Which organic baby formula has nothing but the best ingredients for your baby?
Choosing an organic baby formula is hard. You want to pick the safest choice. You want a formula that baby will enjoy eating. You want baby to have minimal side effects. And while I wish that I could say that there was one formula that was that met all of these requirements for each and every baby, it just isn’t true. Each baby will react differently to a particular formula, so what works for one might not work for another. The best organic baby formula will depend entirely on your baby- their tastes, their sensitivities, and their nutritional needs. I’ve picked my 3 favorite organic baby formulas to help you find a good starting point for feeding your baby.
You can also see which best organic baby formula makes our Best Baby Formula list.
Best for Supplementing
Whether you are an avid online shopper or you prefer to peruse the shelve of your local healthy grocer, you’ve undoubtedly run across the Earth’s Best brand. It’s kind of a staple in organic and healthy choices, especially when it comes to kids foods.
What I Like
This formula is for the first year of baby’s life. It’s got all the nutrients that a growing babe needs, including DHA and ARA. These essential fatty acids are naturally found in breast milk, and are super important for proper brain development, which occurs so rapidly during that first year. It’s also got lactose for protein, carbohydrates, and fat, and it has added vitamins and minerals too, to make sure that baby is getting every single nutrient they need to grow up nice and healthy.
Best of all, it’s USDA organic, so there’s no steroids, growth hormones, antibiotics, fertilizers, or pesticides present in this formula. But maybe my favorite thing about it is that it actually tastes pretty close to breast milk. Not too sweet and it doesn’t have a nasty iron taste. This makes it the best organic formula for supplementing, in my opinion. Plus, it’s at a good price point for an organic formula.
What I Don’t Like
The ingredient list didn’t thrill me entirely. It does have added sweetener, like virtually all other brands on the market. Also, it has palm oil, which isn’t the greatest ingredient for growing babies to have on a regular basis. The DHA and ARA are from algae grown in a lab. Hexane is then used to remove the nutrients, which is not so good. Hexane is a very powerful chemical and a neurotoxin. Some say that DHA and ARA from these sources could introduce trace amounts of hexane into the formula, but there’s no sound scientific evidence to back that up. Still, it’s something to consider.
But my biggest complaint is that it is difficult to get totally mixed in. Yes, I followed all water and formula measuring instructions, but there were still tiny clumps of formula at the bottom. Also, in the attempt to get it mixed, it got really foamy, which means additional gas problems for baby. I think this happens with a lot of organic brands though, so I suppose I’ll just grin and bear it.
Watch It: Earth’s Best
Best for Babies with Allergies or Sensitivities
This brand tends to fly a little more under the radar. I honestly hadn’t even heard of them until I looked for organic baby formula. But, as it turns out, that’s all they make- organic nutrition for young ones. While I chose the regular formula, they make about 10 variations to meet any and all sensitivities or needs.
What I Like
This formula has, hands down, the best ingredient list that I’ve seen. Why? Because they use organic milk from family farms to provide the protein source. They also don’t have any corn ingredients (I’m looking at you, corn syrup!), any processed palm oils, or any gluten in the formula. But best of all, they don’t have any GMOs. A surprising amount of ingredients, even in organic formulas, have their basis or at least a connection to a GMO product.
Their DHA comes from egg yolks, not from algae that’s been processed with hexane. This means that there’s no way for baby to be exposed to even the smallest amounts of toxic hexane. Because they so strongly support organic integrity, you can be assured that every single ingredient is organic or organically derived, including the mile-long list of added vitamins and minerals. From start to finish, the ingredient list is only clean and healthy things that I’d be completely and totally comfortable feeding to my baby all day, every day. That’s what makes Baby’s Only my pick for the best organic baby formula for babies with allergies or sensitivities.
What I Don’t Like
My biggest qualm with this formula is the confusing packaging. It clearly says on the label that it’s a toddler formula, and yet it meets all the FDA requirements for an infant formula that’s safe to use during baby’s first year. Apparently, the can is labeled as such because they want to encourage breastfeeding exclusively for the first year. But if that can’t happen, this can is here to remind you about that and make you feel guilty.
I’m not so sure about the iron they use. Since the formula is fortified with iron, it can make baby constipated. I had that problem with this brand, and I’ve not had that problem with other brands. Must be something about the type of iron they use. Finally, the first ingredient is organic brown rice syrup, which is a sweetener, albeit a healthy one. While this is par for the course with formulas, I don’t like how sweet it makes this formula. I’m sure the babies don’t mind, though!
Why DHA and ARA are Important for Infant Nutrition
Best for Babies with Gas, Colic, or Constipation
I used to buy this brand’s baby pouches often for my son, and I was never disappointed. They make quality organic foods for babies and toddlers that taste good and are made with great ingredients. I love the company because it’s founded and operated by fellow moms.
What I Like
Since mammas are the one founding and running the company, they know a thing or two about breast milk- what’s in it, what it tastes like, and how important it is. That means they know that formula should get as close to that as possible. This formula is made from organic, farm-raised cows milk which provides lactose, the main carbohydrate in breast milk, as well as whey and casein for protein.
It’s got DHA and ARA, those essential fatty acids, as well as lots of vitamins and minerals that are abundant in breast milk. The best addition, though, are the two prebiotics GOS and FOS. These mimic the prebiotics found in breast milk that help baby keep a healthy amount of good gut bacteria. This means that food is digested easily and better, and gas and other tummy troubles can be reduced or eliminated.
Plus, the formula is non-GMO and organic to boot, and contains no corn syrup solids or sweeteners. This really sets it apart from other formulas out there and probably contributes to the ease of digestion. Bonus: it has BPA free packaging!
What I Don’t Like
The first thing about this formula that I don’t like is the price. It’s a bit on the expensive side. Still, you get what you pay for and if proper organic nutrition for your baby is important to you, it’s worth the price tag that goes with it. Another potential problem is that it contains processed palm oil, which is said to be bad because it can’t be absorbed by infants.
It has soy in it too, which is no good for babies with sensitivities or allergies. Soy also ups the estrogen production in babies, which is something to consider. It smells a bit like iron, but baby seems to enjoy the taste, so it’s not too big a deal in the end. And like most other organic formulas, it’s a bit difficult to get dissolved, even in the purest of water. Keep stirring and shaking long enough and it eventually gets mixed.