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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 Seattle, WA!); 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!

Anjali Shah

The Healthiest Children’s Vitamins: 2023 Guide

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Are you looking for the healthiest children’s vitamins on the market today? This post (which I update monthly) will help you find the best one for your child!

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Note: If you are looking vitamins for adults I’ve got you covered with my updated best adult vitamins article.

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?

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 for the best multivitamins for kids: what to buy, what not to buy, and what to look out for!

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. 

When buying a multivitamin, what should you look for? 

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.

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So what should you buy? What’s the healthiest children’s vitamin 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 a few 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: Some of the items below were given to me to review by the manufacturer or as part of an affiliate program. I may receive commissions if you make a purchase through the links provided. I only recommend products I’ve actually evaluated, I believe are the highest quality, and can do the most to help you and your family. By purchasing any of these products from the links below, you help keep this blog running, so thanks for your support! I am not a doctor, so don’t disregard anything your doctor has told you based on what you read here. Please consult with your doctor before starting any new supplements.

ALL of the vitamins I recommend below do NOT contain gelatin. They are all vegetarian friendly! A few vitamins on the list (like Hiya Vitamins, First Day Vitamins,and Llama Naturals Organic Gummies) are 100% organic and free of ALL heavy metals, contaminants, and allergens as well!

The Healthiest Children’s Multivitamins With Iron

The Healthiest Children’s Multivitamins Without Iron

The Healthiest Children’s Liquid Vitamins Without Iron

  • Best Nest Liquid Multivitamins – this is the most comprehensive liquid kids vitamin I’ve found that you can start at 1 year of age. It’s vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, sugar free (sweetened with stevia – so that is something to consider depending on whether you want your child to have stevia!)
  • 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)
  • Garden of Life for Toddlers – this vitamin is 100% organic, made from whole foods, has no sugar added, and you can use it starting at 1 year of age. I haven’t found a liquid vitamin with probiotics that has a cleaner ingredients list yet!
  • Passion 4 Life Liquid Vitamin – made with 135 whole food based ingredients, designed for fast absorption, and can be used for kids age 1+!
  • Mary Ruth’s Kids Liquid Vitamin – no sugar added, organic, liposomal (better absorption) and you can use it starting at 4 years of age.
  • Premium Children’s – no sugar added and you can use it starting at 4 years of age

The Healthiest Children’s Iron Only Supplement

An iron-only supplement is a good option if you go with a multivitamin without iron, because it will add the iron missing from those vitamins back into your child’s diet. I generally recommend supplementing with iron if your child has been tested and is iron-deficient (otherwise supplementing with iron is not necessary for most kids). The two best iron-only supplements are:

  1. Best Nest Liquid Iron For Kids: Formulated for kids aged 1+ (check dosing with your pediatrician), tastes great, easily absorbed.
  2. Mary Ruth’s Liquid Iron For Toddlers: Organic, Non GMO, Super clean ingredients list, formulated for kids aged 1-3.
  3. Mary Ruth’s Liquid Iron For Kids: Organic, Non GMO, Vegan, formulated for kids aged 4+ and adults can use it too!
  4. Nature’s Nutra because of relatively its super clean ingredients list.
  5. Gaia Herbs: Use for older children (or with pediatrician’s approval for babies), non GMO

The Healthiest Children’s Omega 3 Supplements

The primary 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! Children’s Best Gummy DHA is the best gummy Omega 3 supplement I’ve found, and ChildLife Cod Liver Oil is also a good option for kids starting at 6 months of age!

The Healthiest Children’s Vitamin D Supplement

If you’re looking for a gummy Vitamin D supplement for kids, I love these Vitamin D gummies from Llama Naturals (and as a bonus, adults can use them too!). If you’re looking for a liquid Vitamin D supplement for babies, toddlers, and older kids, I love these Vitamin D Drops from Raise them Well. 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 two other great options, BabyD Drops and UpSpring makes a pure liquid Vitamin D supplement as well.

The Best Vitamin C For Kids

Many of you have asked me for my thoughts around Vitamin C supplements for kids. Here are my picks for the healthiest, best Vitamin C for kids. If you’re looking for a chewable vitamin, I recommend Raise Them Well Children’s Immunity Chewable with Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin K and Zinc.

If you’re looking for a gummy, I recommend Llama Naturals Vitamin C with Elderberry added, or Children’s Best Organic Immune Gummy (with Elderberry). Other good gummy options include Olly Kids Immunity or WellVites.

If you’re looking for a liquid vitamin, I like Mary Ruth’s Liquid Vitamin C or ChildLife Vitamin C. And if you’re looking for a gummy for older kids/adults, I like Mary Ruth’s Vitamin C Gummies.

Lastly, if you’re looking for the best elderberry supplement for kids, I like Gaia Herbs Elderberry, and for an all-natural, sugar-free immune booster for kids using Beta Glucan, I love Beta Kids Gummies!

The Healthiest Probiotics Supplements For Kids

I 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 an option that doesn’t require refrigeration (but it does have maltodextrin).

If you’re looking for an organic gummy probiotic, I like Children’s Best. If you’re looking for a liquid probiotic, I recommend this organic liquid probiotic from Go Healthy Natural. Four other probiotic options that I like are Llama Naturals, Hiya Probiotic, Children’s Best Super Probiotic, Klaire LabsPROKids and Dr. MK’s Natural Probiotic (the only caveat with Dr. MK’s is that it’s sweetened with sorbitol which is a sugar alcohol).

The Healthiest Prebiotic Supplement for Kids

There is only one prebiotic I’ve found that’s safe for toddlers and kids, and has super high quality ingredients and no stabilizers or artificial flavors/colors added. I recommend BeginHealth if you are looking to supplement with a prebiotic for your child. It contains only three ingredients: 2’FL HMO (Human Milk Oligosaccharide) – with a Molecular structure identical to the one found in breast milk, Oligofructose (Chicory root fiber), and avocado oil. It’s super clean and really effective! Learn more about the best probiotics for kids in my article where I answer all your questions about the topic.

What Ingredients Should Be Avoided In Kids Vitamins?

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 (like Red #40), 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.

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. 

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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.

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 bold all of the ingredients to avoid):

#1 |Flinstones Chewable Vitamins with Iron: 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.

#2 | Flinstones Chewable Complete: 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.

Why are these ingredients bad? Let’s take them one by one:

  • Sorbitol and Mannitol are sugar alcohols. Some sugar alcohols can cause digestive issues and discomfort in some people because they can’t be digested properly by the body. Mannitol is typically better tolerated than sorbitol, so in choosing between the two, I would avoid sorbitol over mannitol.
  • 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. 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.

Runner Ups / Children’s Supplements That Are Borderline

  • 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)
  • Seeking Health (Note: The link may say women’s/mens but the label indicates this can be used for kids aged 4 and up. It’s also good for kids with MTHFR mutations. But I am waiting for a response from the company on the prop 65 warning on its label, so I’ve moved them down here for now!)
  • Nature’s Way Alive! The only downside to these is they are sweetened with sorbitol – which is a sugar alcohol that can be irritating to the digestive system. Other than that though, their ingredients look good!
  • Rainbow Light (this comes in powdered form). This was on my “top vitamins” list until August 2019, when news of a class action against Rainbow Light came out because their prenatal vitamins contained heavy metals (including high levels of lead). While this class action doesn’t apply to their children’s vitamins, I’d still be wary of buying from Rainbow Light until they have rigorous heavy metal testing in place for ALL of their vitamins.

I hope this helps you in navigating the world of kids’ vitamins! And if you want more detailed information I recommend you to read my article about kids immunity vitamins.

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1,538 responses to “The Healthiest Children’s Vitamins: 2023 Guide”

  1. Hi I’m looking for a kids chewable vitamin with cane sugar or natural fruit sweeteners, not sugar alternatives (monk fruit, sugar alcohols, Stevia, etc). Is there anything out there??? Thanks

    • Hi Ella! Neolife vita-squares looks ok – it’s low in sugar and is pretty comprehensive in terms of the vitamins it covers. The only downside is that it doesn’t include methylated B vitamins for better absorption. The same goes for Neolife liqui-vite. Hope that helps!

  2. Your blogs are so helpful! What vitamin would you recommend for a baby under 12mos (current 7mos). Our pediatrician recommended we start giving a multivitamin but gave no direction at to which is best for baby. Thank you!

    • Hi Sarah! This liquid vitamin from ChildLife is the only one I’ve found that works for babies under 1 year of age. If your pediatrician is supportive of this brand, then you should be able to use it for your baby. Hope that helps!

  3. Hi!!
    My son does not like the taste of hiya at all 🙁 he does not eat fruits and vegetables, so I wanted a supplement to help with nutrition deficiencies. I also wanted a vitamin that helped with focus. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you so much.

  4. Hi Anjali,
    I’m switching out my boys’ ( 5 and 7 yo) multivitamins and wanted to ask if you recommend Hiya or Children’s Best w/iron? I noticed that Hiya has smaller amounts of everything compared to Children’s Best so naturally I lean towards Children’s Best thinking the more the better? But not sure and wanted your opinion/recommendation. Also, the Children’s Best exceeds 100% on A & E, so should I only give one tablet instead of 2? And since Hiya doesn’t have iron – which iron supplement do you recommend?

  5. Hi Anjali, Is there any update to the Seeking Health Prop 65 warning? I found some info on their website, but was curious if you got a response and if that changes your recommendation on them. Thanks!

  6. Hi Anjali,
    Thanks for your research and kind heart to help others and their kids health – such a noble thing. My daughter is 3 years old and we are vegetarians. She is severe allergic to all the tree nuts (cashew, pecan, walnut, sesame etc., ), peanuts and all the dairy products. And she is a picky eater. I’m considering adding multi vitamins to help with her growth. Can you recommend a best brand without all those preservatives, artificial colors and sugars? Thank you so much

    • Hi Lakshmi! I would recommend Raise Them Well. While their vitamins are made for kids age 4+, you can ask your pediatrician if you can give a half dose to your 3 year old (and you can definitely use Raise Them Well once your daughter turns 4 and onwards). Raise Them Well Children’s Multivitamins contain no yeast, wheat, eggs, dairy products, nuts, processed sugar, artificial coloring, or artificial flavoring. Their kids’ vitamins are also vegetarian, non-GMO, gluten-free, and Certified Toxic-Free. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  7. Anjali,
    My daughter cannot chew the Hiya vitamins. She finds the taste unbearable. We do the llama Vit D gummies. We are vegetarians and she is a picky eater. Would you go with the Lllama multivitamin or the First Day vitamin to get a multi vitamin in addition to the Vit D? She is 12. Thank you very much!

    • Hi Sejal! For a picky eater, I’d go with the Llama natural multivitamins since they’re a bit more comprehensive (they include more of each vitamin) compared to First Day which is a great option but is meant more as a “food gap” supplement so it’s better for kids who are less picky. Hope that helps!

    • Do you have a recommendation for a vitamin that is non-chewable? We can now swallow pills. This is for a 12 year old girl – looking for without iron.

      • Hi Sejal! Once your daughter turns 13, I’d recommend Ritual for Teens – which are pills and are a great vitamin for teens. All kids vitamins intended for kids 12 and younger are either in liquid, gummy, or chewable form. Hope that helps!

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