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Sambucol feedback thread - non-testers: What do you do to support your DCs immunity? £100 hamper prize draw! NOW CLOSED

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 20-Jan-14 10:50:46

This thread is for the 100 Mumsnetters who tested out Sambucol Kids Teddies to leave their feedback.

Here's what Sambucol say, "Sambucol is a great tasting food supplement packed with thousands of Black Elderberries. Black elderberries contain naturally occurring flavonoids. Sambucol also contains Vitamin C, which is well known for its ability to support the immune system. Sambucol is made from Black Elderberries which have twice the natural antioxidant capacity of blueberries and more than 50% the overall antioxidant capability of cranberries. Antioxidants strengthen the immune system by helping neutralise the harmful effect of free radicals."

Non-testers: How many episodes of colds and sniffles do you have to deal with in an average year with each of your children? What do you do to help support your DCs immunity?

All non testers who add a comments to this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 hamper of Skin Doctor cosmetics.

Testers: Below are some questions we'd like you to answer but feel free to add any other thoughts you have.

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Q5. Any other comments?

All testers who add their feedback to the thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a hamper of Skin Doctor cosmetics worth £250.

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

Marking my place to begin answering later.

Have the testers for this been notified yet??? really wanted to get this trial sad

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 20-Jan-14 15:55:46

MummyBtothree, yes, sorry, all the testers have already been selected for this product test. We have plenty more coming up soon though, so keep an eye out for other ones you might want to do!

Belo Mon 20-Jan-14 15:56:05

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
I was planning on getting dd2 (aged 8) to do the trial, but dd1 (aged 11) has insisted on also taking the tablets!

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
First of all my daughters loved the packaging, and an argument kicked off as to who was going to have the jar when it's empty... And they loved the tablet. They thought it had a really good taste. Better than the orange ones we've had from Healthspan.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?.
I would have said yes to this question if I hadn't seen the RRP below. My daughters like them, but I think that price is very steep.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
As mentioned above, that price is very steep. Maybe I would buy them as part of a buy 3 for the price of 2 promotion. But even then, it is more than similar tablets which are also stocked at Boots.

Q5. Any other comments?
Not as yet, but I may come back as my dds carry on taking the tablets.

WingDefence Mon 20-Jan-14 16:05:50

Tester

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DS is 5 (only just - birthday was 3 weeks ago).
He really likes the teddies. The teddy-shaped bottle captured his interest straight away (although he hates the fact it has a child-proof lid!) and the fact the supplements are little teddy shapes themselves are also a hit.

He does like the taste and this was the key thing for me as I think a large part of the success of getting children to take supplements is that they don't know they are! (We call them 'special sweeties' in our house.)

He also likes the fact that when they are licked, the colour becomes more vibrant.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

My first impression was that the bottle could be far smaller which would take away the need for a wodge of cotton wool to be stuffed in the top!

Overall, I do like the product because of the shapes and the bottle. It makes it more fun for my child. I also tried one of the teddies before I gave them to DS to see how they tasted and I like the strong, not-too-sweet berry flavour.

The only thing I don't like is I prefer to give supplements that have a wider range of vitamins and minerals and not just Vit C.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would recommend it, although only for the purpose of boosting the immune system. For more general supplements, I would probably suggest another brand (eg Bassetts chewable vitamins).

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'm not sure - other brands (such as the Bassetts range) are far cheaper and have a range of vitamins and minerals. If they were on offer then I would certainly consider buying them.

Q5. Any other comments?
Thank you for selecting my family to take part in this trial.

MTBMummy Mon 20-Jan-14 16:13:19

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DD is 4 and loves them, she's particularly keen on the fact they get more purple once you lick them - yes she shows us this every time.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
DD loves the teddy bottle and has already stated it is not to be binned and she wants to it collect fairy dust. I think the quantity of cotton wool is a little excessive, but only because I managed to get some up my nose causing a sneezing fit

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'd recommend it based on DD's enjoyment, she prefers these to the Bassets she normally has.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
For that price probably not, they bassets we buy are only £3,60 for 45 which is significantly cheaper. I'd need to be very sure that it would reduce the risk of DD getting colds.

Q5. Any other comments?
Not yet, but once we're further in the trial I'll come back and update

BeCool Mon 20-Jan-14 16:22:31

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DD1 is 6 - DD2 is 2.5 and insists on having them too. They both love the taste of the teddies and have been asking me for them on the mornings I have forgotten to offer them.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
The packaging is quite genius and cute and very kiddie friendly - it attracts them for sure. I had a taste of the teddie and it was very pleasant. I've done a little googling on Black Elderberries and they do seem to be doing very well in testing re fighting colds/flu, so that is impressive.

We have previously gone down the probiotic/fish oil immune boosting route and it seems to be quite effective (touch wood). I don't know that I would replace these supplements with the Teddies, but I would add them to the immune boosting armory of weapons from time to time.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend them to families who could afford it yes. For the reasons I listed above, and because black elderberries do seem to perform well in the trials I've seen online.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
At £12.99 per month per child this isn't a supplement I would use daily. But I would certainly consider buying it if the DC fall ill with bad cold, flu etc and give it to them to help speed their recovery.

Q5. Any other comments?
Would the teddies help a child who was ill with the chicken pox virus too??

SweetPeaPods Mon 20-Jan-14 16:25:58

Non tester: I have started giving 7m ds some vitamin drops. I was recommended Abidec but once these are finished I'm going to look into other brands as ds hates the taste.
Ds has had 3 colds already, hence why I bought the vitamins. I also offer fruit after every meal. I don't think it's diet related though, as he seems to pick the coughs and colds up after swimming.

MirandaWest Mon 20-Jan-14 16:26:44

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not? The children are 10 and 8. They both thought they were tasty.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not? I thought they seemed like other similar items. The DC liked the teddy bear shape and the taste.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
If someone asked me about them I might talk about them but I wouldn't specifically recommend them.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

That seems quite expensive although I don't tend to buy vitamin tablets any way so maybe that is the going rate. My DC felt the price was a rip off!

Q5. Any other comments? The DC liked the shape of the packet, the teddy design and the colour. If I did want to get vitamin tablets id look for some cheaper ones.

Galena Mon 20-Jan-14 16:27:09

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DD is 4. She loves the teddy bottle and likes the flavour of the vitamins. She prefers the flavour to the Haliborange ones we usually get.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
I felt there was a lot of wasted space in the bottle and I didn't like the cotton wool. I expected them to be soft, so was surprised that they were hard.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I might have just on bottle/flavour/shape, etc. However, I prefer a vitamin with more different vitamins and minerals in, rather than just vit C - and the price!

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not at that price! I buy cheaper multivitamins with a range of vitamins and minerals as money is tight.

Q5. Any other comments?
Not at the moment.

scrappydappydoo Mon 20-Jan-14 16:53:31

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

I have two dds aged 5 and 7. They liked the teddies - the bottle was a hit and I think there are going to be arguments over who keeps the empty bottle. They were a bit unsure at first as they didn't look 'chewable' but they both loved the taste. Overall children's opinion very good.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

I liked the shape of the bottle and the shape of the teddies. I tried one - they tasted very fruity but a little bit chalky. I hated the fact it had child-proof lid on the bottle - I loathe those at the best of times. Overall opinion was ok but I would like to know/see if they make any difference health wise to my children. I may return to thread in few weeks time to add additional feedback on this.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I'd probably say we'd tried them and liked them.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

No - far too expensive I'm afraid

Q5. Any other comments?

Non tester

My DS and DD have about 2/3 sessions every year requiring a day or two off school for the whole year.

As far as boosting immune system - just ensure that my kids have fruit and veggies and a balanced diet.

I think conning parents out of £13 a month is wrong for something that has little scientific evidence.

Nightwish Mon 20-Jan-14 17:10:42

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
4 and a half years. He hated them, he tried them twice, bit into it and then refused to eat them. If it helps the OH liked them, but he is 26!

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
Waste of plastic not using the whole bottle. I didn't like it because DS wouldn't have them so no point in me buying. I couldn't even bribe him to.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, DS didn't like them.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, way way way too expensive. Especially if they are the recommended two a day.

Q5. Any other comments?
We liked the bottle!

mrsjohndeere1971 Mon 20-Jan-14 17:13:00

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not? The children are 7 and 11. They thought the teddies were delicious and asked if they could have more!
Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not? Thought the shape of the bottle was a good idea for younger children but maybe added unnecessarily to the expense of the product? Also not sure cotton wool was needed.
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not? Would recommend Teddies as kids were very keen to have them every morning.
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not? Would not be likely to buy again. Far too expensive unfortunately.
Q5. Any other comments? Despite the children loving the taste, I'll be sticking to my usual cheaper multivitamins.

Littleorangetree Mon 20-Jan-14 17:30:15

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DS (5) tried the teddies. He liked the jar, the shape of the tablets and also the taste. He said they were yummy.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
I liked the way the product is presented and it tastes nice. Having the teddy shaped jar makes is very appealing to children.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I would recommend them, particularly for children that have been porrly and maybe need their immune system boosted.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I personally wouldn't spend that amount of money on a supplement, especially for children. It's an attractive product though, for people who buy supplements for their children.

Q5. Any other comments?
None so far.

IncaAztec Mon 20-Jan-14 18:03:57

Non-testers: How many episodes of colds and sniffles do you have to deal with in an average year with each of your children? What do you do to help support your DCs immunity?

I would say at least 15-20 colds and sniffles. We are always at the doctors/out of hours with some cold virus or another. I give vitamins to the elder one at the recommendation of the health visitor. The youngest has formula so nothing yet recommended for her age group.

tripecity Mon 20-Jan-14 18:32:47

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
my 2 girls, aged 4 and 6 tried them. They like the 'cute shape' and the taste, as well as the bottle

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
Its good, they taste really nice, and the kids were very keen to have their 'sweetie' every morning

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, they are the only kids vitamin I have seen in this shape and it really appeals to the kids

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Its prohibitively expensive for some kids vitamins! Why has it been priced to high when there is a plethora of similar products on the market (Tesco own and Basetts for example), the only difference being the shape of the tablets. Its not worth spending £10 more for a bottle of vitamins just so we can have ones shaped like teddies

Q5. Any other comments?
I am disappointed they are priced so high as it means despite the kids loving them and me being pleased with the product, I will not be buying them

sandiy Mon 20-Jan-14 18:44:31

Q1 My children are just ten x2 and almost nine.they were ambivalent about the taste and were not impressed by the teddy shapes.They feel they are a bit old for teddies.They also were initially suspicious of the colour of the tablets.
Q2 I think the teddy thing would appeal to younger children.It may be worth considering a more mature theme to appeal to older children.Saying that we did have a giggle trying to bite the heads off the bears.
Q3 I think I would probably recommend them to friends,I could nt feel comfortable to recommend them as a proffesionals though as I have not read the research in full.
Q4 I would not buy them again purely because of the cost implications with three children.However I may consider keeping some in to give to the children if they were especially unwell to help them recover for short periods.
Q 5 In theory I tend to hope that a healthy diet and lifestyle supports my children's immunity.But as a working mum I can see the temptation in buying anything that prevents or helps prevent your child from picking up every bug going.To be fair my children my children are rarely unwell so I'm not neccesarily the target audience.

Coffeechick Mon 20-Jan-14 19:16:02

1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

DD is 5 years old. She loved the teddy bear bottle and the fact the supplements were teddy bear shaped. She enjoyed the taste and reminds me daily to give them to her

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

I tried one it tasted nice and I think most kids would enjoy the taste. I liked the idea of the teddy bottle, it makes it more appealing to children. I would have liked it more if there were more vitamins/minerals in the supplement rather than just vitamin C and the elderberries.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I might do for those I would think would be willing to pay a lot

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I don't think I'd buy it again too expensive I tend to buy multivitamins for kids that are 3 for 2 and they are about half the price of these per 30 days

Q5. Any other comments?
No

Willemdefoeismine Mon 20-Jan-14 19:17:57

Non-Tester here: well I ensure they have their five (or six) a day and have done religiously since they were babies. I have also been quite lax about letting them pick up food from the floor and eating it....Some parents would be horrified but I truly believe that a little bit of dirt does you no harm and in fact builds up your resistance to bugs! As a result my DCs are usually ill (enough to be off school) no more than once a year - if that. They are both very robust. Also, they get lots of exercise and I think that helps a lot too!

DD2 is 16 and hardly ever gets colds.
DD2 is 18 and has always got lots. The weird thing is that for most of their lives, dd1 has been a much 'better eater' than dd2 and certainly used to have far more fruit and vege. Now that she's at uni, she's always getting colds. I buy her vitamins, send her soup recipes and make her eat her body weight in oranges!

marking place to answer later

Puppypoppet Mon 20-Jan-14 19:37:13

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DD is 11 years old. She loved the taste of them - has asked on a evening if it is time to have another couple when she had 2 in the morning. DD also loved the teddy bear packaging and plans to reuse the container when it is empty.
Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not? Like the product - very cute packaging. Would prefer a multi vitamin.
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes I would recommend as my daughter's longstanding cold does seem to be a lot better since taking the vitamins.
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not? It is a bit pricey but would definitely consider if it helps stave off colds / lessen symptoms.
Q5. Any other comments? Any plans for a multi vitamin?

satine Mon 20-Jan-14 19:44:10

Q1: my children are 9 and 11. They loved the teddies - the bottle shape, the teddy shaped tablets and they LOVE the taste!
Q2: I did like the product, but would like it even more if it contained a few more vitamins or minerals to help the children fight off the January bugs.
Q3: I have mentioned these to a few people, and said how nice they tasted.
Q4: wow, that seems quite expensive. It's comparable to Berocca. For that price, I'd definitely expect more than just vit C. I might buy them if they were on offer, but I seem to have an internal block on spending more than £10 on any one item in the supermarket!!
Q5: cute, tasty vitamin tablets but a little too expensive for me.

CheeseTMouse Mon 20-Jan-14 20:09:05

Non-tester: In terms of colds, my daughter has had 3 colds in about 5 months. I am slightly nervous about her starting nursery as small children are a bit like petri dishes when it comes to germs!

To boost her immunity I will be making sure that she has a good range of fruit and veg when she is weaned. Imight consider giving her vitamins, but want to research about how necessary it actually is.

missorinoco Mon 20-Jan-14 20:10:55

Non-testers: How many colds and sniffles in an average year? Over the age of two - one to two so far.

How do I boost immunity? Healthy diet, lots of fruit and vegetables. Keep active. Nothing clever.
What did the trick? Six months of nursery when they were wee gave them all every virus and sniffle going. Sigh. After that they were pretty hardy.

manfalou Mon 20-Jan-14 20:50:54

Ive never even heard of these before! My eldest could do with extra vitamins but because he's a fussy eater and doesn't get his vitamin intake that way.

In an average year id say we face around 3-4 colds which I don't think is bad going. My youngest is 9 months old and has 1 cold and bronchitis at the beginning of December. In general we tend not to give them and medicine at the first sign of a sniffle to build their own immune system up and I think its sort of worked. My eldest has only ever been properly sick twice.

mummyzara2 Mon 20-Jan-14 21:06:09

Q1: My daughter is 5 years. She likes the teddy shapes & bottle. She said they tasted a bit fizzy and asked why they were purple - but she does love them.
Q2: I think it should contain more vitamins plus the vit c & black elderberries - overall quite surprised with the product.
Q3: Yes i would recommend to a friend as they actually taste nice and my daughter is more than willing to take them, unlike other/s she has tried.
Q4: Way too expensive, i think if they were ever on offer or BOGOF id buy in bulk, other than that id have to think twice to justify spending that much on them.
Q5: Great tasting novel way of getting children interested and wanting to take a vitamin supplements just a shame the price is too high. sad

androbbob Mon 20-Jan-14 21:43:33

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

DS is 6 and was more than happy to try the vitamins and liked the taste-we did tell him that it was blackcurrant though. DD is 11 and insisted on trying them too. For the purposes of testing, I also tried them and through they were tasty too!

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

We liked the shape of the bottle-but did seem large as it had a wadge of cotton wool in it. The bottle will be recycled when empty.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would mention trying these vitamins if it came up in conversation. It will be interesting to see if it reduces any colds we have in this house this winter.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Wow how much! We do buy vitamins in the winter months - generally Bassetts or Tesco own at a significantly cheaper price. I would need convincing that these are worth the extra cost though - at over 21p per tablet.

Q5. Any other comments?

Thanks for the opportunity to take part in the testing.

sharond101 Mon 20-Jan-14 21:49:59

Non-tester: I use antibacterial had gel for my LO and don't let him near other children with coughs/colds as he has a floppy windpipe which makes his breathing really bad when he gets a cold. I give him vitamins and a good balanced diet too. At 19mo he is obssessed with washing his hands which cannot be a bad thing.
Boots do a cold defence nasal spray for children which if he didn't oppose me spraying it up his nose so much I would give it a go.
Last year he had 3 really bad colds and hand, foot and mouth and 2 lousy sick bugs.

lovinglifewithlittleones Mon 20-Jan-14 22:13:06

Non tester: my children don't seem to pick up too many bugs and colds really and recover quite quickly when they do. My eldest age 4 takes haliborange or bassetts chewy vitamins daily and as soon as my little one, age 1, gets older she will be taking them too, she has had vital baby liquid last winter but isn't having anything at present.

whattoWHO Mon 20-Jan-14 22:20:15

Non tester.
I don't use any product to help DD(5)'s immunity.
She gets about 4 or 5 colds a year, never sufficient to merit missing school.
She eats plenty of fruit and veg, as well as her fair share of crap.
Fresh air every day and lots of sleep.
I guess we're just lucky (so far!).

mrspink27 Mon 20-Jan-14 22:56:31

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

DD1 and 2 both wanted to try them so we agreed they could share !! They are 11 and 9. DD1 likes the taste and is happy to carry on taking them. DD2 doesnt like the taste and so has withdrawn her offer of sharing!!!

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

Quite liked the teddy shaped bottle, but it seems to direct the consumer to a younger target market. Does it need to have such a big wadge of cotton wool in the top? Could it be a slightly smaller container? Would have liked a bit more nutritional/product info on the bottle also.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I will certainly mention it but the price, for me, is too great.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Unlikely to buy a "single supplement" for this price. I nearly fell over when I saw the RRP? I would prefer to buy a multivitamin or iron tonic to do the same job for this price.

Q5. Any other comments? I will come back and update on progress when DD1 has finished taking them.

telsa Tue 21-Jan-14 08:32:20

Non tester
DD and DS, ages 9 and 6, have had few colds. DS had some sniffles a couple of weeks ago and his nose was red. A day or two later DD had a swollen nose and was sniffy. It passed very quickly. I boost their immunity with lots of fruit and vegetables. If I think they have a cold, I give a vit c tablet or two or one of those fizzy tablet vitamin drinks.

Punkatheart Tue 21-Jan-14 09:06:28

Non-testers: How many episodes of colds and sniffles do you have to deal with in an average year with each of your children? What do you do to help support your DCs immunity?

My daughter rarely has colds. I don't use any anti-bacterial stuff or get obsessed about germs. I try and make sure she eats well, sleeps as much as she can and mixes with lots of people.

nobodysfool Tue 21-Jan-14 09:52:47

Tester reporting back...

Q1 - DS1 is 8 and DS2 is 5. They were both amused by the teddy shaped bottle and tablets. DS1 was given the syrup version last year as his immune system was pretty low after virus after virus so he can compare the 2 smile . He doesn't eat sweets as he dislikes the flavours (don't worry he eats chocolate and fudge) so getting him to try them was hard work. He said the taste wasn't as bad as he thought it would be. Praise indeed. DS 2 who does like sweets LOVES these and gets excited when its time to eat them.

Q2 - I liked the shape of the bottle though I guess the initial excitement from the kids would wear off.There seemed to be very few tablets in there for the size of bottle. I like the idea of a product of helping boost an immune system even though both kids eat a balanced diet with lots of fruit and veg.

Q3 - I would recommend this product to other people as a short term immune boost though I am unsure if it is actually better than a regular and cheaper priced product?

Q4 - Blimey that sounds expensive and I doubt many people would actually buy it at that price. So if your giving a child the highest dose it would only last 30 days with one child and 15 days if you had 2 like me. Saying that, it does work out cheaper than the syrup so I would be more likely to buy the teddies over the syrup.

Q5 - Overall the product looks good and tastes fine. The price would be a real sticking point for a lot of people as multi vitamin supplements can be bough much more cheaply.It's great that such a lot of effort has gone into the production of this item and would stand out on a shelf instore.Though I wonder if the overall cost of the item could be reduced by a regular shaped bottle and regular shaped pills? Or even the teddy bottle and regular shaped pills may bring the price down and still appeal to the kids. I wish there were a more affordable way of making and selling this item so more kids could benefit from the excellent immune boosting ingredients.

Thank you MN for letting us try this item.

Babycarmen Tue 21-Jan-14 10:39:14

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
My eldest DD who is 6 is trying them. She loves the teddy bottle and vitamin shape and she says they taste good!

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yeah I do like it, it appeals to kids so she enjoys taking them.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'm not sure, the price is a bit much for what it is. But I would reccommend a vitamin for their children, it would be up to them what brand they bought.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Probably not, I think the price is a bit much, especially as it is only vitamin C as opposed to a multivitamin, there are alternatives on the market a lot cheaper that do exactly the same job so I don't see the point in paying more.

Q5. Any other comments?
I like the fact they are not jelly vitamins.

alliswellfornow Tue 21-Jan-14 10:48:43

Non-testers: How many episodes of colds and sniffles do you have to deal with in an average year with each of your children? One or two for 1 yr old
What do you do to help support your DCs immunity? Citrus fruits , probiotics, milk with turmeric!

Fillybuster Tue 21-Jan-14 11:18:46

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

All 3 dcs have been trying the Teddies. They love the packaging and the 'teddy' tablets, and think the whole thing is great fun. They smell, look (and, apparently, taste) enough like sweets for them to regard the trial as a massive treat and are all very on-the-ball about reminding me to give them their teddies every morning after breakfast grin DS (8) and DD1 (6) are slightly more keen than DD2 (3.5) but she'll never admit she doesn't like something that the older two are enjoying wink

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

I love the packaging and the look of the tablets, although DH is less keen as he's not convinced that 'medicine' (even vitamins) should be packaged quite so attractively.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Probably - they smell great, the children love eating the teddies and I can't see any draw-back to a Vitamin C boost in the winter.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

That's seems a bit steep - ouch! shock All 3 dcs eat tons of fruit and vegetables in raw and cooked form every day (we're 'nearly' vegetarians), so really don't need the extra vitamins, and definitely not at a cost of £1.30 a day (6 tablets per day between 3 dcs). I can buy an awful lot of kiwi fruit, oranges, apples, carrots, broccoli and so on for that amount: plus I'd rather they got all the trace minerals, other vitamins and so on that they get from 'real' food. Having said that, I can imagine being tempted to buy them again if the children all came down with a really bad cold, for a short-term boost.

Q5. Any other comments?

I'd like to lid to be a little more child-proof, as I'm a bit concerned it would be too easy for the dcs to open the tub without an adult around. Apart from that (and the price!), I think they're great: thank you for including us in the trial smile

Letitsnow9 Tue 21-Jan-14 12:21:20

Non tester- the amount of colds our family gets every winter varies a lot. Best way to boost the immune system IMO is a healthy diet

How many episodes of colds and sniffles do you have to deal with in an average year with each of your children?
One or two a year, if that.

What do you do to help support your DCs immunity?
I let them eat cat biscuits off the floor.

elizaco Tue 21-Jan-14 14:40:34

My daughters, age 12 and 10 are both trialling this product. They liked the appearance and taste.

I liked the product - would appeal to children of all ages, and would be easy to get children to take regularly.

If someone was seeking out such a product, I would certainly suggest this one.

Abit too expensive for me to purchase regularly, sorry!

CMOTDibbler Tue 21-Jan-14 14:44:12

Non tester: ds prob has 1 episode of sniffles/cold a year. He is robustly healthy, which I put down to being outside lots whatever the weather, and a really good diet.

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?'
6, 9, 11. Only ds has tried them so far but he was the one I thought would refuse them, he came with me to pick the parcel up and was really intrigued with the bottle and shape. asked a few questions about them and decided he wanted to try one , he liked the taste and said they were nice, he said he would like different shaped products I think teddies are not that cool to him. monster trucks maybe...

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
I thought the product looked a bit strange,dusty looking but the teddies were cute and the bottle shaped meant that they looked really child friendly and interesting. they smell nice.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend them if a friend or family member asked me for advice on vitamins perhaps if their child would not take generic shop bought ones
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
The price I think is really high compared to other brands and could get very expensive with three children in the house I would be tempted if there were some kind of reduction or offer on but cant see us paying that amount when other just as good brands are much cheaper.
Q5. Any other comments?

gwenniebee Tue 21-Jan-14 14:49:41

I am a non-tester and this thread caught by eye because I have just bought some liquid Sambucol stuff from the health shop for my dd.

She has had one permanent cold/cough since September! She is 18mo now. She goes to nursery 1 day a week and a cm two days - it sounds silly but I am 90% convinced her germs come from nursery, not cm. She was going to cm only before and had nothing unusual in terms of colds/coughs. I was giving her NHS Healthy Start vitamin drops and boosting her with home made rosehip syrup (supposed to be very high in vit C). She also has a decent diet with plenty of fruit and veg.

I was at my wits' end this morning hence the Sambucol purchase... I shall see how it goes...

HamletsSister Tue 21-Jan-14 14:55:25

How many episodes of colds and sniffles do you have to deal with in an average year with each of your children? What do you do to help support your DCs immunity?

My children probably have 1-2 colds a year each and they cope with them with the odd paracetamol or early night. (they are 12 and 13) They rarely, if ever have any time off school and are irritatingly healthy. They used to take vitamins when they were younger but I now rely on them having a balanced died which gives them what they need. We also believe that fresh air cures most things (obviously not serious ones) and that being outside, exercise etc really help.

However, as my son ages, he becomes more and more his own person - determined to stay indoors and hunch over a screen. So, given we live in the frozen North, I am tempted, once again, to get them onto supplements: vitamin D and vitamin C and some fish oils. These teddies sound good but my children would balk at anything "childish". They do see me taking stuff every day, however, (calcium and multi vits) so they would be very open to being dosed again.

darkdays Tue 21-Jan-14 15:03:01

Non tester:I have 17month old twins, had a virus, hand, foot and mouth and a cold in the past year. To boost their immunity I give a multi vitamin and omega 3 daily. I ensure they have a healthy and varied diet and get them out for exercise often.

KnitActually Tue 21-Jan-14 15:06:45

non-tester: I think DS 1 and DS 2 have about 2-3 colds a year. the only thing we are giving them is a healthy diet and refusing to push sugar at them in the form of sweets biscuits and pudding

mercibucket Tue 21-Jan-14 15:17:33

non tester

we do boots teddies vitamins, like haribo, in winter and vit d. i also give ds iron

mwjyates Tue 21-Jan-14 16:24:40

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies?9
What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not? liked at first, then disliked
Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not? seemed good smelt nice.
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not? no, as my child did not like
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not? no far too expensive
Q5. Any other comments? needs choice of flavours and be cheaper

tiredandsadmum Tue 21-Jan-14 16:30:32

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

DS is 8 1/2. He really liked the taste and so did I! Lovely and sharp and slightly fizzy.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

Very creative design. DS loved the bottle and the teddie shapes. They are small enough not to be offputting to a child and fun. The cotton wool did seem a bit silly. I had trouble getting into the bottle so can definitely vouch for it being child-proof!

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend taste. But couldn't possibly recommend effectiveness as I have no idea!

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Sorry not for that price when the evidence to support claims is weak. DS has a good balanced diet.

Q5. Any other comments? I'll repost if anything comes up.

OldBagWantsNewBag Tue 21-Jan-14 17:41:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

gloriafloria Tue 21-Jan-14 18:16:35

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

My Son is 7. He loved the look of the Teddies and how they tasted. He liked that he got to have two as he normally only gets one vitamin.I

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

I liked the look of them but I feel a multi vitamin may be more beneficial rather than just a Vitamin C supplement.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I don't know whether I'd recommend but I would comment that my Son liked the taste and that he was more than happy to take them.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I don't think at the moment I would buy them as my children normally take a multi vitamin that has vitamin C as well as other important vitamins.

Q5. Any other comments?

orangina Tue 21-Jan-14 18:22:29

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DD is 8 and she quite likes the teddies, though she says they are very sweet.....
DS is 6 and doesn't want to eat the teddies, as he says they are much too sweet....!
Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
Overall impression is reasonably good, though slightly concerned by the comments that they are twoo sweet from a 6 and 8 year old!
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not sure, based on the too sweet issue. I suppose I could recommend them if other children were fussy about eating a vitamin, in which case the sweet issue might act in their favour.....
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, not likely, given the comments above. Also, while some additional vitamin C might be useful, I would generally prefer a multi-vit.
Q5. Any other comments?
Why so sweet? The DC do eat other brands of children's vitamins, and none have elicited this comment. Am concerned that sugar levels in all foods have been rising in general, why get children used to such sweetness at such an early age?

Thanks for letting me test them though!

Selina Tue 21-Jan-14 18:43:12

How old was the child who tried the Teddies? 11 years
What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not? liked the taste - but felt it made her have a tummy ache
Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not? I liked it - it looks appealing and should help reduce infections
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
yes
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not? no, as its is quite expensive
Q5. Any other comments?
nice colour and the packaging is appealing to children too smile

lilrahi Tue 21-Jan-14 18:55:37

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DS is 6 and always seems to have a bit of a runny nose, he's always sneezing with a lot of ammunition, lol. He loved the taste and ran to tell DD (aged 3) about his lovely 'sweets'.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
He loved the bottle and is already planning what he's going to do with it when its empty! I thought the bottle was child friendly and the shape made him more receptive to eating the vitamins. I would have preferred it if it was a multi vitamin

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
3 days in, I couldn't make a decision, maybe at the end of the bottle, but the price is quite high

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
If DS's runny nose/sneezing improve as a result, I might consider it but then again I might try another cheaper brand to see if I can get the same result.

Q5. Any other comments?
None apart from making the price a bit more parent-friendly

Spirael Tue 21-Jan-14 19:06:45

Non Tester. I'd say DD (3YO) gets about 3-4 colds per year, but even when she's coughing and her nose is streaming it doesn't seem to bother her particularly.

As for helping her immunity, she's up to date with her vaccinations (including the flu vac) and enjoys a healthy, varied diet. Besides that, I don't keep my house immaculate or disinfect her every time she touches mud/the cat/etc, so her immune system should be relatively robust.

MsInterpret Tue 21-Jan-14 20:16:07

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DD aged 4 - really liked the taste

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
Knew it would be a definite hit with children, particularly the teddy-shaped bottle and sweetie-style of the vitamins. I liked it.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend them as they've gone down really well

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Argh! I'm afraid I could not justify spending this much on vitamins. I think the teddy gimmick is a good one, but definitely not worth paying this much extra for a product that doesn't seem dissimilar from other vitamin products on the market at half to a third of the price!

Q5. Any other comments?
Just a real shame they're so pricey. Thank you very much for letting me try them - DD very happy (and hopefully healthy!)

janeyh31 Tue 21-Jan-14 20:44:58

Non tester
My daughter's don't tend to pick up to many colds/ bugs so have been quite lucky really. I think we got through that when they were a lot younger & as they have got older had less colds. I tend to try & boost their immune system by eatting healthy. I try to give them a good balanced diet. I find keeping them active & being out in the fresh air helps to.

tinypumpkin Tue 21-Jan-14 20:46:13

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
4 years old. DD2 really liked the taste of the 'teddie sweeties'. I tried one and liked it too. I am a bit older than 4 though!

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
I actually liked it more than I thought it would. I liked the container although agree with another poster who said that the cotton wool was not needed. A smaller container without the cotton wool would have sufficed. I thought the product tasted better than I thought it would.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I liked the product but the issue would be that of money. I think it is too expensive. I can't comment on how effective the vitamins are at this point but even if they were great, there are other cheaper products on the market.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, see above comment about the item being over priced. It's not competitive.

Q5. Any other comments?
Thanks for letting my DD2 try them. I am impressed but not enough to fork out £12.99 in future sadly.

Nodney Tue 21-Jan-14 20:54:18

Non tester - I give my DS6 a multi vit everyday and pay particular attention to his diet ie I make sure he gets plenty of fruit and veg, and iron-rich foods too. I am strict on a good and consistent bedtime routine and do my best to ensure a good nights sleep for him. I also try to make sure he has time outdoors each day, and drinks plenty of water. He eats some sweets, but I limit them to a few a day

Tester here:

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DS1 is 5. He loved the packaging and thought it was "really cute". He liked the taste of the Teddies, but said "I wish they were chewy rather than crunchy". He much preferred them to vitamins we've had in the past which had an awful liquid centre.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
I tasted one and I was pleased with the taste - not chalky in the slightest which I'd thought they were likely to be. I thought the packaging was cute, but rather wasteful - half the bottle was empty and stuffed with cotton wool. I'd prefer a multi vitamin/omega three capsule for the price, though.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Perhaps - if I knew a child with really low immunity and someone was looking for a recommendation of a palatable supplement. However, I think that they are highly overpriced for a Vitamin C supplement, particularly as there's little evidence that they actually "work" - whilst DS hasn't had a cold whilst taking them, and I know there are colds going round, there is no evidence that he would have caught it without them.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
No. Way out of my budget (especially at 2 a day) and not enough evidence that they actually give results.

No other comments at the moment, but will revisit as we continue taking them.

Theimpossiblegirl Tue 21-Jan-14 23:05:18

Non-tester.

My top tips for avoiding colds and sniffles are to eat plenty of fruit and veg, get lots of fresh air and to encourage good hand/sneeze hygiene. My DDs don't get ill often and I am thankful for it. DH on the other hand has had man flu twice this winter so we're making him eat more fruit.
smile

Hopezibah Tue 21-Jan-14 23:36:19

Non-tester: Colds and sniffles seem to start in september when schools go back and keep going until around May when the warmer weather comes. I would estimate around 10 lots of colds and sniffles per child although it can be hard to estimate as sometimes two episodes run together in a row and it feels like they've been ill for ages!

I encourage the kids to drink plenty and also to practice really good hygiene with handwashing. They do take a vitamin supplement throughout the year and a diet of plenty of fruit and veg helps.

zipzap Wed 22-Jan-14 00:00:07

Non tester here.

DS1 (8 - at junior school) and DS2 (5 - at infant school) probably get 3-5 colds a year, although (touch wood!) the last couple of years, the colds haven't been bad enough to keep them off school. DS2, who was breastfed for over 2 years, still gets fewer colds than ds1. Couldn't bf ds1, although he was fed ebm for 3 months, does seem to come down with more bugs in general and when he has them, tends to get them more badly than ds2 (only exception was chicken pox which ds1 had badly, ds2 had really badly).

To support their immunity, I try to make sure they eat a reasonable diet with plenty of fruit and veg in, and supplement it with the little packs of Boots vitamin gummy bears - 5 in a pack, one pack a day - although they don't get them every day. When there are lots of colds around, I try to encourage them to eat manuka honey - ds2 isn't convinced, but in the last couple of years ds1 has gone from hating honey to actively asking for it, both when there are colds around and when he has a cold or cough to help soothe sore throats and coughing fits. If they do have a cold then I try to encourage them to keep their hands washed and avoid rubbing their eyes if one of the other members of the family has a bug.

Getting them out in the fresh air to run around and play in the garden or park is also good - although again, ds1 is much better at doing this than ds2.

I think that actually getting lots of little colds and bugs is probably a good thing to help build up immunity and that living in a hyper clean, sterile environment isn't a good thing as it doesn't give their immune systems a chance to develop. That's my excuse for not keeping the house as clean and sparkling as a show house and I'm sticking to it grin

jameela1 Wed 22-Jan-14 10:05:51

Q1. My daughter,who tried the Teddies,is 5 years. She loved the bear shaped bottle! She quite liked the taste and the shape of them.
Q2. I liked the packaging of the product and that it contains no chemical nasties added,which you can find in a lot of other vitamins for kids. I liked the combination of elderberry and vitamin C.
Q3. I would definitely (and have already!) recommend Sambucol Teddies to other moms,i think it's a brilliant product with a unique blend.
Q4. I think that £12.99 for 60 teddies is quite a lot,compared with other high quality vitamins for kids priced at about £6-£7. I might buy them if there's a promotion,not sure otherwise. On a shelf of vitamins with prices starting at just £1- £2 (supermarket own) this kind of price would look huge.

MadMonkeys Wed 22-Jan-14 10:23:35

Non tester - I'd estimate about 10 colds per child per year. I'm being much more diligent with giving them vitamins this year. We have a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and veg, although whether they actually eat the veg is a different matter...

EstoyAqui Wed 22-Jan-14 11:06:16

I give my DCs a healthy balanced diet. I ensure they are in bed at a sensible time and that they are adequately protected from the weather when we are out. My DS has anaemia so he regularly takes an iron supplement. Both DD and DS take a multivitamin. We drink lots of water and get lots of exercise. We wash our hands before eating and after using tissues. I do not use antibacterial gel as I find it dries out delicate skin and would rather get the kids in the habit of washing their hands.

Before DS was diagnosed as anaemic he was ill quite a lot. Since being on medication he is like a different child. DD gets the average coughs and colds that come when they start back at school. Other than that they are generally healthy.

lorka Wed 22-Jan-14 11:11:33

Non tester - we only have maybe one or two coughs or colds a year. I make sure my children have a balanced diet and eat plenty fruit and veg as well as plenty exercise. grin

Jodunne Wed 22-Jan-14 16:25:01

Q1 - my three girls aged 5, 10 and 12 were keen to try the teddies due to the novelty shaped container and the small teddies inside. They all liked the taste and were more than happy to have them.

Q2 - I thought the product was great, totally different to other vitamins

Q3 - I would recommend this product as they are new and different and children are more than happy to have them.

Q4 - If they were on a promotion I might be interested but as I have 3 girls who would all like them and the elder two would need 2 a day that would mean using 5 teddies per day so I would have to buy a new pack every fortnight!

Q5 - Many thanks for letting me take part we will certain finish the jar!

MinesACuppa Wed 22-Jan-14 18:48:41

Q1: 8 and 10. Loved the taste, which is a rarity, because they are fussy about their vitamins! They liked the teddy shape and also the teddy packaging
Q2: I think it's a good product because it won't get wasted! Also I like the idea of the immunity boost
Q3: yes - because I've had to give away/throw away so many vitamin tablets in the past because my kids didn't like them
Q4: probably. Although I'd keep my eye out for special offers and stock up then
Q5: very happy with the product.

MinesACuppa Wed 22-Jan-14 18:49:32

Forgot to say, my kiss want to keep the empty bottle!

MinesACuppa Wed 22-Jan-14 18:49:51

*kids

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Wed 22-Jan-14 18:57:33

Non-tester

DD1 is almost 3 & has had a bad cold/cough/fever etc about 2-3 times over the last 2 winters. We try to get her to eat plenty of different fruits - especially blueberries - and eat a generally healthy, balanced diet. If I thought I could get her to drink it, I'd get her a probiotic yogurt drink like Yakut, because I think they're great. She gets plenty of fresh air, but picks up bugs from nursery.

skyeskyeskye Wed 22-Jan-14 19:40:48

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

My daughter is almost 6. She was very impressed with the cute bottle and the cute teddy shaped "sweets". She will not easily take medicine, so I told her they were sweets but she was only allowed two grin. I also told her that they were blackcurrant flavour. She loved them so much that she wanted more of them. She did actually then eat another two when I wasn't looking. Not sure how she opened the bottle as it appears to be child proof hmm. Hoping that there will be no ill effects as it says not to take more than two hmm.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

The bottle is great, very child friendly and encouraging them to want to try it. The teddy bear shape is a great idea too and very helpful in getting them to take them. I like the product very much.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

My daughter is not very good at eating fruit and veg, so these tablets would be great for her and I would recommend them but am very shocked at the price, which I would think would put most people off.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would love to buy them again, but at £12.99 for a months supply, I would not be able to afford it which is a very great shame. If the price is brought down to a more affordable and acceptable level, then I would buy them again. I wil definitely finish off the bottle and see if DD's health improves regarding getting colds etc, but they really are too expensive.

Q5. Any other comments? Having just gone back and read other testers comments, I see that the resounding reply is that they are too expensive. Hopefully Sambucol will take note of this and reduce the price.

WheresTheCoffee Wed 22-Jan-14 20:04:26

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DS is six, he liked the novelty of a teddy bear bottle and also the shape of the tablets. He's doesn't like sweets usually (he prefers just chocolate) so it was a challenge to get him to try them. He had a lick and wasn't keen I'm afraid! Although, I've tried one and thought they were tasty!
Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not? I liked it, in particular the stiff safety cap. Just what is needed on a supplement pack when it is so engaging for children!
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend on the basis of fun, flavour and health benefits.
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Argh! Not at £12.99, even if he had loved them. That's way too steep for our budget, especially if two a day are taken.

Q5. Any other comments?
Thank you very much for including us in your trial smile

laughalot Wed 22-Jan-14 21:18:12

Q1. My two children age 9 and 7 tried them, both of them did not like the taste. The youngest loved the bottle and the teddies it was just the taste.
Q2. They both liked the bottle but hated the taste
Q3.I don't think that the product has been used long enough for me to make my mind up about the product.
Q4.I may buy them if the product does work but they are very expensive.
Q5. Do they do different flavours ?

LakeFlyPie Wed 22-Jan-14 23:56:32

Q1.Age 5.7. He liked the taste and was as keen to have them as he usually is for vitamins (because they taste sweet and fruity)

Q2. Packaging quite gimmicky and I was (pleasantly) surprised that neither of DC (5.7 and 3) were particularly swayed by it.

Q3. Possibly based on taste, as a sweet treat.

Q4. No, much too expensive

Q5. I would like to see ingredients on bottle.

kateandme Thu 23-Jan-14 02:53:31

i try and get them to have vitamins.
also getting them ecited if i can about meals with bright fruit and veg

evelynj Thu 23-Jan-14 09:29:31

1-ds age 4 tried them. Thinks they are a treat really & loved them
2-bottle shape of teddy was well received
3-would recommend so far on appearance & taste, (too soon to be sure of benefits)
4-no, too expensive at this price. Would need to be under £5 to compete with vitamin tabs
5 -overwhelming unnatural sweet smell which concerns me re additives, E numbers etc. would like to see ingredients & much reduced price

Thanks for letting us test them smile

BlackeyedSusan Thu 23-Jan-14 12:12:12

non-tester.

to support the childrens immunity, I try to feed them plenty of veggies, fruit and seeds. the children regularly have about 7 portions of fruit and veg a day

MTBMummy Thu 23-Jan-14 16:19:33

Tester here - just wanted to add to my earlier post and warn other testers

DD age 4 was able to open the bottle and I have even checked by ensuring we close it properly and get her to show me, so not a case of carelessness on our part.

Thankfully she knows better than to eat "tablets" without us giving them to her, but I wanted to make the testers aware

tiredandsadmum Thu 23-Jan-14 16:59:49

MTBMummy - actually I had forgotten my DS (age 8) has been boasting that he can open a child proof bottle. So I said show me and of course he did! The child proofing is not good enough considering the temptation of the teddies.

WowOoo Thu 23-Jan-14 18:18:48

Tester:

Thanks very much for letting me test this product.

My son is seven and loves the teddies. He says the flavour is very nice. My youngest loves the shape of the bottle but didn't like the taste of them. So, my eldest has continued with them.

I like them. I like the shape, flavour and colour.

Yes, i'd recommend them as they taste very nice and the teddy shape is appealing for children. It's good for children who need extra vitamin C.

I had no idea they'd be so expensive. Are other vitamins for children so pricey. I don't think I'd buy them at this price. Way beyond my budget. My son has already asked me if we can buy more when they run out. he is going to be disappointed!

Very happy with them overall.

Bubbles85 Thu 23-Jan-14 21:31:20

Non-tester here

My little girl is still tiny and no colds yet... But I am breastfeeding so that's all I've done for her immunity so far! I have a bottle of Calpol on hand for her first illness.

firawla Fri 24-Jan-14 00:03:09

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

my 5 year old tried it, my 4 year old wouldnt! 5 yr old (ds1) did quite like the taste and the shape of them. he found the taste like ribena. he scored it a 52/100 for taste as he said it was in the middle and he likes his cars vitamins more but he was happy enough to take these too

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

I like that its chewable without being jellyish and having gelatine, thats a big plus for me

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

yes, because its chewable with no gelatine - I have friends who will be looking for something like that.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I do think thats quite expensive but then most vitamins seem to be around that price these days so yes i would probably still pay it, as i like my dcs to take vitamins

Q5. Any other comments?

thanks for sending the teddies! its not a brand we had heard of before so good to try it

Paintyfingers Fri 24-Jan-14 00:33:03

Non tester - the only thing I actively do is Breastfeeding smile

Pancakeflipper Fri 24-Jan-14 13:24:37

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

8yr old and 5yr old.

They have had other vitamins before and really liked the taste of these and remind me to give them a 'teddie tablet' which is unheard of - they usually rather I forget such things...

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

Quite cute looking bottle. Big waste of space on the head bit stuffed with cotton wool

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend if wanting that specific vitamin because of the flavour seems to be pleasant for children.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not just for 1 vitamin. If it was mixed with a probiotic then would consider.

Q5. Any other comments?

NannaBess Fri 24-Jan-14 13:35:31

Q1. Both of my children - aged 8 and 10 - have taken the Teddies. They love the look of the tablets and the bottle - it encourages them to take them every day. My son (8) thought the flavour was a bit strong but they both admitted they liked them.
Q2. I love the shape of the bottle and teddies - very cute. I was a little concerned they may try to help themselves as it was very cute - but after a talk about them, they bring the bottle to me each day to take them.
Q3. Yes, great product and both of my children seem to be avoiding winter colds - so far ;)
Q4. ouch - seems a little expensive to me - maybe if there was a BOGOF or 3 for 2 offer.

GreyGardens Fri 24-Jan-14 13:58:15

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

She is 7. Loves the bottle, thinks the teddies are cute, and loves the taste
Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
Love the packaging, flavour sounds nice and great ingredients, but I hate tablets unless they are crewy/jelly ish so I didn't try them. Look great for kids though.
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes on the basis of most things except price
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Only on special offer. Just too expensive
Q5. Any other comments?
Shame about the price - it will put most buyers off. Under £10 would seem do-able. But top marks for packaging and ingredients.

skyeskyeskye Fri 24-Jan-14 14:02:20

To add to my previous post - DD has now had them every day and loves taking them, she thinks they are sweets. It is great as I have been unable to get vitamins into her before and she is very faddy with veg.

But I have had to put the bottle out of reach as she can open it without any trouble. She didnt suffer any ill effects from taking 4 on Wednesday.....

Again would mention that I love the product, but not the price

Cataline Fri 24-Jan-14 14:07:24

I ensure that my DS (6) has a variety of different fruit and veg on a daily basis to give him a range of vitamins to support his immunity. I find the easiest way to do this is with 2 little pots in his packed lunch box. One with fruits ( today's is blueberries plus free and red grapes) and the other veg ( today's has yellow and red peppers, cucumber and carrot).
We usually have some fruit and veg as part of other meals too but if we don't, I know he's had this at lunchtimes- at least during the week!!

lemony7 Fri 24-Jan-14 18:38:00

How many episodes of colds and sniffles do you have to deal with in an average year with each of your children? What do you do to help support your DCs immunity?

Not that many actually, even though she goes to nursery full time and they bounce bugs around to each other.

We don't do anything to support her immune system as I have two auto-immune diseases because my immune system is far too strong so it attacks my body. I don't want her to have the same problem so I don't do anything to build it up more than normal.

aga69 Fri 24-Jan-14 18:40:22

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
my DC is 4,5. She loves taste and shape of teddies. It seems to be ok except one thing: i really wanted to know list of ingredients which is missing on the jar

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
good impression, like it but expected more from it, after a few days of taking them my DC caught a cold

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
not really,it's nothing better than any other vitamins for boosting immune system

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
it's too expensive for me, not for this price

Q5. Any other comments?
my opinion should be based on long term use not after a week, immune system is build for a months and years so is highly possible Sambucol Teddies is helpful but good balanced diet and at least a few hours outside every day are important as well

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

My two youngest, DS 10 and DD 11.
They liked the teddies - they loved the flavour.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

We all liked the teddies, and the bottle, although the children did feel they were a little old for them.....but I would still buy them if they are effective.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend them on the flavour, shape, bottle, overall appearance, but could not recommend on their performance yet.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I might do, if they proved to be effective, but, it would be a stretch financially. I already make sure my children have a good balanced diet, but they have a condition which gives them a lowered immune system....I do supplement them through the winter, usually with a multi-vitamin.

Q5. Any other comments?

As some others have said, there is quite a lot of wasted space in the bottle, if I had paid for the teddies, I would have been disappointed by this.
Thankyou for choosing my family to trial the teddies!

Uzma01 Fri 24-Jan-14 21:36:56

Probably have had to deal with around 7/8 bouts of illness in the house in the last year. The best thing I tried one year was echinacea drops with my DS, really helped to cut down the amount of times he was ill. Unfortunately the shop I got them from stopped doing the product for kids and haven't been able to find anything like them online. But if sambucol can help reduce the incidence of the snots/lurgy at home - I'd be happy to try them.

WhitegoldWielder Sat 25-Jan-14 10:10:45

DS and DD, 14 & 12.

Both Breastfed until around 12 months, plenty of fruit and veg, all immunizations up to date.

No supplements of any kind.

Both have colds now and again, tend to have sniffs each September at the start of the school year but DS has never been off school with a cold, DD has had two days so far in school life.

Both play lots of sports, both get out in fresh air (practically feral in summer holidays) both get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water.

Often wondered if it's a hereditary thing as my job before DC was healthcare related resulting in me being sneezed, coughed and splattered on on a regular basis - after the first year of work where I caught every cold going I no longer seem to get colds save the odd sniffle now and again - so wonder if I passed on immunity whilst pregnant?

I'm a bit meh about vitamin C boosting immune system, it's obviously vital to make sure your diet has it included but the body can't store it and just pees out the excess. I think it can shorten the length of time suffering a cold at doses around 1000mg for adults.

Hawkmoth Sat 25-Jan-14 12:35:50

Q1. 4 and 8. They're both very very keen indeed and love the taste. They also smell delicious, which helps.

Q2. Love the presentation and prefer the chewable tablet delivery.

Q3. Probably, if anyone asked about vitamins.

Q4. If they were on offer, yes, but couldn't justify the RRP.

Q5. A vitamin D one would be brilliant.

Non-tester

Dd age 3 and DS 15 months. Both breastfeed for a year, balanced diet with lots of fruit and veg, fresh air and 3 days of nursery where they are exposed to lots of germs. They've both had 2/3 coughs / cold this winter which I think is pretty normal, I've had a couple myself but nothing that required a day at home. These supplements sound v expensive to me.

starlight36 Sat 25-Jan-14 21:07:43

Non Tester

Our DD attends nursery and regularly has sniffles and coughs throughout Winter. No full-blown cold this year yet. We give her a daily supplement and give her lots of fruit and aim to get her to eat her veggies!

StuntNun Sun 26-Jan-14 07:39:29

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
My boys aged 11 and 7 both tried the Teddies. They already take a daily multivitamin so they were happy to have the additional two Teddies as well. They liked the teddy shape and said the flavour was nice. All in all they enjoyed taking them. I do think the teddy shape might be offputting to an older or more mature child but my boys were happy enough with then.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
I found the lid quite hard to open. I am concerned about the teddy bear shaped bottle as it makes the product look like sweets. I don't think there would be much risk if a child got into the bottle, apart from the expense and the possible laxative effect of too much vitamin C, but I don't think it's ideal to have a medicinal product in packaging that looks like a child's toy.
There wasn't any information with the product so I wasn't sure what the intended use is: whether it's something to be taken daily as a preventative, or whether it is just given when the child has a cold or the 'flu.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I probably wouldn't recommend it as I'm not convinced by the sparse clinical studies on the efficacy of black elderberry. A lot of people like to use complementary medicine so I would mention it to someone, e.g. who said their child was always getting ill. My children tend to avoid the worst of coughs and colds so I would probably save the product for when they were actually ill rather than giving it all the time.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I might buy it because, although it's much more expensive than a simple vitamin C tablet, the shape and flavour of the product was popular with my boys so I know they would take it without a fuss.

Q5. Any other comments?
If I were buying a product to support my children's immune systems then I would prefer one with more actions, for example including zinc as well.

changedirection Sun 26-Jan-14 07:44:32

Non tester

We give them multivits, but in not convinced they actually do much!
No colds yet this year. Dd is 3, as is1

AnnieWinehouse Sun 26-Jan-14 09:35:38

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies?

DS is 8 3/4 and DD is 7 1/2.

What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies?
DS loves them and asks for them every day. DD tried one the first day, was all excited about the shape of the sweet and the bottle, and the way it changed colour in her mouth, but didn't like the taste and hasn't had one since.

Did they like the taste or not?

DS yes, loves it, DD not at all.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product?

It smells good! It was certainly novel. And although I told them it was NOT a sweet and they were only allowed two a day, they were very excited to try it. So it was potentially very good.
Did you like it?
Yes
If so, why?
New and exciting and tastes good (to me!). An easy way of getting a supplement into them.
If not, why not?
DD didn't like the taste of it.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not?
I would probably mention it.

If so, why? If not, why not?
Having experience of the product.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not?

No.
If so, why? If not, why not? Far too expensive. I don't know what the actual benefits are. I MAY resort to it if they became ill all the time.

Q5. Any other comments?
I'm not sure that the claims to boost the immune system are true. It's impossible to tell if it actually works. My D Cs are relatively healthy and strong anyway.

AlmaMartyr Sun 26-Jan-14 10:37:27

Non-testers: How many episodes of colds and sniffles do you have to deal with in an average year with each of your children? What do you do to help support your DCs immunity?

My kids get I'll about 5/6 times a year I reckon? We get a lot of exercise and fresh air and they eat a healthy diet but I don't do anything special to support their immune systems.

Testers: Below are some questions we'd like you to answer but feel free to add any other thoughts you have.

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
My 5 year old daughter tried them. She loves the bottle and the teddy shape and thinks they taste like sweeties. She can't open the bottle herself which is good to know. She seems very positive overall.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
I liked it, seems fun and a bit different. I tried one and it was very tasty.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'd probably mention it and say it was good because I did like it.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, probably not. That seems prohibitively expensive compared to any other vitamins on the market when it isn't really offering anything special. A product would have to be really special and properly medically proven to justify that cost for me.

Q5. Any other comments?
Not really.

NettleTea Sun 26-Jan-14 11:39:43

Tester here
Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
they were for the 7 year old, but the 13 year old pinched a bunch of them. 7 year old said he loved them, 13 year old said 'me too - can I have another one'

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I liked it. I like that ingredients are specific, so no chance to OD on different vitamins if you use these seperately.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes,

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Probably a bit much for me, especially as we make a fresh elderberry syrup each winter - though this is much more convenient for travelling!

Q5. Any other comments?

escape Sun 26-Jan-14 15:08:50

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

My boys are 7 & 8 years old - they were immediately drawn to these ' health sweets' and ask to take them, and prefer the taste over others.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

The Boys found/find the packaging attractive and overall, I have no problems getting them to take the tablets - they prefer them over other brands/taste etc - therefore, i am happy with the brand.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Based on the kids feedback, I would yes. The price as below is prohibitive.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

For that price I would need multi vitamins and they are far more expensive than other brands, so based on price - no, if comparative to others in the market price wise - absolutely.

Q5. Any other comments?
Thank you, the boys are enjoying this product.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 26-Jan-14 19:19:14

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
Ds2 is 5. He's not impressed with them at all! He would like them much more if they were softer.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
I thought the packaging was terrible! The plastic teddy with what looks like the eyes drawn in with a sharpie pen looks cheap, and the huge wad of cotton wool stuffed in the top made me think that it should be far smaller or there should be way more teddies in each pack.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would suggest them as an idea if anyone mentioned that their dc needed their immune systems boosting, but would mention that ds2 disliked them and why.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
No chance at that price (even if ds2 had have liked them).

Q5. Any other comments?
Thanks for giving us the chance to try these.

KateOxford Mon 27-Jan-14 06:21:37

Non tester response. My son aged 3.5 probably has about 4-5 colds a year. I give him a multi vitamin in a liquid form but I do often forget. I will be looking at alternatives such as this now as I think he will be more likely to ask me for his vitamin if it's a chewy sweet and we would be less likely to forget! Also the vitamin he has is a rather dark syrup and if it drips on to clothes can really mark them - not what you need first thing in the morning! We always get out and have fresh air and I try not to have the heating blasting away.

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 27-Jan-14 15:42:42

Thanks for all the feedback and comments so far. There have been several comments regarding Sambucol and othervitamins. Sambucol would like to say the following,

"Sambucol is so much more than just a vitamin. Its main component, Black Elderberry, has been scientifically tested in numerous trials and proven to have effective immune support faculties. It is a fantastic source of antioxidants, with one of the highest ORAC values amongst known fruit. Black Elderberry has been used as a traditional remedy for centuries; even Hippocrates (400 BC) referred to it as ‘the medicine chest’. Sambucol has a unique formula, which utilises the whole berry in high quantities for each dose. The best way to take Sambucol is daily, however, if you have not been taking anything and feel under the weather, taking Sambucol during that time will also help support your immune system effectively."

RedlipsAndSlippers Mon 27-Jan-14 16:04:21

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DD is 5, she loves the taste and that the tablets are shaped like teddies. I thought she'd be excited about the teddy shaped bottle, but she wasn't really interested.
Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
I tasted too, and agree that they taste really nice. I like the bottle more than DD does, but think that it's possibly a little large for the amount of tablets in it. It took a lot of cotton wool to fill the empty space!
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'd probably recommend these to people whose children are fussy about taking vitamins as the shape makes them more fun, however they don't contain a full range of vitamins, so for that reason I'm more likely to recommend other brands.
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not at that price, as I said above they don't contain a range of vitamins and are considerably more expensive than the brand I already buy.
Q5. Any other comments?
Too expensive for me, but DD's enjoying them while they last. Might reconsider if they come out with a multi vitamin.

Stujobohm Mon 27-Jan-14 19:05:55

My daughter is 4 and lived taking these she asked every day for them.
I liked the product, we all loved the flavour.
I have talked about these to others and think they are a good idea.
I couldn't afford to buy these regularly as it's only a month worth for £12.99
A very tasty product and a great idea if only they were cheaper.

Non Tester

3 kids aged 5-10, I can count on one hand per child the number of colds they have each had, ever! Me too, I had my first cold in two years last summer.. I put it down to slatternly hygiene all round, toughens you upgrin.

majjsu Tue 28-Jan-14 14:36:47

Non tester. My LO is 3 years old and since being at nursery, seems to pick up whatever is doing the rounds. This winter she has had 3 colds already, so reckon for a year, about 6. I offer fruit and veg at every meal.

NK5BM3 Tue 28-Jan-14 17:04:18

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

My children are nearly 6 and 3.5 years old. Even though the product was for the older child, they both had it. they loved the taste of the teddies and the younger kept wanting more!! They liked the packaging as well... it was a cute idea to use the cotton as part of the face and making it look like a polar bear.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

We tried one too and it was quite tasty. I was impressed with it.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend it to people because of its taste.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

at £12.99 that's very expensive, especially when you compare it with the competitors (bassets etc).

sarahbanshee Tue 28-Jan-14 22:08:21

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
5yo liked the taste very much and said it tasted of "strawberries and salt" (this is praise)

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
Like many other posters, I didn't like the empty space in the jar filled with cotton wool - it seemed wasteful packaging. My son liked the jar and will want to keep it when it's empty. As a product, I thought it was ok but I prefer to give a multivitamin with a range of nutrients in it to a single vitamin like this - especially as we eat lots of fruit and veg so I am not worried about vitamin C.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?.
I'd say they are ok if you just want vitamin C but the price is very steep.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, I think that's very expensive and would prefer to buy a multivitamin.

theressomethingaboutmarie Wed 29-Jan-14 09:13:16

thanks for picking me as a tester! Please find my answers below:

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
My 6 year old daughter tried them. She LOVED the packaging and that they were shaped like teddies. She's not overly keen on the taste but takes them because she knows that they are good for her.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
The packaging really is quite sweet. My baby loves to play with it. I agree with the posters about the empty space filled with cotton wool - it's a waste of both plastic and cotton wool.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would actually caution them about buying them because of the flavour (not sure if other flavours are available) but £12.99 for a months supply of vitamins that your child may not like, is very steep indeed.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
£12.99 for a vitamin C supplement is way beyond my budget and expectations. I generally buy a multivitamin for my daughter on a 3 for 2 basis (to get a good deal) and end up with about 6 months supply for the same price as 1 months supply of Sambucol.

Q5. Any other comments?
I was really surprised at the flavour. Given that they are targeted towards children, surely something more neutral and widely accepted, such as strawberry, would have been a better choice.

Kveta Wed 29-Jan-14 09:21:46

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

4, and he loves them, thinks they are sweeties.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

it's ok. not sure why the bottle is so large, but DS loves the bottle. they smell a bit odd to me, clearly a vitamin tablet, not actually a sweet.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

probably not, given the price. I think other multivitamins offer a lot more for a lot less.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

hell no, that price is monstrous for concentrated elderberry tablets - elderberries are practically a weed round here, they grow everywhere, so not sure how sambucol can justify such a price for tablet versions of it.

Q5. Any other comments?

Since taking the teddies, DS has gone down with a nasty cold, and had a day off nursery with a high temperature. I can't see that the tablets have had any sort of positive effect on his immune system that a decent diet and sunshine wouldn't have.

lia66 Wed 29-Jan-14 11:05:48

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

Dd is 6 and loves the teddies, the look and the taste.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

I liked the overall look, cute packaging .

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would re come d them if they were about 8 or 9 quid cheaper.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Sadly no, the price is way too much especially as I have 4 children that would be having them.

MinesAPintOfTea Wed 29-Jan-14 12:01:24

Non-tester. Ds always seems to have a child and passes it straight on to us. The main thing I do to boost his immune system is extended breast feeding (he's nearly two). He also has lotsof fruit and veg and multivitamin syrup every morning but I don't think about minor illnesses with those, more ensuring he has the nutrients to grow healthily.

natcat7000 Wed 29-Jan-14 14:09:17

I'm a non tester. My little one tends to pick up some of what's going around at nursery. I would say he gets five or six colds during the autumn/winter months. When he is ill with something it goes right to his chest. I give him loads of fluids, bundle him up well etc. Each day, I give him vitamin syrup in the morning and try to feed him loads of fruit and veg generally to keep his immune system strong. And plenty of fresh air and exercise.

It's a balancing act because I believe a certain amount of exposure to day to day germs is a good thing, but obviously I don't want him to catch anything really nasty. I'm pretty sure the rampant use of antibacterial gels etc are making the germs themselves more powerful but on the other hand, a certain level of cleanliness is needed of course!

Personally, I take Sambucol through the winter and particularly if I feel a cold coming on and I think it lessens the severity of it. I have started giving my son a small amount when he isn't well now that he is a bit older.

ShatnersBassoon Wed 29-Jan-14 15:36:34

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

6 and 8. They both like the taste of the teddies and look forward to having one after their breakfast.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

I liked it. They look appealing and smell nice. It's impossible to judge if they've helped boost their immune systems. I'm not convinced they're needed if children eat a balanced diet.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Possibly.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Definitely not, they're far too expensive for something that I can't be sure is beneficial.

cspinks12 Wed 29-Jan-14 15:39:53

I buy my 7 yr old an omega 3 multivitamin which she takes daily through the winter but misses a few on the odd occasion. She eats plenty of fruit but not enough vegetables but still suffers a few winter colds. Could be worse though if I didn't help boost her immunity with the vitamins.

MoogDroog Wed 29-Jan-14 16:10:22

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DS is 5 (well is next week). He is very impressed with his teddies and prompts me to give him one of I've forgotten, which he then waves in front of his little sister as she's too young to have them. He loves the taste and was impressed by the packaging.
Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
They look quite good to me, though I've not tried one myself. The Cotton Wool in the top of the container is s bit odd though, though I very much like the idea of the product.
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
To soon to recommend on the basis of their effectiveness, but if my friends were looking for a similar protect I'd recommend these
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
That's far too steep a price for our family at the moment, though if they were an all in one solution with all the vitamins etc then I'd consider it.
Q5. Any other comments?
Just Thanks for selecting us for the trial.

GentleOtter Wed 29-Jan-14 16:18:57

Tester.

Q1. Child is 6. He loved the look, smell and taste of the teddies.

Q2. Overall impression of the product was very positive. Struggled slightly with the childproof lid but the bear is very cute. Product smells lovely.

Q3. I would recommend this product if the price was considerably lower. It is difficult to tell if the benefits of the elderberries are working but ds avoided the cold which his other classmates/ sister caught.

Q4. £12.99 is too much so the cost alone would put me off buying the product. The product may be beneficial but it would take a few weeks for the active ingredient to establish in the immune system so I am guessing around £39? Multiply that if you have other children and it is an awful lot of money. (£195 for family of 5 for three months)

RedKites Wed 29-Jan-14 16:28:19

Non-tester. My two have a fair few colds, but they are 1 and 3 (with the 3yo at preschool) so I think it's only to be expected. We give them a multi-vitamin when we remember but that is mainly for the vitamin D and to make up for DS1's lack of vegetable eating, I'm not actually too worried about vitamin C as they both love fruit.

KenDoddsDadsDog Wed 29-Jan-14 17:04:29

1. DD is 4 and loved the bottle - she wants it to play with in the bath once the teddies are finished. She likes the taste and she's not a lover of sweets.
2. I liked the bottle but the tablets looked almost old fashioned
3. I would recommend them yes as being a good multi vitamin that would be easy for children to take
4. If I thought DD needed a multivitamin yes I would buy them.
5. A good product test !

uggmum Wed 29-Jan-14 17:31:24

1) my dc, ages 10 & 14. Both liked the shape of the bottle. Dd said it was a cute teddy shape. Both liked the taste and I didn't have to remind them to take the daily dose.
2) I liked the product, I thought it was child centered and appealing to children.
3) I would recommend this product to my friends.
4) I would buy this product.

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Wed 29-Jan-14 18:38:03

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

DS1 is 5 years old, DS2 is 3 years old. The both loved the bottle, the little teddie tablets and the taste. A winner overall with them!

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

I give my DC a multivitamin daily anyway so personally it's something I believe in and do. The product was really cute, the little teddies even cuter and the taste did taste a lot like sweets - there's a definite valid reason for the childproof lid alone there! Personally I'm abit baffled as to why the bottle is so big compared to the contents (when unopened it was only 3/4 full)

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

If I had friends/family who were really struggling to encourage to give their children vitamins then yes I'd strongly recommend Sambucol Teddies as they really are very appealing to children.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Ooof not at that price sorry! Far too expensive especially when you start multiplying costs with multiple DC over the space of a year. That's a real shame they're that expensive especially as it's only Vitamin C - the multivitamins I currently give my DC includes Omega 3 and I got the equivalent sized bottle for a third of the price!

Q5. Any other comments?

Good idea, well executed, the only draw backs being the price (major factor) and the sized bottle (unnecessarily too big/environmentally unfriendly).

Rumours Wed 29-Jan-14 18:39:29

Q1. My children are 11 and 4. The 11 year old liked them , the 4 year old didn't like the taste.

Q2. I liked the lool of the product. Both boys, especially the youngest, were drawn to the packaging. I liked thw fact that the bottle is clear and the contents can be seen.

Q3. Yes i would. They are easy to take and taste ok

Q4. They are too expensive for our budget. I can get vitamins at much cheaper price that my children will take.

helcrai Wed 29-Jan-14 20:56:35

Tester

Q1. I have two kids- girls five & eight who both have tried the teddies. They liked the taste of the teddies as they are fans of anything "berry" like and don't like citrus (eg orange or lemon). The younger one likes that they stain her lips as though she's wearing lipstick!
Overall they loved the Teddies- they said they had never seen anything like them before, only as sweets, and were quite excited when I showed them the jar. There was a bit of a fight over who was going to get the jar afterwards. They are reminding me in the mornings, to give them their "special teddies" when its usually the other way around when I have bought vitamins for them. They are definitely impressed with the novelty factor of the teddy jar & vitamin shape.

Q2. Overall I liked the product. Thought it quite a unique idea to have the teddy shaped jar, not just vitamins. This definitely catches the kids attention and makes them want to taste the vitamins. I like that the vitamins are straightforwards- not loads of other additives.

Q3. I would recommend this product to family/friends if it came up in conversation. Its easy to get kids to take these vitamins compared to others. They appear to be good quality & its a well-respected brand.

Q4. I would be unlikely to buy this product as at this price it is far too expensive. I am used to paying in the region of £3 to £4 for a 30 day supply of kids vitamins. I don't think the health benefits of this product significantly exceed those of the similar ones on the market to justify the cost. Even as a multivitamin I would not pay this amount; there would have to be a special offer eg BOGOF. I can see pester-power may have some influence in the shop though if kids were with me and saw the jar.

Q5. Thanks for supplying them for the trial.

Dysgu Wed 29-Jan-14 21:20:00

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

My daughters are 5 and 7 years old. They both liked the teddies. The younger one especially liked the bottle and the cotton wool - which quickly disappeared! They both liked the taste - which I didn't think they would as they are very fussy and more so when it comes to vitamins we have tried in the past. DD2 is also not keen on sweets but she ate these vitamins happily.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

I liked the product. The bottle was cute although I was not sure why it was so large and, therefore filled up with cotton wool. It made me think either the bottle should be smaller or else you should get more tablets. I didn't taste the vitamins.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

If people had the option to try them then I would recommend they do so but I am not sure that these vitamins had any impact on my DDs' health. We do not regularly give them vitamins so they liked the novelty but they have been no more or less healthy than usual - they have not had colds (yet) this winter and have not picked up any of the bugs that are going around, but then, they usually don't.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I don't think we could justify paying this amount of money for vitamin C. Even if it was a multivitamin I do not know if we could find that amount of money for each child (and there is a DS too who is too young for them at the moment but would want them when he could have them!) I imagine if my daughters saw this product in the shop, they would want me to buy it though. If this was a multivitamin or I could see some positive impact on my daughters' health I would probably try to buy it sometimes if they wanted it but it would be a treat rather than a normal part of our lives.

Q5. Any other comments?

Thank you for letting us try the product.

Canmore Wed 29-Jan-14 21:27:44

Tester here.

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
My two (6 and 8) love the packaging and the taste.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
I quite liked it, but it's hard to tell how effective it's been after such a short period.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I don't think so - they are very expensive, and I don't know how effective they are.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
No- they may well have properties that the multivitamin with omega 3 we give them doesn't have, but they don't have the range of vitamins etc that their regular tablet has. I don't plan to give the kids more than one tablet per day, especially at that price.

Q5. Any other comments?
Thank you for including us in the trial.

Pinkbatrobi Wed 29-Jan-14 22:42:00

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DS is 11 and I had to bribe him to try these as he thought they looked like something that was for babies, he found the packaging was for "little children", and didn't really wanted to take them after that, although he admitted the taste was not bad.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
I thought it looked nice and quite innovative having the shaped bottle, but possibly for a younger market...I tried it and liked the shape/colour/taste. I like the immune system boosting claims.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I probably might mention it, but followed by the sentence: BUT it's very expensive...

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, sorry, DD din't like it enough, they are quite expensive and his health is really quite good (i did breastfeed him for two endless blissful years!)

Q5. Any other comments?
Thanks for this opportunity, I was hoping to find something he might like as he's a very picky eater and I am constantly worrying he doesn't get enough nutrients to sustain a healthy immune system...

kelzw84 Thu 30-Jan-14 03:01:57

Non-Tester...

My eldest is 8 years old and gets at the most 2 colds a year and maybe one sickness bug.
My youngest who is 3 years old has in the past year had 6colds. 3 bouts of tonsillitis and 2 chest infections.

My youngest does have a low immune system though and we have been told she will catch everything as it builds up.

My youngest daughter i give multivitanins and vitamin c too. the reason for this though is whilst she is ill she will refuse to eat and often goes 7-10 days without food.

My eldest i dont give any extra vitamins to.

Both children eat fruit and veg daily and have a varied diet.

Baconsarnie Thu 30-Jan-14 10:30:20

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DS is 5. He liked it at first, then decided it was too chewy.
Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
Thought product looked great. Teddies are a great way to entice kids to eat vitamins. Maybe expand into trains/cars/rockets for older children?
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I would, although the price would put many people off.
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, unfortunately £13 is too expensive for me.
Q5. Any other comments?
Price is just too high.

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not? DS2 tried them, he is 7 and loves the taste.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not? I thought it was overpackaged and gimicky, the appeal will be limited to a very small age group because of the teddy shape.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not? No, because they are far too expensive.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not? No, because I can get 3 bottles of his usual Haliborange for £12 full price and they are often on a 3 for 2 deal

Q5. Any other comments? DS has said he thinks the packaging is a bit 'girly'.

Huffpot Thu 30-Jan-14 20:56:21

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not? 4 years old. He loves them and takes them without hesitation and his little brother (3) is very jealous he can't take the teddy sweets
Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not? Loved the presentation in the bottle and they smell lovely. Shame its only the vitamin C though
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not? I would as they have been a hit in our house
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not? Ouch - thats a lot of money when I still have to buy another supplement for the other vitamins/minerals - a real shame they are so expensive
Q5. Any other comments? Lovely product but too expensive for our family to buy regularly

Devora Thu 30-Jan-14 21:19:32

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
Both my children, aged 4 and 8, tested the Teddies. They really loved them. Especially the younger one, who nagged for 'just one more' without ceasing. They both thought the bottle was cute, and they loved the flavour.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? if not, why not?
I'm not convinced of the need for routine supplements, and tbh wasn't quite sure what it was I was giving my children. It would be good to have clearer explanation of what the tablets were and how they boost immunity.
But, if I'm going to give supplements, this is a nice one to give because the children loved it so much.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol teddies if it came up in conversation?
I'd recommend on the basis that my children like the taste and the bottle. I have no idea how effective they are compared to other supplements, or no supplements.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
At that price, no. That is extraordinarily expensive.

Q5. Any other comments?
We really enjoyed trying this out. Many thanks for letting us take part.

LackaDAISYcal Thu 30-Jan-14 21:26:39

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
Child 1= 6 years old. Liked the idea of the teddies and was excited by the packaging. Loved the taste of them
Child 2 = 5 years old. Loved the bottle. Loved the taste
Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
Liked the bottle; very child friendly and more to the pont child proof! Liked the teddy shape of the product.
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not? I'm not entirely convinced that children need nutritional supplements if they have a healthy diet, so not sure I would recommend them to anyone on that basis.
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not? No, they are far too expensive. I have three children; if they had the recommended 2 teddies per day it would cost me around £40 pcm. I think they could get the vitC in Sambucol from far cheaper sources. I could buy much more in fresh fruit and veg for that amount of money which would give themrecommended intake in fresh fruit and veg very day.
Q5. Any other comments?
I'm cynical about any nutritional supplements for children; especially those marketed especially towards the children vs the parents. I think that the manufacturers are either tugging the hearstrings of the parents, or exploiting the pester power of the children. The amount of VitC in the product is readily abvailable from natural sources without the need for supplements. As such I doubt I would buy this product.

3girlsunder3 Fri 31-Jan-14 11:56:18

Non tester

We get lots of coughs and colds and my eldest is very prone to tonsilitis. I feed My children as much garlic as I can, as well as a decent diet and a multivitamin when I remember! We also get lots of fresh air.

Looked at buying Echinacea to support immunity, but it's no longer licenced for young children - I was offered sambucol as an alternative but thought it too expensive.

ds has been the one reminding me and being the one who asks for his vitamins, that doesn't usually happen so they must taste good!

SylviaDaisyPouncer Fri 31-Jan-14 15:59:35

Q1. Ds is 12, he liked the taste of the teddies. He said he thought the packaging and teddy shapes were different and quite a clever idea. Dd (3 and not testing), likes the teddy bottle and wants to keep it when her brother has had all the teddies.

Q2. I liked the packaging and teddy shapes. My son likes them, he is usually quite reluctant to take things like this. Perhaps the bottles could be smaller as there was a lot of cotton wool stuffed in it!

Q3. I do make sure we have a healthy diet and would promote this ahead of recommending supplements. However I have read positive reviews about Sambucol products and I do like this one. Yes I probably would recommend the product but also mention the price!

Q4. They are expensive which would put me off buying it, especially as there are lots of supplements on the market. Perhaps if I bought them for several months and saw the children rarely getting coughs and colds (awful amount this winter) then the price would be worth it.

Q5. It has been great to take part in this test. I think the product is good and a little bit different to a lot of others out there. I'm sitting on the fence over whether I would buy it again, it is expensive.

ICantFindAFreeNickName Fri 31-Jan-14 16:44:53

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DD is 11. Yes she liked the product, said it has a nice taste & the bottle shape is good. She has taken it every day without me needing to remind her - which means its a real hit with her.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I thought it looked good and would especially appeal to younger children.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would recommend them to friends.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not likely to buy it regularly, as for that price I would want a more general multi-vitamin tablet. I might consider buying it if DD had a extended period of illness (cold after cold etc) and was a bit run down.

Q5. Any other comments?
DD really disliked the name - Sambucol. She thought it should have a more child friendly name to go with the teddy design.
DD also suggested you could have other flavours as well (orange & apple were suggested).

woodchuck Sat 01-Feb-14 11:30:41

Non-tester

How many episodes of colds and sniffles do you have to deal with in an average year with each of your children?
I have 2 DCs so they often pick things up individually from school/activities and then generously share with each other (and us!). To be fair though, I would say it is very mild, only a couple of coughs and sniffles each every year. They have never been 'properly' ill and neither has been to the doctors since babyhood.

What do you do to help support your DCs immunity?
My mother was absolutely crazily overprotective when I was a child. She would wrap us up in too many clothes, not ever letting us take our coats off outside if it was before May, and would dose us up/ call out the doctor/keep us off school at the merest sniffle. I was ill a lot as a child with tummy bugs and tonsilitis, but I was never given the chance to develop my immunity and just 'get better' on my own. i remember taking lots of antibiotics, that probably didn't help me anyway. I think as a reaction to this I am much more inclined to let my kids get ill, and let them get better by themselves. We maintain good immunity by eating properly every day. Meals are from scratch, processed junk is limited, lots of fresh fruit and veg. They also get plenty of activity, and mix a lot with other children. I did give the DCs a supplement when they were smaller (up to about age 7) but it was mostly Omega 3 I was interested in topping up as they eat a mixed healthy diet.

MissPlumBroughtALadder Sat 01-Feb-14 11:59:05

Non tester.

My DS has probably one cold per season, which I think is normal. He recovers well though.

To boost his immunity I breastfeed him (he's 28 months) and hope to do so for some time yet. I also avoid giving him any cows milk products, restrict refined sugars and oxidated fats, make him green smoothies, give him fish oil supplements and make sure he eats protein at each meal.

Non tester.

My two (3yo and 1yo) catch quite a few colds, maybe three or four over the winter period. They've never had tummy bugs/D&V though.

Apart from a reasonably healthy and varied diet, I don't do anything extra to boost their immune system. Unless letting them eat food off the (clean! ish) floor occasionally counts blush

addictedtosugar Sat 01-Feb-14 13:51:29

Non tester:
we don't take vit tabets in general in this house, but do eat a wide range of food, including loads of fruit, and a reasonable amount of veg.
How are we describing colds? The 2 yr old seems to have a running nose most of winter. The 4 yr old seems to have escaped everything this winter.
I've been laid flat in bed twice this winter with a cold. maybe I should starting taking vits (or more, likely, just stop trying to do everything and rest sometimes)

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

My child is 6 and think they are sweets-she loves them.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I did like them. i like the shape and the texture. but they are almost too appealing to children, my dd always asks for more.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
yes probably, anything that supports immunity is worth recommending.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

thats too expensive for me, the evidence they help immunity is purely anecdotal in my expereince so I wouldn't be sure to spend that much. 5.99 maybe.

Q5. Any other comments? The little teddy packaging is too attractive-it's lovely, but as this product needs to be kept out of sight and reach of children there little point in it being in the cutsie teddy.

deepbreath Sat 01-Feb-14 19:04:57

Q1. Dd is 10, ds is 11. They both liked the taste and that they weren't chalky like some vitamins that they've tried.
Q2. I thought they looked good - so tried one. They are more child-friendly than others that the dc's have tried. The bottle was a nice touch, but agree with other posters that it may make these even more attractive to younger children.
Q3. Yes I would recommend to friends and family, they taste really nice and both of my fussy dc's remembered to ask for them each day! That was a first.
Q4. They are pricey compared to other vitamin supplements. I would buy them occasionally (probably in Winter, to give their immunity a bit of a boost). I would certainly buy them again though.
Q5. I was sceptical about the flavour of these vitamins, but need not have worried as both dc and myself thought that they tasted lovely.

Pinter Sat 01-Feb-14 20:04:41

Sniffles about every three to four months here

I support immunity with lots of fruit & veg & I take supplements as I'm bf

DinoSnores Sat 01-Feb-14 20:14:36

Non-tester.

"Non-testers: How many episodes of colds and sniffles do you have to deal with in an average year with each of your children? What do you do to help support your DCs immunity?"

I can't think we've had very many colds to deal with and neither child has ever had antibiotics so they seem to be pretty healthy. I don't do anything in particular. Make sure they get plenty sleep and a good balanced diet. They both have Abidec as I think Vitamin D is really important in terms of bones. I suppose the only other thing I do is not stress about a bit of dirt. At toddler groups, toys aren't always the cleanest but I figure it doesn't do them a lot of harm!

aristocat Sat 01-Feb-14 20:43:59

Non Tester

DS is 11 yo and DD is 9yo. They usually have one or two colds a year .... which I thought was normal. They always recover well and are quite healthy children.
I do not give them anything to boost their immune system unless sleep and a healthy diet count smile.

Piscivorus Sat 01-Feb-14 22:19:49

Non tester here

My DCs are older now but, as children rarely got colds anyway which I think is because they always had a varied diet of fresh and homecooked food, regular exercise and sleep. My son was a generally snotty child though so I did give them a children's multivitamin (no brand preference though, we've had jellies, chewtabs, and tablets) if they ever got a cold or if he had persistent snot.

As they got older and could have adult preparations (probably 12+) we moved on to Redoxon Dual Action if they were healthy but needed an immunity boost. If they caught a cold I would give them Berocca effervescent to help them fight it off and give a bit of energy.

stephgr Sun 02-Feb-14 03:02:26

Not a tester but to help boost my children's immunity, I make sure they eat a lot of fruit and veg. I encourage them to wash their hands throughout the day and they carry around hand gels in their bags although my son constantly forgets. My son gets 2 or 3 colds a year but my daughters seem to catch something every month maybe because they are very sociable and often outdoors regardless of the weather

ReticulatingSplines Sun 02-Feb-14 14:56:32

I'm a non tester.

I BF to boost immunity. I also feed my DC a healthy diet.

And let them chew pretty much whatever they like, and roll in the dirt

BornToFolk Sun 02-Feb-14 18:41:08

Non-tester. DS and I are both suffering from colds at the moment. sad We're generally pretty healthy though, probably 2-3 colds a year. I treat colds with lots of fluids (especially camomile tea and hot lemon and honey) and extra fruit.

We're vegetarian so eat a lot of vegetables and fruit. I also give DS a multi-vitamin every day. It's the Tesco own kids one which I choose because it's cheap but also because it's one of the few children's multi-vitamin that contains iron.

Boost their immunity? Let them get mucky occasionally and not live in a sterile environment. grin

muser31 Sun 02-Feb-14 19:48:28

non tester here. to boost her immunity i give dd abc vitamin syrup with added fish oils every day. she is a very fussy eater and won't eat fruit or veg or porridge, so i sneak ground oatmeal and flaxseeds into her yoghurt every morning. I also give her antifungals such as coconut milk and sometimes probiotics, but only after she has been on antibiotics. since i started doing these things (about 6 months now) she hasn't had any real cold/flu symptoms, although she has had a very bad cough. she is 2.5 now...when she was younger she was getting colds, flu, infections all the time so i really think it has helped. i also limit sugar.

MrsBungle Sun 02-Feb-14 19:51:23

TESTER:

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

Aged 4.5. Yes, she liked the taste.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

Our overall impression is that we liked it. My DD really liked the shape and the fact that they do look like teddies. I would prefer if it was a multi-vitamin rather than just vitamin c. (I think - from what I read on the packaging).

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I would recommend them - my DD liked eating them - I wasn't sure if she would to be honest with them being chalky and her being used to jelly-type ones.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I think that is very expensive! I probably wouldn't buy them at that price and would look for a cheaper alternative.

Q5. Any other comments?

No.

RubySparks Sun 02-Feb-14 19:54:08

Breastfed both DC, fed fruit and veg a lot, let them play out and get dirty, always had pets and a not overly clean house. They have both been pretty healthy, never needed antibiotics, few colds, only thing they have both had was chickenpox. Occasionally gave vitamins when their diet was poorer.

Ruby6918 Mon 03-Feb-14 02:48:09

im a non tester, but read all the reviews etc, colds and sniffles are likely about four times a year, i try not to fuss, the main thing is to use fresh hankies and flannels and wash hands etc, there is a difference if there is infection but most of the time these can be sorted at home with some tlc, fresh air is vital as well so air the house, im not a big lover of kids vitamins as im not sure of the real benefits, and they r expensive, i prefer to give them yoghurts or make a homemade jelly with some fruit in it, if they r very chest i place a kettle in the bathroom on boil without the lid to fill the room full of steam then place them on your knee to inhale the moist air, this is brill for stuffy noses and chesty coughs, and can help them settle before bed,

MaddAddam Mon 03-Feb-14 11:30:41

Non-tester

I have 3 dc, they have maybe one cold a year each, with perhaps a day or two off school at most. We all have very good immune systems.

I like to think it's the prevalence of house dust and proximity to dirt that work to strengthen their immune systems, that's a pleasing excuse not to do housework anyway.

We do eat a lot of fruit and veg and have a very outdoors active lifestyle.
In reality I think we're mostly lucky, no family history of allergies or asthma.

RockinHippy Mon 03-Feb-14 13:14:54

None tester...

How many colds a years

Despite having other health issues, DD rarely gets colds, probably 2/3 year or less

What do you do to support your DCs immune system

DD is thankfully not a fussy eater & eats an exceptionally healthy pescetarian diet, which I supplement with Spirulina & various nutritious seeds & nuts

Bonzodoodah Mon 03-Feb-14 14:55:25

Non Tester here:

How many colds a year - lose count really as they drag on so long or merge into eachother. But I'd say we have about 4 serious ones a year each (family of 4, DS 4 DD6)

To boost their immunity?
We eat healthy home made food mostly and exercise outside quite a lot. I'm not super fussy with keeping them clean when playing as I think some of muck / germs early boosts their immune system.

AnnieWinehouse Mon 03-Feb-14 18:06:32

Also, I would like to add another comment:

DS (8) can open the bottle... childproof no more!

Twinkletights Tue 04-Feb-14 13:10:19

Non tester

Each DC has maybe 2 to 3 colds a year although they do not seem to get them all at the same time.
To boost their immunity we do the normal healthy balanced diet and encourage them to have as much fresh air as possible. Whether this is being outside walking, playing or exercising or airing the house and bedrooms through as much as you can throughout the year.

Belo Tue 04-Feb-14 15:35:52

Just reporting back to say my tablets are finished.. Both of my daughters have been having them, but even then, there should be some left. I guess they like the flavour and have been helping themselves to extras! I should have put myself in charge of handing them out, rather than telling them to have one each morning before cleaning teeth.

No side of any cold or flu to report though.

tiredoutgran Tue 04-Feb-14 20:40:55

Non tester

The older 3 DCs have maybe 2 or 3 mild colds a year, the youngest boy (born 12 weeks prem) has around 5 or 6, all of which go to his chest and have developed into a chest infection or pneumonia many times. We spend a lot of time outdoors because of the horses so I suspect that is why the girls only get mild symptoms and recover quickly. The youngest has multi vitamins to support his poor appetite but otherwise we try to eat a healthy diet with lots of exercise. I am hoping the youngest will be better over the next year following heart surgery for a problem which I think contributed to his chestiness.

smallbean Tue 04-Feb-14 21:08:20

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
DS is 6, he liked the teddies (especially as his little sister is too young to have them) he liked the taste

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
Overall impression was good, they look appealing and I had no issues in getting him to eat them

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
yes if someone mentioned that they thought their child needed an immunity boost.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Im not sure - my children are rarely ill so it's not something, I've really considered that they need and they are a bit expensive for everyday - however if i thought they were getting run down and poorly I might consider it.

Q5. Any other comments?
no

evelynj Tue 04-Feb-14 22:01:05

Tester-update.

My ds who is 4 has asthma (usually only bad in winter weather) and his nose runs likes the clappers. This time last year he was just out of his 2nd stint in hospital on nebulisers etc as his stats were v bad.

Anyway this year he hasn't had many colds but recently got quite dosed. I upped his teddy tablets to 2 a day & I can't say for sure but think it may have prevented a worse cold/flu. 6 month dd & dh have been very ill & miserable with cold/flu, (though I've been ok so far but am rarely ill!)

HappyMum4 Tue 04-Feb-14 22:15:52

Non-tester
We have four children and in an average year, I'd say they have about 3 colds each, one usually around christmas, one before the summer hols and one on returning to school, the Christmas one is generally the worst, I have noticed that since we moved from a very modern, insulated house into a very old, very un-insulated house, that they haven't been nearly as ill, in our last house, with the central heating on, and a log burner in they living room, the house was always toasty, if not tropical, but we've been here 2 years in this much older place and in the last couple of years, the children have gone from being ill once or twice every two or three months to just about 3 times a year, we have open fires and the heat goes right up the chimney and the centr heating hardly makes a dent, we have simply adapted by wearing a lot more, and I think our bodies have adapted to being colder, and I think that's helped in terms of immunity to bugs, also their diet is fruit and veg rich, they have at least one piece of fruit daily, I use fresh or frozen veggies in most meals, if there's something the children don't like I blitz it in the food blender and add it that way. My youngest daughter doesn't like onion so I make a sort of purée and add the onion to spag Bol or shepherds pie that way and she doesn't notice. Same with mushrooms, or carrots, I bought a huge orange net sack of onions for about £2 from morrisons so now I put onion in nearly every meal, and I really think there's something in that that's helped, also garlic, they love garlic, so that gets chucked in too!

SmeeHee Wed 05-Feb-14 00:25:44

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

Both my sons (6 and 3; so the youngest is not really old enough) have tried them as the youngest didn't want to be left out. They both love them - the taste, the colour, the shape, the packaging - everything! The 6 yo will remind me in the morning if I haven't offered him Teddies.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

In common with many other children, both the boys loved the packaging and will be fighting over who gets it when the Teddies are gone. As others have pointed out the bottle is much larger than it needs to be, although this also means that more Teddies could be put in the bottle...

I tried one of the Teddies too - the flavour was fairly pleasant but did seem to linger for quite a while after I'd eaten it!

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Probably not because the RRP is so high for a months supply of vitamin C and black elderberry!

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I might consider paying £12.99 a month for a product that was multivitamin and mineral plus black elderberry, if it definitely did reduce the number/severity of colds my son suffers. I would have to cut back on something else to be able to afford to though!

A quick Google search did find sites selling them for less than the RRP and one site that had them at £6.49, however even at that price I'd need to be convinced that the Teddies are significantly better than the other (cheaper) multi vitamin supplements available for children

Q5. Any other comments?

Produce a multivitamin supplement with black elderberry and provide a month's supply for less than a fiver and I'll definitely but it! It would be even better if you could stick two month's worth in the bottle (or make a bigger bottle for 3 month's worth!) as, although the packaging is very cute, it's also very wasteful. Plus I'd rather bulk buy. smile

TruthSweet Thu 06-Feb-14 11:09:36

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

I tried them with my 4yo, 6yo & 7yo DDs. They loved them and my 4yo kept reminding me to give her her vitamins. They also liked the colour change when they licked them (yes my DC are a bit gross!).

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

Very positive. I tried one and they were very pleasant, not chalky or gritty like some children's vitamins. The packaging was a hit too with us all. I've been requested to not recycle the bottle but wash it out so they can keep it for 'treasures'.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would definitely recommend but I think the price may put them out of most parents I know price bracket which is unfortunate.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I'd love to buy them again but at £20 for a months supply for my DC is way too much. If they had been £6.99 I would have seriously considered it.

Q5. Any other comments?

3ismylot Thu 06-Feb-14 12:12:57

Tester

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

My Kids are 7 ,4 and 4
They love the taste and ask for them as soon as they get up on a morning! My daughter loves the jar too.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

I thought the product was good, well packaged and a great taste for kids and a good way to get them to have their vitamins.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

As a product yes I would but I think they are very pricey for what they are.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I don't think I would because having 3 kids I would need to buy a new jar every 10 days which is nearly £40 a month!

Q5. Any other comments?

These would be great if the price was lower

Rishi79 Thu 06-Feb-14 14:28:33

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?

It is for DD1 who is 8 years old. The first thing she was impressed with, is the shape - Both the bottle and tablets. even If I forget, she doesn't - also because she wants to empty the bottle soon and use it for her own !!! smile

Taste - It is definitely a mild, good taste, I have a habit of trying myself anything first to have feel of it before giving it to the children, And yes, it was perfect on the taste buds. And DD1 loves them, She is a great Taste tester, If anything is coming to me with loads of affection, then that means it tastes absolutely ridiculous.In this case, After the first one I tried, I am not allowed to take anymore!

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?

Overall, A good product. Good impressive shape attraction for the kids, Tastes nice and hope it works better as well.

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, Ofcourse.

Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Bit Expensive really. The supermarket tablets and other brands are slightly cheaper. So, Honestly I would buy it when there are deals going on.

Q5. Any other comments?

Honestly, I feel the price might be a check point for these lovely teddies though they look nice and feels nice. I feel Mum's might go for other alternatives and would try to convince the kids for less expensive ones! So, It should be something that should be revised if at all possible!

Wjjkl Fri 07-Feb-14 11:49:41

As I am still breast feeding my son, I make sure I eat healthily with plenty of fruit & veg so I can pass on the health benefits to him

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Feb-14 11:51:24

Thank you everyone for leaving your thoughts on this thread. Congratulations to WingDefence who won the £250 Skin Doctor hamper and to alliswellfornow who won the Skin Doctor hamper worth £100! We'll be in touch shortly. grin

WingDefence Mon 10-Feb-14 12:10:02

Thank you SO much! I've not won anything like this before and as DS is still enjoying having his Sambucol Teddies every morning this is just an amazing added bonus! grin

thanks thanks thanks

Supermam Tue 11-Feb-14 00:08:12

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies?
aged 10
He liked the teddy shape and the shape of the jar, which he wants to keep.

DS really liked the taste and opened the jar himself (!) to get them!

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product?

I liked the idea of the immunity-boosting properties, but to me, they were mostly sugar and bulking product (& flavouring). Not convinced, sorry.

Did you like it? They tasted quite nice- almost like parma violets! Too sweet for supplements, though. See above answer - also you couldn't test their efficacy with such a small amount. We still had horrid colds during the testing period!

Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? No - sorry - would try to source a purer form of the elderberry stuff (elderberries?!)
If so, why? If not, why not?
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Wouldn't buy - far too expensive
Q5. Any other comments? Too much sugar lowers immunity - these were far too sweet. Thank you for the chance to try them.

xxxkadzxxx Tue 11-Feb-14 22:22:25

NON TESTER:
Our little ones tend to have colds and sniffles about once every 2-3 months. Strangely it seems to alternate as in it will be a bad cold and the other will catch it and then 2-3 months later they will just have a sniffle and its like the cold hasn't properly come out although this usually lasts for about as long as a proper full on cold does! It tends to go in cycles that that!

To support their immune systems i give them a liquid multi vitamin dose in their drinks daily. They also have echinacea and ginseng daily to again, try to boost their immune systems.

I have obviously taught them to cover their mouths when coughing, use tissues with cold and to throw them away etc and also not to get too close to people with coughs/colds and at the same time to keep clear when they are ill to prevent others catching it!

It is a nightmare though when they are young, there is always something going around! sad

WingDefence Tue 18-Feb-14 13:32:32

I received my prize yesterday with so many SD products - thanks once again grin thanks

cashewfrenzy Sun 02-Mar-14 19:47:44

SO sorry, just realised I hadn't responded yet blush

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
6 years old - he thought they were a fabulous treat! Loved the taste, he thought they were really fruity.
Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
I like it although I am always a little sceptical of supplements marketed to look like sweets.
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I think so, for someone who already wanted to give Vit C.
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Probably not - I think the price is really for the shape/packaging.
Q5. Any other comments?
Overall they were good - accepted readily by the recipient which i guess is the main thing!

Very sorry for the delay, I completely forgot. Slapped wrist!

tigraj Sat 08-Mar-14 23:43:17

Q1. How old was the child who tried the Teddies? What did they think overall of Sambucol Teddies? Did they like the taste or not?
Both of my daughters tried, aged 5 and 7 years old. They loved the taste and texture, and the way the colour goes brighter if you lick the teddy.

Q2. What was your overall impression of the product? Did you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
Overall impression is really good. Loved the packaging. The shaped teddies.
Q3. Would you recommend Sambucol Teddies to friends/family if it came up in conversation or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would if friend were looking for a vitamin C supplement only.
Q4. Sambucol Teddies' RRP is £12.99 for 60 teddies, do you think you'd be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
There is no way I would buy it for that price as it has only vitamin C in it. There are plenty alternatives at more affordable prices. Don't see how Sambucol's is superior as in quality of an actual vitamin then any other. Not paying a fortune just for the bottle.
Q5. Any other comments?
Did not notice any changes/improvements in children's well-being after finishing the supplement.
Thank you for choosing us to test the product.

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