great value when you compare it to the price of rusks! The biscuits are inside a foil bag once you open the box and this can be resealed keeping the biscuits nice and fresh. The box usually has some really good money off vouchers inside it too. Mine has 30p off a breakfast cereal and 75p off follow on milk. If you use this range it is certainly worth buying the biscuits for the vouchers. The biscuits themselves are made with six cereals and fortified with calcium, iron and vitamins. The ingredients are a follows: Cereal flours (wheat, oats, maize, barley, rye, rice), sugar, skimmed milk powder, vegetable oil (palm oil), raising agents (ammonium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate), calcium carbonate, sodium choloride, flavouring, dextrose, iron (ferrous lactate), vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and vitamin B2. This product is soya and egg free and contains no artificial colourings or preservatives. It is however not gluten free. The biscuits can be given as finger food and are a good shape for small hands to grasp. They are long and fairly narrow, which enables your child to put their whole hand around them. They are convenenient to keep in
                the changing bag just in case hunger strikes! The only down side is that they do closely resemble dog bisuits! We were sitting in a restaurant the other day having a meal when I handed one of these biscuits to my son. My husband was quite upset when he saw it as he reckoned people would think I was feeding him dog food! The biscuits can also be crumbed with baby's milk to make a cereal base. You can add fruit purees to this in order to make a dessert or breadfast dish. The product has a long best before date and therefore you don't have to rush to use them up. Cow and Gate put a careline telephone number on the side of packaging as well as an address should you have any problems with the product. My son loves these bisuits because they make him independent above anything else. He also seems to enjoy the taste. They are very easy for him to hold and now that he has more teeth he can chew them properly too. I would recommend these biscuits to any parent. Thanks for reading.

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                  05.07.2001 22:47
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                  Cow & Gate products in particular have always been a favourite with my daughter (now 1) I purchased the concentrated baby juice firstly the apple and pear juice, which I can only presume is very stong even when diluted according to the instructions 6 parts water to 1 part concentrate - as my daughter never took to this particular flavour. I then tried the apple and blackcurrent which was a real hit with her. Cow & Gate baby juice is available in various flavours, as well as the above summer fruits and now maybe others. Its available in 2 forms, concentrated or ready diluted, both of which are good, but it works out more economical to dilute it yourself. The Cow & Gate baby juices also have added vitamin C, and state that they have no aritificial flavours, colours, no added preservatives, and that they have low acidity. It is also recommended that once opened the baby juice is kept in the fridge and used within 7 days. Also the juice can be made up using hot water or cold water (cooled boiled water for infants) I would recommend giving this product a try if you child does not take to drinking just plain water, even if like I did, you end up after a while reducing the amount of concentrate, so that he or she will drink just plain water.

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                    04.05.2001 18:30
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                    Boneos. Well thats what they look like anyway. Cow and Gate Baby and Toddler Biscuits are my lifesaver. I always said that I'd never give my baby snacks, and if I did definitely not anything sweet. Well, as I write this my 8 month son is sitting eating what looks like a Dog Biscuit. It must be said that my son has a monstrous appetite, and no matter how much he eats at meal times can never make it throught to the next meal without snacks. I tried giving him extra breastfeeds, but it simply wasn't enough. Having tried various different 'finger foods', including Rusks (which he hated) I finanly stumble across these biscuits. Although they do have added sugar they contain 5 different cereals and therefore at least a little bit nutrious. My son loves these. They are the perfect size for baby fingers to hold and go soft very quickly in the nouth, reducing the risk of choking. I was also very pleased to find that they do not crumble, unlike many Rusks, meaning that I am left with very little mess to clear up afterwards. Any soggy biscuit which gets onto clothes and carpets is very easily removed. Since giving these biscuits to my son, he now makes it comfortably to the next meal, and for £1.35 a box, from Tescos, I think I have found a very good value product.

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                    21.02.2001 14:33
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                    When I started to wean my baby I tried to give her water but she wouldn't drink it so I thought I would give baby juice a try. I looked at them all, for all the normal things - no added sugar, no artifical flavours etc. Cow and Gate undiluted juice (Apple and Pear) seemed to just fit the bill, especially as she was also quite content with her apple and pear purees. So I diluted it in the correct manner (6 parts water to 1 part liquid I think) and gave it to my daughter. At first she pulled a terrible face but I carried on offering it to her and managed to get her to drink a little. All seemed ok but about an hour later she had the most dreadful wind she has ever had. Bedtime was about 5 hours later and she was still suffering - she was wriggling about all over the place, as though she was extremely uncomfortable. I think she just had terrible indigestion / heartburn. Although this was the only 'out of the ordinary' food/drink she'd had that day I thought I would give it a try a few days later. This time I diluted it with twice the amount of water that was suggested. Exactly the same thing happened. So I would definately not recommend this juice - persist with the water if you can! The juice was labelled 4 months plus and my baby was well over this and had been having 'solids' for about 3 weeks, so it wasn't as if it was the first 'foreign' foodstuff I'd introduced. Even tasting the extremely diluted version myself it did taste extremely acidic. Perhaps when she is older and her stomach more used to stronger tastes it might be better, but I will be loath to try it.

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                    02.02.2001 01:39
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                    When my daughter was 4 months old, she was weaned onto Cow and Gate baby milk. My previous children had SMA, but it caused some constipation, so we elected to try Cow & Gate. The first packet I opened contained a fine layer of brown powdery substance on the surface of the powdered milk batch and I was worried about using the batch. I had no idea what this brown substance was and on further examination, there were small brown lumps within the top few cm's of the packet. I complained to Cow & Gate and followed it up with a letter and the actual packet that was contaminated. I was sent a fantastic 2 page letter explaining that the foil packs are heat sealed and sometimes, some powder gets caught up in the seal and cooks to a light brown colour. Furthermore, it is harmless to the baby and of no danger to the rest of the batch. They re-assured me that their product was safe to use and how their next step was to alter the sealing process to avoid this happening again AND sent me £10 vouchers. They called me a week later to ensure that I had received the letter and was okay with the responce. I used Cow and Gate products right up to my baby's first year and couldn't have been happier.

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