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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Ann Arbor, MI!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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The Healthiest Children’s Vitamins: 2018

Note: I update this post monthly to ensure all of the information is accurate! The original post was created in 2017, but the most recent update has been done as of May 2018. 
 Kids Vitamins can be confusing. There are so many questions: Is there a such thing as an “unhealthy” kids vitamin? Do you need a vitamin with iron? Which vitamins are the best? Do kids even need vitamins at all?
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Recently, I was talking with a friend and realized that a lot of these questions can be really overwhelming because there is so much information out there! So I did a bunch of research and found the healthiest kids vitamins out there today. This is your guide to multivitamins for kids: what to buy, what not to buy, and what to look out for!
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So first of all, do kids even need vitamins to begin with? 
Most pediatricians will tell you that it’s not necessary for most healthy children who are growing normally (source). For kids who eat well and eat a variety of food, they can get all of the nutrients they need from whole foods. But many kids are very picky, or don’t eat a lot of food, or aren’t growing well, and that makes a lot of parents worried that they aren’t getting the nutrients they need! In those cases, I’d recommend talking to your pediatrician, and if they suggest giving your child a multivitamin then definitely do so.
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When buying a multivitamin, what should you look for? 
So to start, kids multivitamins generally come in two groups: 1) With Iron and 2) Without Iron. You should buy a multivitamin that doesn’t exceed 100% daily value of most of the vitamins for your child’s age group – primarily Vitamins A, E and K (that will be indicated by the label on the back). The exception here is for Vitamin C and other water-soluble vitamins. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin but is ok to have at more than 100% of the daily value because most people are deficient (including kids) and Vitamin D isn’t toxic unless it’s in exceptionally high doses which wouldn’t be in a daily vitamin. If the vitamin does have more than 100% of A, E and K then I would just give your child half the dose on the bottle.
It’s also important to look for the ingredients that are added to the tablet that aren’t vitamins. Ingredients like: Sorbitol, carrageenan, artificial colors and flavors (Red #40 anyone?), aspartame, sucralose, to name a few! You definitely don’t want to be dosing your child with these ingredients on a daily basis along with their multivitamin.
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So let’s start with what not to buy:  The answer here is most of the commercially available, leading brands of multivitamins. The biggest offender of which is Flinstones Chewable Vitamins. 
What’s crazy is that on the label, Flinstones calls out that they are “Pediatrician’s #1 Choice.” And most people do buy Flinstones vitamins! I even remember eating them when I was a kid. They tasted so good! It was like a treat every morning. And if you are giving your kids Flinstones vitamins right now, don’t feel bad! You are not alone, and thanks to all of the deceptive marketing out there, there’s no way you’d know that Flinstones isn’t the best choice for any child. Before doing all of this research I didn’t realize how problematic they were, and why it’s important to switch away from them.
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The reason they are problematic, is because there are a ridiculous number of offensive ingredients in Flinstones Vitamins that truly, should not be there at all, and are not necessary. Take a look at two of their best sellers (I’ve highlighted in red all of the ingredients to avoid):
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Sorbitol, Mannitol, Fructose, Sodium Ascorbate, Ferrous Fumarate, Silicon Dioxide, Carrageenan, Natural and Artificial Flavors, FD&C Red #40 Lake; Less Than 2% Of: Aspartame†, BetaCarotene, Cholecalciferol, Cyanocobalamin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, FD&C Blue #2 Lake, FD&C Yellow #6 Lake, Folic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Soy Lecithin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Acetate.
Granulated Calcium Carbonate (Calcium Carbonate, Dextrose Monohydrate, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Microcrystalline Cellulose), Sorbitol, Sodium Ascorbate, Ferrous Fumarate, Natural and Artificial Flavoring, Pregelatinized Starch, dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate; Less Than 2% Of: Beta-Carotene, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Cholecalciferol, Cupric Oxide, Cyanocobalamin, FD&C Blue #2 Lake, FD&C Red #40 Lake, FD&C Yellow #6 Lake, Folic Acid, Gelatin, Magnesium Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Niacinamide, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Phytonadione, Riboflavin, Silicon Dioxide, Soy Lecithin, Sucralose, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Acetate, Zinc Oxide.
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Let’s take these one by one:
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  • Sorbitol and Mannitol are sugar alcohols. They have been known to cause digestive issues and discomfort in some people because they can’t be digested properly by the body.
  • Carrageenan is an emulsifier that thickens products, but it has been linked to high levels of inflammation in the body, digestive issues, etc.
  • Maltodextrin: this is an indicator that the food is highly processed. It’s used as a thickener, filler, or preservative in many processed foods, and it can cause spikes in your blood sugar because it has a high glycemic index.
  • Natural and Artificial Colors – Red #40, Blue #2, Yellow #6. I mean, #wtf. What are these doing in a kids vitamin? These are so problematic and have been linked to all kinds of health problems including allergies, hyperactivity, learning impairment, irritability and aggressiveness.
  • Artificial flavors – also highly processed and unnecessary in a kids vitamin.
  • Aspartame and Sucralose – this is what diet sodas are sweetened with, and are highly controversial. Research hasn’t proven one way or the other whether they lead to long term health issues, but it has been proven that they cause an insulin-response by the body (because your body thinks you are eating sugar when you are not – source). If you wouldn’t give your child a diet coke, you shouldn’t give them a vitamin with this in it!
  • Mono- and Diglycerides is one of the most widely used emulsifers to keep oil and fat from separating. It’s just an indicator that the food is processed.
  • Oh, and gelatin. While this isn’t a harmful ingredient, it kind of sucks for any vegetarians or vegans out there who are giving their kids this vitamin without knowing that it’s not actually veggie-friendly.

So what should you buy instead? What’s the healthiest multivitamin out there? 

Luckily there are tons of options! Below is a list of my favorites: they all are made with natural ingredients, have no weird preservatives or any of the ingredients above added, and some even derive the vitamins from organic food sources which I absolutely love because they are better absorbed by the body that way. Most of these will have a tiny bit of cane sugar or fructose added, but as long as it’s less than 4g per serving it’s not a huge issue.

Note: ALL of the vitamins I recommend below do NOT contain gelatin. They are all vegetarian friendly!

With Iron:
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  • Natures Plus
  • Rainbow Light (this comes in powdered form)
  • The Honest Company
  • Seeking Health (Note: this one has microcrystalline cellulose which I don’t love as an emulsifier because it’s made from refined wood pulp – but it’s not harmful as far as I can tell from a research standpoint – it’s not absorbed by the body so it just passes through).
  • Zarbee’s Naturals (this comes in liquid form and can be used from 2 months of age)
  • Thorne Research
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Without Iron:
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Liquid Vitamins Without Iron:

  • ChildLife – it’s a little higher in sugar than I’d like, but you can start using it at 6 months of age (the other two options are for older kids)
  • Children’s Advanced – no sugar added and you can use it starting at 1 year of age
  • Premium Children’s – no sugar added and you can use it starting at 4 years of age

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Iron Only Supplement: This is a good option if you decide to buy Garden of Life or MegaFood, because it will add the iron missing from those vitamins back into your child’s diet.

For Omega 3s: The only Omega 3 supplement I’d recommend for kids is Nordic Naturals. They have an infant DHA supplement and a children’s DHA supplement – both of which are extremely pure, has no added preservatives or sugar, and are in liquid form so they can be added to just about anything!

For Vitamin D: If you’re just looking for a Vitamin D supplement – e.g. in the winter, I love (and use) these Vitamin D Drops. There is literally nothing added to them (no flavors, colors, etc.). They are liquid and you only need one drop in your child’s milk per day. They’re marketed for infants, but you can use them for any age. Super easy, tasteless and pure.

For ProbioticsI love Garden of Life’s line of probiotics – they are shipped cold and their powdered kids probiotic can be added to your child’s drink (milk, water, etc.). They also have a kids’ chewable probiotic if you need and option that doesn’t require refrigeration (but it does have maltodextrin).

Runner Ups:

  • Solgar. This is one I’d get only if you can’t find any of the other ones on the list above, because while most of the ingredients are good, it does have carrageenan which – as I mentioned – it’s better to avoid.
  • YummiBears Organic Multivitamin (note: this vitamin does have cane sugar added – if you give your kids the full dose then it’s 6g sugar which is more than I would like in a vitamin)

I hope this helps you in navigating the world of kids’ vitamins!

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138 responses to “The Healthiest Children’s Vitamins: 2018”

    • Hi Jessica! The doTerra vitamins aren’t bad, but there are a couple ingredients that I don’t love: 1) Stevia extract – while I’m ok with “Organic Stevia Leaf” as an ingredient since that’s a whole food, “stevia extract” is something I lump into the category of “fake sugar” – since just about anything can be included in the extract – it’s not as tightly regulated as organic stevia leaf. 2) Microcrystalline cellulose is a refined wood pulp used as an emulsifier for vitamins. It’s not harmful, but it is an ingredient I like to call out because it’s also not natural. It is hard to find the “perfect” vitamin though, as one of the vitamins on my list does include microcrystalline cellulose, and another has organic stevia leaf in it (but not stevia extract). Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Thank you, that does help. 🙂

        You are right, it is hard to find the perfect. I think for now as long as both my kiddos like them and are willing to eat them, we’ll keep them. I’ll keep your list saved though for future reference.

        • Makes sense Jessica! And yeah exactly – nothing is 100% perfect and the doTerra ones are definitely better than most of the vitamins on the market (like Flinstones, etc.)! Glad it was helpful!

    • Hi Courtney! Those vitamins actually look pretty good! I don’t love that they add sugar to them — but that’s the only ingredient that stands out as less-than-ideal — and at least it’s a small amount of sugar from natural sources. Hope that helps!

    • Hi Carol! SmartyPants Kids Complete Gummy Vitamins actually look great! The only downside is that they are a bit higher in sugar than I’d like — 5g per serving which is more than some of the other options on this list, and they have gelatin in them which makes them non-vegetarian – but other than that the ingredients look good. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Hi! Thank you for All of your info on kids vitamins! I have been so confused and ran across your blog and am so greatful to you for posting this all! I researched a couple weeks ago and found one I liked. I wanted something with omega 3 fish oil. I see you said you like the Smarty pants multivitamin besides the sugar content. So the one I got was Smarty pants Multivitamin with omega fish oil, fiber.i wanted to see what you thought of these before I gave them to him. I have been waiting to switch because I wasn’t sure but I’ve been giving him flinstones for years. I really want to switch from the flinestones . He also takes juice plus every day! Thanks for your help!

        • Hi Leanne! No problem at all – so glad you found my post helpful! The Smarty Pants vitamins with fish oil & fiber looks good! It does have sugar added but it’s only 2g per serving which isn’t bad at all. It has gelatin in it, so that just makes it non-vegetarian – which isn’t relevant if you aren’t vegetarian 🙂 I think they would be a good choice to switch from the Flinstones vitamins! Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  1. Hi Anjali! So glad I found your blog and so cool that you’re in AA! I’ve been searching for a great supplement for my kids to take since they’ve been sick 2x (already!) since going back to school. Would love your input on this one: https://www.target.com/p/l-il-critters-153-fruit-n-honey-vitamin-c-130ct/-/A-51444607 . It’s the L’il Critters™ Fruit’n Honey Vitamin C, I need something to boost their immune system and it doesn’t have the bad stuff (I hope).

    • Hi Trina! So that Vitamin C supplement is actually pretty good! The only less ideal ingredient is that it does have added sugar. And if you’re vegetarian it’s made with gelatin so that’s not good either (but not an issue if you are not vegetarian!). But everything else looks good, and the amount of sugar is small – 3g per serving, so that’s about 3/4 tsp sugar added. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  2. You had stated that the vitamin shouldn’t have 100 percent or more of the needed daily dose of each specific vitamin but it looks like your top 3 favorites have over that. Like 200 percent vitamin c and 100 percent or more on almost all others. So I guess I’m a little confused. Thanks for your time. Dawn

    • Hi Dawn! That’s a great question! I should have been clearer in my post. The vitamin shouldn’t have more than 100% or more of the daily value for Vitamins A, E and K (the fat soluble vitamins). But for Vitamin C all the water soluble vitamins it’s completely fine. Vitamin D, even though it’s a fat soluble vitamin often has more than 100% daily value because most people (even kids) are deficient in it – so that should be fine as well. And even if it does have >100% of the dose for A, E or K you can just give your child half the dose. I updated my post too – to make that clear! Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. How do you feel about Zarbee’s toddler multivitamins. I like the ideal of Garden of Life but it says for 4 years and up. My daughter is 2.

    • Hi Colleen! Zarbee’s multivitamins look good. The only issue I see is that they have honey and sugar added but it ends up being only 3g per serving (which is about 3/4 tsp of sugar) per day. They don’t have iron in them so that’s something to consider but other than that they could work!

    • Hi Alex! Overall Plexus is pretty good – they just have two ingredients in their vitamins that I’m not a huge fan of: 1) Hydroxypropyl Cellulose – which I don’t love as an emulsifier because it’s made from refined wood pulp – but it’s not harmful as far as I can tell from a research standpoint – it’s not absorbed by the body so it just passes through and 2) Xylitol & Erythritol – which are sugar alcohols. In the quantity that’s in the vitamin it’s probably fine – sugar alcohols are to be avoided in large quantities because they can cause gas/bloating/diarrhea – but again, in the quantity used for the vitamin it’s probably ok! Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  4. Love your article. Do you have any suggestions on a flavorless multivitamin? Or a flavorless omega 3 vitamin? My son is two and autistic and will not take chewables or gummies. He only drinks milk so I’m definitely not worried about vitamin d, but his food list is pretty small and not so healthy.

    • Hi Stephanie! I’m not sure about a flavorless multivitamin, but Zarbee’s has a liquid one that you can mix into milk, and Rainbow Light has a powdered form that can also be mixed into milk! Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

    • Hi Mike! I don’t like Puritan’s Pride as much as some of the other multivitamins on this list because they have corn syrup and maltodextrin added. They also have gelatin which makes them not vegetarian friendly (for those who are vegetarian). Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

    • Hi Melissa! Yes Little Critters Multivitamin looks good – except that if you are vegetarian it won’t work because it has gelatin in it. But if you aren’t vegetarian it’s a good option! It doesn’t have iron in it so that’s just something else to consider. Hope that helps!

  5. Hi, Thanks for the useful information! I saw that the YummiBears Organic Multivitamin have gelatin from pork skin. It is noted in the FAQ section of their website. Would that change your recommendation?

    • Hi Seema! YummiBears specifically notes on their website that they do not use gelatin in their organic vitamins – see their website here. Can you show me where you saw gelatin listed as an ingredient for their vitamins? Thanks so much!

    • Hi Manjiri! These look pretty good to me! They have cane sugar added but not too much (only 2g sugar per serving which is only 1/2 tsp).

    • Hi Nacia! Do you mean the Juice Plus chewable supplements of fruits & veggies? I don’t like the chewables because they have tapioca syrup, cane juice and maltodextrin as the first three ingredients listed. The capsules are fine, but might be too difficult for kids to swallow. And neither option really counts as a full multivitamin because they are more focused on powdered fruits/veggies than a complete multivitamin. I’d probably go with a multivitamin over these and try to have your kids get their veggies/fruits from whole food sources. Let me know if that makes sense and if you have any other questions!

  6. Hi,
    What do you think about the brand Naturelo?
    I was looking at the mens and women (Not the 1 a day) and the childrens chewable.

    Thanks!

    • Hi Megan! For the children’s chewables – they add stevia to it which I don’t love (since it doesn’t say stevia leaf extract, we can’t be sure what form of stevia this is). The mens and womens vitamins look good though!

  7. What are your thoughts on Kirkland Children’s multi-vitamin gummies and Iron Kids essentials zgummies Omega -3? Thank you

    • Hi Courtney! I wouldn’t recommend the Kirkland ones – they have maltodextrin and gelatin in them (among other preservatives that aren’t necessary). The Iron Kids Gummies Omega-3 aren’t a multivitamin – they’re just an Omega 3 supplement – and they’re only ok. They also have gelatin, sugar and other preservatives added – so I wouldn’t recommend them. If you’re looking for a good children’s omega 3 supplement I’d recommend Nordic Naturals Children’s DHA. It’s much more natural and pure than almost any other DHA supplement for kids out there!

    • Hi Mary Ann! I’m not a huge fan of Animal Parade because they have maltodextrin added to their vitamins. But any of the vitamins on my list would be great for a toddler! Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Hi there.
        You say here you are not a big fan of Animal Parade but isn’t that what you recommended- Nature’s Plus in your article?

        • Hi Nina! Sorry I should have been more clear in my earlier comment. There are a few different Animal Parade vitamins – and only the one linked from my post is a good option (the rest of the Animal Parade vitamins for kids have ingredients that I don’t recommend). Hope that helps clarify things!

    • Hi Kristen! Yes I do! There are three good options: 1) ChildLife – it’s a little higher in sugar than I’d like, but you can start using it at 6 months of age (the other two options are for older kids). 2) Children’s Advanced – no sugar added and you can use it starting at 1 year of age. 3) Premium Children’s – no sugar added and you can use it starting at 4 years of age. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

    • Hi Megan! I haven’t found any vitamins that have probiotics included in them (since probiotics usually need to be kept cold). But Rainbow Light is a great multivitamin in powdered form that can be combined with Garden of Life’s Kids Probiotic – and you can just add both to your kids’ milk or water at the same time. That’s what I’d recommend doing! Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

    • Hi Bridget! Yes unfortunately, Airborne for Kids has maltodextrin and 6g sugar per serving! I wouldn’t recommend it.

    • Hi Tram! Juice Plus is more of a fruit/veggie supplement vs. a comprehensive multivitamin. It’s also better for adults than kids. So while it’s fine as a supplement, I wouldn’t recommend it as a good multivitamin for kids. Hope that helps!

      • My son will be starting pre k and looking into buying a vitamins to help his immune so he doesn’ get sick . What do you recommend

        • Hi! Any of the vitamins on my list would work great for him! It all depends on whether you want a vitamin with iron/without iron etc. For immunity I’d definitely recommend adding in the omega 3, vitamin D and probiotics that I reference in the post. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  8. Hi Anjali,
    I am a nurse and always super cautious with vitamins and supplements of any kind for many reasons. And I think that those that do use multi vitamins are best off taking one on a very staggered basis, such as one every 2-4 days as a little boost. However, I just came across this article during a course I was taking and thought I would share. It does not address children but I think that the information is important enough to share. Thank you for your blog! I agree with you on absolutely everything else and I LOVE your recipes. 🙂
    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/07/the-vitamin-myth-why-we-think-we-need-supplements/277947/

    • Hi Angela! What you said makes sense and I actually have read that article before! I think vitamins are more of a personal decision – some parents are really worried about their kids’ nutrient intake, especially if they are picky eaters – in which case vitamins can be helpful (under the approval of the child’s pediatrician). We started giving Layla probiotics after she was on antibiotics for a bout of pneumonia earlier this winter, but we don’t feel the need to give her a multivitamin because she eats such a variety of foods and has a healthy appetite. But if she was a 1-3 foods type of picky eater, I think I would be giving her a multivitamin on a regular basis!

    • Hi Michelle! That’s a great question! Garden of Life has a small amount of probiotics added (1 billion) – so it’s totally up to you on whether you want to supplement with a probiotic as well. Most kids probiotics have about 5 billion in them, so that’s considered a full/daily dose for kids. I’d probably still supplement with a probiotic in addition to what’s already in the Garden of Life multivitamin. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  9. Hi my daughters is a picky eater too she just eat eggs ham chicken soup sometimes for fruit just banana and orange and she drinks lots of milk her vitamins is flinstones but today i bought this vitamins for her is this the same as tne animal parade on your list.its also nature plus and animal parade its says childrens chewable multivitamins& Mineral supplement sugar free sweetened with xylitoland orange flavor .

    • Hi Nadia! I’m glad you switched your daughter’s vitamin! I think you meant to link to a specific vitamin in your comment but it didn’t come through – are you using the Nature’s Plus/Animal Parade vitamin that I linked to from my post? Or a different Animal Parade vitamin? The one from my post is sweetened with xylitol which is ok – but some of the other Animal Parade vitamins have maltodextrin in them which I don’t recommend. Let me know, and then I can give you more direction. Thanks!

  10. Which one of the vitamins are clear with no flavor? My daughter is very picky eater. She drinks a lot of water. She doesn’t like juice.

    • Hi Irene! I think your best bet is to go with Rainbow Light – which can be mixed into food or water and has a very mild flavor (if at all). All of the liquid vitamins I’ve found that have good ingredients do have a slightly sweet flavor so they probably wouldn’t work. Let me know if the Rainbow Light one works for your daughter!

    • Hi Leanne! Those look pretty good! I don’t love that they’re sweetened with a highly processed extract from stevia though – that’s the only ingredient I’d avoid. Will your 4 year old do a liquid vitamin or a powdered one mixed into water or milk? Or you could try the Zarbees Toddler Multivitamin which is a gummy chewable and a good option!

      • Sorry I only just saw your reply. Thank you for taking the time to respond! I will try the liquid ones but he prefers a chewable tablet, as he thinks it’s a treat! I try to stay away from the gummies as it’s a struggle to brush his teeth properly twice a day!!
        Btw, I have tried a couple of your recipes now and they are amazing!!! Thank you!!!

        • No problem at all! Makes sense about the chewables! I hope the liquid one works well for him! And I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my recipes – that’s so great!! Thanks for letting me know! 🙂

  11. Hi Anjali. My children keep coming down with the flu, strep, and cold viruses. I was thinking of switching their sundown naturals kids complete multivitamin gummies to the following:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ATYIEV8/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?smid=A1FGZPZGA6G2M5&psc=1;https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004T7DYOO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=A2N44LUYOJDE0S&th=1;https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CT36NE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1; and https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004H9O4VG/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A2EJCTH67GJMT3&psc=1. Is this too much for each child? Their ages are 7 and 11. If this is all fine, I don’t have an iron vitamin. Any recommendations? Anything else I’m missing.
    Thank you.

    • Hi! Those are both great – I recommend both and you can absolutely combine them 🙂 For iron, I’d recommend this supplement. You can also add DHA / Fish Oil (I have a couple options that I’d recommend in my post) if you’d like! DHA is good to add if you and your family don’t eat a lot of fish. Thanks and let me know if you have any other questions!

  12. Hi Anjali,
    Recently I came to know about gelatin in multivitamin(not vegetarian). Can you please give me few multivitamin suggestions for my kids aged 6+, without any gelatin that’s available in US?. thanks a lot for the wonderful blog. Keep up the good work.
    thanks

    • Hi Nath! You are right – I actually don’t recommend any vitamins that have gelatin in them because like you said, that makes them not vegetarian friendly. All of the vitamins listed in my post are vegetarian friendly and do not contain gelatin. They are all also available in the US! The Amazon links are in my post above. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

        • Hi Nath! You read my mind! I was just writing a post about the best vitamin regimen for adults! Stay tuned – it’ll be live this week!

  13. hELLO, Hi Nacia! Do you mean the Juice Plus chewable supplements of fruits & veggies? I don’t like the chewables because they have tapioca syrup, cane juice and maltodextrin as the first three ingredients listed. The capsules are fine, but might be too difficult for kids to swallow. And neither option really counts as a full multivitamin because they are more focused on powdered fruits/veggies than a complete multivitamin. I’d probably go with a multivitamin over these and try to have your kids get their veggies/fruits from whole food sources. Let me know if that makes sense and if you have any other questions!

    • Hi Xima! I think you meant to reply to Nacia’s comment much earlier in this comment thread 🙂 But I completely agree with your assessment of Juice Plus! I wouldn’t recommend it as a good multivitamin for kids, or as a replacement for whole fruits & veggies. We’re on the same page for sure!

  14. What is the required dose of Iron for a 9 year old. When I look for multivitamins for my child I look at the doses. I do not want to overdose on Iron.

  15. Hi there! What about rainbow light kids one chewable? It looks like it’s over 100 percent daily value for vitamin a? I want a chewable vitamin with some iron for my 3 year old. I used to use the rainbow light powder but I can’t rely on sneaking it into something every day. What I do like about flintstones toddler chewables is that theyre formulated for her age.
    https://www.rainbowlight.com/our-product/children-teen-health/kids-one-chewable-multivitamin.html#popup_product_supplefacts

    • Hi Erin! The Rainbow Light Kids One Chewable is a great option for kids aged 4 and up. But yes, for a 3 year old it would contain too much Vitamin A. What you can do is just break the tablet in half and give her half a chewable pill each day. There are 5 kids vitamins that contain iron that I’d recommend, but the two chewable ones (Nature’s Plus and Seeking Health are formulated for kids 4 and up (although Nature’s Plus says their vitamin can be used for any child who can chew). What I’d recommend is just buying a pill cutter and cutting the vitamins in half so that your daughter can have half of a vitamin each day! Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Hi Anjali! Firstly, I absolutely adore your blog and the baby recipes are great. Kindly advise on the best multivitamin suitable for a 10 year old?

        • Hi Melissa! Thanks so much I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my blog! For a 10 year old, you can use any of the vitamins on my list that are for kids aged 4 and up 🙂

  16. Great article and insight. I have used Garden of Life and and Natures Plus for my children. I have been pleased with both and they rarely get sick…. can’t attribute it to the vitamins only as they eat a very healthy diet. I am still always searching for more options and came across Naturelo Chewable Multivitamin for Children. What’s your take on that one?

    I also agree with you on the Nordic Naturals….I have been giving my children for about 10 years now.
    Thanks!

    • Thanks so much Kim! Regarding Naturelo’s vitamins – they look good except I don’t love that they are sweetened with Stevia – but other than that they look ok to me!

  17. Can you please recommend a good tasting vitamin that’s soft as well? So, as an example you listed Zarbees but one of the complaints was that they were too hard for a toddler. Just wondering if you have any leads on one suitable one for a three year old.

    • Hi Sam! I’m surprised Zarbee’s is too hard for a 3 year old to chew – since they are gummies I just assumed they’d be easy. The other chewable vitamins on this list should all be appropriate for a toddler to chew since none of them are tougher than say, an apple with skin or raw veggies. But if your toddler has trouble chewing I’d recommend either one of the liquid or powdered vitamins on the list! Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  18. Hello,
    I got Sanostol multivitamin syrup (Takeda) Kinder from Germany, it has a sugar in it doesn’t say how much. Can you tell me if these vitamins are good and safe. It seems to me they’re very popular in Europe. Thank you

    • Hi Anna! I couldn’t find an ingredients label / nutritional info panel in English for this vitamin online. If you have a translated label that you can send me I’d be happy to take a look! Thanks!

    • Hi Stacy! It depends on how old your child is. Kids aged 4-8 years need 10mg iron per day and kids aged 9-13 years need 8mg iron per day. For kids older than that, teen boys need 11mg iron per day, teen girls need 15mg iron per day. That includes iron from foods. So you can actually use this pediatric iron supplement for all aged kids since one dose has 15mg iron in it. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  19. I have been using whole food vitamins since my kids were old enough to take them thinking that this would be the healthiest way to get the nutrients. I’ve seen some lab tests on vitamins and seems a lot have heavy metals too. Is there a brand that has clean ingredients that has also been independently laboratory tested to be free of heavy metals?

    • Hi! I’m so sorry but I don’t have a great answer to this question. I haven’t seen any independent lab tests on the vitamins listed in this post or on most kids vitamins to be honest. In general, organic vitamins will be more free of heavy metals vs. non-organic vitamins, but that’s the only guidance I can give you!

  20. Hello! Could you please tell me if any of the other ingredients in flintstones gummies complete, besides gelatin (making it non vegan), are bad? Any info would be great.
    Thanks

    • Hi Chris! Actually Flinstones Gummies Complete have a decent ingredients list other than the gelatin like you pointed out. The only thing is they have a little more sugar than I’d like to see in a vitamin (4g for kids over 4 – which is 1 tsp – which is a lot for a vitamin). Other than that though, they are ok!

    • Hi Karie! I’d recommend the same probiotics for an 11 year old as for a younger child – the Garden of Life chewable probiotic is perfect. Similarly, the iron only supplement I list in the post will work for an 11 year old too, since it has 15mg per dose and most 11 year olds only need about 8mg a day. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  21. Hi there! I came across your blog – you are SO helpful. Thank you. 🙂 My son is 6 and a half and definitely on the small side. He is growing, but slow and steady. I was always the smallest one in my class and now, as an adult I am barely 5″2, my husband is 5″9, so we are certainly not big people. 🙂 My concern is that he’s not getting enough calcium, as he does not really eat any dairy. He stopped drinking milk completely at around 4 years old and does not like pizza or mac and cheese any longer either. He eats spinach almost everyday and broccoli a few times a week; I do plan to up the broccoli. That being said, is there a vitamin you would recommend for him? I prefer organic, but would do non gmo, as well. He takes a daily organic probiotic but he does not take a multivitamin (yet). I am curious what you would recommend for him. We are not vegan or vegetarian. Thank you in advance, I really look forward to hearing your feedback. 🙂

  22. Have you checked into Smarty Pants? Since this is over a year old. I was curious what your 2018 picks are?

    • Hi Trisha! I actually update this post monthly, even though the original post was done in 2017, I have updated it frequently since then! Smarty Pants is good – the only reason I don’t love it because it’s not vegetarian friendly (it has gelatin in it). I like the Smarty Pants vitamins with fish oil & fiber. It does have sugar added but it’s only 2g per serving which isn’t bad at all. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

    • Hi Christina! Koala Pals looks good to me! I couldn’t see how much sugar there was per serving, but other than that it looked great. Hope that helps!

  23. I have taken a look at the different ingredients and I am really shocked that a vitamin company would add corn syrup to a vitamin for children. A little honey or natural sugar is really not bad for kids because kids are usually active if they are not glued to a screen all day. I am surprised by some of the other ingredients. Thanks for taking the time to research. It’s so important to read labels!

    • Thanks Rose! I completely agree – it’s crazy what food companies will hide in their products to make them taste better or be more “addictive.” I’m so glad you found this post helpful!

    • Hi! Thanks for reaching out about this – the link you sent was from 10 years ago – is that correct? Additionally, it looks like all of the vitamins were well below the daily limit of lead (even for kids aged 0-6 years). Both of these make me not very concerned about this study – since lead and other heavy metals are in everything in tiny amounts — and I would guess that Nature’s Plus has made changes to their vitamins, formulations and production process in the past 10 years. Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  24. Hi, Anjali –
    I’m a nurse practitioner and focus a lot on nutrition (largely whole foods) and supplementation with my patients.
    I’m a bit confused by the focus of having iron in children’s vitamins (or adult vitamins, for that matter, aside from individuals with anemia or pregnant women). Iron is a pro-oxidant – it literally causes inflammation in the body by increasing free radicals, thus increasing the risk of multiple inflammatory conditions, including cardiovascular diseases just for starters (that’s among the reasons why you won’t find iron in most supplements targeted towards people over age 50 or specifically in “men’s” vitamins). PLUS, iron causes constipation, which is often a struggle for kids who are picky eaters to start with.
    If we make sure to give kids anti-oxidants in the form of vitamins C and E and also via omega-3’s to counteract free-radicals, I’m not sure why we’d want to supplement children with iron unless their hemoglobin has tested low at their physician/primary care provider’s office.
    Can you give me your insights or opinions regarding this?

    • Hi Mandy! Great questions – here are my thoughts: 1) In general I don’t think kids need an iron supplement unless they are picky eaters, vegetarian/vegan and have tested low for iron – I agree with you there! 2) Re: iron in children’s vitamins – I can see a need for it in cases when kids do need supplementation. But the iron in all of the vitamins I recommend is actually less than 100% daily value for a kid, so even with supplementation it shouldn’t cause major GI issues or inflammation. 3) Iron isn’t constipating if it comes from whole food sources – but yes I agree with your point about some vitamins having iron that is constipating. Let me know if you have any other questions or thoughts! Thanks again!

  25. Hi Anjali,
    My daughter turns 6 in July. What multivitamin do you recommend, I would like her to have iron too. Would you recommend probiotics for her? She is a picky eater!
    Thanks in advance.

  26. Hi Anjali!! Thanks for this helpful post! Question for you: my seven year old can swallow pills now (and is cavity prone) so I’d like to switch her off of gummies and onto a regular pill for her multivitamin. But she’s still so little that I don’t think the adult or teen oriented vitamins are a good fit, right? And we’re vegan so that complicates the search a bit for me. Just wondering if you had a product, brand, or direction you could point me in!

    • Hi Chez! For a 7 year old I’d still go with one of the chewables in my post! The ones for adults/teens will have the wrong quantity of vitamins for your daughter’s age – so I wouldn’t recommend that. This one from Seeking Health, while a chewable tablet, is for kids aged 4 and up and would be perfect for your daughter. It’s not a gummie (it’s a hard chewable) so hopefully that will help with the cavities issue a bit! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  27. Hello Anjali.,
    Thanks for your article.
    I have 2 daughters aged 21months and 5 years. For the 5 year I have recently started with NATURELO Chewable Multivitamin : https://www.amazon.co.uk/NATURELO-Chewable-Multivitamin-Children-Vegetable/dp/B01MCTVKLZ/?tag=97uk-21
    Could you please advise if the above are good and if there is any better multivitamin compared to the NaTURELO?
    Which multivitamin will be good for my younger daughter?
    Are iron, oemga-3 and prebiotic recommended for both of my daughters and if yes which ones should I go for.

    • Hi Swapnil! Thanks for reaching out! Regarding Naturelo’s vitamins – it has two artificial sweeteners in it (Stevia – which I’m only ok with when it’s listed as “Organic Stevia Leaf Extract”; and Monk Fruit Extract) – both of which I don’t love as ingredients in kids vitamins. Instead I’d recommend this one which is a whole food vitamin but doesn’t have artificial sweeteners in it. For your younger daughter I’d recommend this one – since it’s powdered you can mix it into your daughter’s food which will make it easy for her to eat it. As for iron, omega 3s and probiotics – all of them are optional. It depends on how well your kids eat and what nutrients they are getting from whole foods. If they are super picky eaters, then I’d recommend omega 3 and probiotics for sure. For iron, I’d get their iron levels checked before deciding whether supplementation is needed. If you do decide to add probiotics and omega 3s, I’d recommend this probiotic for both kids and this omega 3 supplement for both kids. For iron, this is a good supplement but again, I’d only use that if your pediatrician tests their iron and it comes back too low. Let me know if that makes sense and if you have any other questions!

    • Hi Oksana! I wouldn’t recommend these vitamins. They have a lot of ingredients added that I recommend avoiding for kids: carrageenan, maltodextrin, and cellulose (to name a few). Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  28. Thank you so much for your help!!! I would also really appreciate if you take a look at few others:
    1)Dr. Mercola Children’s Chewable Multivatamin
    2)Garden of Life MyKind Organics Kids Multi Gummies
    3)Kids-Daily-Multi-Booster-Powder-1-8-oz-49-8-Grams-by-MegaFood
    4) Smarty Pants Kids Fiber Complete Multivitamin Gummies (I wonder if these have too much of B12)

    Thanks again)))

    • Hi! No problem! Here are my thoughts:
      1) Has mannitol (a sugar alcohol which I recommend avoiding)
      2) Looks great! I have added it to my list!
      3) Looks good! I have added it to my list!
      4) Looks good! I have added it to my list! Re: the B12 – it is high but B12 is water soluble so any excess is eliminated from the body. Here is what Smarty Pants had to say about the B12 in their vitamins: “We created SmartyPants with our own children in mind, so you can be sure we take safety very seriously. We include a high dosage of vitamin B12 because it is a very important nutrient that is difficult to absorb, due to the large size of the vitamin molecule and the necessity of bonding with intrinsic factors found in the stomach. Since vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin, any excess you consume is eliminated from the body safely and naturally. We choose to use vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin (not the commonly used cyanocobalamin – which is a cobalamin attached to a cyanide molecule). At SmartyPants we choose each and every ingredient that goes into our product very carefully. Rather than simply include each nutrient at 100% of the RDI, we take a different approach – we focus on those nutrients that are the hardest to get from diet alone. We include each nutrient at very specific amounts, based on a combination of factors, including the RDIs, how easily the nutrient is absorbed and used by the body, how common the nutrient is in a typical Western diet, and the most current advice from nutrition experts.”

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

  29. What would be the best multi for iron + MTHFR mutation? I have read about HEALTHY KIDS MULTIVITAMIN, but did not see it here, so I would love to get your take and see if you have any other suggestions. Thanks so much!

  30. This is indeed a prized post! I am looking for suitable vitamins for my 7-year old and I am happy I stumbled upon this. I never paid attention to the Flinstone chewable. I never dreamt they would pack those horrible ingredients in there. Now I can use this as a guide to buy the next set of multivitamins for my daughter. Thanks!

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