7 November 2016

Little 3 tries Similac Growing Up Milk

Last winter, after I had finished with breastfeeding him, Little 3 seemed to be picking up bugs like nobody's business. Being his first winter and with the girls bringing germs home from pre-school and school he didn't really stand a chance and was poorly pretty much all winter with one thing after another. The weather has suddenly turned colder and my mind has turned to how to keep him healthy throughout this winter. 

Although Little 3 eats well and has a healthy balanced diet, I can't help but think that giving him a little boost would be beneficial to him. We have recently been asked to try Similac Growing Up Milk and that got me thinking that this could be the health boost he needs, I would certainly feel more reassured that he was getting his essential nutrients.

Similac is a palm oil-free range of baby and toddler milks, which provide key nutrients to support your baby's growth and development, with Omega 3 & 6, vitamins A, C and D, calcium and iron. Similac is made by Abbott who, for over 90 years, have been helping mums around the world nourish their babies.

Little 3 does not drink a lot of milk these days but he does like it in a beaker first thing in the morning when he gets downstairs and he also has a small beaker with a biscuit before he goes to bed. For the past week we have been giving Little 3 Similac Growing Up milk in the place of his cow's milk at these times and he took it straight away.

So what did we really think?

Preparing the milk is easy, after ensuring everything is clean simply measure 180ml of boiled, cooled water into a beaker and add 3 level scoops of powder (one scoop per 60ml of water) and shake until dissolved, then you can warm it if needed, that's it.

The best thing is that you don't have to use the water still boiling hot from the kettle and have all the faff of then cooling the milk down, which when you have a toddler who wants his milk NOW is pretty handy. I have to admit we have been using water straight from the tap rather than cooled boiled water, as Little 3 doesn't generally need boiled water these days, although that is at our own risk.

I liked the look of the packaging, the tin is so simple to use and the lid seals well so the milk stays fresh and doesn't get damp, plus the tin is recyclable too. The scoop has a handy hole in it that allows the milk powder to fall back in the tin when you are scraping it level, preventing it from going all over your fingers which I liked. The scoop itself holds enough powder for 60ml (about 2oz) water, Little 3's beakers are either 5 or 7oz so it would be more useful if it only held enough for 1oz as I imagine this could be a pain if your child was taking an odd number of ounces of milk.

The Similac Growing Up Milk itself smelt about the same as any other formula but not so strongly and had a mild slightly sweet flavour and was not unlike cow's milk in taste. I had to taste it myself and much to my surprise it wasn't that bad, much more palatable than our old formula (and yes I tasted that too). 

I popped it in one of Little 3's beakers at bedtime one night and he took it and downed it straight away not even noticing it wasn't his usual cow's milk so it was a thumbs up from him. He has continued to drink Similac Growing Up Milk and hasn't had any troubles being on it either.

If your child is healthy and eating a balanced diet, Growing Up Milk isn't essential for them but as a mum it could give me the reassurance that Little 3 is getting a boost of nutrients to help keep him well this winter. If we were to continue to use Growing Up Milk I would consider Similac.

Important notice: Breastfeeding is best for babies and is recommended for as long as possible during infancy. Breastfeeding provides many benefits to both mother and baby. It is difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed. We recommend that you speak to your healthcare professional for advice on how to feed your baby.

N.B I have been sponsored by Similac to try Similac Growing Up Milk and write about it on my blog. All opinions are my own.


  1. I know what you mean about the smell. Some formulas smell very strongly but this one doesn't. Looks like your little man is very happy!

  2. We use it for the extra vitamins. Love the pic with the beaker. He is so cute :) #maternitymondays


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