Holle Pre vs. Holle Stage 1 – A Comprehensive Guide

In the realm of infant nutrition, Holle is a brand that has carved its niche with organic and high-quality baby food. Among the vast range of products that Holle offers, two products often draw the attention of new parents: Holle PRE and Holle Stage 1. But what sets these two apart? This article will provide an in-depth exploration of the differences and similarities, helping you make an informed choice for your little one.

Many American parents assume that Holle PRE is a stage before Stage 1 formula or for premature babies

The reality is a little more complex.

Holle stage 1 contains maltodextrin, a sweetener and thickener device from grains, like rice or corn. Holle PRE uses only lactose to sweeten the formula. In both cases, the ingredients are 100% organic.

Some parents aren’t fans of maltodextrin. There are several reasons for their feelings, some of which are legitimate. There is also a lot of misinformation in the world about what maltodextrin is and its effects. Maltodextrin is separated from starches by enzymes. While not found separately in nature, it is a part of those grains, so it’s natural in the same way that separated lactose is natural. 

If maltodextrin, which is not in breast milk, is a concern, Holle PRE has only organic lactose.

Breast milk is naturally sweeter than cow’s milk

Adding either lactose or maltodextrin to any formula is not a big deal to make it as sweet as what nature provides.

This is all stark contrast to many American brands that use sugar, glucose syrup solids, corn syrup solids, and corn syrup. In other words, American brands use simple sugar to sweeten their brands, organic or not.

PRE formulas don't have starch or maltodextrin, so you can feed more to your baby on a 3-hour schedule. While these are good sources of carbohydrates and are perfectly healthy for a normal baby, they can be difficult to digest for some children.

Otherwise, the nutritional profile is the same and both are organic.

Nutrition Chart Holle

Differences in Preparation

While both Holle PRE and Holle Stage 1 require careful preparation, Holle Stage 1 milk formula generally requires slightly warmer water (around 50°C) than Holle PRE. The warmer water aids in dissolving the maltodextrin in Holle Stage 1.

Adherence to Organic Standards: The Holle Guarantee

Regardless of whether you choose Holle PRE or Holle Stage 1, rest assured that both products adhere to stringent European organic standards. These standards assure that the milk used is from cows raised on biodynamic (Demeter) farms, where animals are treated humanely, and farms practice sustainable farming methods.

So how do you choose?

The reality is that both the PRE and the Stage 1 from Holle are top-quality products. The only difference is the existence of maltodextrin and starch.

So it’s that simple: both are 0 to 6 months, but PRE is for more sensitive tummies.

It’s your choice. No matter what you do, you’re getting some of the highest quality, safest and most natural baby formula in the world. Made to exacting standards and the world’s strictest organic farming practices, it’s better than almost anything on your grocery store shelves.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 💭 What Age is Holle PRE suitable For?

Holle PRE is suitable from birth onwards, designed to meet the nutritional needs of newborns.

  1. 💭 What is the Primary Carbohydrate Source in Holle PRE and Holle Stage 1?

In Holle PRE, the primary carbohydrate source is organic lactose, mimicking the natural sugar found in breast milk. In contrast, Holle Stage 1 includes organic maltodextrin as a source of energy.

  1. 💭 How Do I Prepare Holle PRE and Holle Stage 1?

Both formulas need to be prepared with care. Generally, Holle Stage 1 requires slightly warmer water (around 50°C) than Holle PRE for the maltodextrin to dissolve properly.

  1. 💭 What Organic Standards do Holle PRE and Holle Stage 1 adhere to?

Both Holle PRE and Holle Stage 1 adhere to stringent European organic standards, ensuring the milk is sourced from cows raised on biodynamic (Demeter) farms practicing humane and sustainable farming methods. 

  1. 💭 How Should I Store Holle PRE and Holle Stage 1?

Unopened Holle PRE and Holle Stage 1 should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Once opened, the formula should be stored in an airtight container and used within two weeks.

  1. 💭 Can I Use Holle PRE and Holle Stage 1 if I'm Also Breastfeeding?

Yes, Holle Pre and Holle Stage 1 can be used alongside breastfeeding. They can provide a supplemental or alternative option if needed, ensuring your baby receives all the necessary nutrients.

  1. 💭 Are Holle PRE and Holle Stage 1 Vegetarian or Vegan?

While both Holle PRE and Holle Stage 1 are suitable for vegetarians, they are not suitable for vegans as the primary ingredient in both is organic skimmed milk.

Author: Laura
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