How to choose the best newborn formula for your family

If you’ve been left standing in the baby aisle scratching your head at all those tins of formula, we don’t blame you! With an overwhelming number of infant formulas in Australia to choose from, deciding on the right one for your newborn can be a daunting task.

The truth is, there’s no single best formula for newborns, but there will be a suitable formula for your newborn and their unique needs.

Here’s a rundown on the different types of newborn formula available, what to consider when choosing a baby formula, and how to know if it’s working for your little one.

What are the different types of baby formula?

We’ll start by saying that every baby formula sold in Australia adheres to strict Australian Standards. Whichever you decide to pluck off the shelf, it will meet your baby’s nutritional requirements for the first year of their life. 

So why are there so many different types? And which is the best formula for your newborn? Let’s explore them.

  • Cow’s milk formula: This is the most commonly used and widely available baby formula option in Australia. Cow’s milk formula is often recommended as a first choice by healthcare professionals, as most babies tolerate it well and it’s the most widely available type. 
  • Goat’s milk formula: Interestingly, this is more similar to human breast milk than cow’s milk formula. Goat’s milk formula is rising in popularity around the world, and might be a better alternative for infants with sensitive tummies, or who aren’t tolerating cow’s milk formula well.
  • Soy milk formula: While being one of the only vegan infant formula options available, this isn’t typically considered the best type of formula for newborns or babies under six months. Some babies can have soy allergies, and there are some concerns about the effects of phytoestrogens in soy formula on babies. That said, it’s a lactose-free options that could suit some babies better than formula made from animal milk.
  • Specialised formulas: There are also specialised formulas available for babies who have specific dietary needs or medical conditions (for example, infant reflux). These include plant-based formulas, lactose-free formulas, hydrolysed formulas and pre-thickened formulas. You should only use these types under the guidance of your paediatrician.

Choosing the best formula for newborns: what to consider

 1. Your baby’s medical needs

The first thing to consider when choosing the best formula milk for your baby is whether your little one has any allergies, digestive issues or other medical needs to consider. In this instance you should be guided by your paediatrician‘s advice. For example, some premature babies may be recommended specialised newborn formulas to help them grow and gain weight faster.

2. Reviews and recommendations

It doesn’t matter what brand is on the tin, so long as it works well for your baby. Do some research into newborn formula effectiveness by reading reviews, as well as asking your parenting groups and friends for their recommendations.

For the record, you can read about what our customers have to say about Oli6 Goat Milk Formula on the trusted 3rd party review platform Product Review.

3. Price

Babies’ tummies may be tiny, but they sure do glug a lot of milk. Newborn formula costs add up, so consider the price of different formulas when making your choice and be sure to choose one that’s sustainable for your family’s budget.

4. Ease of access

Make sure you choose a baby formula that is readily available to buy at a store near you. For example, Oli6 Goat Milk Formula is available at Coles, Woolworths, Chemist Warehouse and other selected pharmacy groups. 

If you can only order a baby formula online, you might find yourself in a pinch if you run out, or experience shipping delays.

5. Stage

Baby formula comes in different ‘stages’. Stage 1 is the best formula for newborns, suitable from birth. Follow-on formula (Stage 2+) can be used beyond six months and into toddlerhood. 

Make sure you select the stage that’s right for your little one’s age (Stage 1 newborn formula for fresh babies). Always follow the preparation guidelines carefully, as these can be different for each brand, formula type and stage.

How to know if a newborn formula is right for your baby

Once you’ve decided on the best baby formula for your little one, you simply need to see how it goes. If your baby is feeding well, seems comfortable and is putting on weight, you’re probably onto a winner.

Signs that this might NOT be the best newborn formula for your little one include:

  • Excessive spitting up or vomiting 
  • Diarrhoea
  • Blood or mucus in your baby’s stool
  • Lack of weight gain or weight loss
  • Signs of discomfort like constant crying or pulling the legs up towards their belly.

If you’re concerned, discuss your formula choice with your paediatrician.

Also keep in mind that some babies reject formula just because they don’t like the taste of it! 

Is Oli6 Goat Milk Formula the best newborn formula for you?

Our Stage 1 infant formula is designed to nourish babies in the first six months of life. Because goat’s milk formula is full of nutrients and gentle on tummies, it’s a great option for many newborns. But of course, it’s worth weighing up the benefits of other brands and comparing. (Great news: we’ve already done this for you! See how Oli6 compares to other brands.)

Here are a few reasons why we think Oli6 Goat Milk Formula is one of the best newborn and infant formula options in Australia:

  • Oli6 Goat Milk Formula is Australian-made and owned.
  • It contains a natural probiotic BB536 to support immunity, fend off harmful bacteria, and improve gastrointestinal conditions.
  • It’s fortified with 18 beneficial vitamins and minerals, backed by science.
  • It’s available in Coles, Woolworths and Chemist Warehouse, as well as select independent pharmacies.
  • If you think goat’s milk formula might be the best option for your little one, use our Stockist Finder to locate Oli6 Goat Milk Formula near you, and chat with your paediatrician if you’re ever concerned about your baby’s health.

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