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Hipp vs cow and gate

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Willow4987 · 02/10/2018 10:48

Hi, I was wondering what everyone’s experience of hipp vs cow and gate formula is?

I’m currently using cow and gate which seems ok however he’s very windy, is down to 1 poo a day (vs every nappy when exclusively breastfed) and sometimes seems to throw up a lot (although does this after breastfeeds also)

I’m a first time mum so I’ve got no experience with different formulas and appreciate every baby is different.

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Ploppymoodypants · 02/10/2018 11:01

Hello, I used HIPP for reasons that it is organic and the animal welfare standards used in the farming production are much higher than the others. Also the cows on the HIPP farms are not routinely given antibiotics etc and are not industrially farmed indoors. So seemed both a safer and kinder option. Don’t really want my baby having all those chemicals that go with a normal dairy farm.

In terms of baby preference, I never noticed any difference to my DD whether I gave her cow and gate, aptimal, the Aldi one or anything else (which I did have to do sometimes as HIPP is harder to get hold of).

Avoided SMA as it’s nestle. Lots of friends advised that their babies were constipated on SMA. But technically all the formulas are the same arnt they? That’s what the midwives say anyway 😉

So in summary it depends on why you want to use HIPP. I am pregnant again and am stocking up on HIPP, for reasons above.

Ploppymoodypants · 02/10/2018 11:03

Oh I think the 1 poo a day is pretty normal if going from BF only to formula. How old is he? If you are using the stage 2 formulas (for babies over 6 months) they are fortified with extra iron which can make them poo less. (I was advised to use the first stage formula until weaning, which I did with no problems at all) x

mommybear1 · 02/10/2018 11:24

Hi I only ever gave DS HIPP- friends recommended it and I liked the fact it was Organic my DS poos like a trooper you can set a watch by him morning x2, afternoon x2 and evening x1 - I've not encountered any issues with HiPP baby has been very content on it I would highly recommend.

Willow4987 · 02/10/2018 11:27

Thanks everyone. He’s 7 weeks old so he’s still on the stage 1 formula and we’ve started combi feeding in the last couple of weeks.

I like the fact hipp is organic and family owned rather than the big companies. I might give it a go and see how he gets on

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Willow4987 · 02/10/2018 17:09

Do you find hipp less frothy than cow and gate? When I make the bottles the cow and gate looks like a cappuccino!

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mommybear1 · 02/10/2018 17:25

There's a knack to it don't shake the bottle swirl it in circular motions - the ready made stuff needs no mixing and is great for days out.

Ploppymoodypants · 02/10/2018 17:25

I can’t remeber if less frothy. I only ever used the odd ready made carton of cow and gate if there was nothing else.
From memory both aptimal and HIPP frothed a bit. But nothing bad.

Stroller15 · 02/10/2018 17:25

Hi OP, ds1 was on c&g - he had colic and silent reflux. I know it's not the formula's fault at all but with ds2 (now 5 weeks) I've used Hipp as top up and he is a very settled baby so far! Can just swirl the bottle where with c&g the bubbles used to sit on the sides of the bottle.

Shelley54 · 02/10/2018 17:34

The poo thing - once babies are 7/8 weeks old it’s normal for them to poo less. They go from every feed filling their nappies to once a day or even once a week - DS2 goes about every 4 days and is EBF. It’s normal and not a sign their food needs changing.

keb2702 · 02/10/2018 21:38

I swapped from cow and gate to Hipp for that reason - I thought it might be gentler on DS's tummy. I think he maybe is a bit better, although maybe he's just getting older so better with his wind? (He's 10 weeks now and we swapped him at about 6 weeks)

ConsiderHerWaysAndOthers · 02/10/2018 21:44

Only used Hipp when DD was small and had no issues. I personally chose it because it was organic. Yes to swirling rather then shaking if making with powder as recommended by a PP. 1 poop per day is perfectly normal if FF as is a bit of spit-up after a bottle if they have too much or let out a big burp. If you suspect he might have a reflux issue then speak to your doctor or health visitor though.

mindutopia · 03/10/2018 09:06

Hipp tastes rubbish, but it's organic if that matters to you (it's also more expensive though). We started with C&G for our first, then switched to Hipp because everyone said it was better. It gave her horrible reflux, like screaming in agony and projectile vomiting after every feed. I stuck with it for a week because I couldn't believe that it could possibly be the formula causing it because Hipp was supposed to be more 'gentle'. We switched back to C&G and the reflux and vomiting went away immediately and she was a happy baby again. Honestly, one isn't really better than another unless it works better for your individual baby. Most babies are windy, even my bf one was windy about that age. If Cow & Gate is otherwise working, I'd probably stick with that and not switch around too much, especially given the added cost.

tappitytaptap · 03/10/2018 09:22

I BF DS1 and he had a bottle of formula from about 4 months. He was a bottle refuser and wasn't sure whether it was the formula or the bottle. Someone advised me HIPP tasted more like BM and he took it! Only annoying thing as a PP said is they sell it in fewer places and in particular the ready made cartons (which I wished were bottles as I had to carry scissors in my nappy bag ...)

sabrinathethirtysomethingwitch · 03/10/2018 11:15

I switched from BF to aptamil then to hipp. Changed to hipp when aptamil changed their formula. DS def didn't poo as much on formula. Similar amount of spit up after a feed and wind.
I buy hipp online from their website. Only problem is you need to buy the powder in a case of four. You can buy the bottles of ready made online too. The are great.
Also can't believe the price difference in hipp and aptamil.

Ploppymoodypants · 03/10/2018 19:06

I haven’t seen a price difference between HIPP and Aptimal in our local Sainsbury’s or Boots. I order from Boots online, but only because Sainsbury’s always runs out. I will check now, but definitely 6 years ago there was barely a price difference.

Ploppymoodypants · 03/10/2018 19:10

Boots online.
Aptimal is £10.99 for 800g
Hipp is £9.50 for 800g
Cow and gate £7.99 for 800g
Remember that Cow & Gate and Aptimal are the same product from the same company, just aiming at very different target markets.

Ploppymoodypants · 03/10/2018 19:12

Cow and gate and Hipp both at 75p for a ready made. Aptimal 85p

sabrinathethirtysomethingwitch · 03/10/2018 19:17

Boots is £9.50 for Hipp. Sainsburys and Tesco £8.50. Online from their shop £8.50.

Aptamil is £11.00

Both boxes are now 800g

mommybear1 · 03/10/2018 21:08

Morrisons and Asda also have good prices they have now changed the ready made to screw top but the hungry milk ready made is no longer in production the powder form only is

sabrinathethirtysomethingwitch · 03/10/2018 21:14

Oh yes @mommybear1 the screw tops are so much better. I cannot get them anywhere local to me so I have to buy them online. My local Asda doesn't do any hipp milk at all. So annoying!

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