HiPP originated in Germany over a century ago and remains one of the most prominent German brands. Today, HiPP produces some of the top European baby foods. They include standard formulas and specialized products for infants who need a special diet.
There are three versions of the HiPP formula, German, UK, and Dutch. They all are manufactured in Germany but then exported, packaged, and sold in the respective countries.
Let’s talk about the Dutch version, how it compares to the other two and what kind of benefits it has.
First of all, it’s worth mentioning that there’s no major difference between the versions. But while dissimilarities are hardly dramatic, some of them might still have a significant impact on your purchase decision.
This specifically concerns the Dutch formula since it contains fewer ingredients than normally cause concerns in parents.
|HiPP Dutch Stage 1 & 2 formula contains pro-and prebiotics No starch in any formulasLactose is the main carb in all stages Stages 2 & 3 are soy-free||All stages contain pre-and probiotics All stages contain starch Contains starch along lactose in Stage 1Stages 2 & 3 contain soy||No probiotics in any formulas No starchLactose is the primary carb source in all stages No soy|
As you can see, the Dutch version might have certain advantages over the other two. The presence of probiotics and absence of starches and soy can make it an obvious choice for many parents.
|Stage 1||HiPP Dutch Stage 2||HiPP Dutch Stage 3|
|Contains choline (an important nutrient, one of the essential components of human milk)Contains Mortierella Alpina Oil (source of ARA)||No choline Includes L-tyrosine & L-cystine (added amino acids)Contains fish oil (source of DHA)||No whey No fish oil No added amino acids No probiotics Contains soy lecithin|
In general, the HiPP formula produced for the Netherlands makes quite a positive impression. There are much more benefits than downsides to these products. Here are some of them:
- Well-established, reputable brand
- Organic components
- All formulas include prebiotics for improved digestion
- Stages 1 & 2 include probiotics
- Include both ARA & DHA
- Based on skimmed milk
- No added carb sources or thickeners like maltodextrin or starch
- No added sweeteners
- Stages 2 & 3 are soy-free
- Tastes good
- Easy on the tummies
- Includes palm oil as added fat
- Stage 3 includes soy lecithin
- Stage 3 doesn’t include probiotics (which is probably not a huge problem since, at this age, kids receive vegetables and fruits as complementary feeding).
When it comes to high-quality formulas, HiPP products are always there at the top of the list. Yes, one or two ingredients might make some especially discerning moms frown. But it’s safe to say that all the brand’s product variations are exceptionally top-notch.
The Dutch variety seems to stand out thanks to the presence of essential micronutrients. The exclusion of some dubious components like soy, starch, or added sweeteners has to be noted as well.