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How to Choose the Best Baby Formula for Your Superbaby

With all the types of formula floating around, choosing the best baby formula is a job for…SUPERBABY!

Faster than a distracted parent…
More powerful than a childproof lock…
And able to leap out of his crib in a single bound!

This miracle baby, using telekenisis, can tell you exactly which is the best baby formula.  Without a single word being spoken.

*gasp*

Using the infamous Circle of Calming Cuteness, he brings an aura of clarity to an otherwise overwhelming problem: Which formula is best for my baby?

Here are the five questions that will enlighten you on which formula path to start flying down:

Best Baby Formula Question #1:
What Type of Formula Do You Need?

So first, let’s jump in with the whole cow/soy/goat/orangutan/llama milk debate.

Coming clean: I made up the orangutan and llama milk base.  Sorry. — Or did I just give you a great new BUSINESS IDEA??

What source should you look for as a base to your best infant formula? There are four main groups to choose from.

Baby Formulas Based on Cow’s Milk

These are your usual standard American formula brands like Similac, Good Start, Enfamil or European formula brands like HiPP or Holle. They are usually the least expensive because they’re based on cow’s milk. (Unless you’re choosing organic European formulas.)

Cow’s milk formulas can be difficult for babies with milk allergies or if your child struggles with gas or constipation. ]

Baby Formulas Based on Goat’s Milk

I totally wish I had heard about goat’s milk formula when my kids were babies. It has a lot of great things going on:

  1. It’s naturally sweet, more like breastmilk.
  2. The whey/casein ration is closer to breastmilk, making it easier to digest and less likely to cause gassiness.
  3. It creates a smaller curd in the stomach during digestion, helping to prevent constipation.
  4. More and more studies like this one are showing how goat’s milk formula can help treat eczema. (Which my kids always struggled with.)

If you’re curious about whether a goat’s milk formula is the best baby formula for your child, you can go here and try it for free. It is labeled as a toddler formula, but is recommended for any baby over 6 months who has started eating solid foods.

Baby Formulas Based on Soy Milk

Fewer babies are being fed soy milk these days, mostly because some studies have shown that soy milk can cause an estrogen increase among young boys. That said, there are some situations where soy milk may be a good choice.

If you’re thinking about using a soy formula, read this article first!

Hypoallergenic Baby Formulas

A hypoallergenic formula is one that has been specifically treated to be easier to digest. They are also significantly more expensive than other formulas.

Why do parents shell out the extra money for these formulas? Because they have been shown to be really helpful in helping to treat colic, acid reflux, and allergies! If you are struggling with a King Crankypants see if a hypoallergenic formula would help!

Best Baby Formula Question #2:
How Old is Your Infant?

Breastmilk naturally changes it’s nutritional content to match what your baby needs most to grow. Formula, even the BEST infant formula, can’t.  So you’ll have to make the adjustments on your own.

  • Premature babies will need to use a special formula for the entire first year of life. NeoSure is packed full of the brain-nutrients preemies need.
  • Newborns can often be benefited by extra bone-building Vitamin D and other essential fatty acids. Enfamil makes a special newborn formula for babies 0-3 months old
  • Once your baby starts eating solids at around 6 months, baby formula can fill in nutritional gaps picky-first-time eaters often have. This would be a great time to try goat’s milk formula for free. *wink*
  • After the first birthday, using a toddler formula can provide him with more nutrients than plain whole milk.

Obviously, the best baby formula for a newborn isn’t going to look the same as for an 8-month-old! Your baby’s nutritional needs are changing!

Best Baby Formula Question #3:
Is Organic Important to You?

On a scale from 1 to 10, how important is it that your baby’s formula is labeled organic?

If you answered 15, take a few minutes to read through my article 3 Reasons American Parents are Loving European Baby Formulas.

Those Europeans…they really know their organic baby formulas. Honestly, if you’re going to choose organic, using a European formula provider like this one is the way to go.  They have much stricter organic standards than we do here in America.

For the first time, Americans can enjoy the high standards and quality of organic European baby formulas! Check them out here.

Best Baby Formula Question #4:
What Form Do You Want?

Did you know there are several different forms you can purchase baby formula? I’ve used each form at different times on my parenting adventure! Here’s how to decide which baby formula form would serve you best.

Are you trying to save money?  Go powder.

Are you trying to save time? Go premixed.

Using Formula in Powder Form

Powder Pros: It’s less expensive (especially in bulk) and lasts longer in the pantry.

Power Cons: It’s time consuming to mix and isn’t sterile (one reason you won’t find it being used in the NICU.)

You’ll save on money, but lose on time. 

Which is more important to you? You also have 1 month between “opened” and “have to toss” in powdered form.  A mixed bottle is good for 48 hours if refrigerated.


 

Using Premixed Formula

Premixed Pros: Sometimes (like when you’re traveling) it’s more convenient to purchase a nipple-ready premixed bottle.

Premixed Cons: Be prepared to pay about 20% more than the powdered kind.

You’re saving time, but losing money.

Still, using premixed containers on a trip is still cheaper than having to get your van detailed because you spilled formula all over the car vents when shaking up a not-quite-closed bottle.

Unlike the powdered kind, it is sterile, which gets a gold star in areas with “iffy” water. (My scientific term of the day.) You also only have 48 hours before the cans self-destruct. (JK, they expire.)

In regards to laundry, the premixed formula can stain clothing even worse than regular formula.  (Avoid white, or buy a lot of bleach.)

Nothing says “white trash” quite like cute clothes covered in formula stains.  Still, that didn’t stop me from giving them to Goodwill because guilt trumps shame.  I dropped the bag and tire-squealed like a Bat(man) outta hell.


Best Baby Formula Question #5:
How’s Superbaby Handling It?

Although the formulas all have to follow a long list of nutritional requirements (the FDA is very passionate about that), the way they put those ingredients together can make a big difference to how baby digests it. (Plus, some babies just prefer the taste of one brand over another.)

So, to answer this last question, you’re going to have to use your Professor X mindpowers to tap into Superbaby’s secrets.

MWAH HA HA HA!!!  Formula domination!

For the next three days, watch your little hero closely.

  • Does he seem happy and content?  Or gassy and fussy?
  • Is he excited about mealtimes? or makes faces and spits out the nipple (doesn’t like the taste).
  • Is he gaining weight?  (Your weight – your weight holding baby = baby’s weight)

Observing these things, as well as the other allergy signs, can help you decided if you’ve settled on a winner, or need to go back to the list and pick again.

Don’t Worry.
You Can’t Screw This Up

Here’s the best news you’ll hear all day: When it comes to choosing the best baby formula for your child, you really can’t screw this up.

Like 99.9% of the rest of your parenting career, choosing a formula is going to involve a fair amount of trial-and-error. You’re going to make a decision, then test it for a while, then decide whether or not to continue or take a sharp right.

Start somewhere. Pick one of the formulas above, and then test it out for a few weeks. (You can always start over and pick another one!)

No allergy symptoms? Does he seem happy? No refluxing?

Sweet! Ride that train all the way to Toddlertown!

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74 thoughts on “How to Choose the Best Baby Formula for Your Superbaby

  1. Hi there ! Thanks for this article . my baby is 6 months old , on exclusive bm and solids until a week ago . I introduced a bottle of infacare formula before bedtime . baby drinks it well , burps up and goes to sleep easily . however she wakes 5 or 6 hours later with audibke gas and discomfort . she always requires a feed to settle . could it be the formula ? Also I shake the bottle and I do see a lot of bubbles/foam -could this be it ? She also drinks amounts bigger than her breast milk amounts – maybe overfed ? Sorry for all the qs -formula is so new to me !

    1. Hi Dee!

      It’s possible that it might be the formula, but if you really are concerned, I would make an appointment with your pediatrician just to be on the safe side. While you’re there, you might consider asking him/her about probiotic drops. They’ve proven to be very effective and might help. Have a wonderful day and good luck!

  2. Hi I have a five month old baby boy after every feed he bring up milk he is on similac….. But I also find he not put on weight like he should.. And he is always fussy and hungry.. I want to change his milk…any suggestions on what should I change his milk to….

    1. Cammiele, I would bring him to the doctor for an evaluation. Just to make sure there’s no refluxing or allergies going on here. (Have you seen this Milk Allergy post by Chelsea? It could be helpful to you.) If you’re not sure about his weight, either ask your doctor or use The Milestone Marker here – it lists the weight/growth milestones and how to tell if something may not be right and you need to head to the doctor’s office.

      Once your doctor has checked him over for any medical reasons, ask his opinion on your current feeding schedule. Do you need to increase the feedings? If all that looks okay, try a gentle formula like Good Start Gentle or something. Although the main brands (Enfamil, Similac, Good Start) are all based on the same thing (cow’s milk) how they are put together is different. This means that some babies will prefer one brand over another, or have less gas on one brand than another. In those cases, it comes down to doing a little trial and error over a period of a few weeks to see what’s a good fit. Hope this can help, Cammiele!

  3. Hello I have a question formulas my daughter is 2 months and other than she wants to eat and get rid of 4 ,5 ounces and she still wants more and sometimes he spits up the milk and giving her Enfamil infant 1 is there any formula that would Fuller so she doesn’t have that she doesn’t keep eating and eating also she gets really fussy and started crying that she wants more or she will get full and then like 10 20 minutes she gets more fussy and she wants more to eatthank you

  4. My baby is 12 weeks now from 2 weeks old his had a blocked nose and he spits up alot my family gp recommended i change over to soya milk as there might be a milk allergy anything you can recommend i try.

    1. Shirene,

      I don’t recommend a switch to soy if you think there might be a dairy allergy (does this run in the family?). The reason for that is many babies that struggle with dairy also don’t do well with soy. What formula are you using now?

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