Similac Strong Moms is an online program with exclusive membership where moms-to-be register to become members. After registering, Similac then sends them free formula samples and rewards that can reach up to $400 including mother & baby nutritional guides, coupons, a free Shutterfly photo book, and more. They also receive free advice support from Similac’s feeding expert including organic food specialists for kids.
What is Similac Strong Moms rewards/digital coupons/how to earn points?
The Similac Strong Moms Rewards program offers personalized gifts and benefits, like free formula samples and formula coupons. Aside from the savings you receive, you also get nutrition guidance, ongoing tips and education, and offers on your email. Once you get the coupons, you should use the coupons on your next formulas purchases to earn points that are credited on your membership account. The points will keep accumulating until they can be exchanged for a bigger coupon you can redeem to get a free can of formula.
How does Similac Strong Moms work?
Similac Strong Moms is an online program where moms-to-be register for membership. After registering, Similac sends them free formula samples and rewards that can reach up to $400 including mother & baby nutritional guides, coupons, a free Shutterfly photo book, and more.
You start by using their sample formulas and then use the coupons they send you to buy more formulas and earn points. You can also increase your points by clicking the ‘points’ icons in your Strong Moms Rewards emails you receive. With time, you will accumulate enough points to get a bigger coupon you can use to get a free Similac formula can. To maximize your benefits and savings, you repeat this process over and over. This program also offers 24/7 nutritional support from Similac feeding experts where Similac Strong moms can have their nutritional queries answered for free. The number to call is 800-986-8800.
No membership fee
You receive free different formula samples
Expert nutritional advice
Reward programs to get more free formula and savings
A Similac Strong Moms app to keep a journal of your babyhood essentials
Some moms have had to wait for too long before receiving anything sincejoining although finally, they did.
Similac Strong Moms app
If you are a Similac Strong mom, then you can download the Similac Strong mom app on your iPad or iPhone. The app is basically a baby journal with amazing features that help you to keep track records of your baby essentials activities. This app will help you keep track of every activity your baby does in a presentable easy- to- retrieve manner, like when you go for clinics, and better still, there is no chance of losing the records like if you jotted down on some random place. The entries are also faster to do than jotting down. You start by setting up your baby’s profile and then making entries about the activities. Below is a highlight of all the features you get from Similac Strong mom app:
Breast Feeding Journal
This feature gives you a simple way to keep track of which breast you began with during a feeding session and how long the baby fed.
Bottle Feeding Journal
This feature is applicable for formula feeds or bottle feeding from stored breast milk. It tracks when the baby was given the bottle, how long it took, and how many ounces they fed.
This feature has three options: Wet (1),Wet & Bowel Movement (1/2), or just a bowel movement (2). You indicate either of these options with every diaper change. Also, the BM has more options to indicate the color and consistency. This has got to be one of the most useful features; you can use it to catch tummy problems or other illnesses or simply for clinic purposes when you visit the pediatrician.
The feature helps you track all the sleep durations, including naps. You note whattime of day or night the baby went down and when they woke. It is a great feature for parents trying to keep a sleep schedule.
The other impressive features in this app include a section you can add more notes, Similac’s telephone number for feeding assistance at the foot most pages. Additionally, the app is incorporated with links to the Similac Strong Moms community and FAQ.
Similac Strong Moms box
Similac Strong mom box is the welcome box you receive right at your doorstep when you first sign up to be a member. It includes free formula samples, guides and other rewards.
Similac Strong Moms club
As a member of the Similac Strong Moms club, you will receive offers, special promotions, and savings. You also get emails with expert advice and tips on baby’s development, as well as the latest in baby nutrition and packaging innovation from Similac experts. You can get started here
Similac Strong Moms contact/phone number
1-800-515-7677 Monday through Friday 8.30 to 5 pm
Join Similac Strong Moms/membership registration
To join Similac Strong Moms you simply go to Similac.com (official website) and Sign up. Alternatively, you can register Similac on their social media pages like on Facebook. The best news is that the membership is absolutely free.
You will be required to create your online profile by providing your personal details and those related to your baby. Read the terms and conditions of the program and finally click on ‘Complete Sign Up’.
When does a baby stop drinking formula?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends waiting until your baby is 12 months to stop feeding them with formula. Their advice is that a baby should be fed exclusively on breast milk or formula for the first 6 months. They warn that introducing solid foods to a baby less than 4 months increases the risk of developing infancy and early childhood obesity. In a document published by healthy children.org, the AAP recommends that you start introducing solid foods like iron-fortified infant cereal such as rice cereal or oats, and pureed vegetables, fruits and meats. While adding these new foods, you ought to give one type at a time to see if it seats well with the baby. This way, it is easy to notice if your baby has an allergic reaction to a specific food. You will also easily tell which foods the baby likes and which foods they don’t like. By the time your baby is 12 months old, they will be eating a variety of solid foods that are nutritionally balanced, and then, they can safely transition from a formula.
How Many Newborn Diapers do I Need? And Much More about Diapers
Ah something on diapers, finally! It is a topic that scares first-time moms and comically, more so dads no matter the age of the baby in question. But we all know that getting and raising a child involves changing diapers and can be quite a messy affair for the parties involved. However, this literally messy part of parenting should not deter anyone from making and raising those beautiful babies. So I wrote this article to answer some practical aspects of diapers and their use. Happy reading!
How many diapers do I need? This is a question that bothers all new moms, and especially first-time moms as they prepare to welcome their babies into their lives.
Babies need a lot of diapers. That is a fact!
But a parent must consider different factors when considering what diapers you need.
The weight of your baby is the guiding principle of the diaper sizes you need as your baby grows; Preemies, Newborn, Size 1, Size 2, Size 3, Size 4, Size 5, and Size 6.
The age of your baby, which determine the number of diaper changes per day
The type of diaper you are using; disposable diaper or reusable diaper
Your budget-determines what diaper brands you will use
The number of babies who will use diapers- one or twins
To help you understand what many diapers you need for your baby, we have discussed:
The number of diapers a baby needs per day, per month, and per year
The sizes of diapers
The cost of diapers
The number of diapers to keep in a diaper bag, and
How Many Diapers do I Need for the First Year?
Newborn babies use an average of 6 to 9 diapers per day during the first month. In the first three months (the newborn stage), infants can use up to 700 diapers.
Sounds like too many? Yes, they are!
But the good news is, your baby will need fewer diaper changes as they get older owing to the enlarging of their bladder.
After the first six months, your bundle of joy will require a maximum of five to six diaper changes
Approximately, you will need 2,500 diapers before your baby celebrates her first birthday.
If you have twin newborn babies, you will need twice the number of diapers. For example, you will need about 18 diapers per day during the first month, 1400 diapers in the first three months, and about 5, 000 diapers for the first year.
How Many Diapers Do I Need in Each Size?
Note: that you will need diapers of different sizes to fit your growing baby.
Also, a baby’s weight determines the diaper sizes and the age of the baby.
Diaper sizes range from Preemie (babies born prematurely) to size 6.
Diapers for Preemie
For a prematurely born baby, you use a diaper size Preemie, which fits up to 6 lbs. You need as many as needed because you need to change the baby as many times as possible, and the growth of the baby weight is unpredictable.
Pampers, for example, have Pampers Preemie Swaddlers in sizes -3, -2, and -1 to fit a preemie as it increases weight.
You can buy different sizes of Preemies depending on the weight increase of your infant.
Diapers for Newborn
Newborn-size diapers fit a baby of up to 10 lbs or approximately the first few weeks.
During this period, your baby will use about 8-12 diapers per day.
Therefore, you need to buy 3-4 boxes of newborn-size diapers (based on 164 per box).
Size 1 Diapers
Size 1 diapers fit babies weighing between 8-14 lbs. That is, between birth and four months. Approximately, a baby fits in Size 1 diapers for three months.
A baby requires 8-10 diaper changes a day during this duration. Assuming you will use Size 1 diapers from birth and use an average of 9 diapers per day, you will need an average of 3-4 boxes of Size 1 diapers based on the 164 pieces per box.
Size 2 Diapers
Size 2 diapers fit babies of between 12-18 lbs, who are usually between 3-8 months. A Size 2 baby requires 8-9 diaper changes per day. Approximately, you need 4 boxes of diapers based on the 142 diapers per box.
Size 3 Diapers
Size 3 diapers fit babies that weigh between 16-28 lbs. Usually, these kids are between 5=24 months and use 6-7 diapers a day. You need 7 boxes of diapers based on 136 per box.
Size 4 Diapers
Size 4 diapers fit babies of between 22-37 lbs, usually between 18-36 months. Babies of this stage need 5-7 diaper changes per day, totaling to 17 packs of diapers based on the “23/ pack.”
Size 5 Diapers
Size 5 diapers fit babies of less than 27 lbs, who are usually older than three years. Buy diapers as needed. Some babies may not require diapers at all.
Size 6 Diapers
Size 6 Diapers fit babies who are less than 35 lbs, who are older than 4 years. Buy as many diapers as needed.
Diaper Size Chart/Health Online
How Many Diapers Do I Need to Make a Diaper cake
A diaper cake is a cake-shaped structure that one builds using diameters and decorating it with either flowers or stuffed animals.
Usually, a diaper cake has two or three tiers of rolled diapers wrapped in ribbon to resemble icing on a cake.
How Many Diapers do You Need to Make a Diaper Cake
The number of diapers you need depends on the size and shape of your diaper cake.
Consider the following:
How wide do you want the bottom of your diaper cake to be?
Estimate the number of diapers you need to build the base
The number of tiers you want in your diaper cake
To estimate the number of diapers you need in each tier after constructing the base, divide the number of diapers in the tier below by half. For example, a diaper cake of three tiers with a base of 20 diapers, you need 10 diapers for the middle tier and 5 diapers for the top tier.
How Many Diapers do I Need a Month?
The number of diapers that your baby needs in a month depends on the weight of your baby
For a newborn, you need about 270 Preemie diapers. Approximately, a premature baby weighs less than 10lbs for a month using an average of 6-9 diapers per day.
For a baby who weighs between 8-15 lbs, you will need an average of 270 Size 1 diapers every month as the baby needs 6-9 diaper changes each day.
You need about 270 Size 2 diapers per month if your baby weighs 12-18 lbs because the baby needs a maximum of 9 diaper changers per day.
You need about 210 Size 3 diapers per month if your baby weighs between 16-28 lbs as it needs 5-7 diaper changes per day.
You need an average of 210 Size 4 diapers per month if your baby weighs 22-37 lbs. The baby needs 5-7 diaper changes each day.
You need about 210 Size 5 diapers per month if your baby weighs below 27lbs. The baby requires 5-7 diaper changes each day.
You need about 210 Size 6 diapers per month if your baby weighs less than 35lbs. The baby needs 5-7 diaper changes per day.
How Many Diapers Should I Have Before the Baby is Born/to pack When Going to the Hospital?
We recommend that you buy at least a pack of newborn diapers before the baby is born. Buying a few diapers before the baby is born ensures that you have diapers to use when you precious one is born. Also, it allows you to study if the baby has no allergies to the diaper brand. If the baby reacts badly to the brand, you simply change it until you find one that your baby is not allergic to.
You need to pack at least 24 newborn diapers when going to the hospital for delivery
Note: do not pack diapers to the hospital if the health center provides them for newborns.
How Many Cloth Diapers do I Need Per Day?
The age of your baby, her diaper change habits, and the number of times you wish to do laundry determine the number of diaper clothes you need per day.
You need at least 24 diaper cloths with newborns. Newborns usually need a diaper change 8-12 times per day., which translates into a maximum of 12 diaper cloths per day. The remaining 12 diapers come in handy for the next day as you wash and dry the other 12.
You will need fewer cloth diapers as your baby grows because it requires fewer diaper changes.
Bonus Tip: You will need at least 24 inserts and a minimum of eight covers if you are using a 2-piece system such as Econobum. You can use a cover for up to three times before replacing it.
How Many Cloth Diapers Do I Need for twins?
You need at least 48 diaper clothes if you have twins. A newborn uses about 12 diapers per day, which translates into 12 diaper clothes per day. For twins, therefore, you need about 24 diaper clothes every day, 12 for each baby. The other 24 will be adequate for the next day as you clean and dry the soiled ones.
However, you can stock as many cloth diapers as you can afford. If you do not plan to wash them every day, furthermore, you need more than 48 cloth diapers for your twins.
How Many Diapers Should I keep in y Diaper Bag
You should keep enough diapers for 1-2 days in your diaper bag., depending on the average diaper changes your baby needs per day. For example, you need to keep at least nine diapers for a newborn.
Similarly, if you change your baby a maximum of seven times a day, you need to keep 7-14 diapers in your diaper bag.
How Much Do Diapers Cost?
Babies are not cheap, that’s for sure. Diapers are expensive, especially in the first few months, when newborns use a lot of them.
A diaper costs roughly 20 cents.
For a newborn baby who needs 6-9 diaper changes per day, the diapers will cost approximately $54 per month.
For a baby who is using Size 1 diapers and changes about 6-9 times per day, the cost of diapers is about $54 per month
For a baby who uses Size 3 diapers and changes 5-7 times a day, the diapers will cost roughly $42 per month
For a baby who uses Size 4 diapers and changes 5-7 times a day, the cost of diapers per month is approximately $42 in a month.
For a child who uses Size 5 diapers and changes 5-7 times per day, the cost of diapers is about $42 per month.
For a child who uses size 6 diapers and changes 5-7 times a day, the cost of diapers is about $42 every month.
Tip: Buy disposable diapers in bulk from warehouse discount stores to get the cheapest prices.
If you are getting started on your research on the best organic formula in 2020, you should know of the recent positive developments in the organic baby food industry. Thanks to advocates such as the Organic Consumers Association and the increasing public awareness on the benefits of organic products.
Here are some recent good developments to note:
There is a growing consensus that corn syrup in infant formula has several negative impacts and companies are substituting corn sugars with lactose.
A number of cheaper organic oils such as canola and soy are being substituted with healthier oils such as coconut oil.
There has been public scrutiny of product labeling with court cases being launched to curb companies falsely branding their products as ‘organic’. Read this lawsuit and this Change.org petition to have Similac eliminate corn syrup as an ingredient in baby formula.
One might ask themselves then, what is so special about organic products? Should their baby be raised exclusively on organic food? Will these products make a difference in the baby’s growth and development? I have had these questions all the time and so I decided to do some research, which I thought would be helpful to many other parents too.
What is baby organic formula?
These are baby formulas made from milk (mostly) or soy, which are produced without using growth hormones, pesticides, herbicides, or antibiotics. Experts view organic formulas as the healthiest options especially when it comes to infants. To quickly identify if a formula is organic, you can check on the package for Organic certification by USDA.
The video provides additional guidance when picking the best organic formula for your baby:
Is baby organic formula better than regular and what is organic formula made of?
Both regular and organic formulas are designed to provide complete nutrition for the baby. However, organic formulas are thought to be healthier because they source ingredients that do not have harmful effects on the body, in addition to being nutritious.
Organic formulas are made primarily of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. To improve the overall nutritional value of the formula, they also add essential vitamins and minerals, prebiotics, and DHA & ARA (though these benefits are in dispute).
#1. Similac Pro-Advance Non-GMO Infant Formula
Similac is a leading brand in the infant formula industry. It is popular around the globe and trusted for use in most hospitals. This is because the company uses choice ingredients to make their formulas as close as can be to human breast milk in characteristics and benefits.
Similac Pro Advance is specially made using Non-GMO ingredients to ensure your baby gets the healthiest formula. In fact, Similac boasts that parents report a reduction in fussiness, crying, gassiness, and spit-up after just one day of using the Pro Advance formula. This formula is excellent especially for infants with a sensitive tummy.
Similac Pro Advance is made from milk from cows that have not been treated with artificial growth hormones.
The formula includes 2’FL HMO (human milk oligosaccharide), an immune nourishing prebiotic which is the most similar to the one found in breast milk.
It also includes OptiGRO, a blend of DHA, Lutein, and Vitamin E. DHA supports brain development, lutein supports eye development, and vitamin E supports cell development.
You will also love that one Similac Pro Advance pack gives you 50% more power than the 1.45 lb container, and it does not contain artificial growth hormones.
Contains ingredients very similar to real breast milk
It helps to reduce unpleasant digestive symptoms associated with regular formulas
It is completely free of artificial growth hormones
#2. Plum Organics Grow Well Organic Infant Formula
Plum organic is a milk-based formula modelled after breast milk as a complete nutritious meal for babies up to 1 year. This second-best formula is manufactured by an American B-Corp certified company called Plum Organics and you can check out their range of organic products here.
In 2016, it announced that it was launching the Grow Well brand that now uses organic lactose. It was among the first few brands to exclusively use lactose as the source of carbohydrates and ditching corn syrup entirely. Here is their press release back in 2016.
Plum Organics Grow Well has no added corn syrup and is designed to be easy to digest. Also, it is Organic certified by Oregon Tilth and USDA, which means the formula meets the highest standards and it is free of GMOs, antibiotics, growth hormones, or pesticides.
We love the fact that it uses lactose from organic cow milk to provide carbohydrates, proteins are sourced from casein and whey which is also found in breast milk and easier to digest, fat from plant oils. It also supplies DHA and ARA, which are thought to contribute to brain and eye development. Vitamins and minerals, including iron, are also in abundance.
We have to caution you that the formula does include several controversial ingredients like soy oil, palm oil, DHA, and soy lecithin.
Does not contain artificial sweeteners like corn syrup
The taste is great for most babies
It is easily digested even by sensitive tummies
Provides all the nutrients babies up to one year need
It includes some ingredients that are considered unhealthy
Contains DHA extracted using hexane
It becomes foamy when shaken, which causes gas.
#3. Earth’s Best Organic Infant Powder Formula with Iron
Earth’s Best is our third-best organic formula in this list. The company behind this formula has over thirty yearsof experience dedicated to providing wholesome infant nutrition. All their products are non-GMO and without harmful pesticides.
The golden rule they abide by is to make milk formula that closely resembles breast milk. The formula is made from milk from grain and grass fed cows.
Earth’s Best Organic formula contains omega-3 DHA and omega -6 ARA fatty acids, also naturally present in breast milk, that has been proven to be beneficial for the baby’s mental and visual development. The DHA is water assisted extracted, unlike other formulas that use hexane, which is toxic.
It also has prebiotic fiber for building immunity.
The formula is nutritionally balanced, providing proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids essential for the baby to grow healthy. Iron is also added for developing red blood cells.
Unlike other formulas that contain harmful artificial corn syrup, Earth’s best organic uses lactose both as a sweetener and source of carbohydrate. For protein sources, it uses whey protein concentrate, which is also easier to digest.
Earth’s best organic is FDA approved as an infant and toddler formula. Also, it is USDA certified as Organic.
Some of the ingredients included that are concerning are; palm oil, synthetic nutrients, soy DHA.
A lot of parents report that their babies did not experience gassiness or fussiness or spit-ups when using it.
Contains hydrolyzed proteins that are easy for the baby to digest
Because of the added iron, the formula has a metallic smell and taste that some babies dislike.
Some parents report frothing when the formula is shaken.
#4. Happy Baby Organic Infant Formula
The Happy Baby formula is modelled after breast milk and made with carefully sourced premium ingredients. The company behind this brand is called Happy Baby Organics and was launched by a few parents on Mothers Day in 2006. You can read their inspiring story here. Their infant organic baby formula stands out with its prebiotics; it has four times more prebiotic than other organic formulas. It also has no corn syrup solids.
The formula uses lactose from organic cow milk as the source of carbohydrate. Proteins are sourced from nonfat milk, whey, and casein. The proteins provide the building block for the baby’s muscles and strong bones. It is fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium, vitamin D, iron, zinc, choline, and more. For eye and brain development, the formula has DHA and ARA essential fatty acids.
The dual prebiotic used are GOS & FOS fibers which mimic prebiotics found in breast milk, for promoting a healthy gut.
Happy Baby organic is modeled to offer complete nutrition for infants and babies up to 1 year of age.
It does not contain corn syrup instead it uses organic lactose
It has the highest amount of prebiotic
It is designed to be easy to digest without causing gassiness
Some parents find the taste and smell unpleasant
Some parents have found it very foamy when shaken
It contains DHA which some experts in the field do not approve
#5. Baby Only Dairy with DHA Toddler Formula
Baby Only dairy was rated ”Best in Class” by CleanLabelProject.org for Superior Nutrition and Purity. It is also Organic certified by USDA and is manufactured by Nature’s One. We can understand why their formulas would be so highly rated. First, all their formulas do not contain GMOs, corn or glucose syrup, or palm oil. Their DHA & ARA, unlike other formulas, are derived from an organic egg without using the harmful, commonly used hexane. That’s not all; their packaging is BPA-free and kosher certified.
The formula is made primarily from cow milk without artificial hormones and antibiotics. Whey protein makes for the protein source, while lactose provides carbohydrates. DHA &ARA, like earlier mentioned, is obtained from organic egg yolks. Additionally, the formula is fortified with vital minerals and vitamins like choline, lutein, and iron.
Baby’s Only Organic formula is designed to help every baby thrive without sacrificing purity or nutrition.
It has been highly rated by Clean Label Project
It is certified organic by USDA
It is gluten-free
It helps to reduce gas, spit-ups, and colic.
DHA is from egg yolk instead of algae that need hexane to extract
Vermont Organics infant formula is milk-based to provide balanced nutrition for a baby within the first year of life. We like how Vermont has packaged the formula by including a scoop handle that slides into a corner, which improves handling. Vermont is certified as organic by USDA as well as Quality Assurance International 02FTP
The formula is made using milk from organic feed and raised cows and other carefully selected ingredients to provide prebiotics, vitamins, and minerals and fortified with iron. It also has lactose as a source of carbohydrates from the milk, although it is further sweetened with glucose. Additionally, it has DHA, ARA & ALA, which are believed to help with baby’s brain and eye development.
Although the formula uses organic ingredients, we take issue with the added glucose for sweetening, palm oil, and soy oil. Some parents find these ingredients unhealthy to be in a baby’s formula.
It comes with a scoop
It is affordable
Gluten-free, No-GMO, pesticides or antibiotics
It contains unhealthy palm oil
It contains soy oil which is not suitable for some babies
It contains DHA extracted using hexane
Some parents find it difficult to dissolve
Includes glucose for sweetening
#7. Munchkin Grass Fed Toddler Milk Drink
Munchkins pride themselves in producing formula made from only grass-fed cow milk and milk products. They claim that the cows are never feeding on grains, and are not treated with antibiotics or artificial hormones. To get this kind of milk, they get it for you all the way from New Zealand.
We should let you know that although we have included the Munchkin formula in the organic formula category, it does not have an Organic certification yet. The only reason we included it is because it contains many qualities that parents look for in other organic foods that are already certified. If you can let the certification issue slide, then you will be able to appreciate this formula.
The formula provides carbohydrates from lactose, which also acts as a sweetener, unlike other formulas that use corn syrup. It also has a special ingredient Lactoferrin, which is naturally present in breast milk to promote a strong immune system. Because the formula is made from 100% grass-fed cow milk, it contains a higher level of vitamin A and E than formulas made from conventional cow milk. Also, it contains DHA (hexane free) and ARA, substances shown to promote brain and eye development.
We must caution you that the milk contains some Soy products like soy oil soit might not be suitable for babies that are sensitive or allergic to soy.
Made from purely grass-fed cow milk
No GMO or antibiotics
Has lactoferrin similar to breast milk
Uses sunflower and coconut oil instead of palm oil
DHA is hexane-free
It is not organic certified
#8. Honest Company Organic Non-GMO Premium Formula
The Honest Company has taken a firm stand to show how they feel about the controversial DHA by choosing not to include it in their formulas. They claim that the current DHA being used in the industry has failed to meet their rigorous Honest standards. Instead, they have carefully balanced and modeled their formula after breast milk by using milk that is free from gluten, corn syrup, sucrose, GMO, and rbST treated cow milk.
The formula is designed to offer complete nutrition providing premium ingredients such as iron, vitamin D, calcium, choline, and folic acid.
To supplement DHA, they use non-chemically extracted, pure premium fish oil, which has been shown to promote brain development. Also, the formula contains prebiotics meant to support the baby’s immune system.
Does not contain the controversial DHA
It does not contain corn syrup or gluten
It is expensive
It contains palm oil and soy ingredients
#9. Honest Co. Organic Non-GMO Sensitive Infant Formula
This formula from Honest was designed to help reduce tummy problems like causing gas and fussiness. Like all other Honest formulas, the sensitive formula uses milk without added DHA/ARA, gluten, GMOs, corn syrup, or from cows treated with robust or added sucrose; rather it is modeled after breast milk.
All ingredients in this formula are gentle for the stomach. The lactose used is reduced in amounts to make it easier for the sensitive tummy to digest. Also, FOS prebiotic further aids digestion and promotes strong immunity.
The formula also has a nutritious blend of iron, vitamin D3, calcium, choline, and folic acid among others, for the baby’s growth and development.
No DHA (for the parents who do not like it in infant formulas)
Includes reduced lactose which is easier for sensitive tummies to digest
Made from grass fed cow milk
Contains palm oil
#10. Earth’s Best Organic Soy Infant Formula with Iron
Earth’s Best Organic Soy infant formula is designed to meet the nutritional needs of babies up to a year old. It has a soy-based formula made with carefully selected ingredients and patterned after breast milk. This formula is a good substitute for babies that are lactose intolerant. It does not include artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or harmful pesticides or herbicides. It is also USDA Organic certified.
The formula has high-quality protein from soy, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids including DHA & ARA. It is also fortified with iron to boost the baby’s red blood cell production.
This formula is not particularly the healthiest since it contains additional sweetener to substitute lactose. Also, some parents and experts have a problem with DHA. Nonetheless, it is wholesomely organic, the ingredients are gentle to digest and suitable for lactose intolerant babies.
It does not have lactose
Great for babies that can’t tolerate cow milk products
Provides balanced nutrition
Some find the taste unpleasant
Includes DHA extracted with hexane
Guide to Buying the Best Organic Baby Formula
Organic Baby Formulas – What makes them the best?
The best food for the baby is, of course, breast milk, with organic being the second-best option. Organic formulas use the most natural ingredients and form the best platform to ensure sustained long term health, growth, and development.
Ingredients to Avoid in Any Baby Formula
Both regular and some organic formulas contain ingredients that have been proven to have negative effects on the body. Some of these ingredients you need to watch out for include:
DHA/ARA: most formulas extract this ingredient from algae using hexane, which is proven to be toxic. The two fatty acids are beneficial for the baby’s development, but the extracted version has the potential to interfere with the baby’s reflexes, cause vertigo, and anorexia.
Carrageenan: they cause inflammation in the body. In severe cases, carrageenan can cause tumors or ulcers.
Palm oil: it is cheap and unhealthy oil, which affects bone density and can even become a soapy substance in the digestive tract.
Soy: studies have shown soy to negatively affect natural body processes like thyroid, brain development, and immune system.
Organic Milk – How is it made sweet?
The best Organic formulas use lactose which is similar to breast and cow milk for sweetening. Lactose is more expensive, which is why some manufacturers opt for cheaper alternatives like corn syrup or brown rice syrup. The two syrups are unhealthy for babies. Corn syrup is associated with a tendency for obesity because it has much higher sugar levels than breast milk, and influences the baby to crave sweet things from an early age. Rice syrup, on the other hand, has traces of arsenic which affects the body negatively.
Other formula manufacturers use Maltodextrin which is a polysaccharide usually extracted from rice, corn, or potatoes. Although it is accepted, it has fewer benefits than lactose, but it also makes the formula dissolve better.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which organic baby formula is made with soy?
Earth’s Best Organic Soy Infant formula with iron
Which is the best organic baby formula for a sensitive stomach?
Honest Co. Organic Non-GMO Sensitive Infant formula
Which organic baby formula closest to breast milk?
None can be like breast milk, but all supply the essential nutrients for your baby
Which is the best organic baby formula Europe/organic baby formula Germany?
HiPP Organic Formula
Is there an organic baby formula from goat milk?
Holle Goat Organic formula
Are there plant-based organic baby formulas?
There are no plant-based or vegan formulas in the market so far, the closest formulas you can get to plant-based are Soy formulas.
Which is the best organic baby formula?
There is no single organic formula that will work well for every baby. Use trial and error until you identify one that agrees with your baby.
For a baby to be able to feed effectively from a bottle, they must be able to use their oral muscles to suck on the nipple, regulate the flow of the milk, and close the airway when swallowing. This process requires perfect coordination on the baby’s part.
Healthy, full-term babies can feed on any newborn bottle nipple. They are comfortably able to alter their sucking pressure to manage the milk flow. Their oral muscle tone is strong enough, enabling them to swallow and close their airways to prevent substances from entering. In contrast, babies that have health conditions that affect muscle coordination and swallowing such as Down syndrome, or have cardiac or respiratory diseases, as well as preterm babies, the process can be a challenge.
When the nipple is introduced in the mouth, the baby can choose to swallow or allow it to collect into a pool until it starts leaking or refuse to suck altogether. The airway must be closed when swallowing every time, to prevent choking.
If the flow rate is high, the baby is forced to swallow faster to prevent the milk from accumulating. In contrast, if the flow rate is slowed, it will take longer to pool, swallowing will also be slowed, and the baby will have more time to breathe as they feed. The infants with respiratory or cardiac problems are challenged by this difference in flow rate; sometimes, sucking from a high flow rate will not let them maintain steady oxygenation when feeding, and this can make them too fatigued to continue feeding. Likewise, babies with low muscle tone like those affected by Down syndrome, a slow flow is perfect because they will have more time to coordinate a safe swallow and keep the airway free of fluid before another bolus of fluid forms.
When the flow is high, the baby with feeding challenges will try to slow the flow by chewing on the nipple or clamping it; this reduces the effectiveness of feeding. Also, the oral muscles are not exercised enough for them to gain the necessary skill that will be used to handle long-term breastfeeding and bottle feeding, as well as oral feeding or speech in the near future.
Nipple flow rate study
This study was done to demonstrate how different nipples cause variations in the average flow rate. You should note, however, that babies use different sucking pressures and rates even when using the same nipple, hence this study is only to compare nipples and without considering the baby’s influence.
The research tested 45 types of nipples commonly used for feeding babies in the hospitals and the community. For each nipple type, 10 nipples were tested for the study. A standardized testing procedure was developed using a breast pump to mimic sucking and measured the quantity of formula expressed in one minute.
The Testing Set Up
The nipples tested gave a wide range of flow rates from as low as 2ml/min to more than 80ml/min. It was interesting to find out that the flow rate does not always match the claim from the nipple brand. For instance, single-use premature nipples from Enfamil and Similac were faster than either their slow or standard flow nipples. Also, Enfamil slow nipple was even faster than Similac Premature. Avent Natural Newborn was the slowest, while DR. Brown’s Y nipple was the fastest, although it was tested using standard- thickness formula, whereas it is usually used with thickened milk.
It was observed that there was a lot of variation in the flow between nipples from the same type. Only 10 nipple types from the 45 tested showed minimal variations(less than 10%) between their nipples. For instance, DR. Brown’s brand had the most consistency, with 6 of their nipples having low variations, others were Tommee Tippee, Medela Calma, and etc. 19 of the 45 nipple types tested had a high variation of more than 20% between their nipples.
It is important to consider variations between nipples because we normally attribute the amount of milk the baby feeds to other factors like fatigue, but from the study; how much a baby feeds, is also influenced by the nipple.
This study has demonstrated that if your child is not feeding well, it might be helpful to change to a nipple that has shown less variation or try several nipples from of the same type.
NB: the study factored only negative pressure (mimicking sucking) and not positive pressure, which may be present with a baby.
Other Interesting findings were:
Tightening the nipple to tight on the bottle can lead to a buildup of suction pressure causing the nipple to collapse; as a result, the infant would find it hard to suck from the nipple.
More fluid in the bottles increases the gravitational pressure on the nipple leading to high flow. Likewise, less fluid means less pressure hence slowed flow.
Why Use A Slow Flow Nipple
If feeding a newborn: A slow flow nipple is the most suitable for a newborn because it allows them to suck slowly without being overwhelmed, and this ensures they take the proper amount of milk with each feeding.
To avoid/manage a health problem: feeding an infant with an improperly sized nipple can cause health problems. For instance, a bigger nipple would cause a high flow forcing the baby to swallow too much too fast. The stomach would then become overloaded and reject the excess milk forcing the baby to have excess spit ups. Also, the baby swallows too much air causing them to have acid reflux. Starting with a slow flow nipple would ensure your little one does not experience these uncomfortable issues.
For older babies: Some larger nipples have special slow flow features to eliminate tummy issues that would result from the baby using an improperly sized nipple.
What To Look For When Purchasing A Slow Flow Bottle In 2020
Reusable/Disposable: Nipples fall in these two categories, and of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to either choice; reusable nipples can save you money in the long run, but you have to keep cleaning and sterilizing which requires commitment and effort. With the disposable nipples, on the other hand, you can just feed your baby whatever time without needing to clean first hand, but then you have to keep stocking more and more, which could be expensive, not to mention piling up trash.
Cost: this is mainly determined by the brand and quality of the nipple. You want to make sure you do not compromise on your baby’s feeding and healthy for a cheaper, low quality nipple. One way of cutting costs without compromising quality would be buying in bulk.
Ease of cleaning: Nipples and baby bottles must be spotlessly cleaned and sterilized. Ensure the bottle you buy allows for drier washing and using boiled water. Also, such measures involve using high temperatures that are unsafe with plastic and silicon that releases BPA and other toxic chemicals.
Here is a list of all our best slow-flow bottles in 2020:
The Tommee Tippee is our favorite bottle so far because it has all the fantastic features you would wish for in a feeding bottle. It is dish washable and microwave usable safe. It also has a good grip and lightweight weight.
The nipple is shaped and made from soft silicon to provide the feel of a real breast. It also includes an anti-colic valve on the inside to provide extra slow flow. The silicon allows it to stretch, bend, and twist during feeding without allowing the baby to swallow too much milk or the air too fast.
The bottle is suitably designed for feeding preterm babies and for moms who want to feed newborns with expressed milk in the process of transitioning to bottle feeding.
Even more wonderful, the bottle comes with a milk storage pot that moms can use to store the milk they express and then feed the baby from a bottle.
This product is free from BPA (Bisphenol A), so you can relax knowing your toddler is not exposed to harmful chemicals.
Breast-like shaped nipple
An anti-colic valve on the nipple to reduce excess airflow
Closer to nature breast milk storage pot
3- Way easy to hold bottle
Guarantees no choking when feeding
No more spit ups, gas and tummy problems in colic babies from swallowing excess air
Provides clean feeding with no dripping
Provides a storage pot for extra milk
The rim inside the bottle catches fluid so you can fully empty without swishing it around
The nipple might tear from frequent hard bites
Philips AVENT BPA Free Natural Slow Flow Nipples
Our second best slow flow nipple is the bottle from Philips Avent. This nipple does an excellent job of reducing airflow as well as the amount of milk your baby swallows at a time; as a result, we find it to be a perfect solution for babies who experience acid reflux and gas from swallowing too much air.
The nipple is wide, breast-shaped and made from soft silicon that is odorless and durable. It features twin anti-colic valves that work to push back the air into the bottle rather than the baby’s tummy. The petals on the inside enhance the softness and flexibility of the nipple, as well as preventing the nipple from collapsing during feeding.
This nipple was designed to cater for babies 1 month of age and above. It is dish washable and also compatible with Phillip Avent bottles.
Designed for babies from 1 month of age
Made from flavorless, odorless silicon
Anti-colic twin valves
Provides a perfect latch
Provides the perfect milk flow while reducing airflow
Easy to clean, steam, and sterilize
Nipples are soft and durable
Not suitable for newborns
Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle
The Comotomo bottle is our third best choice on this list. The bottle is designed to have a breast-like feeling: the nipple is made from soft silicon with a wide mound to help your baby adapt easily, switching from breast and bottle. The bottle features dual anti-colic vents that promote circulation to facilitate consistent milk flow and eliminating unwanted air intake. This feature makes the Comotomo bottle suitable for preventing stomach gas, spit up, and reducing colic.
It is so easy to clean because it is uniquely designed with a wide opening that allows you to be able to reach with your fingers inside to clean. You can sterilize it, boil, or clean it with a dishwasher. It is also safe to use in the microwave.
As a bonus, your baby has fun with it as they feed because it has a soft, skin-like silicone that your baby will love to play with.
Designed for newborns up to 3 months of age
Dual anti-colic valve
BPA, PVC, and phthalate silicone material
Soft and squishy for the baby
Easy to clean
The perfect bottle for breast-bottle transitioning
The frosting on the bottles sometimes does not allow you to see the level of the milk
The Enfamil nipples are unlike others we have reviewed in this list so far. A pack of these has 12 disposable nipples made from soft BPA free silicon. They serve the purpose well, and therefore they take the fourth position on our list.
The nipples are hygienically packed with each nipple being individually wrapped to make sure they are safe to use any time your baby needs to feed. They can be used on any standard or classic bottles. You could also disinfect with standard sterilizer before use.
The nipples have one hole on the nipple designed to provide extra slow flow and are also vented to allow air circulation as the baby sucks. As a result, they are suitable for newborns and younger babies who need to suck slower for longer.
Enfamil slow flow nipples are perfect for moms who travel a lot and in a hospital set up for feeding babies while eliminating the risk of contamination.
A pack of 12 nipples
Compatible with standard sized infant bottles
Provides perfect slow flow
You can reuse them after sanitizing
Convenient while on the go or hospital setting
They are disposable, so you have to keep purchasing more
Playtex Nipple Variety Kit Slow Flow
If you have been hunting from bottle to bottle trying to look for a suitable nipple for your baby with no luck and you are on a low budget, Playtex kit might be the perfect solution for you. It offers you a kit with a variety of nipples with four distinct shapes and sizes to mix and match with the Playtex bottle until you get the right combination for your little one’s unique preference.
The four nipples have different sizes and textures are designed as follows: breast-like shape designed to mimic the breast shape, natural latch designed most like mom’s, full sized designed for wider mouths, and angled for upright feeding. The good thing is all of them have a wide raised and textured area to provide a latch for easy switching between breast and bottle.
We think this is an excellent package that most babies will find their preference from while saving you the hassle of trial and error and the much-needed money!
The Playtex nipple is our number five best slow flow nipple.
For babies 0-3 months
A 4 nipple variety kit
It can be a perfect gift for a baby shower
Provides the perfect milk flow
Makes transition to bottle easier
You get a variety to create your custom feeding bottle from
Doesn’t include caps
Packaging can be confusing
Similac Slow Flow Nipple And Ring
The Similac nipples are similar to the Enfamil slow flow nipples we have just reviewed on this list; they come 50 pieces in one pack and are disposable. They also have only one hole on top for a more controlled flow, unlike other slow flow nipples that have multiple holes. The nipples are made from latex free materials.
We find them so convenient, especially for moms who are always on the go because they eliminate the hassle involved in washing and sterilizing. They are also ideal for nurses feeding infants in hospitals where multiple use of the same nipple is prohibited due to the risk of infections. Also, the ring is compatible with most commonly available infant feeding bottles.
Having considered these factors, we give the Similac nipple the sixth position on this list.
50 nipple pieces with a ring in a pack
Has a single hole
Made from latex free rubber
Convenient for travel and hospital use
Provide perfect flow
Fits on most infant feeding bottles
Some moms find the smell of the rubber nipple offensive
Can be expensive because you need to keep buying more
Brown’s Original Nipple Level
We love these nipples from DR. Brown because you get two uniquely designed nipples in a pack for you to choose the one that is most suitable for your little one. They are made from durable high quality grade silicon.
Each nipple varies in size and shape to provide different flow rate; preemie Flow nipple being ideal for tiny mouths needing slow flow and Y-cut nipple that allows higher milk flow.
Because of how well the milk flow and air bubbles are controlled with these nipples, we find them ideal for reducing gas, spit ups, acid reflux, and colic.
DR. Brown nipples are the seventh on this list.
2 replacement silicon nipples in a pack
Phthalate, latex, lead, and BPA free
For newborns and above
Dishwasher safe on top rack only
Provides perfect flow
Helps with gas and colic
Pricey in comparison
Nuk Simply Natural Bottles
Nuks Simply natural is our eighth most favorite slow flow bottle. It among the best in the market, designed with the closest feel to mom’s breast.
A pack has two nipples that are carefully crafted to provide an extra soft feel and a nipple cavity to allow the baby move the tongue and jaw comfortably, just like if they were breastfeeding. The nipple with 3 holes for milk flow and anti-colic vent system to help reduce the air the baby would suck in.
From the design, the bottles ensure the breastfeeding bond between you and your little one remains strong even through the process of transitioning to bottle feeding. The bottle helps reduce spit ups and colic due to gassiness.
Bottle made from Tritan’s high quality plastic bottles
Anti-colic air system
Safe to micro-steam
Provide perfect slow flow
Easy to clean
Baby latches just fine
Good for fussy and gassy baby
Some moms find the caps relatively difficult remove
Medela Breast Milk Bottle Set
The Medela nipples are designed to help with an easier breast-bottle transitioning in mind. They have natural feel and shape that like the breast, with a wide base for latching on.
You will also find them easy to clean by hand or dishwasher and can safely be micro-steamed or boiled since they are BPA free.
The nipples are compatible with Medela breast milk bottles and can only be used with wide base collars. It is our number ninth on this list of best slow flow nipples
For babies 0-4 months
Dryer safe, boilable
Made from silicon
Easy to clean
Compatible with other bottles
Baby loves the natural feel
Some parents find the milk flow is faster than claimed
It allows spillages
Some parents experience nipple-bottle compatibility problems.
Similac Advance and Pro Advance are infant formulas from the Similac brand manufactured by Abbott Laboratories. The brand has created a wide range of infant formulas to serve the various needs different babies have. Some of the categories that Similac’s formulas cater for include a regular formula for healthy babies, lactose-free formulas for the babies with lactose intolerance, hypoallergenic formula for those with allergies to regular formula ingredients, easy-to-digest formulas and more.
We all know that infants depend on milk to feed as soon as they are born and that mum’s breast milk is the best option for the baby, but sometimes, breastfeeding is not possible, or the milk is not enough to feed only then are infant formulas used.
Abbott Laboratories have devoted themselves to developing specially designed infant formulas mimicking a mother’s breast milk as much as possible both in characteristics and also in benefits
Similac Advance and Similac Pro Advance closely resemble each other in terms of nutritional composition with only very slight differences. They supply all the essential nutrients and bioactive ingredients to a nursing baby just like those the baby would obtain from their mum’s breast milk. Both formulas contain OptiGro, which is a unique blend of all the nutrients and ingredients found in breast milk. Babies fed with these formulas, grow strong and healthy just as they would if they were feeding on breast milk instead.
HMO (Human Milk Oligosaccharide):
Both formulas contain HMO; Similac Pro Advance includes 2′-FL HMO that is similar to the one found in a mother’s breast while the HMO in Similac Advance is obtained from genetically modified animals and plants to made to resemble one from breast milk.
HMO is a vital and the third most abundant component in breast milk. It functions as a building block for the baby’s immunity. It feeds the good bacteria in the baby’s digestive tract so they can multiply and acts as a barrier for invading pathogens such as bacteria and viruses that would cause infections.
It also influences the cells that coordinate with the immune system to help in reducing inflammation.
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid):
DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is essential for the general development of the baby’s brain in their formative years. It also contributes to improved cardiovascular health, better vision, and reduced inflammation.
It is a carotenoid found naturally in plants that have powerful antioxidant abilities; it protects the DHA from the effects of free radicals that roam in the body. It also contributes to the development of cognitive abilities such as learning, reasoning, and memory.
It is a common, occurring vitamin but powerful antioxidant that protects body cells from free radicles.
Different labels and Packaging colors
Of course, one difference you will spot at a glance is their package appearance, the labels read differently. Similac Pro Advance is in a tin with a grey cover while Similac Advance is in a tin with a blue cover.
Similac Pro Advance is the upgraded version of Similac Advance
The Pro Advance formula is made from non-rbST cow’s milk, while Similac Advance is made from cow’s milk with some genetically modified ingredients.
HMO in Pro Advance formula is made closest to the one in breast milk than that of Similac Advance.
Which milk tastes better?
Ordinarily, a baby that has been breastfeeding could tell the difference and might react to it. However, Similac have done an excellent job to try to close the gap in the characteristics between their formulas and breast milk as possible. With Similac formulas, the baby cannot tell the difference.
The two formulas are available in powder form in cans and also in bottles ready-to-feed in liquid. They can be purchased from the company’s website once you sign up and from stores like Amazon, Target, and Walmart etc.
Similar Pro Advance
Powdered 36 once can (pack of 3) for a month supply- from $129.71
Powdered 36 once can (pack of 3) for a month supply – from$115.68
Ready to feed bottle 1 quartz bottle (pack of 6) –from $66.23
Ready to feed bottle 8 fl OZ (pack of 24) –from $51.68
Ultimately it is your decision to make and it might also be influenced by how your baby responds to either formula but we feel that the difference between the two formulas is very minor and both cater really well for the baby’s nutrition. The difference between their prices is also minimal so if you are concerned about genetically engineered ingredients being in baby formula, we would advise you to consider Similac Pro Advance.
In the following reviews we will be comparing how the two Similac products we have already discussed compare with other infant formulas from Similac and also from Enfamil Company. We will be sharing more about the formula, what is unique about it, and its ingredients and their function in the body.
Similac Pro Advance Vs Pro Total Comfort
Pro Total Comfort is also an infant formula for Similac. Since we have already discussed extensively Similac Pro, we will be covering more about Pro Total Comfort its ingredients and benefits as well as how it compares with Similac Pro Advance next.
Pro Total Comfort
You will probably be surprised to learn that Pro Total Comfort is another infant formula from Similac brands. Abbott Laboratories has been devoting their research to create a broad range of infant formulas because they understand that different babies have different formula needs.
Pro Total Comfort was designed to ensure that your baby does not experience discomfort related to formula digestion. Science has it that some babies experience uncomfortable digestive symptoms after feeding on regular formulas in the market that use lactose and milk proteins from cow’s milk. Some of the symptoms most babies manifest are fussiness, excessive gas, and crying. Similac boasts of noticing the changes in your baby after just a day of using this product.
Similac uses ingredients that make their formula have the same characteristics as that of breast milk with the same benefits to the baby. The ingredients in Pro Total Comfort are designed to be easy for the baby to digest without causing undesirable symptoms.
Pro Total comfort uses lactose-free cow milk as a source. Instead of using lactose as a sweetener or carbohydrate source, it uses corn maltodextrin and sugar. Protein is obtained from whey protein hydrolysate instead of from milk protein. The protein is hydrolyzed to make the molecules small enough for easier digestion. This formula is also enriched with special prebiotics known as 2’FL HMO, just like in Similac Pro Advance. The prebiotic is a building block for a strong immune system.
It is important to mention that when considering which formula is most suitable for your little one don’t just choose a formula because its added ingredients that promise being gentle, especially if your baby is healthy. It is better to be guided on these matters by a pediatrician.
Price: 36 ounce tin (pack of 3) – from $134.06
Find out how the two products compare side by side from the table below:
Similac Pro Advance
Pro Total Comfort
Designed for healthy babies
Designed for delicate tummies
Includes 2’-FLO HMO immune boosters
Includes 2’-FL HMO immune booster
Includes DHA, Lutein and Vit E for brain and eye development
Includes DHA, Lutein, and Vit E for brain and eye development
Although both products provide the same essential nutrients and share same 2’-HMO there is obvious difference between the ingredients making Similac Pro Advance and Pro total comfort; the former depends on cow milk ingredients and the latter eliminates staple cow milk ingredients such as lactose and milk proteins. We think your choice here should be driven by your baby’s tolerance of cow milk products. If your baby experiences trouble digesting lactose and milk proteins we recommend Pro Total comfort otherwise if the baby is healthy, Similac Pro advance is great.
Similac Advance Vs Enfamil A+ Vs Enfamil Enspire
Since we have already extensively discussed on the Similac Advance, we will be sharing more on the two Enfamil products. The same company manufactures both products are manufactured by Mead Johnson Nutrition Company. It is most likely you wouldn’t realize that the brand name Enfamil is coined from the words ‘infant meal’. These high-quality products are laden with nutrients and minerals and are designed to offer a complete meal to your little one.
Enfamil A+ formula serves infants ranging from 0 to 6 months and is manufactured by Enfamil. It is made from cow milk with ingredients that tailored to be easily digested by an infant. It is critical to emphasize that if possible, a mother’s breast milk is the best option, especially for a newborn. Formulas are only interventions if the breast milk is not available. With that said, Enfamil A+ is a perfect choice, especially if your little one has been showing digestion difficulties such as gassiness and constipation.
It includes all the essential nutrients and immune building ingredients that are also found in breast milk. This formula is minerals and vitamins dense, including DHA and choline, for your infant’s rapidly growing brain. It also includes a dual prebiotic blend that is designed to work longer in the digestive tract to fortify your growing infant immune system.
Price: 496 gm. pack – from $47.97
Enfamil Enspire is a carefully crafted product. It is made from non-GMO cow milk and soy products.
It uses the lactose in cow’s milk as a sweetener, whey protein-lipid concentrate for a protein source, vegetable fats from coconut, palm and soy oil, and a blend of vitamins and minerals. The formula is rich and will give your baby similar benefits as those experienced from breast milk.
Enfamil Enspire has a unique ingredient that is also found in breast milk, called MFGM (Milk Fat Globule Membrane) and Lactoferrin. Research has it that MFGM and Lactoferrin are vital for cognitive and immune system development as well as cardiovascular health. Additionally, it has DHA, ARA, and inositol for brain and eye, and other organs and muscle developments.
The table below will give you a glance at how the three products compare:
Made from ingredients that are genetically engineered
May include ingredients with traces of GMO
Use lactose from cow milk
Use cow milk with lactose
Uses soy and cow milk with lactose
For infants up to 1yr
For infants up to 6 months
For infants up to 18 months
Includes HMO, DHA, Lutein and vitamin E
Includes DHA, ARA, choline, vitamins, and minerals
Includes DHA, Lactoferrin, MFGM, prebiotics (PDX and GOS), Vitamins and nucleotides.
Sources proteins from milk protein
Sources protein from whey concentrate and casein
Sources proteins from whey protein-lipid concentrate.
Enfamil products are pricier but they are also rated as more nutritious. All the products are made from cow milk but Enfamil A+ and Enfamil Enspire are patterned more like breast milk than Similac Advance. If you are looking for an affordable infant formula that meets the nutrition threshold and can be used by up to a year old baby, then go by Similac Advance. But if you care for complete nutrition, Enfamil Products are perfect. Enfamil A+ though is stage one infant formula and is ideal for babies under 6 months while Enspire will serve even older babies.
Similac Advance Vs Similac Sensitive
Both of these products are from Similac brands and serve babies up to one year old. You can refer to our discussion above to learn more about Similac Advance. We will be discussing Similac Sensitive and check out how the two compare.
Similac Sensitive shares most ingredients with Similac advance; the only difference is that Similac Sensitive is designed for infants with a sensitive tummy. It uses cow milk with reduced lactose to minimize tummy sensitivity in babies.
Similac Sensitive is nutritious featuring Similac OptiGro, a blend of ( DHA, Lutein, and Vitamin E) that provides the same nutrients found in breast milk that are critical for supporting the baby’s brain and eyes development. Also, it is enriched with vegetable oils, vitamins, nucleotides, and minerals.
Similac Sensitive uses both cow milk and soy milk. If your baby is allergic to cow milk or soya is best to consider choosing hypoallergenic infant formulas that are much safer. It is also not a suitable option if your little one suffers from galactosemia. That said Similac Sensitive is an excellent formula if your baby’s discomfort is from lactose intolerance alone.
1.41lb – from $35.11
Ready to feed bottles 32 OZ – from $16.48
Below is a comparison of Similac Advance and Similac Sensitive
Made from cow milk
Made from soya & cow milk with reduced lactose
Suitable for babies with no intolerances
Ideal for babies that are lactose intolerant.
Enriched with HMO,DHA, lutein and Vit E
Enriched with prebiotics, DHA, lutein, Vit E
What we think:
Both products provide same nutrition needs the only difference being that lactose is significantly reduced in Similac Sensitive so as not to cause tummy troubles for babies that are lactose intolerant. So if your baby falls in that category, we feel Similac Sensitive is a safer option than Similac Advance.
Similac Advance Vs Similac Alimentum
Both formulas are from Similac brands. We will be covering more about Alimentum, its ingredients and benefits, and how the two formulas compare. You can refer to the discussion we have had about Similac Advance.
Alimentum is a nutritious and complete hypoallergenic infant formula. Hypoallergenic means that your baby can use it even if they are allergic to cow’s milk. If your baby is allergic to cow milk or soya, they will develop distressful symptoms rapidly upon feedings, such as developing hives and rashes, itching, or swelling. It is even possible to develop more severe and life-threatening symptoms such as wheezing and difficult breathing, loss of consciousness, and even death. The good news is that these symptoms are easy to notice, and therefore you can discontinue feeding and seek immediate medical intervention.
Similac Alimentum easy-to-digest formula is designed for infants with food allergies and colic due to protein sensitivity. The proteins are pre-digested through the process of hydrolyzes to make them hypoallergenic for the baby to digest.
The formula is lactose -free and is enriched with DHA, ARA, minerals, and vitamins found in breast milk that plays a vital role in supporting brain and eye development. This formula, however, does not have prebiotics, which is crucial for supporting a healthy gut.
It uses hydrolyzed protein, which means the proteins are already broken down and will be easier for the baby to digest.
Price: 12.1 OZ. (pack of 6) – from 165.24
The table below is a comparison of Similac Advance and Similac Alimentum.
Suitable for healthy babies
Suitable for babies with food allergies and colic due to protein sensitivity
Enriched with DHA, lutein, and Vit E and minerals
Enriched with DHA ,ARA, vitamins and minerals
Contains some genetically engineered ingredients
Uses cow milk proteins
Uses hydrolyzed milk proteins
What we think:
You want to be careful what infant formula you choose for your baby, and this is especially critical if your baby has food allergies. Similac Alimentum is perfect if for babies dealing with food allergies or colic. Otherwise, if your baby is healthy with no issues with digestion, then Similac Advance is great too.
Similac Advance vs Neosure
Both are from Similac brands of infant formulas. NeoSure caters specifically for preterm babies. We will be discussing more about it next. You can refer to our discussion above to learn about Similac Advance.
Sometimes your baby arrives earlier than expected and you are at a loss how best to feed the baby. Breastfeeding is, of course, the best option, but if that is not very practical at the moment, you can consider using infant formula provided you consult with your pediatrician first.
NeoSure is designed to provide the extra nutrition to give the boost your baby needs so they can catch-up growing. It is enriched with more calories, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals than formulas designed for fully developed babies such as Similac Advance.
It is made from non-GMO cow milk ingredients that are engineered after breast milk. It is also enriched with Similac OptiGrow (DHA, ALA, lutein nucleotides, vitamins, and minerals) that are fundamental for brain and eye development. Additionally, NeoSure has a powerful immune booster in the form of 2’-FLHMO, also found in breast milk.
Price: 13.1 ounces (Pack of 6) – from $110.52
Below is a comparison between the two products:
Suitable for healthy full-term babies
Perfect for preterm infants
Contains HMO immune builders
Contains 2’-fl HMO like the one found in breast milk
Contains Similac OptiGro blend
Contains Similac OptiGro blend
Genetically engineered ingredients are used
It Contain more fat, calories, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.
What we think:
Both products offer the same nutritional benefits but only choose NeoSure if your baby is born preterm; otherwise, your baby will gain excess weight from the extra calories in NeoSure. That said, we still emphasize that you consult with your pediatrician for guidance.
Similac Pro Advance vs Enfamil
The two products are designed for healthy babies. Both are made from cow’s milk and provide complete nutrition specially patterned to mimic breast milk. You can refer to the discussion we already had about Pro Advance to learn more about it. For now, we will share more about Enfamil.
This is the basic infant formula for Enfamil from Mead Johnson Nutrition and serves fullterm babies up to a year old. It is a complete nutritional baby formula designed after mature breast milk for promoting brain and immune development and overall growth of your little one.
It is enriched with DHA and choline also found in breast milk for cognitive development, a dual prebiotic blend (galactooligosaccharides and polydextrose) for promoting strong gut health and essential vitamins, and minerals.
Check out from the table below how the two products compare:
Similac Pro Advance
Uses Non-GMO ingredients
Uses Non-GMO ingredients
Contains 2’FL HMO for immunity support
Contains dual prebiotic blend for immunity support.
Contains DHA, Choline for cognitive abilities development
Contains DHA and Choline for cognitive abilities development
What we think:
Similac Pro Advance is the upgraded version of the basic Similac Infant formula, while Enfamil is the basic in the Enfamil Infant formulas. They both share similar nutritional content, and the only difference is that both products contain different amounts of vitamins and minerals, the difference might not be that significant. For example, Similac Pro Advance has more Vit D, niacin, biotin and riboflavin. In contrast, Enfamil has higher amounts of folic acid, choline, inositol, and vitamins B12, C, E, and K. Since, the two products have insignificant differences we suggest you choose the one you would prefer and observe how it works for your baby then switch if need be.
Similac Pro Advance vs Pro Total Comfort
Choosing the right formula for your little one can be quite confusing since there are many formulas from the same companies with similar features, and for most parents, they start with a regular formula and observe if it is suitable for their babies depending on how they react. Because babies tummies are not fully developed yet, some babies are not able to digest lactose and milk proteins from cow’s milk; as a result, they experience tummy discomforts such as gassiness causes them to cry or fussy. Infant formula companies recognize this need among others we have already discussed, and develop a suitable formula that addresses those particular needs. Pro Total Comfort was designed for the babies who are lactose intolerant, and also those who are not able to milk proteins while Similac Pro advance is for healthy babies with no digestion problems.
They also use different ingredients; Pro Advance uses lactose as the carbohydrate source, while Pro Total comfort uses corn maltodextrin and sugar. Protein in Pro Advance is from milk proteins while in Pro Total comfort, it is obtained from whey protein hydrolysate, which is a protein that has been broken down to smaller molecules that are easier for the baby to digest.
Both products contain DHA, Lutein, and Vitamin E for your baby’s brain and eye development as well as the powerful 2’FL HMO immunity block builder similar to the ones found in breast milk.
Below is a comparison between the two products:
Similac Pro Advance
Pro Total Comfort
Designed for healthy babies
Designed for delicate tummies
Includes 2’-FLO HMO immune boosters
Includes 2’-FL HMO immune booster
Includes DHA, Lutein and Vit E for brain and eye development
Includes DHA, Lutein, and Vit E for brain and eye development
Both formulas are great at providing the essential nutrients your baby needs. First try using Similac Pro Total, if your baby reacts, then switch to Pro Total comfort. Otherwise, if your baby is healthy both formulas are good choices and you can use any, but it is always important to be guided by your pediatrician.
When I was trying to find a baby bottle to add to my Amazon registry, I wasn’t really interested in finding that ‘highly recommended baby bottle‘.
A few of my friends from a ‘breastfeeding club‘ had told me about how different babies prefer different types of bottles based on several factors such as sizes, texture, among others. I was sold. I opted to wait until I had my baby so I can try out a few different ones before settling on one that my baby would have liked most.
I was wrong. But that was in 2017.
Fast forward to 2020 and I am now an expert in baby feeding. After extensive research and comparison of all tested bottles, we came up with the list along with a guide on how to pick the best.
The guide is critical as several factors may positively or negatively impact your baby’s nursing or feeding experience. Before delving deep into considerations you should make, let’s start with the basics:
Do You Need Baby Bottles?
Whether you exclusively breastfeed or rely on formula to feed your baby, baby bottles are a must-have baby gear. You can use it to store breast milk or any formula you’ve prepared for your baby. It is very suitable for any working mum that has to go back to work and have to leave behind food for the baby to eat.
How Many Bottles Do I Need?
I personally used 4 bottles when I was exclusively bottle feeding my son. I’ve read other materials online that suggest that you should plan to have up to 8 bottles if you plan to exclusively bottle-feed your infant.
The consideration is that you may be using/storing food on a few while you wash and sterilize others. In other words, you may not really need all 8 at once. Again, your budget may allow you to buy as many as you want for the convenience you’d like to have.
When Do You Need Bottles?
If you plan to exclusively use formula, you can start using baby bottles from ay one after you’re released from the hospital with your newborn. If you plan to breastfeed, you may want to train your baby to get used to your nursing fast before introducing the bottle.
That said, my assignment to find the best baby bottle in 2019 took longer and a few months later (now 2020), I am excited to share the list. We’ve reached out to a few experts and have leverage primary and secondary testing results to settle on the best baby bottles in 2020.
Thousands of primary users, mostly parents that have used the bottles on the list gave their opinions.
Without further delay, here are the features that weighed heavily in our rankings:
Features We Considered to Rank the Baby Bottles in Our List.
To narrow down your search, I’ve put together things you need to generally consider as you purchase your baby’s next bottle for feeding.
It is highly important to select the right nipple depending on the age of the baby. Here are some age-based recommendations on the nature of the nipple you can get:
For newborns: newborns should be fed using slow flow nipple bottles to prevent choking.
For babies aged 3 to 12 months, medium flow nipples are highly recommended.
Fast flow nipples are then recommended for toddlers aged between 12-18 months.
The Bottle Size
The mother should select small and slim bottles, which make it easy to use, for both the mother and the baby. Slimmer bottles that are small are easier for your baby to handle. If your baby is currently struggling to hold the bottle because of its large size, consider getting a smaller one.
You should note that while smaller-capacity bottles are great and easy for newborns to handle, you’d need to purchase a bigger bottle as your baby grows.
The balance is therefore to find a large capacity bottle that will save you the hassle of looking for another bottle as your baby grows and a bottle that’s not too large for your little one to handle.
Material used to make the bottle
Glass bottles were a trend several decades ago but they were bulky and broke very easily. Then plastic-made bottles were introduced and it made it easier to carry the bottles without running the risk of breaking them.
So are all baby bottles safe?
I am a big fan of sticking to organic products but unfortunately, we have to rely on plastics for baby bottles. What’s prudent is to look for bottles that are Bisphenol A (BPA) free. BPA has been linked to cancer. BPA was also described to have a chemical that can act like the hormone estrogen in the body. So BPA bottles are a NO, NO!
Other than BPA, make sure the bottle you’re purchasing in 2020 does not contain the following chemicals:
Phthalate: It is usually added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity
You can always find the details of the bottle on the bottle label. If you are in the US, you’ll probably not see any baby bottle that is made using BPA in the market as it was banned by the FDA in 2012, following a request by American Chemistry Council.
To be on the safe side, if you see any bottle with #7 or PC, it is likely that the materials used to make it contain BPA. Avoid it at all costs.
#1, #2 or #4 marks on any bottle indicate that they’re made of polyethylene and #5 mark indicates that it is made of polypropylene. Both polyethylene and polypropylene are BPA-free
Your baby may react and even spit out or vomit any acidic food and some bottles have been made to enhance feeding, regardless of the health condition.
It is important to select bottles that prevent babies from refluxes, colic and gas build-up, and ear infections. The designs include anti-reflux bottles, anti-colic and angled bottles that allow the mother to feed the baby in an upright position to prevent ear infections. Here is a summary of what the terms above mean:
Reflux Bottles: If you want to prevent your baby from spitting up, a slow feeding bottle is the most ideal. If you go with an anti-reflux bottle, you can rely on it to prevent overflowing of the bottle and incidences of air entering your baby’s mouth.
Colic Bottles: Colic bottles are made with vents that make sure no gas is making its way to the nipple. This ensures your baby does not swallow gas.
List of 10 Best Baby Bottles in 2020
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fiesta Bottle
Philips Avent Anti Colic Bottles Clear
Comotomo Baby Bottle
Medella Breastmilk Bottle Set
Dr Brown’s Original Bottle
Lansinoh mOmma Breastmilk Feeding Bottle With NaturalWave Nipple
Playtex Baby Ventaire Anti Colic Baby Bottle
Evenflow Feeding Classic Twist Tinted Bottles
NUK Simply Natural Bottle
MAM Anti Colic Bottle for Boys
1. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fiesta Bottle
Tommee Tippee is our #1 pick as the overall best baby bottle you can get in the market today. After a thorough comparison with other equally good bottles in this list, we were impressed the most with Tommee Tippee because of its award-winning breast-like nipple design.
With the most breast-like nipple ever made, this bottle flexes like mom and feels like mom because babies prefer it that way
Tomme Tippee Website
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fiesta bottle is a beautiful colored bottle that is created to mimic a woman’s breast. It emerged top in this list and is currently the 21st best-selling baby bottle in Amazon (on Jan 2020).
Tommee Tippee brand is owned by Mayborn Group, a company registered in England & Wales with HQ in Newcastle. Here is a link to the marketing page of this bottle on their US site.
If you are breastfeeding mum that would like a bottle to feed as well, this is your default go-to bottle. You can choose from six colors and enjoy its award-winning nipple range to improve the feeding experience.
According to a survey, Tommee Tippee reported that 92% of 1200 parents who used the nipple had their babies like it by the third attempt which is impressive. The acceptance rate for other brands is as low as 60%.
The bottle has a natural stretch and provides comfort to the baby while drinking from it. The designers made the bottle to be held in different positions for the baby to hold it comfortably.
It is a bottle with the most breast-like design
It comes as a collection of six-brightly colored bottles.
Comfortable hold design for the baby.
Anti-colic valves that allow less air intake and prevent choking
Free of phthalate
The table below summarizes the features further:
Tommee Tippee Bottle, #1 in 10BabyGear 2020 List.
Rating on Amazon on Jan 2020
4.6/5 by 2,190+ customers
Best-selling rank on Amazon in Baby Bottles Category
High acceptance rate (92%), award-winning breast-like design, safe (BPA-fee), variable sizes, colors, comfortable nipple, among others
It usually retails around $40 but you can get it for less than $30 with its current sale in Jan 2020. Check availability, sale, and pricing on Amazon today here.
Both Comotomo and Tommee Tippee are designed to closely mimic breastfeeding to reduce bottle rejection and nipple confusion issues. Comotomo is, however, cheaper than Tommee Tippee and is currently the best-selling baby bottle on Amazon. According to Helium10, Comotomo ships over 30,000 units per month on Amazon
On the other hand, Tommee Tippee sold 3,492 units in the same period: Dec 27th, 2019 to Jan 27th, 2020. Tommee Tippee is 21st best-selling baby bottle brand, 20 positions behind Comotomo.
Pros of Tommee Tippee
It comes in different sizes.
Comfortable nipple design.
Different colors are available.
It has a great nipple design.
Cons of Tommee Tippee
Numbers can rub off.
The nipples might collapse at some point.
2. Philips Avent Anti Colic Bottles Clear
The Philips Avent Anti Colic Bottles Clear is designed to reduce discomfort for the baby by reducing air intake. The nipples come with a ribbed texture which acts as an anti-collapse feature. Also, the wide neck makes it easy to clean and there is also low spillage.
An anti-colic valve which helps to reduce gas and fussiness.
A slow flow nipple makes which prevents the baby from choking.
Easy to hold
Has an anti-colic design
Clear markings on the bottle for correct measurements
Expensive to purchase.
3. Comotomo Baby Bottle
The Comotomo Baby Bottle is designed to mimic breastfeeding by helping babies to transition easily from nursing to bottle feeding.
Dual anti-colic design that reduces air intake.
Maximum temperature set at 180 degree Celcius for the nipple and bottle and 120 degree Celcius for the outer ring and cap.
Nipple made of hygienic silicone material.
Designed to mimic breastfeeding and nipple confusion.
Safe to be used in a microwave, sterilizers, and dishwashers.
Good for breastfed babies.
Safe from toxic material.
Has an anti-drip design.
Only available in two colors.
Take long to warm milk in bottle warmers
4. Medella Breastmilk Bottle Set
The Madella breastmilk bottle is considered one of the best bottles for breastfeeding mothers. Physicians have recommended this bottle as the best breast milk storage product in the United States.
Clear markings that allow for accurate readings.
Lead-free material used.
Screw on the lid that allows for a leak-free bottle.
Wide base collars
Leak-proof material used.
Recommended by physicians.
Available in different sizes.
Safe for microwave and dishwasher use.
May cause choking in small babies due to nipple flow.
5. Dr. Brown’s Original Bottle
Dr Brown’s Original Bottle comes with a set of four anti-colic bottles. The bottle is suitable for babies of all ages due to the variety of nipple and bottle sizes that come with it. The bottles are designed for all types of babies, including; bottle-fed and breastfed babies.
Fully vented bottle design which comes with a vacuum free that mimics breastfeeding.
BPA free material used.
Comes with a 4-pack 8 ounce bottle.
Slow-flow bottle design that prevents choking.
Tight travel cap makes travelling around easy without leakage.
The venting system design makes it difficult to clean.
6. Lansinoh mOmma Breastmilk Feeding Bottle With NaturalWave Nipple
The Lansinoh mOmma Breastmilk Feeding Bottle is the best bottle for any mom who would not want nipple confusion while breastfeeding. This bottle is suitable for infants and babies of all ages. The bottle is recommended for mothers with babies that suffer from reflux and colic issues. The bottle comes as a set of three Lansinoh feeding bottles, three Lansinoh bottle caps and three Lansinoh silicone nipples.
Made of BPA-free material.
Has an anti-colic design.
Ergonomically designed to allow for proper oral development of the baby.
Natural wave nipple that reduces nipple confusion.
Dishwasher and microwave-safe.
BPA free material used.
Great for babies with reflux and colic symptoms
Prevents gas build-up.
Natural wave nipple that prevents nipple confusion.
It allows too much milk to flow through the nipples.
7. Playtex Baby Ventaire Anti Colic Baby Bottle
The Playtex Baby Ventaire Anti Colic Baby Bottle comes with a unique design that allows for upright feeding. The bottle is designed for breastfed babies, and also those suffering from reflux and colic issues. Also the bottle helps babies with ear infections since it allows for upright feeding. The Playtex pack has five feeding bottles, five Playtex textured nipples and five Playtex bottle caps.
The angled design allows for upright feeding.
BPA free material used.
Microchannel vents which prevent air intake as the baby feeds.
Recommended by pediatricians to help prevent ear infections.
Designed uniquely to reduce colic.
Easy to clean
The medium flow of milk.
Cases of leakage if on tightly closed.
Clogging may occur due to the slow flow nipples.
8. Evenflow Feeding Classic Twist Tinted Bottles
The Evenflow Feeding Classic Twist Tinted Bottles come with a very simple shape and design. The bottles are designed for growing babies. Also, those babies that tend to drink too fast are highly recommended to use these bottles. The pack includes 12 Evenflo feeding bottles, 12 Evenflo slow flow nipples, and 12 Evenflo bottle caps. The bottles also come in blue, green and teal colors.
Made of BPA free Polypropylene.
Slow flow nipple design that prevents choking and spitting.
It has micro air vents that prevent nipples from collapsing.
Has an easy to hold design.
Suitable for babies of all ages
Comfortable to use.
Prevents nipple collapse.
BPA free Polypropylene material used.
Has air vents that prevent gas build-up.
Cases of leakages reported.
9. NUK Simply Natural Bottle
The NUK Simply Natural Bottle is designed for breastfed babies. The multiple holes on the nipple provide a natural feed feeling for the baby. According to a July 2015 home use test conducted, the bottle was recommended by more than 90% of moms.
Multiple nipple holes ranging from 3-9 holes depending on the flow rate.
BPA free material used.
Anti-colic air system that reduces gas buildup and spit-up.
Soft silicone nipple that mimics a mother’s breast.
The design is stain & odor resistant.
Pros NUK Simply Pros
Soft silicone nipples designed to provide an easy latch.
Dishwasher and microwave-safe.
Anti-stain and odor design.
Easy to clean.
Often leaks on the cap.
10. MAM Anti Colic Bottle for Boys
The MAM Anti Colic bottle for Boys is designed for boys. They are specifically designed for bottle-fed and breast-fed babies. Babies suffering from colic and reflux symptoms will benefit a lot from these bottles.
Anti-colic vent base design.
It comes with soft silicone nipple.
Hs a medium flow capability.
The anti-colic feature prevents choking and spitting,