Best Baby Formulas

For parents wading through marketing buzzwords and misinformation online about the dangers of baby formula, choosing the best formula for their newborns, babies and toddlers can be a daunting task. With a huge variety of milk-based, soy and specialty infant formulas available on supermarket shelves, there’s bound to be something right for your little one. Continue reading...

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Oli6 Dairy Goat

Oli6 Dairy Goat 🏆 2024

4.9  (317)
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  • Price (RRP) $37.95
  • Stages1, 2, 3 and 4
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Skye B
Skye B
  Fair Incentive Toddler
My daughter loves it!My daughter used to be on Bub formula but I saw my Woolworths started selling Oli and so I requested a sample. My daughter absolutely loves Oli and I’m happy to support an Australian company! Highly recommend! Show details ·  1
mumamoo Premium Formula

mumamoo Premium Formula 🏆 2024

4.8  (420)
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  • Price (RRP) $32.50
  • Stages1, 2 and 3
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Taleisha P.
Taleisha P.QLD3 posts
  Verified Infant Stage 1
a2 Platinum Premium

a2 Platinum Premium 🏆 2024

4.4  (953)
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  • Price (RRP) $38 to $40.50
  • Stages1, 2, 3 and 4
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Jessica M.
Jessica M.
  Verified Toddler
Nutura Organic Formula

Nutura Organic Formula

4.5  (238)
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  • Price (RRP) $33 to $35
  • Stages1, 2 and 3
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Junior Carlos A.
Junior Carlos A.NSW
  Stage 1
Nutura
Nutura   DM   
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Blackmores Formula

Blackmores Formula

4.4  (151)
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  • Price (RRP) $25.99 to $29.99
  • Stages1, 2 and 3
K. James
K. James
  Newborn
ALDI Mamia Gold

ALDI Mamia Gold

4.3  (274)
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  • Price (RRP) $11.99
  • Stages1, 2 and 3
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Summer
Summer 3 posts
  1
Aptamil Profutura

Aptamil Profutura

4.4  (122)
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  • Price (RRP) $40 to $44
  • Stages1, 2, 3 and 4
Jess M.
Jess M.QLD3 posts
  1
Baby loves itGreat product. I changed to another organic brand and that was a disaster. One day i could tell the difference from changing, The grass is not greener in the other side. This is the best Show details
Karicare Goat

Karicare Goat

4.3  (153)
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  • Price (RRP) $35.99 to $36.49
  • Stages1, 2 and 3
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ABZZ
ABZZ2 posts
  1
Best formulaMy son has reflux we tried s26 gold reflux which gave bad colic we tried Novolac colic with milk thickener that also didn’t work with him we then tried Aptamil reflux which gave extreme diarrhoea
This formula is honestly the best one it has changed my sons well being and personality he’s more of a happy baby now
10/10 formula Show details ·  1
Bellamy's Organic Formula

Bellamy's Organic Formula

4.1  (642)
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  • Price (RRP) $30 to $32
  • Stages1, 2, 3 and 4
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sonal M.
sonal M.
  Step 3 Toddler Milk Drink
Horrible- Caused mouth blistersGot this recently for my daughter and it caused mouth blisters on her toungue and Feet. She was upset and found difficult to sleep. Discarded this junk in bin. Love Natura organic. Show details
Bellamy's Organic
Bellamy's Organic   DM   
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Aptamil Gold+

Aptamil Gold+

4.1  (469)
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  • Price (RRP) $24.50 to $27
  • Stages1, 2, 3 and 4
Yai Q.
Yai Q.2 posts
  3
GreatWe had our daughter on Nan optipro 1 till 12 months old then Nan optipro 3 till 16 months, now our daughter is on this and loves it even more than Nan optipro 3. (Note, this transition of the formulas listed were good for our daughter and we never had issues). Up to each individual to their own. Show details ·  1
Karicare Formula

Karicare Formula

4.0  (362)
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  • Price (RRP) $16.99 to $18
  • Stages1, 2, 3 and 4
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Clay
Clay
  Stage 2 Follow-On Formula
Karicare
Karicare   DM   
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Novalac Colic

Novalac Colic

4.1  (138)
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t7252233
t7252233QLD
 
GreatThis is a very Great Product. Price is good with nice packaging.
Bubs Easy-digest Goat Milk Formula

Bubs Easy-digest Goat Milk Formula

4.2  (95)
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  • Price (RRP) $42
  • Stages1, 2 and 3
Garima  Duhan
Garima Duhan
  Toddler Drink
Game changerThis formula i got after 1 year and i regret that why i not get this product early, the only goat milk my baby loves to drink , before that he rejected 4 formulas and 3 different types of bottles♥️ i m happy i got u bubs Show details
Novalac Reflux

Novalac Reflux

4.0  (137)
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  • Price (RRP) $33.49
  • Stages1 and Speciality
Veronica Raymond
Veronica RaymondVIC4 posts
  Fair Incentive
Fantastic formula for reflux!I used this product for my first son in conjunction with losec for reflux and as the formula thickens in the tummy it helped him so much! We used it also for our second son and now our third baby has developed reflux. So we went straight to novalac reflux and it has been great for him! No issues once again. No constipation , great formula! Show details
Novalac Constipation

Novalac Constipation

4.2  (75)
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  • Price (RRP) $28.99
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Tsering
TseringNSW2 posts
 
Didn’t work!I switched to Novalac constipation formula after seeing its good reviews however it didn’t worked and made worse. Show details
Aptamil Gold+ Lactose Intolerance

Aptamil Gold+ Lactose Intolerance

4.3  (66)
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  • Price (RRP) $26.99
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Kittu D.
Kittu D.QLD3 posts
 
Causes constipationUnfortunately caused constipation, clay like stool my baby was fussy, more crying. It was hard to see when he was in pain. He ate it a box, but the last 3 days was a nightmare, he just cried when tried to pass the poop. Show details
Aptamil
Aptamil   DM   
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Hi Kittu, Please call us at the Nutricia Careline ph 1800438500 for help on the best product for your baby. Cheers Sue Careline Nutritionist.

Nestle NAN Comfort

Nestle NAN Comfort

3.8  (723)
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  • Price (RRP) $17.49 to $25.99
  • Stages1, 2, 3 and 4
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Charlotte
CharlotteVIC
  1
Nestle
Nestle   DM   
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Bellamy's Organic Beta Genica-8

Bellamy's Organic Beta Genica-8

4.5  (40)
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  • Price (RRP) $38
  • Stages1, 2, 3 and 4
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Susanne M.
Susanne M.QLD3 posts
  Step 2 Follow-on Formula
Nestle NAN OPTIPRO

Nestle NAN OPTIPRO

3.7  (336)
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  • Price (RRP) $24.99 to $29.99
  • Stages1, 2 and 3
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Joshua
Joshua
  2 Follow-On
Nestle
Nestle   DM   
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Alula Gold

Alula Gold

4.5  (33)
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Juliana
JulianaNSW2 posts
  Newborn Stage 1
Alula
Alula   DM   
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Nestle NAN SUPREMEpro

Nestle NAN SUPREMEpro

3.5  (295)
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  • Price (RRP) $27.99 to $36.99
  • Stages1, 2, 3 and 4
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Liana C.
Liana C.NSW
  1 Starter
Nestle
Nestle   DM   
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Novalac Allergy

Novalac Allergy

3.9  (63)
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  • Price (RRP) $39.95
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Mimabdu
Mimabdu
 
Good but overpriced :(This has been a great formula for my baby who has CMPA but it’s so overpriced. Not sure if we can afford this long term. Novalac, please consider reducing your price as not many people can afford this for their sick babies. Show details
Karicare Soy

Karicare Soy

4.0  (47)
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  • Price (RRP) $20.99
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NewLu
NewLuNSW2 posts
 
Aptamil Gold+ Reflux

Aptamil Gold+ Reflux

3.4  (174)
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  • Price (RRP) $26.99
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Abuk Deng
Abuk DengSA
 
It works well for my baby so farIts works well with my 4 month baby , I purchased Aptamil Gold + Reflux yesterday. she was able to drink her first bottle and finished it immediately. I put her on a2 at two weeks and normally been spit up/ returned a lot of milk . She haven’t spit up any milk since yesterday, she been pooping well and she is very happy. I hope nothing changes. Show details ·  1
Novalac Sweet Dreams

Novalac Sweet Dreams

3.9  (41)
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  • Price (RRP) $28.99
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Sam
SamNSW
 
Bad constipationHad my 4 month old baby on this for a week and caused him to be really constipated and caused a lot of pain for his belly, wouldn’t recommend, he was also still feeding quite regularly
Mim's Gentle Milk Organic Goat Milk

Mim's Gentle Milk Organic Goat Milk

4.3  (26)
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Cate
CateNSW
  Verified Step 3 Toddler Drink
Mim's Gentle Milk
Mim's Gentle Milk   DM   
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Aptamil Gold+ Pepti-Junior

Aptamil Gold+ Pepti-Junior

4.2  (22)
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  • Price (RRP) $14.99
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Amanda
Amanda
 
Nutricia Neocate LCP

Nutricia Neocate LCP

4.2  (19)
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  • Price (RRP) $43.39
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Sam d
Sam d
 
Worse than poisonThis product was recommended by the hospital under prescription, tried to feed the baby as he is highly allergic to cow's milk and ended up back to hospital because our baby's instant reaction was so bad..would not recommend this to anyone's child because it makes baby's condition worse.

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Aptamil Feed Thickener

Aptamil Feed Thickener

3.1  (77)
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  • Price (RRP) $16.99
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Maryam s.
Maryam s.VIC4 posts
 
Royal AUSNZ Goat Formula

Royal AUSNZ Goat Formula

4.8  (11)
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  • Price (RRP) $59.95
  • Stages1, 2 and 3
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Troy
TroyVIC2 posts
  Toddler
Toddler loves itMy toddler who was turning away from formula absolutely loves this product . I have also noticed her allergies and skin conditions seem to have got better since using this formula . Show details

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What is baby formula?

Baby formula is milk (often but not only from a cow) that has been modified to provide nutrients similar to those in breast milk. Vitamins, minerals and fats that aren’t found in cow’s milk are added to baby formula to provide an infant or toddler with the nourishment they need for healthy development.

Until what age can my child have formula?

Breastfeeding or formula feeding should be your baby’s main source of nutrition until they are 12 months of age. Babies don’t need formula after 12 months, but sometimes continuing on formula is preferred by parents (or their bub).

Here’s a quick summary on which stage formula is most suitable for your child.

  • Stage 1: Stage 1 or starter formulas are suitable for babies from birth to 12 months.
  • Stage 2: Follow-on formula can be used from six months, but it’s your choice whether or not you use it - there is little difference between starter and follow-on formula aside from a slightly higher protein and mineral content in the latter.
  • Stage 3: Formulas designed for toddlers aged 1 year and over.
  • Stage 4: Formulas for toddlers aged 2 years and over. These formulas aren’t very common across different brands, in which case you can still use stage 3 formula for toddlers of this age.

How do I choose between different types of formula?

Milk-based formula

Milk-based formula is the most common formula type, with most made from cow’s milk, and some made from goat milk. Milk-based formulas are based on two main proteins, casein (or curds) and whey (the watery part that remains after the curds are formed). Baby formulas can be either casein or whey dominated, however whey is more common in cow’s milk-based formula as it is easier to digest and more closely resembles breast milk.

Soy-based formula

Soy-based formula is often prescribed to infants who cannot have animal milk due to allergies, intolerances, or any cultural or religious beliefs held by their parents. These formulas use soybeans as a protein, and contain added carbohydrates - often in the form of sucrose or corn syrup - as a source of energy. Because they’re derived from plants, soy formulas do not contain lactose (milk sugar), which make them a preferable option for infants with lactose intolerance.

Both soy and milk-based formulas are fortified with the same essential nutrients necessary for healthy child development.

What if my child has particular health requirements?

Some infants and toddlers have health conditions or requirements which leave them unable to tolerate standard baby formula. These can include reflux, colic, lactose intolerance, any allergies, constipation or diarrhoea. There are plenty of specialty formulas available on the market, some without a prescription, however it’s still important to follow medical advice to know which formula is most suitable for your child.

Often manufacturing labels will specify the health conditions that their special formulas are suited for, however it’s handy to know the meaning behind common acronyms so you can know straight away what is or isn’t right for your child.

  • 'AR' means anti-regurgitation. AR formulas are sometimes suggested for babies with reflux, as they are thickened to reduce the amount and frequency of vomiting.
  • 'HA' means hypo-allergenic. If your child has a high risk of allergy and cannot be breastfed, then HA or partially hydrolysed formulas, in which the milk proteins have been broken down, are sometimes recommended. However, if your child has been diagnosed with a cow’s milk allergy, then HA formulas are not suitable for them.
  • Formulas labelled 'LI' are lactose-free. Lactose intolerance is the inability of your body to break down a sugar called lactose. There is lactose in both breast and animal milks, however lactose intolerance is different to an allergy to cow’s milk.
  • 'LCP' means long-chained polyunsaturated fatty acids. Some formulas contain these acids as they can assist with eye and brain development.

Mother holding baby

Other formula ingredients

All commercially produced baby formulas that can be bought in Australia meet strict Australian standards, however some formulas are made differently or contain certain additives - such as probiotics or antioxidants - that may be recommended by a doctor or preferred by parents. Regardless of parental preferences, it’s essential to seek medical advice before looking for formulas with specific ingredients.

Goat milk formula is marketed as an alternative for babies who have a cow milk allergy, however sometimes babies who are allergic to cow’s milk also can’t handle goat milk. Formula containing goat’s milk has a higher lactose content than cow’s milk formula, as well as a different whey to casein ratio to cow milk formula, containing more casein to whey.

Some parents prefer to feed their baby organic formula, and there are plenty of these on the market. What differentiates these formulas from their non-organic counterparts is how the ingredients have been farmed - these products are marketed as containing less or no synthetic chemicals, fertilisers or GMOs. They’re also often pricier, so if you’re not looking to splurge on formula, you can be rest assured that non-organic products are still completely safe for consumption.

Some manufacturers also add certain compounds to their products, claiming to make formula that tastes like breast milk. This doesn’t automatically mean your baby will take well to the formula, or that these formulas are in any way healthier or as easily digestible as human milk.

The cost of formula

The cost of baby formula can be a huge financial strain for parents. The good news is that cheaper formulas still contain the key ingredients necessary for healthy child development, and there are many reputable brands on the lower end of the price spectrum.

Buying formula will set you back anywhere from $13 to upwards of $30 for a 900g tin, which will usually last you between 5 days to 2 weeks (depending on how hungry your child is). Keep in mind that specialty formulas usually cost more than their standard counterparts. You’re also likely to fork out more money for formula that is organic or that comes in pre-measured sachets rather than tins.

Karicare+ Formula 1 for infants is a popular pick, and costs $19.99 for a 900g tin. For a few extra dollars at $21.99 for a 800g tin, Nestle’s NAN Comfort 1 is another choice favoured by many parents.

Buying your formula in larger quantities will also help you get more bang for your buck. While powdered formulas often come in 800-900g tins, there are plenty of 400g tins on the market too. Investing in larger tins may be more economical, however you need to be mindful of the feasibility of using all your formula before it expires. When buying a new formula, also keep in mind that there’s a chance your baby might simply not like it and a bit of trial and error may be needed - in these cases, sticking to smaller quantities may be your safest bet.

How easy is it to prepare different formulas?

Baby formula takes time to prepare, and the need to sterilise bottles and dole out measurements means parents already have enough on their plate. Different babies also have different preferred drinking temperatures, which can make bottle feeding difficult to coordinate perfectly every time.

While you may have heard of ready-to-use formula from friends overseas, it isn’t sold in Australia. Luckily for parents here, while most powdered baby formulas come in tins, some can also be bought as sachets which contain the correct amount of formula for one feed. This can make travelling or being on the go with your baby a lot easier, but because they’re not as widely available as tins you may spend more time hunting them down in store.

There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to formula, as babies often have slightly different needs to one another and react differently across formula types and brands. Ultimately, as long as your bub is healthy and happy, how you feed your baby is up to you.

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