Monday 7 November 2016

Similac Growing Up Milk - Review

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


  1. Hmmm £15 for some growing up milk or £1 for 4 pints of blue milk. I know which I'd choose!! There seems to be a new trend to push advanced stage milks but if there's a good diet then I don't think they're necessary! Thanks for linking up #marvmondays

  2. I used follow on Milk with all 3 of my children I just felt it made me feel better, it probably made no real difference to their overall health, but I chose to anyway. #marvMondays

  3. Great to hear how you got on. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

  4. I may consider this if my children were poor eaters for sure but I think if eating well not so much. I like the packaging too!! Xx

  5. I think growing up milk is a great thing. I worry about their vitamin intake at this age so this milk really helps!


  6. I never used a follow on milk, sounds like it is suiting your little one though. #BestWorst

  7. My kids always had issues with Similac. I kept trying since it is cheaper here than Enfamil- but it never worked out.


  8. great review! #bestandworst.

  9. My daughter is a really fussy eater so she does need extra vitamins etc but I just use full fat milk and add vitamin drops from sure start, they're only £1.29 a bottle and last months. That said, if it makes people feel better about what they're children are having then why not? It's good to have choice, it's just not for me x

  10. My son really liked it so we're going to stick with it. He's not a great eater though, so I'm glad of the extra vitamins and minerals. Looks like she's very happy anyway!


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