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HiPP Organic Formula Reviews: Are These European Formulas Good For My Baby?

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Overview 

There are over 50 different American infant formulas. Yet, many parent0s in the US are turning to European brands like HiPP and Holle despite the higher prices plus shipping costs. (1)

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Why Are European Formulas Better?

That may be due to formulas from Europe being perceived to have higher quality because they supposedly follow stricter EU (European Union) organic standards. (1)

Many parents may prefer European brands due to options that are rarely available in American formulas, including milk from pasture-raised cows. (1)

Still,  baby formulas are among the most tightly regulated foods by the FDA. 

But no matter where the product is made, Brain Health from Birth author Rebecca Fett recommends choosing a formula with these top ingredients: (2)

  • Whey proteins or partially hydrolyzed whey
  • Lactose (primary carbohydrate)
  • Prebiotics, which may support a healthy gut microbiome (3)
  • MFGM (milk fat globule membrane), a fat abundant in breast milk that may help support your baby’s cognitive development (4)

 

Fett explained that these are the main components of breast milk. So, it makes sense that you pick a formula with these ingredients unless your child is lactose intolerant or has special nutrition needs. (5)

So, do HiPP organic formulas meet these criteria? Are they a good choice for your baby? What options are available, and which should you pick for your little one? Learn more below.

 

HiPP Formulas: Main Similarities & Differences

Is HiPP Formula Really Better?

  • Many HiPP formulas have “combiotic” or “combiotik” in their names. The brand coined these terms to indicate that their formulas are made of a combination of probiotics and prebiotics.
  • All formulas are free from GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that may cause allergies, autism, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), autoimmunity, and growth failure. (6)
  • Is HiPP organic really organic? The company only sources its formulas from farms that strictly follow EU (European Union) organic farming guidelines.
  • The formulas are made from the milk of grass-fed cows.
  • All HiPP ingredients may be free from pesticides, steroids, hormones, and toxic chemicals.
  • Unlike US formulas, the products by HiPP and other European brands may be free from synthetic vitamins and minerals.
  • All formulations also have vitamin D and calcium to support bone and joint health. (7)
  • The formulas contain vitamins A and C that may boost your little one’s immune system function. (7)
  • The products contain omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and omega-6 ARA (arachidonic acid) long-chain, polyunsaturated fatty acids. They can help promote brain development. (8)
  • All formulas are free from gluten, peanuts, soy, eggs, starch, and added sugar.
  • These items have palm oil, which can affect calcium absorption and lead to a lower bone density in your baby. (9)
  • Most HiPP formulas were included in a massive recall of formulas made in Europe by Able Groupe. (10)

 

Why Is HiPP Not FDA Approved?

Last August 8, 2021, recalled several baby formulas from European brands HiPP, Holle, Kendamil, and Bioland. (10)

The recall is due to these brands failing to meet FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) requirements. Many also have low iron content but failed to put proper labels indicating the possible need for iron supplements. (10)

According to the recall announcement, the FDA hasn’t received the premarket notifications for any products. Such is required before any formula can be sold in the US. (10)

Also, several formulas from these European brands don’t meet the FDA’s minimum iron standard and labeling requirements. (10)

The FDA requires that baby formula should have at least 1 mg of iron for every 100 calories. It’s because babies with inadequate iron intake can develop iron deficiency anemia. If left untreated, this anemia may lead to irreversible cognitive, learning, and functional development outcomes. (10)

If an infant formula has less than the minimum iron requirement, the FDA requires manufacturers to add a label (in English) to indicate that iron supplementation may be necessary. (10)

Many products included in this massive recall contain less than 1 mg of iron per 100 calories, yet none include the required label. (10)

The following HiPP baby formulas were listed on the recall advisory: (10)

  • HiPP Dutch Combiotic Infant Milk Formula (Stage 1; 0-6 months)
  • HiPP Dutch Combiotic Follow-on Milk Formula (Stage 2; 6+ months)
  • HiPP Anti-Reflux Milk Formula (from birth)
  • HiPP Comfort Milk Formula (from birth)
  • HiPP German Combiotic Infant Milk Formula (Stage 1; 0-6 months)
  • HiPP German Combiotic Follow-on Infant Milk Formula (Stage 2; 6+ months)
  • HiPP UK Combiotic First Infant Milk Formula (Stage 1; 0-6 months)
  • HiPP UK Combiotic Follow-on Infant Milk Formula (Stage 2; 6+ months)
  • HiPP HA Germany Hypoallergenic Stage PRE Combiotic Infant Milk Formula (0-6 months)
  • HiPP HA Germany Hypoallergenic Combiotic Infant Milk Formula (Stage 1; 6+ months)
  • HiPP HA Germany Hypoallergenic Combiotic Follow-on Milk Formula (Stage 2; 6+ months)

 

Affected consumers are advised to stop using these infant formulas immediately. The FDA advisory also recommends disposing of these items safely. You can send a message to [email protected] if you have any questions. (10)

However, despite the low iron content, these baby formulas may still be safe for your baby to drink. 

But make sure to consult your pediatrician to confirm whether these formulas are ideal for your baby. Your pediatrician may recommend a suitable iron supplement so your baby can still meet their iron requirements.

All HiPP formulas are free from:

  • Soy
  • Gluten
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Added sugars
  • Corn syrup
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Hormones
  • Steroids
  • Artificial preservatives
  • Artificial flavors
  • Artificial colors
  • Other unnatural ingredients or additives

 

Main Differences

The following are some formulas offered by HiPP:

 

HiPP Dutch Organic Combiotic Infant Milk Formula (Stage 1)

  • It may have the highest amount of vitamins B6 and K.
  • It’s HiPP’s least expensive formula ($1.70 per oz). 
  • In contrast, these are the prices (per oz) of the other formulas: German Combiotik, $1.84; HA German, $1.94; UK Combiotic, $1.94; AR German, $2.40, Comfort, $2.52; 1+ Years, $1.84, and 2+ Years, $1.84.

 

HiPP German Organic Combiotik Infant Milk Formula (Stage 2)

  • It may have the highest total fat, carbohydrates, vitamins C and E, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and iron.

 

HiPP HA German Hypoallergenic Organic Combiotik Infant Milk Formula (Stage PRE)

  • It’s a hypoallergenic formula with broken-down, hydrolyzed proteins.
  • It may have the highest amount of iron and vitamins A, C, and K.

 

HiPP UK Organic Combiotic Infant Milk Formula (Stage 3)

  • This formula may have the highest amount of proteins, fibers, iron, vitamin B12, and calcium.
  • It doesn’t have prebiotics.
  • UK Combiotic (Stage 3) wasn’t included in the massive Able Groupe recall of European formulas, but stages 1 and 2 were recalled. (10)

 

HiPP AR German Anti-Reflux Formula

  • It has organic locust bean gum that may help with spit-up or reflux for babies from birth onwards.
  • It may have the highest amount of vitamin K.
  • But this formula contains maltodextrin. Internationally acclaimed postnatal educator Philippa Murphy recommends avoiding maltodextrin because it can cause explosive bowel motions, intestinal injury, green stools, short sleep cycles, and poor anti-bacterial response. (11)

 

HiPP Comfort Milk

  • It’s a gentle formula for babies with gas, constipation, colic, or food sensitivities.
  • It may contain the highest amount of vitamin K and can be used by babies from birth onwards.
  • This formula has maltodextrin.

 

HiPP 1+ Years Organic Combiotic Kindermilch Toddler Formula

  • It’s a toddler formula designed for drinking in a cup if your child is over one year old.
  • It may have the highest levels of fibers, proteins, vitamin B12, iron, and calcium.
  • It wasn’t included in the Able Groupe recall. (10)

 

HiPP 2+ Years Organic Combiotic Kindermilch Toddler Formula

  • It’s a toddler formula designed for drinking in a cup if your child is over two years old.
  • It may have the highest amount of fibers, vitamins B2 and D, and calcium.
  • It wasn’t included in the European formulas recalled by Able Groupe. (10)

 

Learn more about each HiPP formula below.

 

HiPP Dutch Organic Combiotic Infant Milk Formula (Stage 1) 

Pricing/Packages

  • 28.22 oz can, single pack: $47.99 each
  • 28.22 oz can, six packs: $46.99 each
  • 28.22 oz can, twelve packs: $44.99 each

 

Best Features & Safety

  • It’s formulated for babies zero to six months old.
  • It contains galacto-oligosaccharides (prebiotics) and Lactobacillus fermentum (probiotics) that can promote a healthier digestive system. (3)(12)
  • It’s manufactured in Germany, then packaged in the Netherlands.
  • It has natural lactic acid cultures with similar properties found in breast milk.

 

Age Range

  • Zero to six months old

 

Ingredients Can Include

  • Organic skimmed milk
  • Organic whey
  • Organic vegetable oils (organic palm oil, organic sunflower oil, or organic rapeseed oil)
  • Organic lactose
  • Organic galacto-oligosaccharides (from organic lactose)
  • Whey protein
  • Fish oil
  • Choline
  • Mortierella alpina oil (source of ARA or arachidonic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid)
  • Lactic acid culture (gut bacteria Hereditum Lactobacillus Fermentum CECT5716)

 

Nutritional Facts 

Each serving (3.4 oz) of this formula contains:

  • Calories: 276 kJ
  • Total fats: 3.6 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Added sugars: 0 g
  • Fibers: 0.3 g
  • Proteins: 1.25 g
  • Vitamin A: 54 mcg
  • Vitamin B6: 10 mcg
  • Vitamin C: 8.9 mg
  • Vitamin D: 1.5 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin K: 5.1 mcg
  • DHA: 13.2 mg 
  • ARA: 13.2 mg
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: 0.06 g
  • Omega-6 fatty acids: 0.4 g
  • Iron: 0.5 mg
  • Calcium: 51 mg

 

This formula also contains other nutrients:

  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Chloride
  • Folic acid
  • Choline

 

Product Recall

Like most of the HiPP formulas, it was recalled in August 2021 for low iron content, failure to put proper labels, and not submitting premarket notifications to the FDA. (10)

 

Pros

  • It may be the most budget-friendly of all HiPP organic formulas.
  • It may have the highest amount of vitamins B6 and K.
  • It contains a combination of probiotics and prebiotics that may help improve your baby’s gut health. (3)(12)
  • It doesn’t have maltodextrin.
  • It’s produced with minimal processing using organic ingredients
  • It has fish oil for DHA.
  • Its main carbohydrate is lactose, the sugar in breast milk.

 

Cons

  • It only contains 0.5 mg of iron per serving or 0.76 mg per 100 calories. The FDA requires all baby formulas to have at least 1 mg of iron. But your pediatrician can recommend iron supplements for your baby to meet their daily iron requirements. (10)
  • It has had a recall in the US. (10)
  • It contains questionable vegetable oils.

What Customers Say

Positive Reviews 

It mixes well with my breast milk when I need to top up, and my baby has accepted and digested it really well.” – Reviewer on My Organic Company website.

Negative Reviews 

My son did not do well on this formula.” – Reviewer on Shopper Approved.

 

HiPP German Organic Combiotik Infant Milk Formula (Stage 2)

Pricing/Packages

  • 21.16 oz box, single pack: $38.99 each
  • 21.16 oz box, eight packs: $37.99 each
  • 21.16 oz box, twelve packs: $35.99 each

 

Best Features & Safety

  • This formulation is for babies from six months and older.
  • It contains prebiotics and probiotics that may help promote better digestion and prevent constipation. (3)(12)
  • It’s iron-fortified (1.0 mg).

 

Age Range

  • Six months old and above

 

Ingredients Can Include:

  • Organic skimmed milk
  • Organic vegetable oils (palm oil, rapeseed oil, or sunflower oil)
  • Organic whey product
  • Organic lactose
  • Organic starch
  • Galacto-oligosaccharides from lactose as prebiotics
  • Fish oil for long-chain, polyunsaturated fatty acids that helps with brain development (8)
  • Natural lactic acid cultures (Lactobacillus fermentum hereditum) as probiotics

 

Nutritional Facts

Each serving (3.4 oz) of this formula contains:

  • Calories: 285 kJ
  • Total fats: 3.7 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 7.2 g
  • Added sugars: 0 g
  • Fibers: 0.4 g
  • Proteins: 1.3 g
  • Vitamin A: 56 mcg
  • Vitamin B6: 0.042 mcg
  • Vitamin C: 10 mg
  • Vitamin D: 1.6 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 0.80 mg
  • Vitamin K: 3.1 mcg
  • DHA: 13.6 mg 
  • Linoleic acid: 0.42 mg
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: 0.06 g
  • Iron: 1.0 mg
  • Calcium: 70 mg

 

This formula also contains other nutrients:

  • Niacin
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Vitamin B1
  • Potassium
  • Folic acid
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium

 

Product Recall

  • It’s included in the Able Groupe recall. But unlike most of the recalled European formulas, it meets the DFA’s iron content requirement. It has 1 mg of iron per serving or 1.47 mg per 10 calories. (10)

 

Pros

  • It may have the highest total fat, carbohydrates, vitamins C and E, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and iron.
  • It features prebiotics and probiotics that can help promote better digestion and prevent constipation. (3)(12)

 

Cons

  • This formula had a recall. (10)
  • It contains questionable vegetable oils.

 

What Customers Say

Positive Reviews 

My daughter had tried every American formula that exists…including the organic fancy ones. Nope. THIS is the only one she will take.” – Reviewer on My Organic Company website.

Negative Reviews 

There is no way to air seal it with this sticker you provide and my infant got diarrhea after one week of making formula from this bag that could not be air sealed.” – Reviewer on Formuland.

 

HiPP HA German Hypoallergenic Organic Combiotik Infant Milk Formula (Stage PRE)

Pricing/Packages

  • 21.16 oz box, single pack: $40.99 each
  • 21.16 oz box, eight packs: $39.99 each
  • 21.16 oz box, twelve packs: $37.99 each

 

Best Features & Safety

  • It’s a hypoallergenic formula made with hydrolyzed proteins. (13)
  • Milk allergy is common in infants and may be caused by the immune system’s reaction to proteins found in dairy products. Your pediatrician may recommend hydrolyzed formulas, which have broken down proteins that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. (13)
  • It doesn’t have maltodextrin or starch.
  • This non-GMO formula contains omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and omega-6 ARA (arachidonic acid) fatty acids. They can help promote brain development. (8)

 

Age Range

  • From newborn to six months old

 

Ingredients Can Include:

  • Organic whey protein hydrolyzate
  • Organic lactose
  • Organic vegetable oils (palm oil, rapeseed oil, or sunflower oil)
  • Galacto-oligosaccharides from organic lactose as prebiotics (3)
  • Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids oil blend (vegetable oils and fish oil)
  • Natural lactic acid cultures (Lactobacillus fermentum hereditum) as probiotics (12)

 

Nutritional Facts

Each serving (3.4 oz) of this formula contains:

  • Calories: 277 kJ
  • Total fats: 3.5 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 6.9 g
  • Added sugars: 0 g
  • Fibers: 0.3 g
  • Proteins: 1.6 g
  • Vitamin A: 70 mcg
  • Vitamin B6: 0.04 mcg
  • Vitamin C: 10 mg
  • Vitamin D: 1.2 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 0.70 mg
  • Vitamin K: 5.1 mcg
  • Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids: 20 mg
  • Iron: 0.50 mg
  • Calcium: 50 mg

 

This formula also contains other nutrients

  • Potassium
  • Magnesium carbonate
  • Choline
  • Inositol
  • Zinc sulfate
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Niacin
  • Copper
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Manganese
  • Folic acid
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin b12

 

Product Recall

  • It’s included in the Able Groupe recall. (10)

 

Pros

  • It may have the highest amount of iron and vitamins A, C, and K.
  • It’s a hypoallergenic formulation that may be ideal for babies with cow’s milk protein allergies. (13)

 

Cons

  • This formula had a recall. (10)
  • It has only 0.5 mg of iron per serving or 0.76 mg per 100 calories. Consult with your pediatrician whether your child needs iron supplements to meet their nutritional needs. (10)
  • It has questionable vegetable oils.

 

What Customers Say

Positive Reviews 

I wanted something organic with high quality ingredients and hypoallergenic. That’s why I decided to purchase the HIPP hypoallergenic formula.” – Reviewer on My Organic Company website.

Negative Reviews 

Our baby liked it a lot and we felt better about the quality. The only con is that it did clump up when the water mixed was room temperature. The Holle formula didn’t do that.” – Reviewer on My Organic Company website.

 

HiPP UK Organic Combiotic Infant Milk Formula (Stage 3)

Pricing/Packages

  • 21.16 oz box, single pack: $40.99 each
  • 21.16 oz box, eight packs: $39.99 each
  • 21.16 oz box, twelve packs: $37.99 each

 

Best Features & Safety

  • It’s a toddler formula made for children 12 months and above.
  • It meets all the EU (European Union) minimum standards for infant nutrition.

 

Age Range

  • This HiPP stage 3 formula may be ideal for children over 12 months old.

 

Ingredients Can Include:

  • Organic skimmed milk
  • Organic vegetable oils (palm oil, rapeseed oil, or sunflower oil)
  • Organic lactose
  • Prebiotic galacto-oligosaccharides from lactose

 

Nutritional Facts

Each serving (3.4 oz) of this formula contains:

  • Calories: 211 kJ
  • Total fats: 2.5 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Added sugars: 0 g
  • Fibers: 0.6 g
  • Proteins: 1.9 g
  • Vitamin A: 36 mcg
  • Vitamin B12: 0.40 mcg
  • Vitamin C: 6.7 mg
  • Vitamin D: 1.7 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 0.60 mg
  • Linoleic omega-6 fatty acids: 0.5 g
  • Iron: 1.0 mg
  • Calcium: 130 mg

 

This formula also contains other nutrients:

  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Lactic acid
  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin B12

 

Product Recall

  • None.
  • This formulation meets the minimum iron requirement (1.0 mg per 100 calories). 
  • Although HiPP UK Combiotic stages 1 and 2 were recalled, stage 3 wasn’t listed on the recall advisory. (10)

 

Pros

  • This formula may have the highest amount of proteins, fibers, iron, vitamin B12, and calcium.
  • It meets the FDA’s minimum requirements for iron content and wasn’t included in the Able Groupe recall. (10)

 

Cons

  • It contains questionable vegetable oils.
  • It doesn’t have prebiotics.

 

What Customers Say

After trying 5 different American formulas without any success to resolve my daughters constipation issues, this formula has solved that problem.” – Reviewer on My Organic Company website.

I was breastfeeding until production started to slow down and my baby was somewhat sensitive to dairy, so we tried this formula to start along with Earths best. My daughter digested the HiPP formula way better.” – Reviewer on My Organic Company website.

 

HiPP AR Germany Anti-Reflux Formula

Pricing/Packages

  • 17.06 oz box, single pack: $40.99 each
  • 17.06 oz box, eight packs: $39.99 each
  • 17.06 oz box, twelve packs: $37.99 each

 

Best Features & Safety

  • It contains organic locust bean gum that makes it creamier. The formulation may help if your little one has reflux or spit-up.
  • This European baby formula can be used by babies from birth and up.

 

Age Range

  • From birth and up

 

Ingredients Can Include:

  • Organic skimmed milk
  • Organic whey
  • Organic vegetable oils (palm oil, rapeseed oil, and sunflower oil)
  • Thickener carob-flour (maltodextrin)
  • Fish oil
  • Natural lactic acid cultures (Lactobacillus fermentum hereditum CECT5716)
  • Mortierella alpina oil (source of ARA)

 

Nutritional Facts

Each serving (3.4 oz) of this formula contains:

  • Calories: 275 kJ
  • Total fats: 3.6 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 6.9 g
  • Added sugars: 0 g
  • Fibers: 0.4 g
  • Proteins: 1.25 g
  • Vitamin A: 54 mcg
  • Vitamin B2: 0.14 mcg
  • Vitamin C: 8.9 mg
  • Vitamin D: 1.5 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 0.70 mg
  • Vitamin K: 5.1 mcg
  • DHA: 13.2 mg 
  • ARA: 13.2 mg
  • Linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acids): 0.40 g
  • Iron: 0.70 mg
  • Calcium: 51 mg

 

This formula also contains other nutrients

  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Niacin
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Inositol
  • Copper
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folic acid
  • Selenium
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin B12

 

Product Recall

  • It’s included in the Able Groupe recall. (10)

 

Pros

  • It’s a special formula that may be ideal if your baby has acid reflux or spit-up.
  • It may have the highest amount of vitamin K.
  • It has only 0.7 mg of iron per serving or 1.06 mg per 100 calories. (10)

 

Cons

  • This formula had a recall. (10)
  • It contains maltodextrin and questionable vegetable oils.
  • It doesn’t have prebiotics.

 

What Customers Say

Positive Reviews 

My son really enjoys the taste of this formula, it’s gentle on his sensitive stomach, and has helped minimize his reflux.” – Reviewer on My Organic Company website.

Negative Reviews 

It did give him very loose and frequent poos to the point that I took him off it after 3 days due to dehydration. I don’t think he particularly like it and it’s so thick, he was struggling to drink it.” – Reviewer on Net Mums.

 

HiPP Comfort Milk

Pricing/Packages

  • 17.06 oz box, single pack: $42.99 each
  • 17.06 oz box, eight packs: $41.99 each
  • 17.06 oz box, twelve packs: $39.99 each

 

Best Features & Safety

  • It’s a gentle organic baby formula that may be ideal if your baby has flatulence or gas, colic, constipation, or is prone to allergies.
  • This formulation uses hydrolyzed proteins that have been broken down for easy digestion. The broken-down proteins may be less likely to cause allergic reactions. (13)

 

Age Range

  • From birth onwards

 

Ingredients Can Include:

  • Organic hydrolyzed whey proteins
  • Organic lactose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Vegetable oils (palm oil, rapeseed oil, and sunflower oil)
  • Starch
  • Beta palmitate (palm oil and sunflower oil) – this is a specially structured fat based on breast milk.
  • Galacto-oligosaccharides from lactose for prebiotics (3)
  • Mortierella alpina oil (ARA source)
  • Fish oil
  • Natural lactic acid cultures (Lactobacillus fermentum hereditum CECT5716) (12)

 

Nutritional Facts

Each serving (3.4 oz) of this formula contains:

  • Calories: 276 kJ
  • Total fats: 3.6 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 7.0 g
  • Added sugars: 0 g
  • Fibers: 0.3 g
  • Proteins: 1.25 g
  • Vitamin A: 54 mcg
  • Vitamin B12: 0.10 mcg
  • Vitamin C: 8.9 mg
  • Vitamin D: 1.5 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 0.70 mg
  • Vitamin K: 5.1 mcg
  • DHA: 13.2 mg 
  • ARA: 13.2 mg
  • Linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acids): 0.47 g
  • Iron: 0.60 mg
  • Calcium: 51 mg

 

This formula also contains other nutrients:

  • Potassium
  • Choline
  • Magnesium
  • Inositol
  • Zinc
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Niacin
  • Copper
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folic acid
  • Biotin
  • Manganese

 

Product Recall

  • It’s included in the Able Groupe recall. (10)

 

Pros

  • It’s a gentle formulation that may be ideal for sensitive tummies.
  • It may contain the highest amount of vitamin K and can be used by babies from birth onwards.

 

Cons

  • This formula had a recall. (10)
  • It contains maltodextrin and questionable vegetable oils.
  • It has only 0.60 mg of iron per serving or 0.91 per 100 calories. Consult with your doctor for possible iron supplementation. (10)

 

What Customers Say

Positive Reviews 

My son is 9 months and thriving on this stuff (he eats solids as well). It does taste like water and I’m not sure why but he’s doing well on it and likes it so that doesn’t bother us. He’s been on it since 5 or 6 months I think.” – Reviewer on My Organic Company website.

Negative Reviews 

My baby was having colic and constipation so we ordered this formula. My baby definitely went through an adjustment period and it does not smell or taste great. However, when my bay did acclimate to the formula she did really well and her poops went from hard to soft.” – Reviewer on My Organic Company website.

 

HiPP 1+ Years Organic Combiotic Kindermilch Toddler Formula

Pricing/Packages

  • 21.16 oz box, single pack: $38.99 each
  • 21.16 oz box, six packs: $37.99 each
  • 21.16 oz box, twelve packs: $35.99 each

 

Best Features & Safety

  • This toddler formula is intended for toddlers who are one year old and above.
  • It’s formulated for drinking in a cup.
  • It doesn’t have maltodextrin.

 

Age Range

  • Toddlers 12 months and above

 

Ingredients Can Include:

  • Organic skimmed milk
  • Organic vegetable oils (palm oil, rapeseed oil, and sunflower oil)
  • Organic lactose
  • Organic galactooligosaccharides from lactose for prebiotics
  • Natural lactic acid culture (lactobacillus fermentum hereditum CECT 5716)

 

Nutritional Facts

Each serving (3.4 oz) of this formula contains:

  • Calories: 211 kJ
  • Total fats: 2.5 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 5.0 g
  • Added sugars: 0 g
  • Fibers: 0.6 g
  • Proteins: 1.9 g
  • Vitamin A:  36 mcg
  • Vitamin B12: 0.4 mcg
  • Vitamin C: 6.7 mg
  • Vitamin D: 1.7 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 0.6 mg
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: 0.05 g
  • Omega-6 fatty acids: 0.5 g
  • Iron: 1 mg
  • Calcium: 130 mg

 

This formula also contains other nutrients

  • Potassium
  • Vitamin B2
  • Biotin

 

Product Recall

  • None.
  • This organic formula meets the FDA’s minimum iron requirement (1.0 mg per 100 calories). 
  • Although most HiPP formulas were recalled last August 2021, it wasn’t listed on the recall advisory. (10)

 

Pros

  • It may have the highest levels of fibers, proteins, vitamin B12, iron, and calcium.
  • This non-GMO, organic formula is designed for toddlers (1+ years old) to drink from a cup. 
  • It contains 1 mg of iron, unlike many HiPP and European formulas. (10)

 

Cons

  •  It contains questionable vegetable oils.

 

What Customers Say

Our 16 month old grandson is struggling with structural GI issues and this formula has been working very well for him. He is gaining weight and experiencing decreased gassy stomach.” – Reviewer on My Organic Company website.

I breastfed my son for a long time. So I was a little worried that it would be difficult for me to wean him off breastfeeding. I found this formula and decided to try it. Everything went well for my son, he feels great, and he has no health problems.” – Reviewer on Organic Best Shop.

 

Hipp 2+ Years Organic Combiotic Kindermilch Toddler Formula

Pricing/Packages

  • 21.16 oz box, single pack: $38.99 each
  • 21.16 oz box, six packs: $37.99 each
  • 21.16 oz box, twelve packs: $35.99 each

 

Best Features & Safety

  • Packed with plenty of calories, it can be a great formula for toddlers two years old and above.
  • It’s meant to drink from a cup.
  • It contains lactic acids that mimic the polyunsaturated fatty acids naturally found in breast milk.
  • It has a combination of probiotics and prebiotics to help promote gut health and prevent constipation. (3)(12)

 

Age Range

  • From two years old and above

 

Ingredients Can Include:

  • Organic skimmed milk
  • Organic lactose
  • Organic vegetable oils (palm oil, rapeseed oil, and sunflower oil)
  • Organic galacto-oligosaccharides from lactose for prebiotics 
  • Natural lactic acid cultures (Lactobacillus fermentum hereditum CECT5716) for probiotics

 

Nutritional Facts

Each serving (3.4 oz) of this formula contains:

  • Calories: 212 kJ
  • Total fats: 2.2 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 5.0  g
  • Added sugars: 0 g
  • Fibers: 0.6 g
  • Proteins: 1.7 g
  • Vitamin A: 36 mcg
  • Vitamin B2: 0.18 mcg
  • Vitamin C: 4.7 mg
  • Vitamin D: 2.9 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 0.60 mg
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: 0.05 g
  • Omega-6 fatty acids: 0.4 g
  • Iron: 0.70 mg
  • Calcium: 130 mg

 

This formula also contains other nutrients:

  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin B12

 

Product Recall

  • None.
  • This formula has only 0.7 mg of iron per serving(1.06 mg per 100 calories) and wasn’t included in the list of HiPP products recalled last August 2021. (10)

 

Pros

  • It may have the highest amount of fibers, vitamins B2 and D, and calcium.
  • It’s an organic milk that can be ideal for toddlers over two years old.

 

Cons

  • It contains palm oil and other questionable vegetable oils.

 

What Customers Say

Positive Reviews 

Best formula for my boy. I am breastfeeding but have not enough for my 3 month old son. Had to add formula late in day and After trying all kind of formulas … settled on hipp combiotic.” – Reviewer on My Organic Company.

Negative Reviews

My little boy drink hipp formula since he was born and suddenly he rejected it saying its not tasty.” – Reviewer on Boots website.

 

Summary & Recommendation 

HiPP offers plenty of different formulas to cater to babies’ varied needs. These recommendations may help you pick the right organic formula for your little one.

Choose these HiPP formulas, depending on your preferences and what your baby needs:

  • HiPP Dutch Organic Combiotic Infant Milk Formula (Stage 1) – If you prefer to get the most budget-friendly option from HiPP
  • HiPP German Organic Combiotik Infant Milk Formula (Stage 2) – If you prefer a European organic formula that meets the FDA’s iron requirements. It also has more DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), vitamins C and E, and carbohydrates
  • HiPP HA German Hypoallergenic Organic Combiotik Infant Milk Formula (Stage PRE) – If your baby needs a hypoallergenic formula that meets the FDA’s minimum iron requirements
  • HiPP UK Organic Combiotic Infant Milk Formula (Stage 3) – If you prefer a formula that meets the FDA’s iron standards and also has the highest amount of calcium, proteins, fibers, and vitamin B12
  • HiPP AR German Anti-Reflux Formula – If your baby needs an anti-reflux formula and you don’t mind that it contains maltodextrin (11)
  • HiPP Comfort Milk – If your baby has gas, constipation, colic, or food sensitivities, and you don’t mind that it has maltodextrin (11)
  • HiPP 1+ Years Organic Combiotic Kindermilch Toddler Formula – If your child is over one year old and you prefer an organic European formula with iron levels that meet the FDA standards; it’s also high in calcium, fibers, proteins, and vitamin B12
  • HiPP 2+ Years Organic Combiotic Kindermilch Toddler Formula – If your child is over two years old and you prefer a formula with more fibers, vitamins B2 and D, and calcium

 

 

 

REFERENCES 

(1) https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/blog/us-parents-european-baby-formula/

(2) https://brainhealthfrombirth.com/formula/

(3) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25535999/

(4) https://bmcpediatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12887-020-02087-9

(5) Fett, Rebecca. 2019. Brain Health from Birth: Nurturing Brain Development During Pregnancy and the First Year.

(6) https://www.greenamerica.org/blog/downsides-gmo-infant-formula-we-asked-pediatrician

(7) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/baby/weaning-and-feeding/vitamins-for-children/

(8) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3362904/

(9) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16582027/

(10) https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/able-groupe-recalling-products-labeled-infant-formula-formulas-have-insufficient-iron-levels

(11) https://blog.babycues.info/2021/april/maltodextrin-in-baby-formula-please-avoid/

(12) https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/formula-feeding/Pages/Probiotics-in-Infant-Formula.aspx

(13) https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/milk-allergy.html

 

 

 

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