I was all ready to write a post about the virtues of Materna over Similac, when upon my browsing I learned that if I had the options that you all have in America, then I would maybe change my preference.
In Israel, the answer is clear. Materna comes in a square container with a place to hold the scooper, which means a) You don’t lose the scoop in the tin and b) You have an edge to level out the formula in the scoop. Also, Materna shakes up smoothly and doesn’t create a huge bubbly milkshake like the Similac does. The Materna looks like breastmilk — so you can fool your friends into thinking that you’ve pumped. After all, you would NEVER give your baby formula…
The Similac (here in Israel) comes in a round tin and the scoop always gets lost and there’s no way to level it out, unless you use the lid, which is annoying. And, like I said above, it ends up making a foamy milkshake. This means that the baby ends up drinking a ton of bubbles (though she doesn’t seem to care) and it makes it really difficult to see how much formula is left in the bottle. Also, it is more yellow and stains more.
BUT…wow, the choices that Similac puts out in the U.S. puts our dinky little Similac tins to shame. A hinged lid with a special snap in spot for the scooper. Added iron options. Sensitive options for gassy and fussy babies. DHA, ARA, better calcium absorption, and Early Shield — not sure what all those are, but apparently they’re good for our baby’s brain development.
So which one is actually better for your baby? Well, you can’t really beat the Similac options. And they claim that their formula is as close to mother’s milk as you can get. But until those fancy options come to Israel, then I’ll be sticking with the convenient tub of Materna.