The 10 Best Baby Probiotics of 2020

Keep your infant's digestive health in check

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Culturelle Baby Grow Thrive Probiotics & Vitamin D Drops at Amazon

"Perfect for breastfed babies."

Best Overall Runner-Up: Enfamil Infant Probiotics Dual Probiotics at Amazon

"Free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, and silicone dioxide."

Best Budget: Mommy's Bliss Baby Probiotic Drops at Amazon

"It doesn't contain any artificial colors, flavors, or harmful chemicals."

Best for Gas: Infant Probiotics by Mother's Select at Amazon

"Designed to help get rid of bubbles in the baby’s tummy."

Best for Colic: Gerber Soothe Baby Probiotic Colic Drops at Amazon

"Proven to show a reduction in crying time from colic in infants."

Best for Eczema: BabyBiotics Topical Probiotic Body Care at Amazon

"This is a topical probiotic, which may help provide relief from eczema."

Best for Breastfed Babies: BioGaia Probiotics Drops With Vitamin D at Amazon

"These drops also contain Vitamin D, which the AAP recommends."

Best Powder: ProBiota Infant Powder at Amazon

"It can be mixed in with breast milk, formula, or sprinkled on foods."

Best for a Healthy Gut: Evivo Baby Probiotic Starter Kit with Activated B. infantis at Amazon

"This is live bacteria and is shipped cold."

Best Organic: LiviaOne Daily Liquid Probiotics at Amazon

"Can be mixed with milk, water, juice or any other liquid."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Culturelle Baby Grow Thrive Probiotics & Vitamin D Drops

Culturelle Baby Grow + Thrive Probiotics + Vitamin D Drops

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Perfect for breastfed babies, this probiotic is designed to supplement all that good nutrition in breast milk. It also contains a dose of vitamin D which the AAP recommends for breastfed babies. Easy to use, you can simply combine these drops with your baby’s bottle, insert the dropper in the mouth, or place the drops on your nipple before you feed. They’re designed for babies from birth to 12 months.

This product contains Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG and Bifidobacterium BB-12. Both strains of bacteria have been studied for treatment of acute diarrhea in infants with varying results. Reviewers say they've helped calm a variety of tummy troubles, including gas, bloating, and constipation. Some babies might not be fond of the taste but others don't even notice.

Best Overall Runner-Up: Enfamil Infant Probiotics Dual Probiotics

Enfamil, the trusted formula brand recommended by pediatricians, makes a dual probiotic supplement to help your little one's digestion. These top-quality drops have a unique probiotic blend, combining BB-12 and LGG cultures to create a highly effective and safe supplement. Unlike other products on the market, Enfamil's Dual Probiotics are free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, and silicone dioxide, ensuring that you're baby is getting the beneficial bacteria without a ton of additives.

A clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that probiotics may help ease colic and digestion, improve H. pylori infections, and prevent atopic eczema in infants. Enfamil makes it easy to offer your baby these benefits, only requiring six drops per day, given by spoon or simply added to a baby's bottle. They're great for bottle or breast-fed babies and are recommended for babies from birth to twelve months.

Best Budget: Mommy's Bliss Baby Probiotic Drops

For an affordable yet effective probiotic for babies, there are these drops from Mommy’s Bliss. Designed to help with occasional diarrhea, gas, and constipation, there are 30 servings per bottle, which can be added to milk or given via the dropper. This formula contains Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG, which is said to be one of the most clinically studied strains of probiotic (however, studies on infant probiotic usage are limited overall). It doesn't contain any artificial colors, flavors, or harmful chemicals.

Parents say it works well, particularly to prevent constipation and gas. Some say the dropper isn’t ideal, but most say these are great drops that helped their babies feel more comfortable overall.

Best for Gas: Infant Probiotics by Mother's Select

If the baby’s got gas, no one is happy. This probiotic from Mother’s Select is designed to help get rid of bubbles in the baby’s tummy and promote overall digestive health. The dairy-free formula comes in a flavorless powder that can be mixed with any liquid or food. It’s recommended for babies from six months up to three years of age.

Many parents report that it has helped relieve gas and other tummy troubles for their little ones. They say babies seem happier overall when taking it, and that older kids can’t detect it when it’s mixed into their smoothie or other foods and drinks. Some say the scoop could be bigger as it tends to get lost in the powder, but overall, parents give it high marks.

Best for Colic: Gerber Soothe Baby Probiotic Colic Drops

Colic is generally defined as excessive crying in babies with no apparent cause, and while there’s no cure, there are things that may help, like these probiotic colic drops from Gerber. The strain of bacteria used in the colic formula has been found in research studies to reduce crying time in infants with colic. You can mix the drops with breastmilk or formula or give them directly on a spoon. These come in colic, probiotic, and a probiotic with vitamin D formula so you can find the right one for your needs.

While parents say these drops are a bit pricey, they say they’re still worth every penny for the peace they bring by helping relieve gas and improve sleep. Many say these provided welcome relief for their babies after they tried countless other remedies that didn’t work.

Best for Eczema: BabyBiotics Topical Probiotic Body Care

While most probiotics for babies come in drops or powders for ingestion, this is a topical probiotic, which may help provide relief from eczema and prevent it from recurring. Free of harmful chemicals, it contains just purified water and probiotics. To use, you simply spray it on the affected area and let it dry. It may help treat other skin conditions, too, including diaper rash, cradle cap, and bug bites. It’s safe for children of all ages, starting from birth.

Customers rave about this topical spray, calling it a “miracle worker.” Many say they tried everything to treat their baby’s eczema to no avail, and though skeptical at first, they were blown away that this spray showed results in just a couple of days. Adults say they use the spray too, and it helps with acne, rashes and other general skin irritations. There is very limited research on the topical use of probiotics in infants.

Best for Breastfed Babies: BioGaia Probiotics Drops With Vitamin D

Hundreds of parents say their babies are happier and healthier after taking these probiotic drops from BioGaia. However, it's important to note that studies of how probiotics affect specific markers of health and happiness in infants are still being conducted, and there is very little definitive research.

In addition to the probiotics in BIoGaia, which are designed to help alleviate colic and constipation among other issues, these drops also contain vitamin D, which the AAP recommends for breastfed and combination-fed babies. The packaging is cute and cheerful too, which is always a nice bonus.

Customers give this probiotic rave reviews. They say it’s remarkably effective in treating tummy troubles, and they love that it gives the boost of vitamin D their doctors recommend.

Best Powder: ProBiota Infant Powder

This powder probiotic gets top marks from customers. Parents say that from skin issues to colic, reflux, and other tummy troubles, this probiotic works well when countless others didn’t.

Formulated for babies up to age two, it contains five Bifidobacterium species and five Lactobacillus species. It can be mixed in with breast milk or formula or sprinkled on foods like applesauce or yogurt. It does need to be kept refrigerated to make sure it doesn’t lose its potency though, so it’s not a great one to take on the go.

Best for a Healthy Gut: Evivo Baby Probiotic Starter Kit with Activated B. infantis

With the purchase, you'll get a month's supply of this probiotic which uses B. infantis to amp up baby's gut. This is live bacteria and is shipped cold, unlike other shelf-stable probiotics out there.

While some parents say this helped their fussy baby, others have commented that they can be a pain to administer and can be costly.

Best Organic: LiviaOne Daily Liquid Probiotics

For a pure, organic probiotic for your baby, there’s this one from LiviaOne. It contains 12 strains of soil-based probiotics. What it doesn’t contain are any allergens, like gluten, dairy, or eggs—and it’s also sugar-free. The liquid can be mixed with milk, water, juice or any other liquid, and parents say kids don’t even notice it’s in there.

Dosing recommendations start at age one, so it’s for older babies. Beyond that, it’s also one the entire family can take. Customers say they love that it doesn’t have to be refrigerated like some other probiotics and that they saw a difference in their families within a few days of use.

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