I tried this product as it was recommended to me by a friend. My son was not having problems sleeping through at night but he would wake once or twice for a feed so I thought I'd try it. I was a bit hesitant as he got severely constipated on novalac reflux formula and would scream in pain.
I must admit, he loved the taste and would suck the bottle dry but it actually made him wake more and again he got constipated after 1 night of use... and 3 days later is still passing foul smelling solid small pellets. Normally he has 4-5 fluffy regular poo...
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Caused Tummy Upset
I really like Novolac so I didn’t want to leave a super bad review but unfortunately this particular formula has caused me quite a bit of grief with my Bub.
From day 1 of switching to this from the colic one it’s caused constipation and over the next few days it only went from bad to worse.
My babe was only having 1 or 2 bottles max and for the most part she is breastfed.
There is nothing else I have given her that could have caused this.
She’s been very difficult since and crying awake in pain and I’m going to go back to the colic one as she had no problem with that one.
It does keep fuller for longer, but I guess it just doesn’t agree with all babies tummies.
Did really help with night waking
My son was waking up frequently at night until I discovered this formula when he turned 1. And ever since he wakes much less and most of the times would sleep through. Everytime this formula runs out I had to substitute it with a normal formula he would wake for a drink! So I really can’t do without it ：） a life saver if you have issues with night feeding!
Caused very bad constipation
We tried this formula introducing gradually and according to instructions. We were only using for last bottle of the night. First night I tried 2 scoops of this and 4 scoops of normal formula and LO was fine with three bowel movements the next day. The second night we tried 4scoops and 2 scoops of normal formula and had slightly extended sleep but following day LO was in severe pain on and off and really struggled with any bowel movements all day. Usually is happy all day and nothing fases her but she was constantly crying and straining. After this I won’t try again.
I do note a lot of people have had a good experience though so maybe just be wary of our experience if you are trying.
This formula is easy to prepare, you just follow the instructions on the tin. I have been feeding my baby her last bottle of the night with this formula and it keeps her fuller and more comfortable through the night. She is 9 months old now and had started to wake through the night again and this formula has definitely helped.
1st night on SD bub slept through!
I came across this formula by chance and so glad i did. Seems to fill bub up and from the first night of using the formula bub slept from 10pm until after 6am. I have had friends also say their bubs wake up less/not at all on this formula. I heat water in bottle prior to mixing formula. I also give it to my bub at 3pm and then at bedtime at 6pm. Highly recommended!
Perfect for hungry babies
I couldn't live without this formula. I have a hungry baby that wants to feed all the time, especially through the night, however once we switched to this formula, the baby seemed full and satisfied and started sleeping through the night.
It's a lot thicker than other formula so you may need to adjust to a cross flow or fast flow teat but overall a top product.
perfect for mix feeding!
Easy to prepare and my bub had no issues swapping back and forth between breast milk and the formula, took the bottle first try with no taste issues. Has kept him regular and seems to keep him fuller for longer between feeds without "over feeding" him or causing him to vomit due to an overlarge quantity. Would definitely recommend!
This is perfect can't live with out it
This formula is very easy to prepare, my baby loves it. Wish I knew about it ages ago she was always hungry and irritable since putting her on this formula she goes four to five hrs without a feed with boiled water in between to keep her hydrated and sleeping is great wakes up once through the night don't hear from her till six or seven in the morning usually goes to bed around 6pm the only thing I can say negative about it is that it's not cheap but well worth the price for a happy full baby
I can't imagine life without it
Having my first son being allergic to a protein in milk (he thankfully grew out of the allergy) we started second baby off on the aptimal ha which was a dream for baby 1, unfortunately it was a nightmare for baby 2 so we tried everything and I mean everything until I was ready to give up and the dr recommend it as novalac as it's pretty much the last step before u get prescription formula so i gave it one last shot within 24 hours my baby was a dream would sleep all night threw go down at 8 wake at 5 and has 2 hour naps during the day.... if I had to find fault it would be that baby poops a little more solid then normal
This saved our sleep!
Very good formula, it took a few days for our little boy to adjust, meaning he gradually slept longer and longer, even during the day, he used to nap for 15 minutes or less, now he stays down for up to one hour. If I was to complaint about anything would be his poo is a littler harder than normal but he's not had any constipation at all, also, the formula is harder to mix as its thicker than the other ones. Totally recommend it if your baby is a hungry one!
Fills tummy but constipated
I use this formula at night as a top up after breastfeeding. It doesn't 'set' in the bottle or bubble. It is thicker than normal formula, however, so you do need to use the next teat size up. It takes a while to digest (which I guess is why we use it at night = longer sleep), however, the other consequence is constipation. Usually my son poos a number of times per day (breastfed), however, with this formula it is every 2-3 days. The poo isn't dehydrated, however, it is HUGE. I can only imagine this would be worse for babies that are purely formula fed!
Saved my sanity!!
I had a very unsettled baby until I introduced this formula ( 1 bottle a day at night) to my super hungry breastfed daughter when she was 8 weeks old. I was so exhausted from breastfeeding her for hours on end especially in the evening and not getting any sleep that I finally broke down and bought this formula. She took to it straight away and was less fussy and slept for longer stretches at night instead of waking non stop for a feed. I can honestly say this formula has saved my sanity and breastfeeding relationship. I was worried that she might not tolerate such a heavy formula but she never had any issues and I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone with a super hungry baby.
Perfect for my baby
This is the only formula my little man who is 6months old will drink, likes and doesn't upset his belly. We tried the big brands but they made him sick and grumpy. Recently we couldn't get Novolac so we bought yet another different brand and his reaction to it was awful. He refused to drink it then cried and screamed, and it also affected his sleeping. Sticking with this one now. Thank you Novolac.
perfect - saved our sanity!
we baught this because we were up every 2hours with our 9 month old for a feed (180ml) and we were getting no sleep, she was always grunpy and hungry on other formulas (had tried multiple formulas prior) she also was a spewy bub. (formula fed from birth) after reading about Novalac Sweet Dreams i thought well at this stage anything is worth a go, from the first bottle she was a totally different child. The first night since birth that she had slept basicly all night (7-5 then 5.30-8) and now is almost sleping thru every night (with the acceptio...n of teeth again) this formula definately is worth the money. We havnt had any issues with bowel movements or anymore large vomits (the occasional airlock vomit with a burp) would recommend this for formula to anyone without a doubt.
great concept baby wont eat it.
I was so excited buying it. I was hoping bub would eat it as i am mixed feeding my 3 month old. he wouldnt eat it even if i mixed it in a small amount of expressed breast milk. I tasted some mixed up with water it tastes foul. most gross formula ever. I have had three kids and would not recommend it at all.
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Questions & Answers
Did anyone find that their baby put on weight when drinking this formula? I’m scared as my bubs drinks one more bottle than recommended (5 instead of 4) every 24hrs. PED recommended this formula to slow his weight growth but can’t reduce that one feed (even after introducing solids) wondering whether this formula will chunk him up more. 5 months already 10kg
Can I feed this with my normal formula? I am feeding my 8 week old nan 1 at the moment but I want him to sleep longer during the night! Can I just feed him the sweet dreams for his night feeds only?
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