“ Brand: SMA „
i have used this milk formula for all 3 of my kids i combined brestfeeding and sma which worked really well i eventually went onto bottle feeding only none of my kids have been sicky with it.The milk is easy to make up as it as a levelling ledge inside the big tins of milk 900g ones and it also mixes well in water as with others i have found you can sometimes get lumps in it,
I haven't got kids myself but have helped out with my 2 1/2 year old sister since she was born and looked after her from 6 months while my mum went back to part time work. Her shifts fitted nice with my college courses so it went well, then this year I took a gap year and look after her all day so mum could go back to work full time. I'm cheaper than a childminder but my mum and dad are pretty generous so this has worked out to be a wicked job for me. I've gone a bit off topic there because my sister came off baby milk at about 11 months old but she ALWAYS had SMA and my mum says she used it for me and my other sister as well.
SMA is powdered baby milk, you use a sterilised bottle and measure out however many ounces of fresh boiled water you need. There is a scoop in every tin and you use one level scoop for every ounce of water, it's important to measure out the milk powder properly because if you don't put enough in your baby won't be getting all the nutriment they need and too much can upset their stomach.
The tin in the photo Dooyoo have got up is the one most babies start off on and it's the normal strength SMA. For greedy babies there is another one called SMA White.... the weird thing is it comes in a blue tin! lol We had to start my sister off on this when she was about 5 weeks old because she was drinking waaaaaay too much of the gold milk. It deffo filled her up better, my mums reading this as I'm typing because she's obviously the one with most experience of SMA and she said when she swapped to the white SMA my sister went from 10 bottles in 24 hours to 7 bottles so that shows how filling it is.
There is a follow on milk that SMA do as well and that's for toddlers but we put my sister on pass milk straight from the SMA White. My aunt uses that for my little cousin who is getting on for 3 now and he loves it..... I reckon it smells rank though and always give him our milk when he comes to visit me! lol
I know breast milk is supposed to be the best but when it comes to things like that I'm all for choice and SMA is a wicked baby milk if you decide you don't want to breast feed or if you can't. It comes in big tins that should last about a week, half sized tins and ready made cartons. It's pretty expensive but all baby milks are, the big tins are best value because they last longer. I've used LOADS of the cartons though when we've gone on days out and stuff and they're deffo more convenient than making the bottles up.
When breastfeeding didnt work and we had to choose a brand of formula to give our son it took alot of thought, afterall there are now quite a few to choose from, Aptamil, Cow and Gate, Heinz and of course SMA.
One of the reasons I chose SMA Gold is because its something ive always known of, along with that reason we wanted something that is readily available in a wide range of places, afterall I didnt want to knock the tin on the floor in the middle of the night and not be able to pop to the 24 hour Tesco and get a new tin, gladly that never happened but you just never know.
For those and other reasons we decided SMA Gold is what we would offer our son, and luckily he has always taken to it very well, he has always been very happy on it too, you can get it in powder form and ready made liquid form, I always found it handy to have a couple of small cartons of ready made in the cupboard just in case. In the early days our son had some problems with constipation, for this reason we were advised to try him on the ready made milk, apparently because of how it is made and the preservatives in the milk it can help them go, so we used a couple of small cartons on him and it worked, so now we keep cartons in for that reason.
It is also a reasonably priced formula, I pay £7.25 for a tin of formula and the small cartons are around 50p each.
I used SMA with both of my chidren and never had any problems with it. They both fed very well on it and had no problems with colic or sickness. If the powder is mixed up correctley with the right amount of water your baby should also not suffer from any sort of constipation. The milk is very easy to mix up you just measure out the correct amount of water and add the required amount of powdered milk. The milk is measured out with a scooper which is provided and you just level it off with a knife. Then you simply shake the bottle to dissolve all of the powder. Its very simple to use and it was the perfect formula for my two children so i never needed to try any other brands. I did however find that once my children reached about six months old i had to switch to the hungrier babies form of it (blue tub.) This helped to keep them satisfied for longer especially on a night. Overall we had a very positive experience when using SMA. I also loved the varying forms you can buy it in especially the ready made little cartons. These were the perfect size for one bottle so if we were out and about we always carried one of these with us. I usually bought mine from boots for just over 7 pounds for a large 900g tub or 56 pence for a ready made carton. I would definatley use it in the future.
With my first son I tried to breastfeed but after about 10 weeks I gave up. So when it came to choosing a baby formula to use instead I reached for SMA. The main reason I did this was the well known brand name. Even though I hadn't had much contact with children before, I knew of SMA and I knew what the packaging looked like. It stood out on the shelf.
My son seemed to like the taste of this milk and was always satisfied after a feed. I began feeding him using the "gold" milk. I began to supplement him with the "white" milk which is for hungrier babies, and later on I moved on to the "follow on" milk for toddlers, although if your child is having a healthy balanced diet this really is unneccessary as there is nothing in the milk that they couldn't get from "real" food.
When giving this to my baby son I did find that he became quite constipated but when taking water alongside the milk this sorted itself out. I also hated the smell of his sick with the milk!! Breastfed baby's sick doesn't seem to have a strong smell but boy did I know it when he was sick after having a bottle of this milk. As I didn't try any other brands I'm not sure if this is SMA on its own or all formula milk.
Overall I would say I was happy with the results from using this brand of baby milk - it did it's job and if I needed to in the future I would reach for it again. The price is fairly high but unfortunately that's the case with all baby products.
I am a mum to three young children. When I was pregnant for the first time I used SMA gold as thats what my friends baby was on. I was only 20 at the time and didn,t know anything about baby milk or anything about babies to be honest.
Since my son had SMA gold and I found that I had no problems with the milk I have used SMA for both my other children.
There is information on the tin to tell you how to make the feed up and the average amount of milk and feeds your baby should be having from birth to the age of 1. The only fault that I can find with the Milk is that it is so expensive averaging about £7.20 per tin but all baby milk is expensive. All my children have been healthy and satisfied babies whilst using this milk. Also most shops sell this brand of milk so it should never be hard to find.
When I was pregnant loads of people recommended SMA gold. I guess that this is a product that has been around a long time and has been used by mothers for years (perhaps before other brands of baby formula were available). So not knowing any better I bought a tin of SMA gold for my baby as a back up (I had intended to breast feed but this didn't come off). I found the texture of the formula lovely and soft and began feeding it to my new born. However very quickly we had problems with him being sick. I had read that you shouldn't change baby formula in the first few weeks of a babies life - you should pick one and stick to it. So for a few weeks I continued to use SMA gold. However enough was enough and I changed formula not knowing what else to do to stop the sickness and wind. We switched to Aptimal and never looked back. Not only was this easier for my baby to digest, but the actual design of the tin was great. It features a handy little bar that you can use to level off each scoop, where as the SMA container is literally just a tin and you have to use a knife for each scoop - not a major problem but it all adds to the washing up. I'm now pregnant again and will not be using SMA second time around.
I have used SMA with both of my babies. My Daughter was breast fed for a week and then put on to SMA Gold until she was 4 months old and then she moved on to SMA white. My Son was breastfed for 3 weeks and then put on to SMA gold for one week only as he was very hungry and had to be put on to the white. I have never had a problem with this milk. Both of my babies grew at the rate they were expected to and never had any colic/constipation issues.
The reason i chose this milk and not any of the others on the market was because all my family had been given SMA as babies and i have a few friends that were using it with their babies. None of them have ever complained so i thought i would give it a try.
My Daughter is nearly 2 now and is still on SMA progress from a cup. I didnt want to give her cows milk as i know SMA is far more nutritious.
SMA comes in a handy re-useable tin and costs just over 7 pounds, which is great value for money as one tin usually lasts a week for one baby. I would recommend this milk to all parents to be as its has been around for years, unlike some other infant formulae in the shops today.
When i put my little one onto formula i chose to go with sma as i thought it would be ok for her.
after just a week my little girl was full of colic and had a really bad tummy.the sma was very rich and sickly and was upsetting her a great deal.
My health visitor suggested i put her onto the stage 2 milk to fill her more but said it wasnt as rich as the stage one so should settle her more ,so i did put her onto stage 2 instead but still there was no difference.she was still a very poorly and upset baby :o(
I gave up on using sma in the end and switched over to cow and gate formula instead as it wasnt as sickly and didnt upset my little ones tummy at all.
finally at 3 weeks she got some sleep :o)
i know this is only my experience but if your little one is a grumpy ,pooly unhappy baby then maybe just maybe its the formula!
I have breast fed both of my children with not much sucsess which did dissapoint me alot. When I was talking with my health visitor she advised me that this was the best milk to use with my children due to it being so close to the nutrition of my milk and that it would benifit my baby.
This tin will now cost just over seven pounds to buy and unfortunatly if you get it from boots they do not award points for your card when you buy it. I explains the nutrition that is in the tin the iron and vitamins that it holds and how it wil benifit your child.
It tells you how to make your bottles up for your child and how much your child should be taking at what age which is useful for first time parents. I have been told by the health visitors that this will not be suitable for some children because it tends to be a bit slimy for them so they will bring some back up. There is also the case that some children are not able to use it due to being allegic to the milk and then they need a soya or goats milk option.
I have found this the best milk for both of my children and have a stock of milk ready for my next child in 4 weeks time. It is a large tin that usually lasts a week when they are feeding on a regular basis.
After the tin has been opened it will last 4 weeks before it has to be disgarded, usually you do not need to do this due to so much being used. It also comes with a spoon inside to be able to measure the ammount you need to add to the water.
I would advise people who are brestfeeding and find it hard and would like to put their child on the formula milk to try this it has worked for my children and could work very well for yours.
Should you be concerned when a formula milk provided has its own colic helpline number? I think the answer is yes. I
bought SMA before my daughter was born in readiness, when she was about 2 weeks old she started with SMA formula milk, the nights became nightmares and she constantly cried, eventually the health visitor said it was colic - she asked which formula milk I was using I said SMA.
Now health visitors are not meant to endorse individual products but she advised me that SMA is made with animal fats and this can sometimes cause problems and recommended I switch to a formula milk made with vegetable fats like Farleys.
I did switch and my baby became a different bay, everyone I see who has a baby I recount this story too, as perspective can often feel very different in the night when not knowing what to do for the best.
Consider your options with formula milk and look at the ingredients on the tins.
Many reviews write about how easy it is to make etc, and the same is true for all formulas.
**Why I chose SMA baby milk**
SMA gold was my first choice when it came to feeding my baby formula milk as it was one my mother has also used with my siblings. I always choose products that have come recommended to me so didn't hesitate in stocking up with SMA baby milk. SMA have their own customer service line details can be found on the tin. The service line is armed with friendly staff should you have any questions/ concerns/ worries. I had one experience of contacting them, my call was answered quickly by a friendly advisor who put my mind at ease when I was worried about overfeeding my newborn!
We never had any problems with it what so ever, instructions are easy to read and follow and are printed on the back of the tin. Alongside the instructions is also a guide as to how much milk to feed your baby according to their age. We used this milk for 13 months and never thought of switching as our baby really enjoyed it.
You get a scoop included in each tin to ensure you measure out the exact amount of milk needed. For example 5 fluid ounces of water will require 5 scoops of milk. The milk is easy to scoop up as the powder is very fine, after filling the scoop I used the back of a knife to scrape off excess powder to ensure the scoop was level which gave me reassurance in that my baby was getting the right amount of formula.
A quick shake of the filled bottle ensures the milk mixes properly.
**The cost and stockists**
It is competitively priced compared with other leading brands which makes it an obvious winner for new mums on a budget especially with the credit crunch hitting badly! When we used this milk it cost £5.98 a tin but I believe it costs around £6.98 now. Each tin would last our baby about 2 weeks so really good value. All major supermarkets stock this milk, as do chemists the major one being boots. The packaging is bright yellow so very distinguished which makes this milk easy to find.
Should I have another baby I wouldn't hesitate to use this good quality product again.
SMA Gold was the milk we chose to give all our daughters.
Our first 2 daughters were fine on SMA Gold, although they were very hungry babies, so by about 8 weeks old, it was not filling enough for them and they had to be moved up to SMA white, which is for hungrier babies.
Our 3rd daughterm however, suffered with terrible constipation while she was on SMA Gold. We were advised by our health visitor in the end to switch milks as nothing was helping, and no dirty nappy for a week from a 7 week old baby is not normal!!
Our health visitor told us that the recepie for SMA Gold had been changed, and the result was that they were noticing many babies were now becoming constipated, as they had more fats to the recipie.
SMA Gold comes in 2 different sized tins, a large and a small, and you can also buy it in ready made cartons.
When my son was born i wanted to give him the best start so i breast fed him. He was 4 months when i was told i had to stop (medical reasons) and i started him on SMA Gold. He took so well to this milk and i new how much he was drinking. After about 5weeks i had to put him upton SMA White as the gold one was filling him enough. He took really well to this one as well and it would keep him going alot longer. When he was about 10months old i put him on SMA Progress (red tin) and he was on that for about 3months, he would only have one bottle in the morning and one at night.
Sma is good quality milk that will fill your child well. You can buy a tin for around £6-£7 from any supermarket, boots, coop or little corner shops.
SMA also do other ranged to satisfy your babys needs such as SMA Soya milk, this comes in a green tin.
When my son was born 14 months ago I decided that i would try and breast feed him for as long as I could. I was very lucky that he took to this idea wit no problem. Once he was 6 months old and had started to wean I decided that it was time to try powder milk as well as breast milk as my milk had started to dry up.
I decided that sma gold would be the best choice as I can remember my mum giving that to us when we were young. Also my health visitor had advised me on it as it is close to breast milk. Once i started my son on it he had a bit of an upset stomach for the first few days but after that he was fine. He would take the bottle just the same as if he was being breastfed but this way i knew how much he was taking. I have never had any problems with giving him this milk and he was still having it up until his first birthday. This milk is great as it comes in 2 different sized easy to store tins with the sma logo on. The sma gold is the one with the yellow lid. Inside the tin there is a small yellow plastic measuring spoon this is good as the ratio is one spoon of milk to one ounce of water.
After the tin is empty you can recycle them or use them to store different things.