HiPP's organic formula range is made with essential nutrients to support your baby's development. In each of their formulas, you'll find a blend of powdered organic milk, organic vegetable oils, and important vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, vitamin K, and vitamin C. HiPP's premium milks are what make them Germany's #1 organic formula brand!
What sets them apart from other brands is that in many of their formulas they use natural lactic acid culture (probiotics) originally extracted from real breast milk to bring your baby a formula that comes one step closer to nature's example. Not only do the probiotics help to reflect the natural components of breast milk, but these natural lactic acid cultures also support healthy gut flora which is important for a healthy immune system!
Their baby formula comes in a variety of country versions (German, Dutch, and UK) and specialty formulas (Comfort, Anti-Reflux, and Hypoallergenic/HA) that are staged by age in order to best meet your little one's nutritional needs as they grow up. HiPP offers infant formula for newborns, follow-on formulas for babies that are 6 months or older, and toddler milk for kiddos 12 months and up!
HiPP Brand History
HiPP's baby food history dates back to 1898 when Joseph Hipp, a confectioner from Güntsburg Germany, began to build a family with his wife. Joseph's wife, like many mothers, had issues with breastfeeding. Because feeding their children exclusively with breast milk was not an option, Joseph had to come up with an alternative, and that's when the first HiPP infant formula came into play.
Before the modern-day luxury of having access to an organic formula shop, in the 1800s people had limited options for formula feeding babies. Joseph used his confectionary background to make baby formula for his children by mixing hand-grated rusk flour and milk at his pastry shop in Pfaffenhofen. Word of his success spread and over time HiPP has come to be known as one of the best formula manufacturers out there.
Throughout the proceeding centuries, the company has remained family-run and has kept infant health at the core of its values, one of their mottos is "The best of nature. The best for nature.". As a pioneer in the field of organic agriculture, in 1956 HiPP began sourcing the raw materials used in their baby food products from organically farmed soil. Since then, HiPP has come to be the largest processor of organic raw materials in the world!
Today, HiPP has more than 6,000 organic farms which are used in their organic formula and organic baby food production. They are committed to producing high-quality products while also maintaining harmony with nature. We love that the organic milk used in the making of HiPP baby formula comes from cows that are grass, hay, or grain-fed which ensures happy cows are producing nutrient-rich infant milk.
HiPP Formula: European Organic & HiPP Organic Seal
HiPP produces European Union certified-organic formulas. Products that are marked with this seal are grown on farms that follow strict organic standards, including:
- Only using untreated seeds
- Using preventive measures to protect plants
- Keeping livestock according to breed and species
- Prohibiting the use of mineral nitrogen fertilizers
- Hormones are prohibited and antibiotics are only permitted when necessary for animal health
What makes EU organic formula some of the absolute best formula available is that it's free of GMOs, artificial colors and preservatives, and aromas or flavor enhancers. Rest assured that products with the EU organic logo are made with at least 95% organic ingredients and strict conditions are laid out for the remaining 5% of non-organic ingredients. In terms of organic baby food, the non-organic ingredients are typically fortified vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that are necessary to include in order to support your child's health.
Beyond that, HiPP has also introduced their very own HiPP organic seal to their products which exceed some of the conventional EU organic standards. Products labeled with this seal have organic ingredients that have been thoroughly checked for pollutants as HiPP does not allow for pesticide residues in their products which they ensure by using highly efficient and technical quality checks.
HiPP Formula Stages
HiPP stages their baby formula according to the age of the baby. This is done to reflect thenutritional complexity of breast milk which is a dynamic fluid that changes to meet babies' needs at different ages. Quantities of certain vitamins and minerals become more or less important during certain periods of development. Furthermore, your little one's energy demands change with age.
HiPP makes infant, follow-on, and toddler formula to support your child every step of the way throughout their first years of life:
HiPP Infant Formula
Infant formula comes in two stages, both are suitable from birth and have a similar composition.
- Stage PRE is intended to be used by infants as either their sole source of nutrition or as supplementary feeding for a breastfed baby. The only carbohydrate in this formula stage is lactose (milk sugar) which is also the main carbohydrate source in breast milk! This formula stage is designed to be given to your baby as often and as much as they want during their first few months of life.
- Stage 1 is intended to be used by infants as either their sole source of nutrition or as supplementary feeding for a breastfed baby. Unlike stage PRE, this formula stage includes organic mild starch as a complementary carbohydrate. Starch is added in addition to lactose to help make the formula more creamy and filling and which may make it better suited to hungrier babies.
HiPP Follow-On Formula
Follow-on formulas are intended for use as part of a mixed diet after the sixth month for babies that are already receiving complimentary food. These formulas tend to have higher iron levels, often added in the form of iron sulfate, which becomes especially important for little ones beginning around 6 months.
Depending on which country version of HiPP formula you choose the follow-on formula stages will be different. For HiPP German formula stage 2 and formula stage 3 are both follow-on formulas. For HiPP UK and Dutch, only formula stage 2 is a follow-on milk.
HiPP Toddler Formula
Toddler formula is designed for children between the ages of 12 to 36 months. They are different from infant formula in that they are intended to complement the transition to a family diet, as such, they are not suitable for babies under 12 months of age.
HiPP's toddler formula is based on the beneficial properties of cow's milk which for example is naturally high in calcium but it's also fortified with important nutrients that support healthy development and growth in small children. In this formula, you'll find nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin D, iron, and folic acid which combine to support bone development and a healthy immune system.
Depending on which country version of HiPP formula you choose the toddler formula stages will be different. HiPP German formula stage 1+ and formula stage 2+ are both toddler milk. For HiPP Dutch and UK, formula stage 3 is toddler milk.
Different Kinds of HiPP Baby Formulas
HiPP's formula line comes in different versions for different counties: HiPP German, HiPP Dutch, and HiPP UK. To ensure that parents have access to organic milk that suits their baby's needs, HiPP adapts their formula according to country-specific preferences and legal regulations.But no matter which version you choose, you can feel confident in knowing that all HiPP formulas are certified organic by the European Union. We will cover the unique features of the different country versions further on.
Each range of formula from all three countries offers excellent nutrition for your baby with a HiPP quality guarantee. All of their organic formulas are based on organic cow or goat's milk and contain vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids which help to support proper infant and toddler nutrition.
Common ingredients that can be found in HiPP formula include a blend of oils such as organic sunflower oil, organic palm oil (sustainably sourced), and organic rapeseed oil. Carbohydrate sources include organic lactose, starch, or maltodextrin. Other nutrients come from ingredients such as fish oil, vitamin K, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium from calcium chloride or calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, and natural lactic acid bacteria. If you're curious about the specific ingredients of a particular formula you can find this information on the formula product page on our website!
HiPP is unique compared to other formula manufacturers, such as Holle formula, in that they offer a variety of specialty formulas designed for babies with a range of issues including lactose-related 3-month colic, constipation, increased belching, or spit up, and children at risk of developing allergies.
Before choosing any formula but a specialty formula, in particular, it's important to speak with your pediatrician to understand the root cause of your baby's symptoms and which formula would best fit your child's unique needs. HiPP specialty formula includes HiPP HA (hypoallergenic), HiPP Comfort, and HiPP Anti-Reflux which you can learn more about below! It's worth noting that for days when you're on the go and short on time, they also offer ready-to-feed bottles of prepared formula instead of the classic formula powder!
HiPP Formula UK Version
HiPP UK is made in Germany and packaged in the UK. The base of the formula is organic skimmed milk from cows. It contains prebiotic fiber derived from organic lactose, these fibers are called galactooligosaccharides (GOS) and they help contribute to the growth of healthy intestinal flora. HiPP UK is also starch-free and the only country version (other than HiPP German Goat) that doesn't contain probiotics.
HiPP Dutch is made in Germany and packaged in the Netherlands. The base of the formula is organic skimmed milk from cows plus, this formula is starch-free! It contains prebiotic fiber derived from organic lactose, these fibers are called galactooligosaccharides (GOS) and they help contribute to the growth of healthy intestinal flora. It's also enriched with lactobacillus fermentum hereditum® which are natural probiotic lactic acid cultures originally extracted from real breast milk!
Formula stages include:
- HiPP Dutch Organic Combiotic Stage PRE / 1 (0 to 6 months)
HiPP German is made and packaged in Germany. The base of the formula is organic skimmed milk from cows. Most later stages contain starch as an additional carbohydrate source. However, they have two starch-free options including HiPP Stage PRE and HiPP Stage 2 No Starch. It contains prebiotic fiber derived from organic lactose, these fibers are called galactooligosaccharides (GOS) and they help contribute to the growth of healthy intestinal flora. It's also enriched with lactobacillus fermentum hereditum®, which are natural probiotic lactic acid cultures originally extracted from real breast milk!
HiPP German Bio Combiotic Formula stages include:
- Stage PRE (0 to 6 months)
- Stage 1 (0 to 6 months)
- Stage 2 No Starch (6+ months)
- Stage 2 (6+ months)
- Stage 3 (10+ months)
- Stage 1+ (12+ months)
- Stage 2+ (24+ months)
HiPP German Speciality Formulas Include
- HiPP Comfort (From Birth)
- HiPP Anti-Reflux (From Birth)
- HiPP HA / Hypoallergenic (From Birth)
HiPP Comfort is ideal for babies with an extra-sensitive digestive system; it's designed for the dietary management of lactose-related 3-month colic, flatulence, and constipation from birth. The base of the formula is hydrolyzed cow milk proteins with a reduced lactose content which is then enriched with a combination of probiotics and prebiotics to help aid digestion. It also has a regulating and loosening effect on babies' stool. Specialty formulas are only to be used after consultation with a doctor.
HiPP Anti-Reflux formula is designed to aid with reflux and regurgitation from birth. Thanks to the addition of a natural thickening agent derived from carob fruit, this formula has a dense consistency that may help your baby retain food in their stomach thereby reducing regurgitation and vomiting. Gum of carob fruit is not only a natural thickener but also a valuable natural dietary fiber, so your baby's stools may become softer when using the formula. It's also enriched with a combination of probiotics and prebiotics to help aid digestion. Specialty formulas are only to be used after consultation with a doctor.
HiPP HA Formula
HiPP HA (hypoallergenic) is specially formulated to help reduce the risk of allergies to milk protein. Its base is extensively hydrolyzed cow milk proteins that are low in allergens and less likely to be perceived by your little one's body as foreign. It's also enriched with a combination of probiotics and prebiotics to help aid digestion. Specialty formulas are only to be used after consultation with a doctor.
Formula stages include:
- HiPP German HA Hypoallergenic Combiotic Stage PRE (0 to 6 months)
- HiPP German HA Hypoallergenic Combiotic Stage 1 (0 to 6 months)
- HiPP German HA Hypoallergenic Combiotic Stage 2 (6 to 12 months)
HiPP Goat's Milk Formula German Version
HiPP's goat milk formula can be a great alternative to traditional cow's milk-based baby formula. Its base is organic skimmed goat milk which naturally consists of A2 milk proteins which are a special kind of protein that is better suited to sensitive tummies as it tends to be digested more quickly, easily, and completely by babies. It also contains prebiotic fiber derived from organic lactose, these fibers are called galactooligosaccharides (GOS) and they help contribute to the growth of healthy intestinal flora.
Formula stages include:
- HiPP German Organic Goat’s Milk Stage PRE (0 to 6 months)
- HiPP German Organic Goat’s Milk Stage 2 (6+ months)
- HiPP German Organic Goat’s Milk Stage 3 (12+ months)
Why We Love HiPP Formulas!
While HiPP formulas all have unique differences, all of them are premium organic formulas that you can trust. HiPP is committed to providing you and your baby with impeccable organic products that contain no harmful chemicals, pesticides, or antibiotics. If you're interested in HiPP's formulas, be sure to consult your pediatrician first to find the right fit for your baby!