Bobbie Formula Reviews: Differences, Similarities, & Other Things To Know

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Searching for baby formula options for your little one? Bobbie Formula might be worth a try. This new formula is made in the US with a formulation inspired by European formulas.

Is Bobbie a trusted and safe brand? Have there been any Bobbie formula recalls? What formulas do they offer, how are they different, and which one should I choose for my baby?

For an in-depth look at all things Bobbie, check out our summary here

Continue reading for more information.


What’s Bobbie Formula & Where Is It Made?

European-Style US Formula 

Bobbie is the first European-style formula to be FDA-regulated in the US. 


What Is Bobbie Formula Compared To?

It’s similar to European formulas such as:


Many parents in the US prefer European formulas because they believe these brands are better than those made in the US.

Bobbie is a US formula alternative for brands from Europe that the FDA doesn’t approve.


What’s The Cost Of Bobbie Formulas?

Bobbie has two formula products: 

Bobbie Organic Infant Formula


Bobbie Organic Gentle Infant Formula


Is Bobbie Formula Good For Newborns?

Bobbie is formulated for babies 0-12 months old. However, always consult your pediatrician before starting your baby’s formula-feeding journey.


Why Was Bobbie Recalled?

In June 2019, the FDA issued the Bobbie formula recall for an older product formulation made in Germany and sold in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. This old formula didn’t meet US nutritional standards and labeling requirements. (1)

The FDA ended the recall in April 2020. (1)

This recall doesn’t affect the new Bobbie baby formulas made in the US.


Is Bobbie Formula A Safe & Good Brand?

Bobbie assures consumers that their products are safe, scientifically supported, and made with world-class manufacturing practices.

Each batch goes through and passes 2,000+ quality tests.

The products also meet Kosher, USDA Organic (the United States Department of Agriculture), FDA, and EU requirements. 

Being USDA Organic certified means that products of this brand are made of organic ingredients and are free from GMOs (genetically modified organisms).


Using Clean Ingredients

Bobbie takes pride in being the first baby formula brand to receive both:

  • Clean Label Purity Award (free from 400+ harmful chemicals, phthalates, and contaminants)
  • Pesticide Free Certification


Are There Heavy Metals In Bobbie Formula?

No. The Clean Label Purity Award tests for various chemicals of concern, including heavy metals and pesticide residues. (2)


Does Bobbie Formula Have FDA Approval?

Yes. Bobbie received the green light from the FDA on August 20, 2020.


Bobbie Baby Formula Reviews

Bobbie formulas have the following:

  • USDA-certified organic cow’s milk
  • Organic lactose
  • Organic whey protein
  • Organic expeller-pressed oils
  • Water-extracted DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
  • ARA (arachidonic acid) 
  • Iron that meets FDA and EU standards


They’re also free from:

  • Corn syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Palm oil
  • GMOs
  • Pesticides
  • Soy allergens
  • Fillers


Main differences:

  • Bobbie Organic Infant Formula (easy on small tummies, ideal for most feeding journeys): 60% whey and 40% casein intact proteins
  • Bobbie Organic Gentle Infant Formula (easier on small tummies, ideal for fussy or gassy feeders): 100% partially hydrolyzed (broken down) whey protein


Continue reading for more detailed reviews of these Bobbie organic baby formulas:


Bobbie Organic Infant Formula



Best Features & Safety

  • Bobbie’s flagship formula costs slightly less than the Gentle variant
  • Closer formulation to breastmilk (contains both whey and casein milk proteins)


Age Range

  • Newborn to 12 months old


Ingredients Of Bobbie Organic Formula



Nutritional Facts



Are There Questionable Ingredients In This Bobbie Formula?

  • DHA and ARA (explained below)
  • Canola oil


Product Recall

  • None



  • Some complaints that the formula smells fishy and causes vomiting or constipation


What Customers Say

Positive Reviews 

This formula is great!! I love that it is clean so I know that I am giving my baby good ingredients.” – Reviewer on Bobbie

No spit ups, no colics, no constipation. Highly recommend it. A bit pricey but soooo worth it!!” – Reviewer on Target

My baby is 10x happier since switching to Bobbie!” – Reviewer on Target

My son loves his Bobbie formula, and despite my disappointment with not being able to exclusively breast feed, using formula has also allowed my husband to embrace the feeding process.” – Reviewer on Bobbie


Negative Reviews 

…the small 14oz bottles are not practical! Having to stick my finger in to get the scoop is also not the best experience!” – Reviewer on Bobbie

Smells horrible. And made my baby extremely constipated/spitty.” – Reviewer on Target

We tried Bobbie for our baby’s first formula but unfortunately their digestive system didn’t tolerate it well.” – Reviewer on Bobbie

My only request is to include some way to keep the scooper out of the formula like other formula brands do. It’s annoying to dig it out with each new can and feels unsanitary to keep it in the can after you’ve touched it.” – Reviewer on Bobbie


Bobbie Organic Gentle FormulaBOBBIE BUTTON



Best Features & Safety

  • Gentler and easier to digest than the brand’s flagship formula


Age Range

  • Newborn to 12 months old


Ingredients Of Bobbie Organic Gentle Formula



Nutritional Facts



Are There Questionable Ingredients In This Bobbie Formula?

  • DHA and ARA (explained below)
  • Canola oil


Product Recall

  • None



  • Costs slightly higher than the flagship formula


What Customers Say

Positive Reviews 

Thank you so much, Bobbie. For being more than just a formula but a great friend to rely on for me and my baby. Since day 1 of his formula journey he was a big fan and helped him grow. We can’t thank you enough”- Reviewer on Bobbie

Great for my baby! My baby had trouble with another formula with blood in his stool so the pediatrician recommended one with hydrolyzed protein, but I didn’t like the ingredients. So thankful to have found Bobbie Gentle without corn syrup!! My little one had no trouble transitioning to this one.” – Reviewer on Bobbie

Bobbie is by far the best formula there is in the US on the market. My baby was fussy with the Bobbie original formula and we made the switch to the Gentle version and it did the trick. My baby is less fussy/ less gassy. Because of that she will go down for naps and for bedtime quicker. She also is spitting up less as well.” – Reviewer on Bobbie

We are loving the new, gentle formula. Our baby is happy and likes the taste.” – Reviewer on Bobbie


Negative Reviews 

None yet


Pros: How Is Bobbie Formula Different From Other Formulas?

Nutritional Analysis & High-Quality Ingredients That Pass FDA Regulations

As a European-style formula, Bobbie is free from many questionable ingredients found in most US brands, including highly processed vegetable oils, corn syrups, maltodextrin, and other added sugars.

The brand also assures consumers that they use high-quality ingredients and that their products meet FDA requirements.

The following are the FDA’s nutrient specifications for each 100 kcal of baby formula, prepared as directed on the container: (3)

  • Protein: 1.8 g to 4.5 g
  • Fat: 3.3 g to 6.0 g (≥ 30% of calories)
  • Essential fatty acid (linoleic acid omega-6): ≥300 mg (≥2.7% of calories)
  • Vitamin A: 250 IU to 750 IU
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine): ≥40 mcg
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): ≥60 mcg
  • Vitamin B6: ≥35 mcg
  • Vitamin B12: ≥0.15 mcg
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid): ≥8 mg
  • Vitamin D: 40 IU to 100 IU
  • Vitamin E: ≥0.7 IU
  • Vitamin K: ≥4 mcg
  • Niacin (includes niacin as nicotinic acid or niacinamide as nicotinamide): ≥250 mcg
  • Folic acid (folacin): ≥4 mcg
  • Pantothenic acid: ≥300 mcg
  • Biotin: ≥1.5 mcg (requirement for non-milk-based formulas)
  • Choline: ≥7 mg (requirement for non-milk-based formulas)
  • Inositol: ≥4 mg (requirement for non-milk-based formulas)
  • Calcium: ≥ 60 mg
  • Phosphorus: ≥30 mg
  • Magnesium: ≥6 mg
  • Iron: ≥0.15 mg
  • Zinc: ≥0.5 mg
  • Manganese: ≥5 mcg
  • Copper: ≥60 mcg
  • Iodine: 5 mcg to 75 mcg
  • Selenium: 2 mcg to 7 mcg
  • Sodium: 20 mg to 60 mg
  • Potassium: 80 mg to 200 mg
  • Chloride: 55 mg to 150 mg


Based on the brand’s declared nutritional values on the product labels (see above for the exact values), both the flagship and the gentle formulas meet these FDA standards (except for the magnesium content in the flagship formula, which is only 5 mg).


Organic Dairy Product From Pasture-Raised Cows

Bobbie formulas are made using milk from grass-fed cows raised in Organic Valley family-owned farms across the US. 


Lactose As Carbs & Free From Added Sugars

Similar to European formulas, Bobbie primarily uses lactose as the carbohydrate source. The products are free from added sugars.

Lactose is also the primary carbohydrate in breast milk.



Breast milk actually has around 40-50% of fats because essential fatty acids and dietary fats are important for brain development. They also play a role in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (e.g., A, D, E, and K). (4)

Because cow’s milk doesn’t provide all the essential fatty acids and nutrients babies need, manufacturers supplement their formulas using various oils. (5)

Highly processed oils, including canola and sunflower, are among the most common choices. However, they might be highly inflammatory or can contain harmful fats. (6)(7)

Bobbie claims that they use a plant-based, organic expeller-pressed fat blend of organic coconut oil, canola, and safflower or sunflower oils to meet the fat requirements without using highly inflammatory oils.

These Bobbie oils are supposedly refined without using high heat, inorganic bleaching agents, or chemical solvents. They can provide an organic fat blend similar to mature breast milk (often produced starting from 10-15 days after the body begins making milk).

We should note that we’re not fans of the use of canola oil, especially in infant formula. For this reason, we’d consider this a drawback. 


Water-Extracted Omega-3 DHA

Bobbie products also have water-extracted omega-3 DHA, another nutrient important for brain health.

Conventional DHAs used in many products are often extracted using hexane (a common “processing aid” but can be toxic to humans). (8)

According to Bobbie, their products meet the EU standards of 20 mg per 100 kcal of DHA. It’s sourced from sea algae.


Iron Content

Low iron content is often an issue with European formulas

For example, Able Group formulas (including HiPP and Holle products) were recalled in 2021 because many of the products contain less than 1 mg iron per 100 calories yet don’t have warnings on the label that supplementing with iron might be necessary. (9)

Bobbie contains 1.2 mg of iron per 100 calories. It meets the FDA’s 1 mg minimum and the European Commission’s 1.3 mg maximum. (10)


Is There Palm Oil In Bobbie Formula?


Palm oil is commonly used in baby formulas because it has similar fatty acid profile as human milk. In theory, it can provide formula-fed infants with a product akin to what they can receive during breastfeeding. (11)

However, according to a 2020 Nutrients journal review, multiple clinical studies comparing formulas with or without palm oil have shown that formula with this ingredient can lead to: (11)

  • Reduced fat and calcium absorption
  • Bone mineralization
  • Increased risks of constipation due to harder stool consistency


Formulas without palm oil appear to be better for babies. (11)

The study researchers theorized that fat absorption might be affected by the difference in the positions of fatty acids on the triacylglycerides between human breast milk and palm oil. (11)


Meeting USDA Organic & Nutritional Requirements

Bobbie formulas are certified as USDA Organic, meaning they’re also non-GMO.

They also meet USDA Organic’s recommended dietary reference intakes (if calculated as one serving x the number of recommended servings per day): (12)



  • 0-6 months: 60 g
  • 6-12 months: 95 g


Fats Or Lipids

  • 0-6 months: 31 g
  • 6-12 months: 30 g


Linoleic acid

  • 0-6 months: 4.4 g
  • 6-12 months: 4.6 g



  • 0-6 months: 9.1 g
  • 6-12 months: 11 g



  • 0-6 months: 200 mg
  • 6-12 months: 260 mg



  • 0-6 months: 0.27 mg
  • 6-12 months: 11 mg



  • 0-6 months: 4 mg
  • 6-12 months: 5 mg


Vitamin A

  • 0-6 months: 400 mcg
  • 6-12 months: 500 mcg


Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

  • 0-6 months: 0.2 mg
  • 6-12 months: 0.3 mg


Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

  • 0-6 months: 0.3 mg
  • 6-12 months: 0.4 mg


Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

  • 0-6 months: 2 mg
  • 6-12 months: 4 mg


Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

  • 0-6 months: 0.1 mg
  • 6-12 months: 0.3 mg


Vitamin B9 (Folate)

  • 0-6 months: 65 mcg
  • 6-12 months: 80 mcg


Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)

  • 0-6 months: 0.4 mcg
  • 6-12 months: 0.5 mcg


Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

  • 0-6 months: 40 mg
  • 6-12 months: 50 mg


Vitamin D 

  • 0-6 months: 10 mcg or 400 IU
  • 6-12 months: 10 mcg or 400 IU


Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

  • 0-6 months: 4 mg
  • 6-12 months: 5 mg


Vitamin K

  • 0-6 months: 2 mcg
  • 6-12 months: 2.5 mcg



  • 0-6 months: 0.11 g
  • 6-12 months: 0.37 g


Similar Formulation & Taste As Breast Milk 

Bobbie’s flagship milk-based product has a similar formulation to breast milk in terms of ratios between milk proteins whey and casein.

It uses more whey proteins than casein solids (60-40). The gentle formula uses 100% partially hydrolyzed or broken-down whey proteins.

Cow’s milk has an 18-82 whey-to-casein ratio. (13)

Breast milk has the opposite: it usually contains more whey than casein (around 70-30 or 80-20 during early lactation, becomes 50-50 during later lactation). (13)


Gentle Formulation For Easy Digestion

Whey is easier to digest because it’s from the milk’s liquid portion (casein makes up the solids).

The flagship formula contains more whey than casein, making it easy to digest.

The Gentle formula uses 100% partially hydrolyzed whey, which makes it even easier to digest.


Can Bobbie Cause Constipation, Gas, Or Other Side Effects?

In theory, Bobbie is less likely to cause gas, bloating, constipation, or other side effects because of its gentle formulation and lack of palm oil (it can lead to hard stools). (11)

However, some parents have complained about their babies experiencing constipation or vomiting after taking the brand’s flagship product (see below).


Mom-Founded Infant Formula Company

The company was founded by moms Laura Modi and Sarah Hardy after Modi’s lightbulb moment while shopping for her first baby’s infant formula in 2016.

On their website, the founders explained that Modi felt guilty buying a product filled with corn syrup, palm oil, and fillers for her baby. She doesn’t buy products that have these ingredients for herself.

Modi founded Bobbie Baby, LLC in 2018 in the basement of her San Francisco home while pregnant with her second baby. Hardy joined the business in 2019.

In 2020, the brand started manufacturing organic baby formulas with Perrigo Nutritionals based in Vermont and Ohio.


The Formula Company’s Manufacturing Practices & Product Traceability

Bobbie assures parents of safe formula products because Perrigo conducts 2,000+ quality checks for each batch.

According to Bobbie’s safety page, products only leave the manufacturing facility and hit market shelves if they pass all the quality and safety checks.

Consumers can use the brand’s lot code tracker ( to learn more about the Bobbie products they bought.


Tamper-Evident Cans For Added Safety

Some product tampering issues have affected the baby formula industry in the past (read about them in our formula recall article), sparking calls for stricter measures to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Bobbie addresses this issue with tamper-evident cans designed to make it easier to determine whether the container has been opened.

Once the can’s lid is opened, it can’t be resealed.


Buy Once Or Choose From Different Subscription Options

Bobbie offers flexibility to consumers by offering options to buy the products individually or through a subscription.

A subscription can be ideal if you want to save money because the prices are lower, and you get free shipping.

Subscriptions are offered at four, eight, or 10 cans.

The brand offers a “formulator” (formula calculator via to help you calculate how much your baby will need.


Testing Bobbie For Your Baby With The Starter Bundle

There’s also an option to get the starter bundle of two cans, offered on a “buy one, get one” basis.


Bobbie Clinical Trial

The brand is currently conducting a clinical trial (enrollment is closed because they’ve reached the maximum number of participants).

Those who are part of the trial can receive the following:

  • Four months’ supply of organic infant formula if they’re formula feeding (other participants commit to breastfeeding)
  • One month’s supply of Coterie diapers
  • Up to $450 in compensation (after completing specific milestones during the study)
  • Welcome bag with $39 worth of swag items


Cons & Things To Consider Before Choosing Bobbie Formula

  • Doesn’t have probiotics or prebiotics 
  • Contains canola oil
  • Some complaints about needing to dig around the container to find the scoop when using a new can for the first time
  • Some complaints that the formula cans are too small


Potential Allergens

Bobbie products are gluten-free. However, they contain milk, a common allergen. (14)

Watch out for the following milk allergy symptoms within minutes or hours after taking this product: (14)

  • Hives
  • Wheezing
  • Tingling or itching around the mouth or lips 
  • Coughing
  • Swelling of the tongue, lips, or throat
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of breath


Some children might also experience the following: (14)

  • Colic (babies)
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea or loose stools (may contain blood)


Milk allergy is potentially life-threatening if the child’s airways become narrow and blocked. (14)

Rush your baby or child to ER if they show these signs: (14)

  • Facial flushing
  • Breathing difficulties 
  • Swollen throat
  • Shock (quick drop in blood pressure)


Summary & Recommendations

Bobbie formulas can provide your baby’s nutrition needs but also contain DHA and ARA, which might lead to some side effects.

You can choose Bobbie Organic Infant Formula for most feeding journeys or try Bobbie Organic Gentle Formula for fussy babies who need a product that’s easier to digest.

NOTE: Always consult with your pediatrician before giving any kind of formula to your baby.


Bobbie & Formula Feeding FAQs

How Do I Prepare Bobbie Formula For My Baby?

Always follow the printed instructions on the can, including the suggested number of scoops and water volume. The numbers depend on your baby’s age.


Can I Use Bobbie Formula For Combination Feeding?

Yes. Like other formulas, you can also combine Bobbie with breastfeeding.


Where Can I Get Bobbie Formula?

  • Bobbie’s official website (
  • Target


How Many Bottles Can I Make With One Can Of Bobbie & How Many Cans Should I Buy?

Here’s a feeding guide provided by Bobbie:


When Does Bobbie Formula Expire?

Unopened and unmixed formulas can last 18 months to two years from manufacturing.

Opened cans must be consumed within 30 days.

Premixed formula can last up to 24 hours in the fridge, but leftovers must be discarded within 60 minutes after your baby starts using the bottle.


Product Comparison: Bobbie Formula Vs. Other Formula Brands

Bobbie vs. Kendamil

Products from both brands meet European standards. 

However, while Bobbie only has organic formulas from cow’s milk for 0-12 months old, Kendamil offers more product options (possibly limited in the US but available in EU stores), such as:

  • Regular (inorganic) formulas
  • Goat milk
  • Toddler milk (12-36 months)
  • Baby food (porridge)


Bobbie Formula vs. HiPP Formula

Products from both brands meet European standards, but HiPP offers a wider range of products, including those that contain “combiotics” (a combination of probiotics and prebiotics).


Bobbie vs. Similac

Most Similac formula products aren’t organic, but the brand has more options than Bobbie, ranging from everyday nutrition to specialty formulas for babies with certain dietary needs (e.g., cow’s milk allergies).


Bobbie vs. Enfamil

Bobbie has fewer options than Enfamil, which is comparable to Similac in terms of product offerings and content.


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