Infant formula provides all the nutrients babies need to grow and develop starting from day one until the toddler stage and even further.
Even though the baby formula substitutes breast milk, it doesn’t provide all its benefits. It cannot protect your infant from infections.
So if you’re able to breastfeed your baby, it’s always better than using formula. Your doctor will confirm this.
Now, since there’s a wide range of formula types and brands, it’s hard to choose the best one for your baby. Well, it’s hard if you’ve never heard of HiPP. 🙂
HiPP is one of the biggest baby food brands in Europe. But if you live outside the EU and aren’t familiar with their products, you might feel confused when you have a first look at their variety.
So which HiPP infant formula should you choose?
HiPP Baby Formula Stages
Here are the types of HiPP formula you’ll find:
First Infant Formula
The first formulas or Stage 1 milk products (such as HiPP Dutch Stage 1), best meet the nutritional needs of babies from 0 to 6 months of age.
So starting from the early days of your baby, you can feed your baby with the first infant formula.
The follow-on milks are suitable for babies from 6 to 12 months of age. HiPP has also covered this for you with their Stage 2 milk products.
Just keep in mind that before switching to new baby formula, it is wise to consult with the pediatrist first.
Stage 3 And 4 Formula
Stage 3 and 4 products contain more iron much needed to children during the second half of the first year of life. They are also much more nutritious and filling.
Regardless of stage, all the brand’s milks are based on organic ingredients and are very gentle on a baby’s GIT.
Formula Versions By Country
HiPP produces baby foods for the UK, Holland, and Germany markets to cater to specific requirements existing in those countries.
There are no major differences between the versions. They are mostly about starch and probiotics content in products.
German version contains starch and British products exclude probiotics.
Also, Stage 2 German milks contain soy lecithin to make the formula texture more smooth and gentle for a baby’s stomach.
While it’s a product derived from soy, it’s broken down so as to exclude the possible harmful effect on an infant’s body.
All the brand’s infant milks are produced in Germany and meet the very strict standards imposed by the European Commission. So no matter which version you choose, rest assured you get a top-quality product.
For allergy-prone infants, HiPP specialists developed the HiPP HA Combiotik formula, a unique solution for feeding babies with cow’s milk protein intolerance.
This is a new line of dry powdered products based on extensively hydrolyzed protein. This means that protein molecules are broken down for easier digestion. This helps prevent product intolerance in infants.
Among other ingredients, you’ll find:
- Probiotics (beneficial bacteria for the healthy intestinal environment).
- Prebiotics to support healthy intestinal flora (galactooligosaccharides (GOS) just like in human milk).
- ARA and DHA fatty acids.
The combination of these components has the following benefits:
- Helps prevent allergies;
- Boosts an infant’s immune system;
- Improves digestion by supporting beneficial intestinal bacteria.
If there’s a need to choose therapeutic formula for your child, consult with a medical professional first. They will recommend the best options for your infant’s individual needs.
With a large variety of high-quality products, HiPP has a lot to offer to parents all over the world. There are milks to take care of your little one’s healthy nutrition from day one to toddler stage.
Also, you will find all kinds of products to cater to a child with a sensitive GI tract.
Finally, these milks just taste good and will keep both your little one and you happy and healthy.
However, you must remember to talk to your pediatrician before switching to a new formula, especially if it’s a specialized HA product.
Also, always check labels carefully to make sure you’re purchasing a suitable formula for your baby.