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 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 clumping of the vitamins with a need to manhandle 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 they 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 completely a non-GMO product, which is something many parents favor. Kid testers enjoyed the test and one 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 sort of firm and have an odd texture that is not gummy like at all. However, kid testers were not put off by their consistency and felt the taste was more important. 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 additional 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. The taste isn't the best in the group, but testers at least at the daily dose without complaint. One bottle should 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 get down 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 are 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.
The bottle of Paw Patrol vitamins 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 twice the price. These vitamins stick together somewhat and are hard to get apart without a certain amount of manipulation, which means excessive touching of the clump. Despite the manhandling required, we do like the vitamins and our kids easily consumed them without a fuss, making them a good choice for anyone looking for something more fun or super tasty.
The mykind Organics Kids Gummy are a certified organic, non-GMO, vegan multivitamin for kids. They are gluten, soy, and dairy-free. They have a defined shape.
These vitamins have a 4 gummy dose which is a lot compared to the 2 a day average. They are also somewhat sticky, which resulted in clumping and dispensing difficulties over time. They have a strange crumbly texture less like a gummy and more like Playdoh. When we opened our bottle we caught the scent of spoiled fruit and one tester refused to try the vitamin based on their smell alone. Our other child tester said there were "too many different fruit flavors" in one vitamin and he spit it back 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.
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. One tester only ate one but refused to eat the other. 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 take them in the future. 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 a variety of 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 you give 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 where it counts when it comes to children's vitamins. It doesn't matter how high the quality or pure the ingredients, if your child won't eat it the rest is moot. We tested each product in this review with real kids, some who will eat just about anything and others who refuse to eat most things. For the most part, testers agreed unanimously on which options were tasty and which didn't taste good at all, 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 competition. 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.
The worst tasting vitamins in the group are hands down the Zarbees which one tester spit out and another said tasted like poo. Our adult tester said 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 My Kind vitamins which smell like rotten fruit (in our opinion) and didn't taste much better. The remainder of the vitamins we tested are fairly 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 is a somewhat subjective metric as we did not test the content or ingredients or even the vitamin level claims of these products. We based our measure 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 or the texture or the granulated coating, but either way, it seems like a poor design or poor quality. They also had a tendency 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, had a tendency to stick and clump together, which can become even more of an issue as the bottle ages and the gummies start to dry in a clump formation. For some, it felt like peeling away individual bears from a hoard of bears to get them to separate. It is hard to say if this is quality or design, but it makes dispensing the vitamins frustrating, and not every bottle had the same issues. However, given the low price and taste test thumbs up, this might be worth messing with for the L'il Critter brand.
Alternatively, the MAV vitamins were all identical, firm little bears that were easy to dispense and consistent throughout the bottle. The Mary Ruth's were also impressive for size, shape, color, and smell consistency. Both SmartyPants options appear to be consistent as well.
Finding a great tasting vitamin to supplement your child's nutritional needs doesn't have to be a challenge. Whether your little one will eat anything or has the discerning palate rivaling that of a wine connoisseur, we think there is an option for everyone in this lineup of impressive supplements.
— Wendy Schmitz