Best Organic European Baby Formula? Formula Comparison Chart (2021 Updated)

***Originally written in 2018 about my first-time mom experience. I’m updating the post and chart, but keeping my story the same.

As a new parent, I’m constantly looking for ways to do what’s best for my baby. 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 baby formula began because I realized I was giving my baby the same formula the hospital sent us home with, and haven’t even looked at other brands of baby formulas out there. 

I was still giving my baby Similac Pro Advance, which is a great formula however I’ve been on an Organic hype so I decided to look into Organic baby formulas.

The hospital started us off with Similac ready-to-feed bottles and I continued with the formula.

I began looking for formulas that were Organic and free of hormones, antibiotics, steroids, pesticides, and herbicides.

This is how I discovered European Baby Formula! I quickly realized European’s have a far superior organic baby formula and therefore, mothers in America are opting to import these European formulas rather than purchasing American formula. 

Some of the most popular European baby formula brands include Holle, Hipp, Topfer, and Lebenswert. You can find all these top formula brands available here at my favorite online formula shop. New customers receive 2 extra boxes on your first order… that’s a pretty sweet deal.

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After comparing ingredients from the top European Organic companies, I narrowed my search down to two European formula 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.

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 -3. Note* Some formulas offer PRE and some do not.

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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.

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 baby’s 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.

Tip* Hipp Dutch is extremely popular and often sells out. You may want to order in bulk to prevent running out.

Best Websites 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).

Organic’s Best Shop

  • Organic’s Best Shop offers the best bulk purchasing options for all your Hipp, Holle, and European formula needs! 
  • I definitely am one to stock up on 8-14 boxes at a time. You get way more savings and value this way. 
  • Organic’s Best Shop has super-fast 1-5 days FREE shipping!
  • Also, I love that Organic’s Best Shop will give you two free boxes on your first purchase and emails discounts and promotions for more savings!


Keep in mind, you may need to try a couple of different formulas to see what works best for your baby. See you next time!

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9 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and this chart. I had a few questions, is there a specific reason you started with Germany Hipp 2 instead of 1? Also, do you know anything about HIPP having an aluminum issue?

    1. Hi Digna-thanks for reaching out. To answer your question, I started with Germany Hipp 2 instead of 1 because my baby was already 6+ months old. My baby was already in the stage 2 age group. I fed my baby Similac formula up until the point I made the switch to organic European formula. To answer your second question, I definitely researched the aluminum issue and found it to not be an issue for me. Aluminum is a natural element and is found in the foods we eat. There’s not enough aluminum in the formula to cause concern. Also, the other brands weren’t tested (like Holle) so we don’t know the aluminum counts of the other formula brands. It’s possible other formulas have a higher amount of aluminum. It hasn’t been an issue for our family. Hopes this helps. -Adell

  2. Hello do you have a recommendation my mother in law purchased Hipp Pre and my baby had terrible constipation so we tried Holle Combiotek and she is spitting up a lot.
    Not sure which product to purchase next?

    1. Hi Tracy – Thanks for the question. My baby also went through a period of gassiness and spit-up. In my opinion, this is normal but you should definitely ask your physician. You could also take a look at these Hipp formulas that address your concerns. Hipp makes an ‘Anti-reflux’ formula to help with the spit up and they also have a ‘Comfort’ formula that is supposed to help with gassiness and constipation.

      You can check out either formula here.

      Anti reflux:

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. 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

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