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European Baby Formula Stages

November 16, 2020 8 min read

European Baby Formula Stages

European baby formula has become the answer to many parents' baby formula needs. Parents are opting out of local brands that do not have high organic production standards and regulations.

Moving away from American formulas that are filled with added sugars, soy, and chemicals; families are opting for 100% Organic European baby formula that eliminates the many risks associated with unregulated ingredients.

European brands such as HiPP Dutch, HiPP UK, HiPP Germany, Holle, Lebenswert, Loulouka, and Kendamilhave come to the forefront in the very best of dynamic farming and gentle animal husbandry practices and are known worldwide for the complete 100% Organic nutrition they provide.

One of the many benefits of European baby formula is the labeling for ages, developmental needs, and stages to meet the individual baby's needs. Here we will break down each stage and take a quick look at the European formulas that are offered.

Stage PRE Organic Formula

Specifically for newborns or premature infants, PRE stage formula is the most gentle of all the stages. Designed to be a breastmilk supplement or for complete nutrition when breastfeeding is not possible.

All formulas in this stage are free of added sugar, maltodextrin, starch, and gluten. They all meet the highest European baby formula standards giving your newborn nutrition that is completely free of steroids, pesticides, hormones, and chemicals.

Holle Bio Stage Pre Organic Baby Formula

  • Whole milk based formula from organic cows
  • A great breastmilk alternative or can be used alongside of it
  • Biodynamic, Demeter, and Organic Certified
  • Iron fortified
  • 400g / 14oz of formula powder

HiPP HA Pre Combiotic Organic Baby Formula

  • Hydrolyzed proteins make this an allergy-friendly formula
  • Contains prebiotics/probiotics
  • Main carbohydrate is lactose from organic cows milk
  • Added vitamins A & C to boost immune system function
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA and ARA) for brain development
  • 600g / 21oz of formula powder

HiPP German Stage Pre Combiotic Organic Baby Formula

  • Prebiotics/probiotics for better digestion
  • Iron-fortified
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA and ARA) for brain development
  • Added vitamins A & C to boost immune system function
  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • 600g / 21oz of formula powder

Stage 1 Baby Formulas

These gentle formulas are best used from birth to 6 months. Some parents even use it all the way through the first year because of its simple organic ingredients.

Stage 1 baby formulas are the best starting point if you are weaning a breastfed baby to formula, as they are gentle and as close in composition to breastmilk as possible.

You will find a perfect balance of nutrition that meets the highest European baby formula standards completely free of steroids, pesticides, hormones, and chemicals plus extra carbohydrates in stage one formula which helps to meet the caloric needs of a growing infant.

In this stage you will not find added sugars, wheat, soy, or peanut. Each formula is gluten free and all European baby formulas are 100% organic, GMO free.

Loulouka Stage 1 Organic Baby Milk Formula

  • 100% Grass-fed Swiss Cows
  • Skimmed Milk
  • With DHA
  • No Palm Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • 900g / 32oz of formula powder

Hipp Dutch Stage 1 (0-6 Months) Organic Combiotic Infant Milk Formula

  • Prebiotics/Probiotics
  • No Maltodextrin
  • Gluten Free
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA and ARA) for brain development
  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • GMO-Free
  • Iron-fortified
  • 800g / 28oz of formula powder

Holle Goat Milk Stage 1 Organic Baby Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is Organic Goat milk
  • Alternative for babies sensitive to cow’s milk
  • No Palm Oil
  • Vitamin D for better calcium absorption and bone strength
  • Biodynamic, Demeter, and Organic Certified
  • Iron fortified
  • 400g / 14oz of formula powder

Kendamil Stage 1 (0-6 Months) Organic Baby Formula

  • 100% Organic whole milk
  • Organic Prebiotics from Milk
  • No Palm Oil (Coconut Oil instead)
  • No Maltodextrin
  • No Fish Oil
  • Vitamin A and C for healthy immune system
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA & ARA) for brain development (without hexane extraction)
  • Main Carbohydrate is lactose
  • 800g / 28oz of formula powder

HiPP UK Stage 1 - Baby Formula Combiotic

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose from organic cow milk
  • No added sugar
  • No starch
  • Prebiotics for better digestion
  • Iron-fortified
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA and ARA) for brain development
  • GMO-Free
  • 800g / 28oz of formula powder

Holle Bio Stage 1 Organic Baby Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • Biodynamic, Demeter, and Organic Certified (Organic ++)
  • Chemical-free farming and positive animal husbandry
  • Gluten-Free
  • Iron fortified
  • Organic Maltodextrin comes from corn
  • GMO-Free
  • 400g / 14oz of formula powder

HiPP HA Stage 1 Combiotic Hypoallergenic Organic Infant Formula

  • Hydrolyzed proteins for reduced allergic reactions
  • Vitamin D for better calcium absorption and bone strength
  • Vitamin A and C for a healthy immune system
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA and ARA) for brain development
  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • GMO-Free
  • 600g / 21oz of formula powder

Lebenswert Stage 1 Organic Baby Milk Formula

  • No maltodextrin or starch
  • Bioland organic standard
  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • 500g / 17.6oz of formula powder

HiPP German Stage 1 Combiotic Organic Baby Formula

  • Prebiotics/Probiotics for better digestion
  • No wheat, soy, or peanut ingredients
  • Iron-fortified
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA and ARA) for brain development
  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • 600g / 21oz of formula powder

Stage 2 Baby Formula

For babies who are 6 months and older, this stage is well suited for infants who eat few or no solids, or still need a supplement to breast milk.

Growing babies who have a higher calorie need or those who are no longer satisfied at each feeding will benefit from this stage.

Pure nutrition free of added sugars, wheat, soy, or peanut continues to be a priority in this stage and all stages of European baby formulas. Giving your little 100% organic nutrition to help them thrive and meet developmental milestones.

Kendamil Stage 2 (6+ Months) Organic Baby Formula

  • 100% Organic whole milk
  • Organic Prebiotics from Milk
  • No Palm Oil (Coconut Oil instead)
  • No Maltodextrin
  • No Fish Oil
  • Gluten Free
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA & ARA) for brain development (without hexane extraction)
  • Main Carbohydrate is lactose
  • 800g / 28oz of formula powder

Loulouka Stage 2 Organic Baby Milk Formula

  • Skimmed milk from grass-fed Swiss cows
  • DHA for brain development
  • No Palm Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • 900g / 32oz of formula powder

HiPP Dutch Stage 2 (6+ Months) Organic Combiotic Baby Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • Prebiotics/Probiotics
  • No Maltodextrin
  • Gluten Free
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA) for brain development
  • 800g / 28oz of formula powder

HIPP UK Stage 2 - Organic Combiotic Baby Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • No starch
  • Natural prebiotics for better digestion
  • Iron-fortified
  • 800g / 28oz of formula powder

Hipp HA Stage 2 Combiotic Organic Baby Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • Hydrolyzed proteins for reduced allergic reactions
  • Gluten-Free
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA and ARA) for brain development
  • 600g / 21oz of formula powder

HiPP German Stage 2 No Starch Combiotic Organic Baby Formula

  • No starch
  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • Essential non-synthetic vitamins and minerals
  • Prebiotics/Probiotics for better digestion
  • Gluten-Free
  • Iron-fortified
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA) for brain development
  • 600g / 21oz of formula powder

HiPP German Stage 2 Combiotic Organic Baby Formula

  • Prebiotics/Probiotics for better digestion
  • Gluten-Free
  • Iron-fortified
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA) for brain development
  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • 600g / 21oz of formula powder

Holle Goat Milk Stage 2 Organic Baby Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is Organic Goat milk
  • No Palm Oil
  • Biodynamic, Demeter, and Organic Certified
  • Gluten-Free
  • Iron fortified
  • 400g / 14oz of formula powder

Holle Bio Stage 2 Organic Baby Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • Biodynamic, Demeter, and Organic Certified
  • Gluten-Free
  • Iron fortified
  • Organic maltodextrin
  • 600g / 21oz of formula powder

Lebenswert Stage 2 Organic Baby Milk Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • Bioland organic standard
  • NO wheat, soy, or peanut ingredients
  • Gluten-Free
  • No maltodextrin
  • No starch
  • 500g / 17.6oz of formula powder

Stage 3 Baby Formula

At 10 months and older, families may notice that baby is no longer satisfied with their current baby formula. This stage offers higher calorie nutrition and has more vitamins and minerals that are appropriate for their growing body.

Please note, some of the formulas labeled stage 3 are for 10 months plus, whereas some of the formulas are for 12 months plus. This slight variation depends on the country within the EU and their labeling requirements. The stage 3 formula we identify here are all the 10 month plus formulas.

As solids are introduced into your little one’s diet, European baby formula is an integral part of a balanced menu.

100% organic, free of sugars and unwanted additives, stage 3 continues to give your little one nutrition that is completely free of steroids, pesticides, hormones, and chemicals.

Loulouka Stage 3 Organic Baby Milk Formula

  • Skimmed milk from grass-fed swiss cows
  • DHA for healthy brain development
  • No Palm Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • 900g / 32oz of formula powder

HiPP German Stage 3 Combiotic Organic Baby Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • Folic Acid
  • Prebiotics/Probiotics for better digestion
  • Gluten-Free
  • Iron-fortified
  • 600g / 21oz of formula powder

Holle Goat Milk Stage 3 Organic Baby Formula

  • Grass-fed, goat milk
  • Easier to digest with less lactose
  • No Palm Oil
  • Biodynamic, Demeter, and Organic Certified
  • Gluten-Free
  • Iron fortified
  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • 400g / 14oz of formula powder

Holle Bio Stage 3 Organic Baby Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • Biodynamic, Demeter, and Organic Certified
  • Iron fortified
  • Organic maltodextrin
  • 600g / 21oz of formula powder

Lebenswert Stage 3 Organic Baby Milk Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • Bioland organic standard
  • No wheat, soy, or peanut ingredients.
  • Gluten-Free
  • No maltodextrin
  • 475g / 16.5oz of formula powder

Stage 4 Baby/Toddler Formula

This stage is for littles from the age 12-24 months, and older. For baby’s transitioning to toddlerhood, they are getting a good amount of their calories from solid foods but pediatricians still recommend daily amounts of milk consumption.

Some parents transition to whole milk from the local grocery store, whereas other parents use formula.

Toddler formulas are intended as a perfect supplement to mothers' milk and regular meals to ensure all nutritional needs are met during this passage from baby.

European formula companies know how important it is that your baby and toddler continue to get only the best nutrition completely free of steroids, pesticides, hormones, and chemicals.

Only 100% organic, GMO free ingredients are used, never added sugar, wheat or soy. As such, many parents decide to keep using the formula for their toddlers to guarantee the highest quality milk.

*UK and Dutch versions are labeled Stage 3 due to the countries special labeling requirements*

Holle Bio Stage 4 Organic Toddler Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • Biodynamic, Demeter, and Organic Certified (Organic ++)
  • Chemical-free farming and positive animal husbandry
  • Gluten-Free
  • Iron fortified
  • 600g / 21oz of formula powder

Hipp 1+ Years Organic Combiotic Kindermilch Toddler Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • Prebiotics/Probiotics for healthy digestion
  • No Maltodextrin
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA and ARA) for brain development
  • 600g / 21oz of formula powder

Hipp 2+ Years Organic Combiotic Kindermilch Toddler Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • Prebiotics/Probiotics for healthy digestion
  • No Maltodextrin
  • Gluten-Free
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA and ARA) for brain development
  • 600g / 21oz of formula powder

HiPP UK Stage 3 - Organic Combiotic Toddler Formula - Growing Up Milk

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • No starch
  • Prebiotics for better digestion
  • Gluten-Free
  • Iron-fortified
  • 600g / 21oz of formula powder

HiPP Dutch Stage 3 (12+ Months) Organic Combiotic Baby Formula

  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • Prebiotics/Probiotics
  • No Maltodextrin
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA) for brain development
  • 800g / 28oz of formula powder

Kendamil Stage 3 (12+ Months) Organic Baby Formula

  • 100% organic whole milk
  • Main carbohydrate is lactose
  • Organic Prebiotics from Milk
  • No Palm Oil (Coconut Oil instead)
  • No Maltodextrin
  • No Fish Oil
  • Gluten Free
  • Omega-3 and 6 LCPs (DHA & ARA) for brain development (without hexane extraction)
  • 800g / 28oz of formula powder

For Every Age and Stage

When deciding to keep your baby on stage 1 or move through each of the European baby formula stages, My Organic Company has the nutrition your baby deserves.

Each stage and each individual baby formula has unique properties and clean, organic ingredients so that your baby will thrive and be nourished.

We are here to help you decide the right baby formula for your little one.

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