- It is powdered milk but contains no sugar in it.
- Similac Advance has DHA and Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
- Formula is heavier, it takes time for the baby to digest it; so longer sleeping hours.
- Some babies have hard time switching from Stage 1 to Stage 2.
- Little expensive then other available options.
In continuation of Formula Milk Series reviews, today, we will be reviewing Similac Advance Stage 2 Formula Milk. In this series, we are already done with Lactogen Stage 1 and Enfamil A+ Infant Powder reviews. However, they were stage 1 formula milk and were meant for 0-6 months old babies. Whereas, Similac Advance Stage 2 is for babies between 6 to 12 months. Please be advised that this review is a personal opinion about the product and must not be considered as medical advice. Should you want to start with formula, please talk to your pediatrician.
Things That I Liked in Similac Advance Stage 2
As usual, let us start with the packing. You will have this powder in a carton packaging of blue, golden, white color. As you can see in the picture, stage 2 is clearly mentioned on the pack.
As we mentioned in our previous article, baby formulas are available in 3 to 4 Stages.
The formula we bought is Stage 2, which is suitable for a child of 6 to 12 months. Therefore, stage 2 has been written in our packing. Just below the stage, you will have the branding of Similac Advance Stage 2.
In the front, you will see the name of the Similac Advance in blue color, “Similac Advance Follow-up Formula.” Right below that you can see a clear mention of stage 2, after 6 months.
In gold and purple colors, it has been printed in a very beautiful way. It is very important to keep the stage in mind before buying formula milk. Keeping this in mind, the company has printed this information in front of it. With this information visible on the front, a buyer makes no mistake, when buying formula milk for his baby.
Right below it, there is an important notice in white color. It is given in both English and Hindi languages. “Mother’s milk is best for baby.” Hope you can see that even formula making companies emphasize on breastfeeding.
On the right side of the packing, information about the ingredients used in Similac Advance Stage 2 and the number of nutrients that your baby is going to have from a feed was given.
Regarding all this, we will talk further in detail.
From the left side of carton packing, you can have information about storing and preparing a feed. In addition, there are some warnings, as well.
We will talk about these at a later stage.
At the back of the carton, we will have information about how to prepare a feed and how to use prepared feed.
In addition, there is information about its price and expiry date, as well.
In the carton packing, there is another sealed foil packing storing formula powder.
There is no other information printed on this foil packing than product’s packing date, expiry date, and a data matrix code.
From the carton, other than this sealed foil packing, you will have a measuring spoon and a small informative pamphlet.
From this pamphlet, you will be able to learn more about the available Similac’s stages, feeding table, and some interesting facts about breastfeeding.
If you can read English, please give it a go. This small pamphlet is surely going to add to your knowledge.
Overall, you will have all that information from this carton packing that you must have before buying a pack of Similac Advance Stage 2.
Formula Milk’s Texture
Like other formula milk, the color of Similac Advance Stage 2 is light yellow.
Although, you won’t see any solid or semi-solid powder particles, yet the texture of the powder is thick.
The powder tastes like adult dry milk powder. In fragrance and taste, there is sweetness.
Let us now talk about the ingredients used in Similac Advance Stage 2. Should you see on the right, you will be able to learn about ingredients in details.
Things like lactose, skim milk powder, edible vegetable oil (high oleic sunflower oil, soy oil, coconut oil), whey protein concentrate, maltodextrin, Minerals, potassium citrate (acidity regulator), Vitamins, soy lecithin, nucleotides, taurine, antioxidants (mixed tocopherols), have been used.
In addition, Similac advance contains fatty acids like omega 3 and 6. There are Folic acid and zinc that are known to support baby’s brain development. Also, level and a blend of nucleotides that are known to support baby’s developing immune system.
Furthermore, it contains essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that are known to support healthy growth of the baby.
In addition to the carton, you can have the feeding table from that small pamphlet (found inside the carton packing), as well. You must keep this feeding table handy. In case you have recently started with formula milk, then you will need to refer to this feeding table all the time.
As you can see the feeding table printed carton says that if your child is 6 to 12 months old, then you have to give him 4 feeds of 180 ml water and 6 tablespoons of powder each, in a day.
If your little one is above 12 months, then you should be using stage 3 formula milk. In this case, you should be giving him 3 feeds a day. Each feed will be made of 180 ml water and 6 tablespoons of powder.
Apart from this, the pamphlet that you are going to get from the carton, talk about a feeding table meant for babies up to 2 years of age.
As you can see in the picture above, this feeding table is for babies up to 2 years of age. You can learn about the right quantity of powder scoops, water and prepared feeds from this pamphlet. For your assistance, you can paste this at a place (refrigerator) that is easily accessible to you.
Spoon That Comes With The Packing
You will get a plastic made spoon from the carton packing. On the spoon, you can see Abbott branding.
Please be advised, while preparing feed for your baby, you must only use this spoon. Using this spoon means you are not making any mistake with the quantity of powder. Should you make a mistake at this point, it is going to affect the nutritional values that your baby is going to get from the feed. Also, your baby may have to face troubles like gas and constipation.
Detailed Video Review of Similac Advance Stage 2 in Hindi (With English Subtitles)
Therefore, it is better to use this scoop, instead of using any other spoon.
Things That I Disliked In Similac Advance 2
It is Not Easy On A Few Babies’ Tummy
We have already mentioned that the texture of this infant powder is very thick. Hence, you can expect a heavy feed. Perhaps, this is the reason why it is not easy on a few babies’ tummies. In other words, why for a few babies, this formula feed is hard to digest. A few parents complained that their babies had to deal with gas and constipation like discomforts.
At this point, we would like to quote our previous statement again. In the case of formula milk, every baby reacts differently. It is not that if formula milk was easy on my baby’s stomach, then it is going to be easier on your baby’s tummy too.
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Presence of Lactose
Similac Advance Stage 2 contains Lactose. This is going cause allergic reaction, in case, your baby is lactose intolerant.
In general, the cases of lactose intolerance, sucrose and cow’s milk fat allergy in the newborn are very common. Therefore, before buying any formula milk, it is advisable to get your baby checked for these allergies or consult a pediatrician.
Important Information is Only On The Carton
Although you can have the feeding table from the pamphlet, yet, other important information is available only on the carton. Now, should you trash this carton by mistake, you will be devoid of this valuable information (about preparing feed, storing feed, serving feed, amount of minerals and nutrients per feed etc.) printed on the carton.
You Need An Additional Box To Store Powder
Earlier, Similac Advance Stage 2 follow-up formula was used to come in a tin packing. However, nowadays, it is only available in carton packing. Hence, after opening it, you need an additional air-tight packing and this is an additional expense.
Hope you know that this powder must not have any direct contact with the air because any contact with air means lumps in the powder.
How To Prepare Similac Advance Stage 2
The preparation technique is the same, as in the case of other formula milk. The preparation guidelines are already on the carton packing.
Hygiene is the first thing that you must not overlook while preparing a feed. Thoroughly wash your hands, feeding bottle, nipple, cap or spoon and bowl, and all the utensils that you will be using to prepare the feed.
After rinsing the soap, sterilize these utensils for not less than 5 minutes. The process of sterilization is very important because even a little presence of bacteria can cause infection.
Take a separate pan and boil some fresh water in it. Boil it for 5 minutes. And, once done, allow it to lukewarm.
Detailed Video of How To Prepare Similac Advance Stage 2 in Hindi (With English Subtitles)
Pour the correct amount of lukewarm in the (sterilized) feeding bottle. Refer to the feeding table. You need 180ml of lukewarm water.
Next, you have to mix Similac Advance Stage 2 Powder (add six scoops, if your baby is between 6 to 12 months) in this lukewarm water according to the feeding table. Do not use any spoon other than the one you have from the packing. Using any other spoon means the wrong amount of powder. Fill enclosed the scoop, then scrape level with the straight edge of the knife.
After adding powder, you should keep mixing it until it is fully dissolved. You should mix it properly and must make sure that there are no lumps or air bubbles. To test the temperature of the prepared milk, pour some on the back of your palm. Once you are fine with the temperature, give it to your baby.
In case of any leftover milk, please discard it within 1 hour. You must prepare fresh feed every time you need.
Some Important Guidelines
- Do not overlook the importance of hygiene.
- Failure to follow the directions/instructions can potentially harm your baby’s health.
- Use only the scoop enclosed in this box to measure the Similac Advance 2 powder.
- The powdered formula-up formula is not sterile and should not be fed to premature babies or babies with immune problems unless directed by a pediatrician.
- Make no mistake in the powder quantity per feed because any miscalculation is surely going to cause discomfort to your baby.
In the end, we would like to say that should it be any formula milk, if it is easy on a baby tummy and causing him no troubles (allergy, gas or constipation), then only it can be considered as the best formula. My baby showed no signs of inconvenience, did not get allergic and he received the maximum amounts of nutrition from Similac Advance Stage 2.
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Therefore, my personal experience is good with Similac Advance Stage 2 formula milk. Have you also used this product? If yes, what is your opinion about this product? Please share with us.