Best Vitamins for Kids
The MaryRuth's Vegan Kids Multivitamin Gummies are vegan-friendly multiple vitamins that taste as good as they smell. These vitamins require a 2 per day dose and are yellow and orange-ish in color. The vitamins aren't sticky, are easy to dispense, and never stick together. Our kid testers enjoyed the taste and remarked on how much they were like candy. We like how easy they are to use and that kids took the vitamins without a fight. One bottle should last a single child for a month if taken daily. These vitamins have organic ingredients that are non-GMO and sugar-free.
MaryRuth's are sort of hard and not as chewy as a traditional gummy. This feature means the texture is strange if you expect a gummy type of candy. However, we feel confident kids will easily get used to the texture once after a handful of doses. Overall, we love this high-quality vitamin, and our kid testers indicate it is their favorite of the group.
The L'il Critters Gummy Vites is a budget-friendly vitamin that comes in a bottle of 190 gummies which would last a single child about 90 days at the recommended dose of 2 a day. These vitamins smell like fruit and have a very gummy texture, at times sticking together in the way gummy candy does. Kids liked the texture and taste of these vitamins, remarking they could eat the whole bottle (keep them out of the reach of children).
The gummy texture makes these vitamins sticky, and this can lead to the clumping of the vitamins with a need to over-handle them to pick them apart. We recommend washing hands before dispensing the vitamins to avoid passing germs from your hands to the clump of vitamins. Overall, the price of this bottle can't be beaten, especially given how long it will last. We think these taste vitamins are a great choice for multiple children and anyone struggling to get vitamin compliance from little ones.
The MAV Multivitamins for Kids Gummies are well-formed gumdrops that aren't sticky at all. The drops are smooth with no coating, and they smell like candy. They are marketed as a non-GMO product, which is something many parents favor. Kid testers enjoyed the test, and one tester remarked he'd like to eat the whole bottle. These vitamins have a 2 a day dose, so an average bottle should last one child 45 days.
These vitamins are somewhat firm and have an odd texture that is not gummy-like as you'd expect. However, kid testers were not put off by their consistency and felt the taste was more important than the texture. Overall, this vitamin offers a lot for non-GMO parents to love, with a taste kids can't resist.
The SmartyPants Organic with Probiotics is a multivitamin that includes probiotics. They have a strong fruit smell and are a flat dot shape that is well-formed and didn't stick together or clump in our bottle during testing. The taste isn't the best in the group, but testers at least ate the daily dose without complaining. One bottle will last one child 30 days following the 4 gummy a day dose.
These vitamins have a strange texture, and at least one tester thought they tasted like flavored medicine. Also, if your child doesn't like them, 4 could be hard to gain compliance with every day. However, if you want a vitamin that includes a daily dose of probiotics, this could be the all-in-one option you are looking for.
The SmartyPants Daily Gummy Multivitamin with Omegas is a sugar-covered gummy drop that comes in multiple colors. The gummies are well-formed and didn't stick together in our bottle. The dose is 4 a day, and the bottle should last one child about 30 days. Testers thought the taste was okay and readily ate them during testing but would choose other vitamins over this one if they had the chance. This vitamin is non-GMO and includes Omega 3s.
This is a 4 a day dose which seems like a lot and could be hard to meet if your child doesn't like the taste. Also, our testers felt the texture was strange and didn't care for the granulated coating. While this vitamin might prevent the need for an additional Omega-specific supplement, we think the high number dose and questionable taste response from testers means compliance could be an issue. However, if you want something with OMega 3s and want to avoid stocking more than one kind of vitamin, this might be your go-to choice.
The L'il Critters Paw Patrol are the L'il Critters vitamins in shapes that Paw patrol fans will love (isn't that every toddler?). The vitamins have a traditional gummy texture and are somewhat sticky like a gummy bear. The dose is 2 per day for most kids, and our taste testers enjoyed the flavor. With a bottle capacity of 60, you'll get one month of use out of this option for one child.
This bottle is smaller than our other L'il Critter option making it potentially better for a single child as they aren't as budget-friendly. The other L'il Critter is a 90 +day supply for one child at half the price. These vitamins stick together somewhat and are require a certain amount of manipulation to pry them apart, which means excessive touching of the clump. Despite the over-handling required, we do like the vitamins, and our kid testers easily consumed them without so much as a wrinkled nose, making them a great choice for anyone looking for something fun, super tasty, or perhaps the finicky Paw Patrol fan in your life.
The mykind Organics Kids Gummy are a certified organic, non-GMO, vegan multivitamin for kids. They are gluten, soy, and dairy-free and have a defined shape in our tests.
These vitamins have a 4 gummy dose which is a lot compared to the 2 a day average. It might be more than you can convince some children to take in a day. They are also somewhat sticky, which resulted in clumping and dispensing challenges that got worse over time. They have a strange crumbly texture, less like a gummy and more like Playdoh, which was off-putting to more than one tester. When we opened our bottle, we caught the scent of spoiled fruit, and one tester refused to try the vitamin based on its smell alone. Our other child tester said there were "too many different fruit flavors" in one vitamin, and he spit it out after chewing it. Overall, this vitamin has a strange look, feel, odor, and taste, and we think most children will take a hard pass on this option, making it unlikely you'll get 4 a day into most kids.
The Zarbee's Children's Multivitamin + Immune Gummies were strange from the start, with a powerful odor when we first opened the bottle. These vitamins look to be rolled in sugar and are a strange dark red or brown color with a Bee shape. The individual vitamins are separated but stuck together over time in a single clump that made them hard to dispense. The directions require a dose of two at a time. Our kid testers didn't like the flavor of this particular vitamin. Our first tester only ate one and refused to eat the second. Our second tester smelled the vitamin and tried to eat one but spit it out before swallowing. Both indicated they felt the taste was terrible and they wouldn't eat them going forward. Our child testers put this option at the bottom of the ranking for taste. Regardless of whatever positive attributes the Zarbee vitamins may offer, it is simply not possible for us to recommend a product that tasted so yucky that our kid testers refused to eat them.
Why You Should Trust Us
BabyGearLab has been testing gear for babies, kids, and pregnancy hands-on for more than eight years. We purchase and test products to find the best available options for our readers. Wendy Schmitz, Senior Review Editor, and mother of 2, has been with the lab since 2014. She has a degree in Biology, was a certified Personal Trainer, and has researched vitamin efficacy and quality. We tested the vitamins in this review side-by-side for taste, quality, and other additives to find the right vitamin for different needs and goals.
Analysis and Test Results
We purchased 8 top multivitamins for kids in this review. We focused on quality, taste, and finding options for various special needs, from gluten and peanut-free options to a vegan choice and more.
We are not medical professionals and are not making vitamin suggestions based on a specific diet or vitamin content. You should discuss all supplements, including vitamins, with your pediatrician before giving them to your child. Our review and award winners are based on the taste and quality of the products, not on any implied or assumed health or medical benefit claims of any specific product. Our goal is to help you find a palatable vitamin choice your children will love based on your pediatrician's recommendations for supplementation.
Taste is what matters when considering children's vitamins. It doesn't matter how high the quality or pure the ingredients if your child refuses to eat it; the rest is moot. We tested each option in this review with real kids, some who will eat just about anything and others who refuse to eat almost everything. For the most part, testers agreed unanimously on which selections were tasty and which were terrible, with at least one vitamin being described as "poop" and "disgusting."
In our tests, kids preferred the taste of the MAV Nutrition, L'il Critters, and Mary Ruth's over the competitors. They each remarked that these vitamins tasted so good they'd eat the entire bottle, and the Mary Ruth's were given the highest seal of approval with a "they taste like candy!" description. This reminds us, you might need to keep vitamins out of the reach of children if they taste too good, or have a discussion with older kids on why you can't eat them like candy.
The worst-tasting vitamins in our tests are hands down the Zarbees which one tester spit out and another said tasted like poo. Our adult tester felt the texture was strange, and the vitamins look sort of like blood clots. We weren't able to get any child to costume the full dose during testing. Also earning below average rank for taste are the MyKind vitamins, which smell like rotten fruit (in our opinion) and didn't taste much better (according to testers). The remainder of the vitamins we tested are middle of the road, and even if they didn't get a thumbs up from testers, they at least didn't refuse to eat them.
Quality might be viewed as a subjective metric as we did not test the content or ingredients or even the vitamin level claims of the products in our review. We based our assessment of quality on how the vitamins presented in the bottle we purchased. We looked for things like consistency between the vitamins themselves in shape and size, texture, how well-formed they were, if they clumped, making it challenging to dispense, and if they smelled "off."
The Zarbee vitamins were all somewhat different in shape, and we wonder if this isn't due to the crumbling nature, the texture, or the granulated coating, but either way, it seems like a poor design or poor quality. They also tended to clump together, making dispensing a challenge. The My Kind vitamins struggled to be the same size and shape, and once again, the crumbly texture could be to blame. It makes us wonder how consistent the vitamin doses are if the vitamins themselves vary in size. The L'il Critters, while all the same size and shape, tended to stick and clump together as they are sort of moist to the touch. This clumping can become more of an issue as the bottle ages and the gummies start to dry and get sticky in a clump. For some, it felt like peeling away individual bears from a hoard of bears to set them free. It is hard to say if this is a quality issue or design choice, but it makes dispensing the vitamins challenging, and not every bottle had the same issues. However, given the low price and taste test thumbs up, it might be worth messing with for the L'il Critter brand.
Alternatively, the MAV vitamins were identical, firm little bears that were easy to dispense and consistent throughout the bottle. They are dry and feel sort of hard with no clumping or sticking to the bottom. The Mary Ruth's were also impressive for size, shape, color, and smell consistency. Both SmartyPants options were consistent in our tests as well.
Selecting a great-tasting vitamin to support your child's nutritional needs doesn't have to be a struggle. Whether your little one will eat anything or has the discerning palate rivaling that of a wine connoisseur, we think there is a vitamin for everyone in this lineup of impressive supplement options.
— Wendy Schmitz