Baby Formulas For Sensitive Eaters

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How To Select The Right Baby Formula For A Sensitive Eater

If your little one has a sensitive tummy, finding the right formula isn't always straightforward. At Huggable, we recommend the following considerations:

  • Switching formula may sometimes lead to short-term discomfort. If you just switched to a new formula, consider waiting a little longer to see if the discomfort will pass.
  • Simply switching to an organic formula may often be enough to solve sensitivity. We recommend trying Holle Organic Stage 1 or 2 to start, as it is simpler with fewer ingredients, which often helps digestion.
  • If you think your little one is lactose intolerant or may have a milk-protein allergy, Holle Goat is a great alternative based on organic goat's milk.
  • HiPP Hypoallergenic formula includes hydrolyzed proteins to minimize allergenic impact and is generally the most effective at solving sensitive tummies. However, it is much more highly processed than the other HiPP and Holle products you'll find on Huggable, so you may want to try other options first.

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What Makes A Good Baby Formula?

Many baby formulas appear similar at first, but their ingredients lists say otherwise. Use our analysis below to help you decide what you do and don't want in your little one's formula.

Selecting The Right Carbohydrate

Lactose is the carbohydrate found in breast milk, which makes Lactose-based formulas much closer to breast milk than alternatives. All infants produce the lactase enzyme, allowing them to easily digest and absorb Lactose.

Lactose also has a far lower glycemic index than processed refined sugars, aids in the absorption of calcium, helps the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, and more.

In short, choosing a Lactose-based formula is probably the most important step in finding the best formula out there. As you read the ingredients, keep in mind that lactose is the main ingredient in cow's milk, and may appear as "organic cow's milk" or "organic skimmed milk" in ingredient lists. Lactose-based formulas are typically manufactured in Europe.

Processed Refined Sugars
Formulas manufactured in the US are typically based on sugar, corn syrup, syrup solids, maltodextrin, or brown rice, all of which are high in sucrose and have high glycemic index.

Formula manufacturers use these because they're cheaper, but the fact that formulas with added sucrose are actually banned in Europe over childhood obesity concerns tells you all you need to know about formulas with sugar as the carb base.

With nearly 1 in 5 children in the US having obesity, it's never been more important to carefully read the ingredients list of the formula you choose for your little one to make sure it doesn't contain added sugar. As you may have guessed, you won't find these types of formulas on Huggable!

Prebiotics and Probiotics

Prebiotics are like food for beneficial gut bacteria (probiotics), and are naturally found in breast milk. They won't get digested by your baby, but they will aid the growth of probiotics, helping shift your baby's microbiome to be more similar to that of a breastfed baby.

That's a great thing, which is why you'll find prebiotics in HiPP products carried on Huggable. When selecting a formula, check the ingredients list for common prebiotics like Galactooligosaccharides (GOS) or Fructooligosaccharides (FOS).

Probiotics are the beneficial gut bacteria that are part of a healthy baby's microbiome!

These are critical, since around 30% of a breastfed baby's microbiome comes from natural probiotics found in breastmilk. Probiotics may help improve immune response, reduce colic, prevent eczema, and more.

They are a big plus in baby formula. When selecting a formula, check the ingredients list for Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium.


DHA is a long chain omega 3 fatty acid that is important in early eye and brain development. It's not required in formula (like some fatty acids) because the body can generate it from other fatty acids.

However, DHA is naturally found in breastmilk and formulas with DHA are better, as generally babies may need more DHA than they can generate on their own.

ARA is another fatty acid that is important in regulating inflammation and in generating different body signals.

Like DHA, it's not required in formula, but is also found naturally in breastmilk and is beneficial in formula. You'll find both DHA and ARA in the HiPP products found on Huggable.


Many US-made formulas contain synthetic preservatives like ascorbic palmitate and beta carotene. This practice is disapproved by the National Organic Standards Board, and you won't find these preservatives in any European formulas. These synthetic preservatives can be toxic, and are not something you want in your baby's formula.


Synthetic nutrients include lutein, lycopene, taurine, L-carnitine, and L-methionine. Many of these substances are either toxic themselves, or are processed with toxic solvents. They are banned in Europe, but are still commonly found in many formulas made in the US.

Palm vs. Soy

Palm Oil
Palm oil is used in most formulas in both Europe and the US. It may cause digestive issues and gassiness in babies, but is still typically better than soy oil, which is the main alternative.

Soy Oil
Soy oil is the main alternative to palm oil. While it isn't typically associated with digestive issues, it has been found to be linked to severe menstrual cramps later in life. Given this, palm oil is generally considered the better alternative between the two.

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