Best Formulas for Gassy Babies

by Sarah Stockett |

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had no idea that a gassy baby could ruin your day. I heard other moms talk about gas drops, and I wondered what the big deal was. Why the heck would you need to worry about gas?, I wondered. The answer is that, while your baby’s digestive system continues to develop, different foods you eat (if you’re nursing) and different blends of formula can really upset your little one’s stomach.

This makes your little one cry (sometimes a lot and loudly). Unfortunately, one of the best ways to reduce your baby’s gas is to eliminate different foods (if you’re nursing) and to change your formula (if you’re bottle feeding). Whether you’re nursing and looking for a new food source or switching formulas, I recommend Enfamil Enspire Infant Formula as the best formulas for gassy babies.

Best Formula for Gassy Babies Why It Is Best Mom Rating
Enfamil Enspire Infant Formula Enfamil’s “Closest to Breastmilk”. Moms with good experience solving gas problems. ♥♥♥♥♥

 

Similac Sensitive Infant Formula with Iron Lactose-free formula is perfect for any babies who might have dairy-related gas issues. ♥♥♥♥♥
Baby’s Only Organic LactoRelief with DHA & ARA Toddler Formula This organic formula is specially created for lactose intolerant babies. ♥♥♥♥
Gerber Good Start Soothe (HMO) Non-GMO Powder Infant Formula The probiotics in this formula might be just what your gassy baby needs. ♥♥♥♥
Enfamil PREMIUM Gentlease This formula has been on the market for a while, and the reviews are mostly positive. ♥♥♥♥
Similac Alimentum Hypoallergenic Infant Formula Predigested milk could be the answer for your gassy baby. ♥♥♥♥
Similac Sensitive Isomil Soy Powder Soy as a main ingredient could be the answer to your baby’s tummy troubles. ♥♥♥♥♥

Enfamil Enspire Infant Formula

Image of the Enfamil Enspire Infant Formula, Powder, 20.5 Ounce Reusable Tub

Closest to breastmilk. The Enfamil Enspire Infant Formula is the Enfamil formula that is the closest to breastmilk.

Only formula in the US with the ingredients MFGM & Lactoferrin. MFGM helps to foster cognitive development. Lactoferrin helps improve your baby’s immune system.

Complete nutrition for babies through 12 months. Naturally, when you select a formula for your gassy baby, you need a guarantee that this formula will provide all the vitamins and nutrients that he or she needs.

Why I Love It:

Honestly, my friend had a really good experience with this product and highly recommends it. Her breastfed baby was gassy. They started making the changes necessary to eliminate her baby’s gas. Finally, they found this formula, and it worked like a charm! Her baby has not had gas issues since he started taking this formula. In my opinion, there’s no higher recommendation than a testimonial from a friend.

Ingredients:

Nonfat Milk, Lactose, Vegetable Oil (Palm Olein, Coconut, Soy, and High Oleic Sunflower Oils), Whey Protein-Lipid Concentrate (Milk), Whey Protein Concentrate.

Possible Issues:

  • There’s the possibility that your baby’s body may not handle this formula well. For some people, this formula even caused the already gassy baby to have worse gas.
  • Any time you buy formula, you should inspect the safety seals and expiration date before using the product.
  • Read the list of ingredients listed above. If you see any ingredients that might be potentially bad for your baby, don’t try this product. For example, if you suspect your little one is having lactose-related gas issues, skip this product.

Similac Sensitive Infant Formula with Iron

Image of the Similac Sensitive Non-GMO Infant Formula with Iron, For Fussiness and Gas, Baby Formula, Powder, 1.41 lb (Pack of 6)

Lactose-free. Dairy products such as milk contain lactose, which is a common culprit for gas and fussiness in babies. The Similac Sensitive Infant Formula with Iron is one of several Similac products that doesn’t contain lactose.

It contains OptiGRO. OptiGRO is Similac’s blend of DHA, Lutein, and Vitamin E. This vitamins are often found in breast milk and help your baby’s brain and eyes develop.

No artificial growth hormone. It seems like this should be a standard comment regarding infant formula, but it isn’t. Surprisingly, some formulas use products from cows–cows who may or may not have been raised with growth hormones. These growth hormones then get transferred to your baby.

Why I Love It:

Dairy is such a common cause of intestinal distress for both adults and babies. By selecting a formula that doesn’t have any lactose or other dairy products, you’ve got a good chance of relieving your baby’s discomfort and gas.

Ingredients:

Corn Syrup, Milk Protein Isolate, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Sugar, Soy Oil, Coconut Oil, Galactooligosaccharides.

Possible Issues:

  • There’s the possibility that your baby’s body may not handle this formula well.
  • Any time you buy formula, you should inspect the safety seals and expiration date before using the product.
  • Read the list of ingredients listed above. If you see any ingredients that might be potentially bad for your baby, don’t try this product. For example, if you suspect your little one is having corn-related gas issues, skip this product.
  • Corn syrup is the top ingredient, which is really disappointing. This is a really junky first ingredient. I wish the first ingredient was something with more substance or nutritional value.

Baby’s Only Organic LactoRelief with DHA & ARA Toddler Formula

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It’s organic. Baby’s Only Organic LactoRelief with DHA & ARA Toddler Formula

I love organic products, especially for my baby. There’s something really reassuring about knowing that I’m feeding my baby an organic formula (instead of something filled with synthetic materials).

Contains DHA and ARA. These important nutrients for your baby naturally come from eggs.

Gluten and Hexane-free. This is important for any little ones that may have gluten sensitivities. For those who don’t know, hexanes are used in glues for items like shoes, and they’re also used to extract oils from seeds.

Why I Love It:

Baby’s Only Organic LactoRelief with DHA & ARA Toddler Formula is organic, and it’s specifically designed for babies with lactose sensitivities. I love knowing that whatever I’m feeding my baby exists naturally and isn’t synthetic.

Ingredients:

Image of the Baby’s Only Organic LactoRelief with DHA & ARA Toddler Formula, 12.7 Ounce (Pack of 6)

Please note that this product contains milk, egg, soy, and coconut.

Possible Issues:

  • There’s the possibility that your baby’s body may not handle this formula well.
  • Any time you buy formula, you should inspect the safety seals and expiration date before using the product.
  • Read the list of ingredients listed above. If you see any ingredients that might be potentially bad for your baby, don’t try this product. For example, if you suspect your little one is having dairy-related gas issues, skip this product. Also, you should avoid this product if your baby has an allergy to eggs, coconut, or soy.

Gerber Good Start Soothe (HMO) Non-GMO Powder Infant Formula

Image of the Gerber Good Start Soothe (HMO) Non-GMO Powder Infant Formula, Stage 1, 30.6 oz

Comforting probiotics. The Gerber Good Start Soothe (HMO) Non-GMO Powder Infant Formula has exclusive comforting probiotics. L. Reuteri has clinically been shown to reduce crying in breast fed babies by 50%.

Ease gas pains. This formula offers a carbohydrate blend with 30% lactose to help ease gas pains.

DHA. Experts recommend DHA to help your baby’s brain and eyes develop.

Non-GMO. No artificial growth hormones in this formula!

Why I Love It:

I’m a big believer in probiotics. Probiotics can help cure constipation and diarrhea, depending on your baby’s issue. That’s why this formula is one of my favorites.

Ingredients:

Corn Maltodextrin, Whey Protein Concentrate (From Milk, Enzymatically Hydrolyzed, Reduced in Minerals), Vegetable Oils (Palm Olein, Soy, Coconut, and High-Oleic Safflower or High-Oleic Sunflower).

Possible Issues:

  • There’s the possibility that your baby’s body may not handle this formula well.
  • Any time you buy formula, you should inspect the safety seals and expiration date before using the product.
  • Read the list of ingredients listed above. If you see any ingredients that might be potentially bad for your baby, don’t try this product. For example, if you suspect your little one is having corn-related gas issues, skip this product.

Enfamil PREMIUM Gentlease

Image of the Enfamil PREMIUM Non-GMO Gentlease Infant Formula, Powder, 21.5 Ounce Reusable Tub

Enfamil PREMIUM Gentlease

Clinically shown to reduce gas, fussiness, and crying in 24 hours. Honestly, if you’re looking for a new formula to help reduce your baby’s gas, this seems to cover all your bases.

Easy-to-digest protein blend. Naturally, this should help your little one digest and benefit from this formula.

Has Inositol and DHA. Inositol and DHA have been proven to help brain development in babies.

Why I Love It:

Enfamil PREMIUM Gentlease has been available for a while. This means that there has been plenty of opportunity for people to share information about their experiences. A majority of the reviews I read for this product were positive.

Ingredients:

Image of the Enfamil PREMIUM Non-GMO Gentlease Infant Formula, Powder, 21.5 Ounce Reusable Tub

The top ingredient is corn syrup solids.

Possible Issues:

  • There’s the possibility that your baby’s body may not handle this formula well.
  • Any time you buy formula, you should inspect the safety seals and expiration date before using the product.
  • Read the list of ingredients listed above. If you see any ingredients that might be potentially bad for your baby, don’t try this product. For example, if you suspect your little one is having corn-related gas issues, skip this product.

Similac Alimentum Hypoallergenic Infant Formula

Image of the Similac Alimentum Hypoallergenic Infant Formula for Food Allergies and Colic, Baby Formula, Powder, 12.1 ounces (Pack Of 6)

Similac Alimentum Hypoallergenic Infant Formula

No artificial growth hormone. It’s so important that you make sure to give your baby a formula that doesn’t contain any artificial growth hormones.

Predigested milk protein. The idea is that if you give your baby something with predigested milk protein, it allows your baby to have cow’s milk proteins while virtually eliminating allergic reactions.

Includes DHA and ARA. These nutrients are found in breast milk and are essential for brain and eye development in infants.

Why I Love It:

This is a good option for relieving gas pains in babies. With the predigested milk and absence of hormones, Similac Alimentum Hypoallergenic Infant Formula is a good, healthy choice for your baby.

Ingredients:

Image of the Similac Alimentum Hypoallergenic Infant Formula for Food Allergies and Colic, Baby Formula, Powder, 12.1 ounces (Pack Of 6)

Possible Issues:

  • There’s the possibility that your baby’s body may not handle this formula well.
  • Any time you buy formula, you should inspect the safety seals and expiration date before using the product.
  • Read the list of ingredients listed above. If you see any ingredients that might be potentially bad for your baby, don’t try this product. For example, if you suspect your little one is having corn-related gas issues, skip this product.

Similac Sensitive Isomil Soy Powder

Similac Sensitive Isomil Soy Powder

Soy-based formula. Soy is supposed to be soothing and comforting for your baby’s tummy.

Contains OptiGRO. OptiGRO is Similac’s blend of DHA, Lutein, and Vitamin E. This vitamins are often found in breast milk and help your baby’s brain and eyes develop.

Why I Love It:

Okay, truthfully, I don’t love this product, but I think it could be worth a try. This is the only formula on the list that features soy as a top ingredient. If you’re trying to reduce your baby’s gas, you’ll try anything–and soy should be included on the list of things to try.

Ingredients:

Corn Syrup Solids (39%), Soy Protein Isolate (14%), High Oleic Safflower Oil (11%), Sugar (10%), Soy Oil (8%), Coconut Oil (8%).

Possible Issues:

  • There’s the possibility that your baby’s body may not handle this formula well.
  • Any time you buy formula, you should inspect the safety seals and expiration date before using the product.
  • Read the list of ingredients listed above. If you see any ingredients that might be potentially bad for your baby, don’t try this product. For example, if you suspect your little one is having corn-related gas issues, skip this product.
  • Corn syrup solids is the top ingredient. Seriously, that’s just junk and filler.

Other Options

  • Windi the Gaspasser by Fridababy. Those folks at Fridababy have some pretty wild ideas that work for effective, natural ways to help your baby. This product comes recommended by a friend of mine.
  • Gas drops. Some moms swear by gas drops. The fact that you can find a variety at any local drugstore makes them extremely convenient. However, there are mixed reviews as to the effectiveness.
  • Infant massage. I personally used infant massage with my second baby. Rubbing his tummy and back correctly helped relieve all his gas issues.
  • Bounce on an exercise ball. Another one of my friends swears by bouncing on an exercise ball to help your baby relieve his or her gas.
  • Find another qualified person. With my first son, I passed him off to his grandfather. Every Wednesday, my father-in-law came over to my house and wiggled the gas out of my son. It seems to me that people who love to be around babies have some tricks to soothe babies.

My Recommendation

A gassy baby can ruin your day. I sincerely hope that these products can help relieve your little one’s gas pains. If it were me, I would start at the top of my list with Enfamil Enspire Infant Formula and work my way down. Contact places like your pediatrician, the maternity wing of your hospital, and the manufacturers to find out about receiving free samples or coupons for products.

If you’re using something to help your gassy baby, let us know in the comments!

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Sarah Stockett
After graduating from TCU with a degree in English, I took a break from writing. After accumulating some life experiences and children, I returned because I finally had something to say. I'm passionate about helping people be their best. Whether it's giving advice for success in parenting or information about how to improve your personal health, my top priority is to give you the best information possible.

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