I have to admit, ever since I began supplementing Alyson with formula, I’ve been a bit of a formula snob. I always bought name brand and never once thought about getting store brand. I think I subconsciously I thought it wasn’t as good as the name-brand.
But babies go through A LOT of formula. Alyson doesn’t even drink as much formula since she is also breastfed. We’re lucky enough to get 4 of the 12 oz. cans through WIC, but that doesn’t last us a month. Two weeks ago we were at Wal-Mart stocking up on her yogurt bites and puff snacks, when I noticed that the Parent’s Choice 23 oz. can of soy formula cost less than a 12 oz. can of Gerber Good Start. For $14 I figured we could try it out.
When I compared the ingredients in the two cans I was surprised to find that they were the same. They both have DHA/ARA. And they even meet the same FDA minimum guidelines for baby formula. Best of all, after a few days of the new taste, Alyson didn’t even notice a difference.
My only con with this product, and it’s rather nit-picky, is they only have the soy-based formula in the large cans. It would be nice to have a smaller can for people who just want to try it out and not have a lot of formula go to waste if it doesn’t work for their baby. But that’s not really a big deal since it’s cheap anyway and you wouldn’t be out very much money.