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  • Organic milk from cows raised on Demeter-certified farms
  • Higher proportion of high-quality Demeter milk fat, and lower proportion of processed vegetable oils
  • GMO-free
  • Chemical-free agriculture and manufacturing

Holle Bio Stage PRE Formula

Holle Bio PRE is an organic baby formula designed for infants who require formula immediately after birth. While breastmilk is ideal for newborns, it’s not always an option for families. In these cases, Holle Bio PRE is designed to be optimal for babies ages 0 to 3 months old who need formula supplementation as well as those who rely on formula for all of their nutrition needs. It is modeled after human breastmilk and is intended to be easy for most babies to transition to. 

Holle Bio PRE is made in Germany and undergoes strict testing to high European organic standards. The ingredient list includes organic whole milk, whey, lactose, DHA, amino acids, and important vitamins and minerals. In order to support sensitive tummies and provide all the healthy fats a baby needs, this formula contains a high ratio of high-quality milk versus processed vegetable oils. 

This formula is made using organic milk from cows on Demeter-certified farms, which means the farms follow regular ecosystem preservation practices and receive annual reviews. In addition to being organic, Holle Bio PRE is non-toxic and free from GMOs, flavors, dyes, chemicals, starch, maltodextrin, and artificial preservatives. 

Pros and Cons of Holle Bio Stage PRE

Below are some of the pros and cons of the Holle Bio PRE formula. 

Pros:

  • Contains high ratios of DHA and ARA to support brain development 
  • Guaranteed 6-month shelf life 
  • Designed for babies with sensitive tummies, including those prone to constipation

Cons:

  • Not suitable for dairy-free babies 
  • Babies will need to switch to the next stage formula at 3 months of age
  • Contains fish oil, which is not appropriate for babies with a fish allergy

Ingredients of Holle Bio Stage PRE

Holle Bio PRE was consciously formulated to provide complete nutrition for newborns. The full ingredients in Holle Bio PRE are listed below. 

Demeter Whole Milk, Organic Whey Powder (Partly Demineralized), Organic Lactose, Organic Vegetable Oils [Organic Palm Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Rapeseed Oil], Demeter Skim Milk Powder, Fish Oil, Biodynamic Skim Milk Powder, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Bitartrate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, L-Tyrosine, Vitamin C, L-Tryptophan, Iron Lactate, Vitamin E, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodate, Sodium Selenate, Biotin.

Holle Bio PRE ingredients have been chosen and formulated together to provide complete nutrition for babies aged 0-3 months old, regardless of whether a newborn relies fully on formula or just needs it to supplement breastmilk. 

It contains predominantly organic ingredients, which include several sources of important fatty acids, iron, choline, and vitamins and minerals. 

Nutrients in Holle Bio PRE

Infancy is a time of rapid growth and development, and receiving adequate nutrition – including calories, protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals – is essential to fuel everything going on in an infant’s body. Holle Bio PRE contains high-quality ingredients to provide complete nutrition. 

Holle Bio PRE contains high amounts of DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and ARA (Arachidonic acid) that come from a combination of milk, fish oil, and vegetable oils. DHA and ARA are omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids that are essential for optimal brain growth, development, and function. Evidence shows that DHA accumulates rapidly in the brain between the last trimester of pregnancy and up until age 2 years, making this a critical time to provide infants with enough of this nutrient. 

This formula also contains added iron, a nutrient needed to make red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body. Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the world, and is responsible for 50% of all anemias. Infants and children are at a higher risk for developing iron deficiency because their rapid growth results in higher iron needs. Therefore, iron is a critical nutrient to provide babies. 

Side Effects of Holle Bio Stage PRE

While there are no major probable side effects of using Holle Bio PRE for most babies, some infants may not tolerate it as well as others. 

Babies who are lactose intolerant, or who have a milk or whey allergy, should not use this formula as these are the first ingredients in it. Upset stomach, gas, or diarrhea are among the most common side effects that babies may experience using any formula, which generally stems from the protein source.

Additionally, Holle Bio PRE should not be used by babies who are over 3 months of age as this formula is not designed to be nutritionally adequate for older babies or toddlers. 

How Holle Bio PRE Formula Compares

Holle Bio PRE is designed to be a good option for babies with sensitive tummies. There are many other sensitive baby formulas on the market. Here is how Holle Bio PRE compares to some other popular options. 

Holle Bio PRE vs Similac Organic

Holle Bio PRE is a European organic baby formula whereas Similar Organic is made in the United States.  

While Hollie Bio PRE is designed for babies 0-3 months of age, Similac Organic can be used up until 12 months of age. Both formulas contain ingredients to support eye, brain, digestive, and immune health and function, but Similar Organic also contains lutein. Some users say that Similar Organic is easier to mix without clumping in the final product. 

Holle Bio PRE vs Up&Up Gentle Infant Formula

While Holle Bio PRE is designed for infants 0-3 months, Up&Up Gentle Infant Formula can be used up until 12 months of age. Both are sensitive stomach formulas made with cow’s milk, but Up&Up Gentle Infant Formula contains the protein that has been digested into smaller parts to make it even easier for babies to digest. 

Both formulas contain DHA and choline to support eye and brain development. Both are also free from GMOs, artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors, but only Holle Bio PRE is organic. 

Holle Bio PRE vs Enfamil Gentlease

Holle Bio PRE and Enfamil Gentlease are similar formulas, however, the latter is a US brand that is easier to obtain here and is formulated for babies up to age 12 months. While Holle Bio PRE contains whole milk and whey as its first two ingredients, Enfamil Gentlease contains water and corn syrup solids as its first two ingredients. 

Both formulas contain DHA and choline to support eye and brain development. Per ounce, Enfamil Gentlease does contain more iron than Holle Bio PRE.

Bottom Line

Holle Bio PRE is an organic European baby formula designed for infants aged 0-3 months old. It has been formulated with organic, high-quality ingredients that help support brain and visual development as well as immune health. Furthermore, Holle Bio PRE is a great option for infants who are not dairy-free but need a formula that is gentle on the stomach while providing all the healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals they need. 

Keep in mind that every formula is not right for every infant. When selecting a formula, it is best to speak to your pediatrician about the brand, protein, and type of product that is best for your baby.

FAQ

The main difference between Holle Bio PRE and Holle Bio Stage 1 has to do with their carbohydrate content. Holle Bio PRE contains more lactose, whereas Holle Bio Stage 1 uses maltodextrin as its main source of carbohydrates. Both are intended for use in infants, so choosing one just depends on personal preference. Additionally, Holle Bio PRE is intended for babies 0-3 months old and Stage 1 can be used for babies up to 6 months of age.

The FDA is a United States regulatory agency. Holle Bio PRE is a European baby formula, which means it is not regulated by the FDA. However, Holle brand products are being imported into and sold in the US and are FDA registered as required.

While Holle Bio PRE has been formulated to be easy on sensitive tummies, it’s possible that some babies may experience upset stomachs or changes in bowel patterns such as diarrhea or constipation. All babies are different and this is a potential side effect of using any baby formula. 

Holle Bio Stage PRE formula is designed for infants aged 0 through 3 months old. It can be used either for babies who need to fully rely on formula for their nutrition or babies who just need it as a supplement to breastmilk in the early months of life. Once a baby reaches 3 months of age, they should transition either to Holle Stage 1 (for infants 0-6 months old) and then to Holle Stage 2 formula (for infants 6+ months old) to continue supporting their optimal growth and development. 

Holle Bio PRE is easy to make. Per the manufacturer’s instructions, first, boil water and allow it to cool to around 122°F. Fill a bottle with approximately half of the desired amount of water, and then fill the desired amount of formula powder into the bottle. Close your bottle and shake it well to mix. Before offering it to a baby, check to make sure that the formula temperature has cooled to at least 98°F.  Never microwave baby formula as this can lead to uneven distribution of heat that can cause burns.

Yes, Holle Bio PRE has been designed specifically for newborns and infants who would benefit from receiving sensitive formulas. This product is free from starch, soy, gluten, and added sugars, as well as artificial preservatives, flavors, or colorings. It relies on lactose as its primary carbohydrate source. If a baby has had adverse digestive reactions to conventional formulas previously, Holle Bio PRE may be a good alternative for them. 

AgeWater (ml)ScoopsReady-made Formula (ml)Meals per Day
1-2 weeksConsult your pediatrician
2-4 weeks9031005-7
2-3 months15051704-5
3-4 months18062004-5
4+21072303-4
Nutritional Facts ((Per 100ml or 3.38 oz/3 oz prepared))
Nutritional Facts(Per 100ml or 3.38 oz/3 oz prepared)
Energy 66 kcal
Total Fat 3.3 g
Saturates 1.4 g
Monounsaturates 1.3 g
Polyunsaturates 0.6 g
Linoleic acid 485 mg
Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) 45 mg
DHA 19.4 mg
Total Salt 80 mg
Sodium 28 mg
Potassium 80.4 mg
Total Carbs 7.8 g
Sugars 7.8 g
Lactose 7.8 g
Protein 1.3 g
Calcium 55.8 mg
Iron 0.53 mg
Phosphorus 32.5 mg
Magnesium 5.26 mg
Chloride 51.9 mg
Zinc 0.43 mg
Nutritional Facts(Per 100ml or 3.38 oz/3 oz prepared)
Copper 0.046 mg
Iodine 14.8 mcg
Manganese 0.013 mg
Selenium 2.7 mcg
Fluoride <0.010 mg
Vitamin C 14 mg
Vitamin A 62.2 mcg RE
Vitamin D 1.4 mcg
Vitamin E 1.5 mg
Vitamin B1 0.060 mg
Vitamin B2 0.18 mg
Vitamin B6 0.057 mg
Vitamin B12 0.21 mcg
Folic Acid 11.6 mcg
Folate 17.6 mcg DFE
Pantothenic Acid 0.49 mg
Vitamin K 6.2 mcg
Biotin 2.0 mcg
Niacin 0.46 mg
Choline 22 mg
Inositol 4.5 mg
L-Carnitine 2.1 mg

Demeter Whole Milk, Organic Whey Powder (Partly Demineralized), Organic Lactose, Organic Vegetable Oils [Organic Palm Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Rapeseed Oil], Demeter Skim Milk Powder, Fish Oil, Biodynamic Skim Milk Powder, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Bitartrate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, L-Tyrosine, Vitamin C, L-Tryptophan, Iron Lactate, Vitamin E, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodate, Sodium Selenate, Biotin.

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