What is the Best Organic Baby Formula? | Formula Comparison Charts

by Adell Hellstrom
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As a new mother, I’m constantly looking for ways to do what’s best for my son. I’m sure you are the same way if you googled ‘Best Organic Baby Formula’ and made it to my blog. For me, the search for the best organic baby formula began because I realized I was not giving my baby organic formula. I was giving my baby the same formula the hospital sent us home with, which was Similac Pro Advance. I thought Similac Pro Advance was one of the best formulas on the market because this formula cost more than many of the other formulas in stores. Similac pro advance is now GMO free but they are still not made with organic ingredients. To steer clear of my baby ingesting hormones, antibiotics, steroids, pesticides or herbicides, I knew I needed organic formula. Thus, I began the search to find the best organic baby formula available.

This is how I discovered European Baby Formula! I quickly realized European’s have far superior organic baby formula and therefore, mothers in America are opting to import these European formulas rather than purchasing American formula. After comparing ingredients from the top European Organic companies, I narrowed my search down to two European companies: Hipp and Holle. Holle Lebenswert is the newer formula from Holle and in my opinion, it has the most ideal ingredients and bioland practices compared to the original Holle formula. While Holle Lebenswert is a fantastic option to feed your baby, I ultimately decided on feeding my baby Hipp – Combiotik Organic German formula – Stage 2. Formula from Hipp and Holle come in different stages. For example, Stage 2 is for babies six months and older.

Best Website to Purchase European Organic Baby Formula

After knowing what European Organic formula I wanted to purchase, I then searched for the best and most reputable company online. I compared pricing on the formula, shipping costs, shipping speed, authenticity, and how the warehouse handles the formula (such as temperature and expiration date regulating).  I can confidently say I trust Organic Start to be the winner and top choice. Consequently, I only purchase my organic baby formula from Organic Start. Organic Start offers free fast shipping and has the lowest total price on Hipp formula. I found another website with lower prices but shipping was $65 and therefore the total cost was substantially higher. Most importantly, the Organic Start company is trustworthy and only sells authentic European formula. They rotate shipment and only keep a fresh stock. You can read all about the company and their practices here.

Best Comparison Charts

This chart helped me to understand why American formula just doesn’t compare to European formula. The first row demonstrates the ideal formula ingredients. As you can see, American Formula is full of sugar, Maltodextrin, Synthetic DHA and ARA, and other unnecessary ingredients.

American Formula vs European Formula

Organic baby formula comparison chart with American formula vs European formula


Comparison of the Best Formulas from Hipp | Top Three Compared

Hipp organic formula ingredients comparison charts with different stages

Comparison of the Best Formulas from Holle

Holle organic formula ingredients comparison charts with different stages

To see the full comparison chart click here

You really can’t go wrong with any of these options. Look at the ingredients and see what matters most to you. Different regions place more importance on different ingredients.

Tip* Hipp Dutch is extremely popular and often sells out, so as a friendly tip, you can order from other regions that have an identical formulation to Hipp Dutch. See the chart below.

Best alternative to Hipp Dutch

Best alternative to Hipp Dutch comparison chart

Comparison of Top European Formulas | Organized by Stage

I created this chart to help you compare ingredients for the stage you are in. Hipp Germany, Hipp Dutch, Hipp UK, Holle, and Lebenswert in stages Pre -4. Note* Some formulas offer PRE and some do not. Some formulas offer stage 4 and some do not.


Keep in mind, you may need to try a couple of different formulas to see what works best for your baby. I initially purchased Hipp Germany Stage 2 no starch and later switched to the Hipp Germany Stage 2 with starch. The no starch formula has a bad taste to it and more importantly, I felt it was disrupting my babies sleep at night. I felt like my baby was waking up more at night because the formula was missing starch and from what I’ve read, the starch may help a baby feel fuller longer.

What do you think? Will you make the switch to Organic European formula? I’d love to hear from you!

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Keats Marley April 18, 2019 - 12:30 pm

I was searching for such article and I have ended up here! Thank you very much for sharing such an amazing piece with us. Looking forward to reading such amazing articles as well.

Elizabeth Zavala December 27, 2018 - 9:37 am

Hi. Why did you decide on the hipp germany version versus the uk or dutch?


Adell Hellstrom March 23, 2019 - 9:10 pm

Thank you for your question. Hipp UK and Hipp Dutch do not contain starch in any of their formulas. Hipp Germany makes two versions of Stage 2, one with starch and one without starch. I originally purchased Germany stage 2 without starch but immediately switched to Germany stage 2 with starch. I made the switch to starch because I felt it helped my baby feel fuller longer and sleep through the night more consistently.

Hipp Dutch Formula October 18, 2018 - 12:00 pm

Thanks for sharing your views…..I m really impressed with combiotic Hipp formula……
These products contains all necessary ingredients that is it is made from full grain which is digestible for babies

Adell Hellstrom March 23, 2019 - 9:13 pm

I agree! After switching my baby from Similac Pro Advance to Organic Hipp formula, I felt so much better about what I’m putting into his body.


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