7 Best Baby Formula For UK 2022

For this post, I’ve recommended the best baby formula in the UK. For more great baby products see my list of newborn essentials.

Our Top Picks

Best Baby Formula UK

If you’ve decided not to breastfeed or have moved to bottle feeding there are plenty of baby formula options available.

How We Selected

Here, we’ve recommended the best powdered baby formula in the UK. All of our recommendations have excellent feedback from parents, including family and friends with young babies.

To learn more about baby formula I highly recommend checking out this page on the National Childbirth Trust and a breakdown of formula types at the NHS.

Moving to bottle feeding? Check out our buyer’s guides to the best baby bibs, baby bottles and best bottle warmers.

Let’s get going!

Best Baby Formula Milk UK.

Best Infant Baby Milk Formula

Aptamil Stage 1 First Infant Milk Powder

  • Aptamil is the most popular and widely available baby formula on the market.
  • The clip open carton is foil sealed for freshness, easy to use and comes with a measuring spoon.
  • Suitable from birth onwards.
  • Contains DHA (Omega-3 LCPs) as required by legislation.
  • 800g x 6 pack
  • Pros: Gluten free and Halal approved, recyclable packaging.
  • Cons: As it’s popular sometimes sells out in stores, not organic or vegetarian.
  • Great reviews from parents. 91% of buyers gave this 5/5 stars.

SMA Nutrition PRO First Infant Baby Milk

  • Another favourite, which is suitable from birth onwards.
  • Contains DHA (Omega-3 LCPs) as required by legislation and GOS/FOS.
  • Suitable for Halal.
  • 800g x 6 pack
  • Pros: Recyclable steel tin, suitable for Halal.
  • Cons: Not organic or vegetarian.
  • Very good reviews. 87% of buyers gave this 5/5 stars.

Best Formula For A Windy Baby

HiPP Organic 1 First Infant Baby Milk

  • Suitable from birth.
  • Organic first infant milk, which is suitable from birth onwards.
  • Contains DHA (as required by the legislation for all infant formulas).
  • Lots of parents recommend Hipp Organic as a formula for babies who are windy.
  • Recyclable.
  • Contains DHA (as required by the legislation for all infant formulas).
  • 4 x 800g boxes of formula powder with measuring scoops.
  • Pros: Organic, recyclable packaging.
  • Cons: Possibly only 0.01% more organic than any other brands as all formula is required by law to be 99.9% organic.
  • Excellent reviews from parents. 90% of buyers gave this 5/5 stars.

Best Follow-On Baby Formula

Cow and Gate Follow On Milk

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  • Suitable from 6-12 Months.
  • Contains all the key nutrients that your baby needs at this stage for a satisfying feed.
  • Enriched with iron, Vitamin D and calcium for normal bone development.
  • 800g.
  • No products found.. 73% of buyers gave this 5/5 stars.

Best Growing Up Baby Formula

Cow & Gate 3 Toddler Baby Milk

  • Suitable from 1-2 years.
  • Comes in a handy carton with clip top lid.
  • Iron to support normal cognitive development.
  • Source of Calcium.
  • High in Vitamin D.
  • Great reviews. 90% of buyers gave this 5/5 stars.

Cheap Baby Formula & Today’s Bestsellers

Where To Buy Baby Formula

The products we’ve suggested above are available from Amazon but we’ve also listed some other good retailers to buy baby formula from:-

Things To Consider When Buying Baby Formula

It can be tricky knowing which of the many brands of formula milk might be best for your child.

This is a list of the different baby formula options available. For more detailed information on each head to the NCT website:-

  • First infant formula
  • Goats’ milk based formula
  • Hungrier baby formula
  • Anti-reflux formula
  • Comfort formula
  • Lactose free formula
  • Hypoallergenic formula
  • Follow on formula
  • Good night milk
  • Soya formula
  • Growing up milk (toddler milk)

FAQ’s Baby Formula

How do I choose the best baby formula?

There’s no real difference between baby formulas sold in the UK. They may differ very slightly but due to legislation they all need to include the same ingredients. There are Organic, Halal and Vegetarian options available.

What types of baby formula milk are there?

Most baby formula in the UK is either ‘whey dominant’ or ‘casein dominant’, which refers to the type of proteins in the formula. Both can be used from birth but whey dominant formula is usually best for new or younger babies, as it’s easier for them to digest.

Is formula good enough for my baby?

Don’t feel guilty about switching to formula. Although formula doesn’t give babies the natural antibodies that they would get through breast milk, it does provide adequate nourishment for a growing baby.

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Final Thoughts

My top pick is the Aptamil Stage 1 First Infant Milk Powder

From personal experience of the brand and great feedback from family and friends, it’s easy to see why this is the most popular product.

Buyers love this baby formula with 91% of buyers giving it 5/5 stars.

I hope this guide was helpful.

If you think I left any out that should be included or have a suggestion for a future article, let me know in the comments below.

Last Updated: January 2022

  • Added ‘How We Selected.’
  • Added link to NCT website.
  • Added Pros/Cons on all products.
  • Added ‘Things To Consider’.
  • Added Alternative Retailers.
  • Added Final Thought.

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Baby Extras

Kendamil Follow-On Milk (Currently unavailable)

  • Suitable from 6-12 Months.
  • This product is made using ingredients exclusively sourced from local farms throughout the Lake District.
  • Vegetarian – Plant-based Omega-3 DHA, zero fish oil.
  • 2 x 900g.
  • Really good reviews. 89% of buyers gave this 5/5 stars.

Aptamil 3 Toddler Baby Milk (Currently unavailable)

  • Suitable from 1-2 years.
  • The third stage milk in Aptamil range.
  • With Vitamins A, C, D and Iron.
  • Pros:
  • Cons:
  • Plenty of good reviews. From 149 ratings 93% of buyers gave this 5/5 stars.
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Nicola Horgan

Nicola is a mum of two who loves to travel. After plenty of trips abroad and here in the UK, she enjoys writing about all of the best places to stay and visit, especially with the kids in tow. When it comes to our product guides, Nicola has a wealth of experience in reviewing baby products, kids clothing and homewares. Her background in beauty marketing and fashion, always keeps her looking for the next best product.