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I had a hard time deciding which formula would be best for my baby. I wanted to make sure that it gave all the possible nutrients required for my baby’s growth and development. After experimenting a few formula brands, I stuck with Similac Advance Baby Formula.
The thing with formulas is that no matter what brand you opt for, there would be different stages for different age groups. Usually Stage 1 in formulas is for babies from birth to 6 months and Stage 2 is for babies from 6 months to 24 months.
Similac Advance Baby Formula
Currently I am using Similac Advance Stage 2 which comes in a green pack of 400gms. My daughter was on Similac Advance Stage 1 until up to 6 months and after that I started with Stage 2.
For every 30ml of feeding, one scoop of Similac Advance is required. So if I make a feed of 120 ml, I use 4 scoops full. It is powdered milk but contains no sugar in it. Being a mother I am extra conscious about whatever my baby eats or drinks. So before I give it to her, I make sure I taste everything. I can tell you for sure; this formula has a very bland taste. Obviously because it has no sugar in it which is a good thing.
The only discomfort using Similac is that when you open it, you have to struggle finding the scoop in the powdered milk. It is kept so low with milk on top that when you are taking it out, there is a lot of spillage. Now to avoid that, I use the scoop from the last used pack. Simple!
Unlike other brands of formula, Similac Advance has DHA and Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are of utmost importance for the growth of a baby. When you prepare the feed using this, you will notice that the density of the milk is quite thick as compared to other formulas. But it is only for the good as it is packed with healthy nutrients and all that your baby needs at this time.
I have remarked that when I feed her Similac, my daughter plays and sleeps for a longer duration than when I breastfeed her or when I gave her another formula earlier. The only reason is that since formula is heavier, it takes time for the baby to digest it. Hence, more time gap between feedings. In a way it is good because it gives me some time to take care of other important work.
A few things I noticed with my baby were
- She had a hard time switching from Stage 1 to Stage 2 formula.
- 2 days after I started giving her the next stage formula, she was passing loose stool.
- In fact, she would normally take 120 ml of Stage 1 Similac in one go but with Stage 2, she would not even finish 60 ml.
The good thing was that I had already started her on semi-solids so I wasn’t too worried about her not drinking enough milk. As it is, I have been mixed feeding her so even if she refuses to take formula I can always substitute it with breast milk or cerelac of sorts.
Another thing worth noticing was that once my baby started having Stage 2 Similac, the color of her stool changed from yellowish to dark green. Now, if your baby is passing green or dark colored stool and you are feeding him formula, it is normal. But exclusively breastfed babies neither have dark stool nor smelly. The reason for dark green color is the presence of iron in the formula.
My pediatrician specially said that because formulas have good amount of iron in it, it changes the color of baby’s stool. So worry not if you see a change.
I’m not saying that if my baby reacted in this way, yours will too. Every baby reacts differently to different products. May be it takes time for the body to adapt to a new formula, which is true because I don’t see any digestion problem anymore with my girl anymore. But she still doesn’t drink it as much as she used to drink Stage 1. But that hardly matters anymore now that she is on semi solids also.
How long one pack of Similac Advance 2 lasts –
Since I formula feed my baby twice a day, one pack of 400 gms lasts no more than 10 days. And if I have an outing where I have to feed her 3-4 times a day, it finishes in about a week’s time.
Given that Similac is best suited for my baby and that it gives all the basic nutrients required for her development and growth, I guess a price of Rs. 495/- doesn’t pinch you so much.
This is especially true when you know that you have formula feed your baby given certain situations that much price doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket for sure. Although there are definitely other cheaper options for formula, but there’s definitely a reason for why they cost less.
It is important to note that whenever you make a formula feed, you have to be extra cautious and hygienic. Always wash your hands first and please remember to always boil the water first and bring it to room temperature before giving it to your baby.
If the water is too hot, there is risk of burning and if it is too cold, the formula does not get dissolved properly and forms lumps. Always use sterilized bottles for your baby. If you do not have a sterilizer, after cleaning the bottles with bottle cleaner and soap, dip them in boiling water for 5 minutes. Sterilization is extremely important.
For me, it is all about quality and when it comes to my baby, there is no compromise on that!