Many mamas often wonder – especially with picky eaters – if their child needs a multivitamin added to their diet to fill in nutritional gaps. So, I’m going to share with you the best organic vitamins for toddlers. 

Plus, we will talk about if your child really even needs a vitamin. Because chances are they aren’t just quite yet needed! 

Should My Toddler Take A Vitamin?

As long as your toddler is eating a well-balanced diet, there is no need for them to take a daily vitamin. Most toddlers get all the nutrients they need from the foods they eat. 

Eating a diet that contains a variety of food from all 5 food groups – fruits, veggies, grain, protein, + dairy – is actually the preferred way for your toddler to get the nutrients they need. 

There are some cases where the American Academy of Pediatrics does recommend that your toddler would need a vitamin. Those cases include toddlers who:

  • Consume a restrictive diet – vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, etc. 
  • Have a chronic disease or illness – PKU, CF, etc. (your child will likely be prescribed a pharmaceutical supplement rather than an OTC supplement because the nutrient needs will be so specific) 
  • Have food allergies 
  • Have delays in growth or development
  • Avoids certain food groups due to extreme picky eating 

If your child falls into one of the cases above – or you have a general concern – you should consult with your child’s pediatrician. They can have your toddler tested for any vitamin + mineral deficiencies. 

Does your child take any medications? Then you definitely want to consult with your pediatrician before starting any supplementation. Supplements often can interfere with the medications your toddler may be taking. 

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What Age Can My Toddler Start Taking Vitamins?

Most vitamins are safe for toddlers to start taking at 2 years old, but check the dosage instructions because some are only safe for older toddlers. 

Also, I always recommend speaking to your child’s pediatrician before starting any vitamin or supplement. 

What Essential Vitamins Does My Toddler Need? 

Many parents with picky eaters are concerned their child isn’t receiving all the nutrients they need. Which is a totally valid concern! 

Before starting a vitamin – or if your pediatrician doesn’t recommend one – try to increase their intake of these vitamins. You may have to get a bit creative with the foods you know they’ll eat!

Vitamin D 

Vitamin D is important for bone growth + health. It also helps protect your child against diseases + illnesses. 

You can find Vitamin D in fish, eggs, + milk

Calcium 

Calcium works alongside vitamin D in ensuring healthy bone growth – super important for your growing toddler! 

You can find calcium in milk, cheese, yogurt, + fortified juices

Vitamin B 

Vitamin B is important for energy levels, metabolism, + proper nervous system function

You can find vitamin B in meat, fish, milk, eggs, nuts, beans, + cheese

Iron 

Iron is important for keeping your toddler’s red blood cells healthy

Iron can be found in red meat, poultry, beans, + spinach

Vitamin E 

Vitamin E is important for helping your toddler maintain a healthy immune system

Nuts + seeds (including nut butter) are rich in vitamin E. 

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Why Choose Organic Vitamins For My Toddler?

So you have decided  – and discussed with your child’s pediatrician – that your toddler should start vitamin supplementation. So why should you choose an organic vitamin versus a supplement that is not certified organic? 

What’s The Difference + How Do You Know?

Organic vitamins + supplements are made with organic natural ingredients. An organic ingredient is different in the way it was grown or processed. These ingredients are also heavily regulated versus non-organic ingredients. 

Organic supplements that contain the “Certified Organic” seal by the USDA contain at least 90% certified organic ingredients. If the supplement just says “made with organic ingredients”’ but has no seal, then it contains at least 70% organic ingredients. 

The Benefits of Organic Vitamin + Mineral Supplements:

#1: There is a bit more transparency in the makeup of organic supplements because of the strict regulations placed on organic products by the FDA. Where normal supplements are not held to that same standard. 

#2: Organic ingredients are not allowed to be grown using a number of pesticides that are known or believed to have a negative impact on our health

#3: Organic fruits + vegetables have a higher amount of antioxidants than non-organic whole foods do. 

#4: Because of the strict regulations, most organic supplements are made with whole foods. Whole foods provide far better vitamins + nutrients than their synthetic versions ever will. 

#5: Organic farming practices are more favorable + beneficial to the planet – specifically the soil – than non-organic farming practices. 

How To Choose The Best Organic Vitamin For My Toddler

Before I share the best organic vitamins for your toddler, I wanted to share some tips for when you are trying to choose the best multivitamins for your child. 

Here are a few things you should look for when shopping for OTC children’s vitamins:

USP Label 

Vitamins + supplements are not monitored by the FDA. Meaning that there is no requirement for supplement companies to prove that what they say is – or isn’t – in their product. 

So how can you ensure what you are getting is safe for your child + the supplement you are giving them actually contains what it says it does?

Check the supplement’s label for a USP label.

The USP sets strict quality standards + has a verification process specifically designed for dietary supplements + herbal medicines. Brands that display the USP Verified Mark give you, as a consumer, the peace of mind that what’s on the label is in the bottle. 

When a vitamin or supplement doesn’t contain a USP seal that doesn’t automatically mean the supplement is bad or doesn’t contain what it says it does. 

This just means the company that makes the vitamin did not go through the process of verifying their product or they used another 3rd party tester. 

Dyes + Fillers 

Children’s vitamins are often sold in gummy form because they are easiest for littles to take + more appealing! 

Unfortunately, that means they often contain dyes + fillers. Neither are natural or beneficial to your child. 

You can find many organic vitamins for your toddler that are naturally colored and/or flavored. Many companies use whole foods to colors their vitamins + natural sweeteners – like dates or cane sugar – to sweeten the supplements. 

Check the label + ingredients list to find out!

Sugar 

Sugar is often added to vitamins – especially gummy vitamins – to make them taste better. The supplement company wants you to continue buying their product, so they want your child to like them! 

The added sugar isn’t necessary. So stick to vitamins with less than 3 grams of sugar per serving. Also, steer clear of vitamins that are sweetened with artificial sweeteners like sorbitol or high fructose corn syrup.

You can check the ingredients list to see what vitamin is sweetened with to make sure it is sugar-free or made with a natural sweetener. Check the nutrition label to see how many grams per serving. 

Allergens 

If your child has a food allergy, then you are probably diligent in checking the ingredients list of any food product you feed your child. 

But just a reminder that supplements often contain common allergens like dairy, soy, + corn

All of the multivitamins included on my list are dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free. 

The Best Organic Vitamins For Toddlers

To help you with picking the best organic vitamin for your toddler I have narrowed it down to the 7 best vitamins for kids that I personally would offer my toddler if they needed one! 

I have included a few multivitamins, as well as some nutrient-specific vitamins. 

Note: These are in no particular order! 

#1: SmartyPants Organic Toddler Formula 

✅ UDSA Certified Organic 

Smarty Pants Toddler Formula is a vegetarian organic multivitamin that contains 14 essential nutrients + omega-3 fatty acids (flaxseed oil). Some other important nutrients found in Smarty Pants Toddler vitamins include: 

  • Vitamin D (D3) – promotes strong bones
  • Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) – supports energy metabolism 
  • Folate (Methylfolate)
  • Vitamin K (K12)
  • Choline (Vitacholine)
  • Zinc – immune support
  • Beta carotene

These vitamins are made for children 2 or 3 years of age. 

What I Love About It: 

  • All nutrients come from organic vegetarian sources 
  • Free of gelatin, soy, synthetic colors (dye), artificial flavors, preservatives, yeast, wheat, milk, eggs, gluten, peanuts, tree nut allergens, fish, shellfish, and salicylates! – WOW! 
  • The bottle is made from 80% recycled material
  • Non-GMO

Things To Consider: 

  • Does not have a USP seal, but it is 3rd party tested + a recipient of the “Clean Label” Purity Award
  • Some parents claim their children hate the taste of these vitamins

#2: Yummi Bears Organics Complete Multi

✅ USDA Certified Organic

Yummi Bears Organics is a daily gummy multivitamin that contains 14 essential nutrients + minerals plus organic folate. Other than folate some key nutrients it contains are:

  • Antioxidants – Vitamins A, C, and E
  • B-Complex Vitamins – for brain and heart health

What I Love About It: 

  • Made with natural flavors + colors
  • Allergen-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Plant-based formula 
  • Gelatin free (fruit pectin-based)
  • Non-GMO

Things To Consider: 

  • Does not contain the USP stamp, but comes from a very reputable vitamin supplements brand
  • Gummies are coated in sugar – even though it’s organic cane sugar it’s not really needed and has no nutritional purpose

#3: Mama Bear Organic Kids Multivitamin 

✅ USDA Certified Organic 

Mama Bear Kids Multivitamins are specially formulated with high-quality, organic ingredients to provide nutritional support for toddlers + kids. 

What I Love About It: 

  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan 
  • Gluten-free
  • Color from natural sources 

Things To Consider: 

  • Doesn’t contain a USP seal

#4: Yummi Bears Organics Immunity Health 

✅ USDA Certified Organic

Yummi Bears Organics Immunity Health supplement is made up of a blend of Vitamin C, Zinc, and Echinacea to support your child’s immune system + keep them healthy. The supplement also contains: 

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin E
  • Folate

What I Love About It: 

  • Vegan diet-friendly
  • Gelatin-free – made with fruit pectin
  • Non-GMO
  • Allergen-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • No artificial colors, sweeteners, or preservatives

Things To Consider:

  • Covered in organic cane sugar – not needed + no nutritional benefits
  • No USP stamp, but made from a reputable supplement company in the US

#5: Garden of Life mykind Organic Kids Multivitamin

✅ USDA Certified Organic 

Garden of Life mykind Kids multivitamin contains 9 organic whole fruits in every bottle – no synthetic vitamins. The supplement contains vitamins + antioxidants to support your child’s health and 800IU of vitamin D3 (from a vegan source)!

What I Love About It: 

  • Non-GMO
  • Made with pectin from apples + orange peels
  • No processed sugars or syrups
  • No artificial flavors or coloring 
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Kosher
  • Nut-free
  • Lightly dusted with organic rice powder, not sugar
  • Dairy-free
  • Soy-free

Things To Consider: 

  • Only for older toddlers – age 4 and up
  • No USP label, but made by a very reputable supplement company 

#6: Mary Ruth’s Kids Multivitamin Gummies 

Mary Ruth’s Kids Multivitamin Gummies are not certified organic by the USDA. I’m not sure if this is due to the fact they are made + manufactured in Canada.

BUT, I wanted to include them on my list because they are made with mostly organic ingredients + Mary Ruth’s is my favorite supplement brand (what my family + littles use)! 

These multivitamins include some key nutrients like: 

  • Vitamin C 
  • Vitamin D3
  • Zinc
  • Iodine

Things I Love About It: 

  • Gummies are made with pectin – not gelatin 
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Dairy-free
  • Nut-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free 
  • They also have a liquid multivitamins option available 

Things To Consider: 

  • Not a product made in the US – so no USP or USDA Certified Organic label 
  • One of the most expensive vitamins on our list – a pack of 60 costs about $30

#7: Mary Ruth’s Immunity Supplement 

Mary Ruth’s Immunity Supplement is a great supplement for your toddler to take during school season or if they go to daycare! 

These are only recommended for older toddlers – children 4+ years. 

This immunity supplement is packed with elderberry, zinc, echinacea, vitamin D, and vitamin C to help support a healthy immune system. 

Things I Love About It: 

  • Anyone in the family can take these that are over 4 years old 
  • They have a sugar-free flavor or a naturally sweetened (cane sugar) gummy flavor
  • Non-GMO
  • Pectin based gummy
  • Vegan 
  • Dairy-free
  • Nut-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free

Things To Consider: 

  • Not a product made in the US – so no USP or USDA Certified Organic label 
  • Not made for younger toddlers
  • Also about $30 for a pack of 60 

Can You Eat Too Many Vitamins?

Yes, excessive intake of vitamins can cause various symptoms of toxicity. 

This is even more common with children’s vitamins because they often taste good + look like gummy candy. 

To avoid your toddler eating too many vitamins make sure to follow the dosage instructions + keep them out of their reach. I keep mine with our other medications. 

If there is a possibility your child has gotten into their vitamins + you think they had too many here are the symptoms to look out for: 

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Colorful urine + stool 
  • Dizziness
  • Hair Loss
  • Skin irritation 

The safest bet, if you think your child has taken too much, is to take your child to the nearest emergency room.

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FAQs About Toddler Vitamins

Here are some common questions parents often have about toddler vitamins. Drop a comment below if you have any questions about your toddler + vitamins! 

What is the best time for your child to take vitamins? 

Your body absorbs vitamins the best if taken after you have just eaten a meal. 

I find it convenient and best for you to offer your toddler their vitamins after breakfast. You are more likely to remember + it gives the boost of nutrients they need throughout their day. 

What is a vitamin?

A vitamin is a chemical substance found in our food that helps perform specific functions in the body. 

There are 14 different vitamins that have been discovered so far: B-complex vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folate, B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, and choline), vitamin C, A, D, E, and K.

Are Flintstone vitamins bad for my toddler?

Flintstone vitamins are not a great option for supplementation for your toddler. They are probably the most well-known vitamins for kids on the market, but there are a lot of things that steer me away from them (or recommend them). 

For one, the second ingredient on their list is sorbitol which is a sweetener used in place of sugar. It also has laxative properties so it can cause diarrhea, gas, + tummy troubles. 

Another is that they are made with artificial colors + flavors. There are many colorful + tasting vitamins for your kids that are colored + flavored naturally! 

The bottom line – I don’t have much good to say about them. I would stick to one of the multivitamins on the list above! 

Does my infant need vitamins? 

Infants receive all the nutrients they need from breastmilk + formula. Therefore, supplementation is usually not needed. 

In some cases your pediatrician may recommend your baby to take a vitamin including: 

  • Your baby is born preterm + is exclusively breastfed 
  • Your baby has a medical condition, especially one that involve the digestive system 
  • Breastfed babies have usually prescribed vitamin D drops since vitamin D doesn’t transfer over to breastmilk efficiently

Let’s Wrap It Up

Ultimately, I think that it’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to add vitamins to your toddler’s diet, but it’s important to me that you have the right information at your fingertips.

I personally feel – as a nutritionist + mother myself – that as long as your child is eating a well-balanced diet there is no real need for supplementation.

If you do choose to give your child vitamins, please make sure you are choosing safe options (like the ones in this post)!

I hope that the information and recommendations that I’ve shared with you here will help make your decision a more informed one. Best of luck!

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