We can’t emphasize enough how important a healthy diet is for the growth and development of children. While a diverse range of foods including plenty of protein, healthy fats and nutrient and mineral rich vegetables/fruits are essential and what we all strive to put on our kids’ plates, many of us parents find ourselves reaching for vitamins and supplements to ensure that our littlest loves are getting what they need…to make sure any gaps are filled.
With some many choices out there, it can get confusing. Here are just a few of our top vitamin/supplement picks.
Neesha loves SmartyPants Vitamins Gummy Vitamins with Omega 3 Fish Oil and Vitamin D for her growing boys. “First reason we love it, it’s made in California. 🙂 It’s non GMO with no artificial flavors and has all the vitamins my kids need. It’s made of organic can sugar and meets the California GMP standards. The taste and texture is just like a sweet gummy bear so the kids love it but it’s got way less sugar than most other vitamins.”
Reena’s kids enjoy L’il Critters Gummy Vites Complete Children’s Multivitamin. “They have an excellent source of vitamin A, C, D, E, B-6 and B-12 plus they taste really yummy (no chalky or vitamin-y taste) and are easy to eat. Even more, this brand got the ChefsBest Award for the best taste so even the pickiest kids will love them. Parents, if you’re also looking for gluten-free, then check this brand out. We have tried many other brands but can taste that vitamin flavor, so we end up just going back to this one!”
Puja’s feelings on vitamins. “Laila is only 2 and a half and I don’t give her a multivitamin yet since even with the organic raw food vitamins out there, I haven’t found one that doesn’t contain fructose in it, but I’m on the search for when she’s older! My husband and I juice vegetables as well as make superfood smoothies, regularly and Laila adores our veggie juice and shakes, allowing her to get in anything she ‘misses’ nutrition wise from her meals, which are pretty well-balanced anyway. Our doctor is fine with our approach, and suggests a probiotic every once in a while so when she’s not eating yogurt, I like using this probiotic that I just add to a smoothie I make her.”
And finally, Shraddha’s thoughts…“I’m kind of on the same page as Puja. Til this point, I haven’t given Jai a vitamin and Shailen is too young anyways. My husband and I discussed it but always felt that we provide him plenty of fruits and vegetables and balanced nutrition through the most natural and pure ways that a vitamin isn’t all that necessary. We do however supplement with both a probiotic by Jarrow Formulas called Baby’s Jarro-Dophilus +FOS and DHA by Nordic Naturals (children’s and baby) regularly. Definitely not ruling out vitamins though as both agree that they certainly can’t hurt, in moderation. Just need to find the right one. Leave a comment below if you’re particularly loving one for your kids!”