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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!

The Healthiest Children’s Vitamins: 2019

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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 2019. 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?
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!
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.
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.
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 red all of the ingredients to avoid):
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.
Let’s take these 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. 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:
Without Iron:

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)
  • Bio Naturals – this one has no sugar added, has a probiotic added and you can use it starting at 1 year of age. It does have “natural flavors” which is not ideal, but 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

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 like Nature’s Nutra because of relatively its super clean ingredients list. For older children (or with pediatrician’s approval for babies) – this one from Gaia Herbs has the cleanest ingredients list I’ve found and is nonGMO!

For Omega 3s: 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!

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 another great option, UpSpring makes a pure vitamin D with only coconut oil added.

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 an option that doesn’t require refrigeration (but it does have maltodextrin). Three other probiotic options that I like are 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).

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)
  • 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!

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

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644 responses to “The Healthiest Children’s Vitamins: 2019”

  1. Hi Anjali,
    Just stumbled across your blog, I’m thankful I found something trustworthy. My son is 8 yrs old, he often falls sick and catches cold and cough, so many doctor trips, nothing comes out. They say he has to outgrow. We feel he has less immunity. Can you please suggest a good multi vitamin for him, keeping in mind that we don’t take gelatin, animal by products as we are strictly vegetarians.

    Thanks a lot.
    Desperate Mother from California

    • Hi Lara! I’d recommend Children’s Best or Thorne Research for your son since both of those have the most comprehensive list of vitamins that can help with immunity. You can also add some extra vitamin C/Elderberry – like this immune booster from Zarbee’s. Immunity is pretty complex and has more to do with our overall health (the nutrients we’re absorbing from food, our gut health, etc.) than just the multivitamin we take – although that obviously helps too! I’ll email you with some additional thoughts about this! Hope this helps!

    • Hi Kaydee! It looks ok but I don’t love that they add “natural flavors” to their vitamins – because “natural flavors” are essentially artificial flavors – there’s no regulation around what’s actually behind that ingredient on the label and it doesn’t have to be disclosed. So it’s not really bad (like Flinstones) but also not the best option either. I think some of the vitamins on my list are likely higher quality! Hope that helps!

    • Hi! Yes it’s completely fine, the dosing for kids over the age of 4 is listed on the bottle itself. But the reason I put Nature’s Plus at the bottom of my post is because of the Prop 65 warning on their products. Hope that helps!

  2. Hi, my 2 year old is an extremely picky eater. There are some days when he may only eat a couple of crackers and that’s it! He drinks only milk and wants to drink it all day. I’m sure that’s probably why he doesn’t want to eat. I’ve tried Zarbees liquid vitamin, but the taste is horrible and he won’t take it even mixed in milk. I just recently bought Mama’s Select powdered vitamin because it is tasteless and I think I may be able to get him to take this one. What are your thoughts on this vitamin?

    • Hi Racquel! I’m so sorry you are struggling with a picky eater – that is so tough! For the vitamin – do you mean this one from Mama’s Select? If so, the ingredients look fine to me, but I couldn’t find out how much fructose is in each serving of the vitamin. “Fructose” is listed as the only added ingredient but there are no quantities on the labels I could find online! I did see reviews from moms who didn’t like it because they said it was too high in fructose but I don’t have any more information than that. Does your container have any information on the amount of sugar in each serving? If so, let me know and then I can give you better guidance there! On a separate note, have you thought about cutting back on milk and introducing more foods that way? I work with parents of picky kids on this exact issue, so I’ll send you some more information over email that might help!

  3. thank for the details. really informative. MY son is 1 year old and his pediatrician is suggesting its ok to take supplements if baby is not eating complete meal. But did not clearly said how often. My son is a picky eater. And doctor has also suggested blood test for iron/hemoglobin level.
    However there are multivitamins, vitamin D, pro and prebiotic, baby DHA. I am not sure what to give when and which quantity. I do not want to give something and disturb his very delicate system. One one hand I want to provide him everything good and on the other hand I feel what if I am unnecessary putting something which might increase chance of these rare diseases. I am really confused as all these sounds really good for the baby. should I give him all these everyday or once a week? there must be some vitamins in more than one supplements so how to deal with that?
    Have you thought about this? how much these supplements helps vs damage/make dependant them?
    your reply would be really appreciated.

    • Hi Pinali! Thanks so much for reaching out! As for quantities, if you follow the directions on the package of the vitamin for your son’s age, you don’t have to worry about giving him too much of any vitamin. It is ok to combine a multivitamin with a probiotic and with DHA. If he is taking a multivitamin, he doesn’t need additional Vitamin D. None of these vitamins are going to cause dependence, and they are all very gentle so they shouldn’t disrupt your baby’s digestion. If your baby isn’t eating well and your pediatrician suggested a multivitamin it’s probably a good idea to go ahead with one – and you should just your pediatrician the bottle before giving it to your baby to confirm that they are comfortable with it! For the multivitamin, you could try Rainbow Light or Honest Company since both are ok for babies under 2 years of age, and they both have iron in them. For DHA, I’d recommend Nordic Naturals and for a probiotic, you can use Garden of Life’s powdered probiotic! Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  4. I have a 4 year old who’s absolutely refuses to eat most foods. She has sensory processing issues and will literally throw up if she eats something she doesn’t like. It’s been such a struggle. She does eat yogurt and a lot of fruits, but vegetables and meat (besides chicken) are a no-go. I worry about her not getting enough nutrients. Is it ok to give her something with iron, even though she hasn’t been tested for low iron? I asked a pharmacist about an iron supplement, and she said I shouldn’t give her one unless she has been diagnosed with low iron. I don’t want to poison her, but since she doesn’t eat greens or red meat, I assume she doesn’t get enough iron. Is it safe to give an iron supplement? Also, what is the best all around option for the pickiest kids in the entire world? Her lack of nutrients stresses me out and I’d love to find something to help her.

    • Hi Stephanie! I’m so sorry you’re dealing with such a picky eater – that can be so stressful! To your question about iron – I agree with your pharmacist – I’d recommend just getting her iron levels checked first, and then giving her a supplement if she does in fact have low iron. Otherwise there’s no need to give her additional iron if her iron levels aren’t low. For a good multivitamin for her – try Thorne Research or Children’s Best. They are both very complete in terms of the vitamins they offer. I also have some thoughts on additional things you can do – so I’ll send you an email with more info! Hope that helps!

  5. Hi, thanks for the info. The childrens best complete multivitamin has stevia leaf extract, I thought you said to stay away from that. What do you thik?

    • Hi Matt! It depends on what the source of the stevia is. Organic stevia leaf extract is ok but I don’t like the more processed forms of stevia (eg Truvia, stevia in the raw etc). Hope that helps!

  6. Have you ever reviewed Renzos picky eaters vitamins? Also, do you recommend cod liver oil or other omega 3 supplements for kids? Thanks!

    • Hi Adrienne! Yes I have looked at that brand – it’s not ideal because it has mannitol (a sugar alcohol that can be irritating to the digestive tract) and “natural flavors and colors” – which is really artificial flavors & colors. Some of the other supplements on my list are better ingredients wise! I do recommend one cod liver oil supplement and one Omega 3 supplement in this post — the cod liver oil I like is from ChildLife and the Omega 3 supplement I like is from Nordic Naturals. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  7. Hi Anjali,
    Thank you so much for this post, it’s the best out there! Could you please recommend an Calcium supplement? I have a 3 year old and a 4 month old, and also what brain supplements you recommend for autistics children.
    Kind Regards from Uk 🇬🇧

    • Hi Mariana! I like this Calcium supplement from Childlife – you can use it from age 6 months onwards (I’d just wait until your 4 month old turns 6 months before you start using it for them). For autistic kids, I’m certainly not an expert but I have heard that Fish Oil is one of the supplements that can help along with a high quality multivitamin that has methylated B vitamins like super mini multi. But I’d talk to your pediatrician more (or an autism specialist) who can recommend the categories of supplements you need (e.g. a Vitamin D supplement or zinc supplement etc) — and then if you let me know types of supplements recommended I can give you the best brands to use! Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  8. Hi Anjali,
    What are your thoughts on this one?
    Yummi Bears Organics Complete Multi, 180 Gummy Bears. My son likes them and did not like the smarty pants organics that you recommended.

    • Hi Pooja! Do you mean this Yummi Bears Organic vitamin? If so, the main reason I wouldn’t recommend them is that they’re quite high in sugar: 5g per serving is more than 1 tsp of sugar per serving – it would be the same as if you measured out 1.25 tsp sugar and just let your son eat it straight – which is a lot for a vitamin. There are lots of other options on my list that are lower in sugar, so maybe try one of those first? Hope that helps!

  9. Hello thank you for the great article. What do you know about Nutrilite vitamins from Amway? Would like to hear some cons and pros. Also what would be a good alternative? Thanks!

    • Hi! Do you mean the Nutrilite Kids Chewable Vitamins? If so, unfortunately, these are really bad – probably as bad as Flinstones. They have sorbitol, mono and diglycerides, multiple sweeteners (both artificial and sugar added), gelatin, natural flavors from soy (which are really artificial flavors), etc. There is nothing redeeming about these vitamins – I wouldn’t recommend them at all. Any vitamin on my list would be a great alternative! Super Mini Multi or Zarbee’s or Children’s Best would be great places to start! Hope that helps!

  10. I’m seeing varying levels of biotin in these multivitamins. My two-year-old and four-year-old currently take Zarbees complete toddler multivitamins where the biotin amount is 15 mcg. But it seems a lot of the multivitamins on this list have a higher biotin level: 50 mcg and up. And I’m getting conflicting daily allowances for that age group online for biotin. Just wondering your insight. Thanks!

    • Hi Susan! Great question! Depending on the age of the child, their RDA for biotin could be anywhere from 10-20mcg up to 3 yrs of age, 25mcg for 4-6 yrs, 30 mcg for 7-10 yrs, and 30-100mcg for over 10 yrs old. So for your 2 yr old the 15mcg is right, for your 4 yr old you need a bit more. But biotin is a water soluble vitamin, so getting a little more than that is generally fine. That said, if you’re concerned about the levels of biotin in a particular multivitamin, I’d recommend asking your pediatrician for their thoughts first, and if they tell you it’s too high of a dose you can always just give half of the vitamin to your child on a daily basis instead of the full amount! But definitely talk to your pediatrician and get their thoughts!

  11. This is great! Thank you so much! My two year old is such an picky eater and will just go without eating if he doesn’t like what we are eating. This saved me to the time of researching each brand individually and I am very appreciative.

  12. Hi Anjali, First off, thank you so very much for all that you have shared here. You are very humble, thorough and diligent at answering questions. I have 2 sons, age 14 and age 11 1/2. I wonder what you would recommend for them? They are very good eaters and both are vegetarian. They do consume eggs. I also sent you an email with more details on their health profile. My younger son, in the past (like maybe 2 years ago) tested on the lower side for iron, and I’ve had him on flinstones chewables for the last 2~3 years and just had him retested. His iron is in the normal range(14-80 ng/mL) and came back as 28 ng/mL.

    should my sons take a multivitamin? if so, what might you recommend. My sons do take vitamin D3 2000 IU Kirkland brand every day as well as nordic natural fish oil every day. Since my sons do allergy shot (mostly for environmental allergies), I try to make sure they don’t forget to take D3 as it is supposed to help with the immune system and on allergy shot days the immune system could be compromised some for long term gain.

    Thanks so much for everything!

    • Hi Rupal! Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so glad this post was helpful to you! I just saw your comment so will check my email in a little bit, but thought I’d reply here first. If your kids are good eaters they don’t necessarily need a multivitamin, especially if they are taking fish oil and vitamin D. If your main goal is immunity, you could just add a vitamin C supplement like this one from Solaray – as long as your kids can swallow pills. (or you could use a chewable vitamin C like this one from Olly Kids, or this one from MRM). For your 14 year old, you might want to ask his pediatrician if he’s old enough to just start taking a regular men’s multivitamin. If so, and if he’s comfortable swallowing pills, I’d recommend the Garden of Life Men’s multivitamin. For your younger son, I’d probably go with either Children’s Best or Thorne Research, since both are really comprehensive and contain iron (and are good for older kids). Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions and I will reply to your email as soon as I can!

  13. Hi Anjali, I’m wondering what your thoughts are about MaryRuths vitamins? I have to start my son on a liquid d3 k2 and there’s seem quite clean.
    I’m also looking for a liquid iron. I prefer everything to be non gmo organic no sugar, additives, or anything really. Do you have a suggestion?
    Thank you for you lovely blog,

    • Hi Betty! For MaryRuth – do you mean this one? If so, it’s great for a D3 supplement! But is obviously not a full multivitamin. For liquid iron, I like Nova Ferrum and Nature’s Nutra Easy Iron they both have the cleanest ingredients I could find (not perfect, but better than everything else I’ve come across!) Hope that helps! 🙂

  14. Do you recommend a good multivitamin and probiotic combo? My son currently takes the Kids XFator by Plexus and it is a multivitamin and probiotic combo and it seems to work well. But if there is something else out there as good and more cost effective I would be willing to try it.

  15. Hi, first and foremost thank you for this information. I am wondering what is your opinion about the Tropical Oasis vitamins/products. They have a children’s liquid vitamin that I am considering for my son. I feel like his diet is not as comprehensive as it could be. Although I try my very best. Most morning it’s a battle to get him to eat breakfast, he doesn’t like milk (I try to make up ofr that with yogurt and cheese). I am also not very confident that he is always eating his lunch at school. He is 12 (will be 13 in March). We are also dealing with some focusing issues as well. We will be starting Omega 3 supplements soon. I have ordered one from Nordic Naturals.

    I am including the link for Tropical Oasis:

    Thank you

    • Hi Vanessa! Tropical Oasis actually looks great! It is sweetened with xylitol which is a sugar alcohol that can cause digestive issues in some kids – so that’s just something to keep in mind. But if your son doesn’t have any problems with it then it’s definitely a good option for him! Regarding milk – if he eats yogurt and cheese, that’s actually sufficient – it’ll give him the same nutrients as milk would. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  16. I have a newly turned two year old who is mostly breastfed and drinks pediasure. Watermelon and bananas. What is the best chewable ( so I can crush it ) for him that will cover everything he is missing?

    • Hi Nick! Have you talked to your pediatrician about this? For a 2 year old, this is an extremely limited diet, and I don’t know that any vitamin would truly cover all of the nutrients he’s missing. That said, a comprehensive vitamin with iron is probably your best bet like Children’s Best, Rainbow Light, Super Mini Multi, or Bluebonnet (but just check the dosing instructions to make sure they are appropriate for a 2 year old). I’d also talk to your pediatrician about maybe cutting back on the liquids (milk/pediasure) and starting to introduce more solid foods so that he can get more whole food nutrition! Especially because pediasure is literally just liquid sugar – the first few ingredients on the list are: Water, Corn Maltodextrin (which is a high glycemic additive), Sugar, Blend of Vegetable Oils (Canola, Corn) – and these oils aren’t the best fats, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Protein Isolate (isolated soy protein can mess with hormones), Nonfat Milk – none of which I’d really want any child consuming on a regular basis. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  17. I have recently been educated in the fact that no vitamin is verified unless it has a USP symbol/stamp. Could you update this with the best vitamin choices that are USP certified? That would be so helpful. Thank you!

    • Hi Chandra! That’s not necessarily true actually. The USP certified stamp is limited to a very small list of products and even a smaller list of brands (which you can see here) – and none of those products are kids vitamins. Also most of the brands on their list do not use clean ingredients. But any vitamin sold in the US has to pass the FDA’s “current Good Manufacturing Practice” (cGMP) regulations requiring that manufacturers evaluate their products through testing identity, purity, strength, and composition. Which should apply to all of the vitamins on this list!

  18. Hi,
    I would love to know what supplement, in tablet form, you would recommend for my 6 year old vegetarian twin boys which contains both multivitamins and iron. I want to be sure they are getting the correct amount of iron – 10mg per day, etc. I have looked closely at your list but would love your advice please

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