This post is sponsored by Mirum, but opinions expressed are my own.
In some ways we had a four year “paper pregnancy” to prepare for becoming parents; however, in others we also only had a few hours. I spent the majority of our drive to Portland thinking about what we needed to pick up the next day, contemplating names, and scrolling Pinterest for anything we may need to know about the first night with a baby.
One thing I did know was that we would be 100% bottle feeding our newborn, which led to a whole other path of internet searches. How to determine which formula to use, what happens if he has issues with certain formulas, and trying to not worry about if he would reject our initial formula selection.
Emmett was four days old when we met him, and the hospital had been feeding him formula already so we knew that there was at least one formula he would accept. When we were discharged from the hospital, they sent us home with a few ready-to-feed bottles, and after a quick stop at our hotel, we picked up more of the exact same bottles to get us through the next couple days.
At Emmett’s first doctors appointment, I asked him what the protocol was for trying out different formulas – could I just switch him between formulas from one bottle to another, or did I need to ease him into it like I do whenever I change my cats’ food? He assured me that I could try out different formulas, and that all formulas have to meet federal guidelines so whatever he would take I could use.
Fortunately for us, Emmett hasn’t tried a formula that he hasn’t liked. Multiple cans of formula each month can add up, so we would gladly use samples that we were given. Recently, as I was shopping at our local Fred Meyer, I was looking at the different formula options and saw how many more bottles I could make with the Comforts brand for the same price as Similac or Enfamil.
The Comforts brand is available at Kroger and their affiliated stores (such as Fred Meyer here in the Pacific Northwest). It has been nutritionally tailored for infants and includes support for brain development with the inclusion of DHA and choline. Switching to Comforts can save up to $400 a year over name-brand formula, while providing the same complete nutrition.
One advantage of purchasing the Comforts brand, is that the deals through the Kroger Plus Shoppers Loyalty Card can be combined with Ibotta offers. This card also helps you shop more efficiently because it will create shopping lists for you based on your frequently purchased items, and will provide personalized deals based on your shopping habits.
Emmett has been enjoying his bottles of Comforts Advantage, and I’m enjoying the savings as his appetite increases. Babies can be expensive, so I’m glad that we can save on his formula while maintaining his healthy meals.