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The Healthiest Children’s Vitamins: 2020

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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! Note: If you’re looking for the best adult vitamins, go to this post.

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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. A few vitamins on the list (like Llama Naturals Organic Gummies) are 100% organic and free of ALL allergens as well!

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

The Healthiest Children’s Multivitamins with Iron

The Healthiest Children’s Multivitamins without Iron

The Healthiest Children’s 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)
  • 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!
  • Premium Children’s – no sugar added and you can use it starting at 4 years of age
  • Tropical Oasis – sweetened with xylitol (just note that’s a sugar alcohol) 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. Nature’s Nutra because of relatively its super clean ingredients list.
  2. Gaia Herbs: Use for older children (or with pediatrician’s approval for babies) – it has the cleanest ingredients list I’ve found and is nonGMO!

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! 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 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 two other great options, Raise them Well and UpSpring makes a pure vitamin D with only coconut oil added.

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 gummy, I recommend Olly Kids Immunity or WellVites. If you’re looking for a liquid vitamin, I like ChildLife Vitamin C. And if you’re looking for a gummy for older kids/adults, I like Mary Ruth’s Vitamin C. Lastly, if you’re looking for the best elderberry supplement for kids, I like Gaia Herbs Elderberry.

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 a liquid probiotic, I recommend this organic liquid probiotic from Go Healthy Natural. Four other probiotic options that I like are Llama Naturals, 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).

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. 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. 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!)
  • Natures Plus (another one that has a Prop 65 warning! This is what they have said regarding Prop 65: “Proposition 65 was passed in California in 1986 and requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. The list includes over 800 chemicals and compounds, including some which occur naturally in the environment and some common substances that are beneficial when used in appropriate doses. In order to comply with California Proposition 65, we print a warning on every invoice being shipped into the state of California. Some of the substances on the Proposition 65 list occur naturally in both the environment and the human body and also exist naturally in many of the foods we eat. Therefore, it can be expected that trace levels of the same chemicals would be detectible in virtually all herbal and natural dietary supplement products. If you would like further information on Proposition 65 please contact The Food and Drug Administration or The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Outreach and Information Center, maintains a consumer information hotline at the following number: Toll-Free Information Line: (888) 723-3366.”
  • 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!

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1,104 responses to “The Healthiest Children’s Vitamins: 2020”

    • Hi Tonio! FirstDay Vitamins are actually great! I just updated my post and added them in. Here’s why I like them:
      1) They’re 100% organic and food based
      2) They are non-GMO, low in sugar, have nothing artificial, are gluten-free, gelatin free, and are free of all allergens (tree nuts, fish, eggs, shellfish, etc.)
      3) Every gummy also contains 27 organic fruits and veggies full of good-for-you antioxidants and phytonutrients
      4) Their vitamins are easily absorbed by the body since they use bio-available forms of the vitamins
      5) This gummy is meant as a “food-gap” gummy for kids who are already eating relatively well. For kids who are eating well, they already get most of their nutritional needs from their diet. So First Day is focused on the 8 micronutrients that children most commonly lack. Their gummy is made to fill the gaps in kids’ everyday needs.
      So I’d say they’d be a great option as long as you’re not looking for a vitamin meant to replace all of your kids’ nutritional needs (e.g. your child is not a super picky eater). Hope that helps!

  1. Hi, any recommendations for a supplement or vitamin for a 1 yr old that refuses to eat vegetables. His pediatrician said he is NOT anemic. He loves to eat chicken, ground turkey and any protein he wants. He just wont eat vegetables the way my 5 yr old does. My 5 yr old has his days where he’ll eat really well and then there are days where I have to almost force him to eat his food. He doesnt lack energy, I just know he needs a vitamin that’ll supplement when he doesn’t eat well.

  2. Hi, I am looking for a complete multivitamin with iron for my girls who are very picky eaters. My oldest is autistic, she’s 10, and youngest is 7. I am looking for a chewable multivitamin, (but NOT a gummy). Any recommendations? Thanks!

  3. Hi! Your post is so helpful! I was wondering if you have any suggestions for 13 and 15 year old girls and a 16 year old boy? Thanks!

  4. I purchased a couple items a year ago but I think I was misinformed… I have the garden of life probiotics, natures liquid vitamin and the nordics dha liquid. Are these all targeting different areas or should I only be giving him one out of the three? TIA

    • Hi! They all target different things so you actually would give them all to him at once (but be sure to discuss with your pediatrician before doing so, in order to make sure they are informed). Thanks!

      • Thanks for the response! I didn’t know I could do it all at once, NICE! I was spacing them out through out the day because my pediatrician just says “sure if you think he needs it” Im trying to switch pediatricians which has been a challenge. BUT anywho my kid is a picky eater sometimes def. have to sneak the vegetables and now my MIL thinks hes anemic soooo would it be okay to add an iron supplement along with all these things hes already taking?

      • Hi Karely! I’d recommend getting his iron levels checked before you supplement with iron! Just have your pediatrician do the test first, and then you can find out exactly how much iron he actually needs, and if he is in fact anemic, then supplementing with iron along with his other vitamins should be fine (according to the dosage of iron recommended by your peds!)

  5. Hi, I have a very picky 4 year old boy he can go days without eating if not his fav chicken nuggets and pizza that is all he eats. I cook every single day all kinds of food and he refuses to eat he is also anemic…please, what would you recommend? I need a multivitamin that is high in doses ideal for a 4 year old and something that has the most vitamins. Thank you kindly.

  6. Hi Anjali

    Thank you for this very helpful information. Could you please tell me if you recommed for a 9 year old
    The Healthy ‘N’ Fit Super Hero Kid Natural multivitamins? I don’t have much information on them other than what is on the label. I appreciate any help.

    • Hi Cecilia! I looked them up but actually wasn’t able to find the list of ingredients included to make the coating of the pill (which is usually where the hidden “bad” ingredients are found). If you have a picture of the actual ingredients label from the bottle beyond the vitamins included, then email it to me at and I will take a look! Thanks!

  7. Hi, what would you recommend for a hyperactive 4 year old? Took him to therapist who recommend it giving him more DHA which I have tried but it doesn’t seem to be working.

    • Hi Dee! While I’m not an expert on hyperactivity, there are a few supplements that I have heard can help with concentration/hyperactivity in kids (but make sure to check with your pediatrician before you give any of these to your son): 1) Fish Oil (try this one which is really high quality), 2) A B-Complex Vitamin, 3) A Zinc, Magnesium and Calcium supplement like this one, 4) A probiotic, and 5) Rhodiola Rosea – which is an herb that can help with focus. I like this supplement for Rhodiola Rosea for kids. Another thing to keep in mind is that most focusing/hyperactivity issues in kids are due to dietary issues — like too many processed foods, too much added sugar and artificial flavors/colors in their diet. So I would make sure your son’s diet is free of these as well. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  8. I have a Question. I want the best for me girls but have a hard time with cost. I have 3 girls ages 3,8,10- so if they need 2 or more a day they don’t last long and I’m spending so much and ordering them often. Is there a way to buy quality Vitamins in bulk thats more affordable?
    I look forward to hearing fro you soon!!

    • Hi Tiffany! I totally hear you on cost! Usually kids vitamin jars are meant to last for 30 days for one kid — so with 3 kids I can see why you’re probably going through vitamin jars every couple of weeks! I honestly don’t know of any vitamins that you can buy in bulk unfortunately. There are subscribe and save options through Amazon thought that will shave a few dollars off each order. You can also choose one of the cheaper vitamins on my list like Zarbee’s or Lil’ Critters (both of which are only about $14/bottle). I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  9. Ketogenic friendly vitamin for kids with epilepsy that need grain gluten legume and artificial ingredients free with methyl folate that are independently verified and tested with no ingredients from China?

  10. Hi dear, thanks for sharing this useful information. Please let me know regarding the best vitamin c n zinc combination for kids.
    It will be a great help.

  11. Hi I was giving all three of my kids ages 8 6 and 2 the Flinstones gummies with the added immunity support until I started my two year old on them and noticed she started vomiting I realized it was because I started her on the vitamins so I stopped giving them to all of my children because I came across your site and it listed Flinstones vitamins on the “not healthy list” so now I’m in search of a multi vitamin for all of my children maybe something easy on the tummy and nothing with a pre or pro biotic I gave those to my older kids before and their tummies didn’t handle them too well. What would you recommend?

    • Hi Chris! I’m so sorry to hear that your kids had such a bad reaction to Flinstones (although I’m not surprised!) For your 6 year old and 8 year old I’d recommend Llama Naturals. For your 2 year old, I’d recommend Lil Critters Organic Vitamins — and once your 2 year old turns 4, you can switch to Llama Naturals and use that for all 3 kids. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  12. Hi. I’m trying to decide which vitamin would be best for my 6 year old with leaky gut causing cavities. Brands deciding from are Now, Klaire labs, Super Earth, Naturelo, Vitamin Code and Pioneer. He prefers chewables. Any help?

    • Hi Jennifer! Not all of the options you listed are chewables (like Klaire Labs is a capsule) — so that’s an easy place to start ruling things out. Naturelo is great but is high in magnesium, so if your son is sensitive to magnesium (which can cause loose stools for people who are sensitive to it) – I wouldn’t recommend that. Of the remaining vitamins, I’d probably go with Vitamin Code since that has the most comprehensive list of organic fruits/veggies added to it, which can help with leaky gut. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  13. Hi,
    Thank you for this information. It’s very helpful. Can you do a review of Renzo’s Vitman’s? I’ve given my toddler these vitamins in the past but I’m looking for something different.


    • Hi Melissa! Renzo’s is sweetened with mannitol which can cause digestive issues (which is why I tend to avoid it), and the “natural flavors” could be artificial flavors (no regulation there) – but other than that it looks ok! It’s good that it has no added sugar or other processed ingredients in it!

  14. Hi! Thank you for sharing such helpful info! My son is 21 months old now and he has refused to drink milk since he was 1 year old. He’s also a picky eater. What liquid vitamins would you recommend as a supplement to boost his calcium intake? Thank you!

    • Hi Audrey! I’d recommend ChildLife if you’re looking for a good multivitamin (it has 7% of the daily value of Calcium required). But if you’re looking for just a calcium supplement – you’ll have to go with a gummy. There are two I like: The Amazon Organic Brand which has 200mg Calcium per serving or the Yummi Bears Brand which has 375mg Calcium per serving. So depending on how much Calcium you need for your little one you can pick the brand that would work best! Hope that helps!

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