Ever considered using a follow on or growing up milk with your toddler?
I have to admit it's not something that had ever really crossed my mind, I didn't with Alfie and hadn't planned too with Elarna - they both eat well, have a varied diet and I've never really worried about them having a lack of nutrients. However, being able to support their nutritional needs is extremely important to me so if I can offer something that will enhance an intake of key nutrients then I am very positive about this.
We've recently been testing out Similac Growing Up Milk, which is a specially formulated milk designed to meet the nutritional needs of toddlers aged 1 -3 years. It's designed to crucially support your little ones growth, development and immune system with a variety of beneficial ingredients to continue your toddlers nutritional pathway.
Of course, I have to mention that breastfeeding is the best for babies and is recommended for as long as possible, it provides many benefits to both Mum and baby.
So how did we get on with Similac and what's the buzz?
- It's so easy to prepare. The Similac comes provided with a powder measure ensuring you put the right amount of milk in the beaker.
- It's quick to dissolve and Elarna seemed to really enjoy drinking it.
- Similac can either be given at room temperature or warm, it's personal choice really, Elarna seemed to like it warm.
- The powder is palm oil free and rich in vitamins A, C, D, calcium, iron and linoleic acid. Each of these provides nutritional needs to a growing toddler.
- Milk is sourced from dairy farms across Ireland and it's processed so quickly that the milk is still fresh.
- Similac uses one time processing which maximises nutrient retention. To further protect the milk a heat treatment is used.
- The milk is then tested under very strict quality testing regimes and packaged into the Similac tins.
One of the things that I love about Similac is the ace packaging, how cute is the little crown on the front! I also love that it comes in a tin meaning it's well sealed and air tight keeping the milk nice and fresh. The scoop has a nice sized handle and I could find it every time I went into the tub which is always a bonus - I'm sure that everyone who has used milk knows the pain of trying to find a buried scoop!
Similac is readily available in Boots stores and costs £14.00 to purchase. Although we have had lots of positive experiences using it and Elarna has been drinking it well I'm not sure that I'm a convert as yet, mainly because of the price. I don't dislike anything about it, the product itself is great and I felt confident using it, I like the ethos surrounding the idea of a growing up milk but I'm not sure I could commit to buying it regularly just from a budgeting perspective!
Have you used or would you consider using a growing up milk like Similac?
* Please note I have been working in collaboration with Similac, we were kindly sent the item to try and provide an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own