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Supplements I Give My Toddler

 

Some health experts will tell you that if you eat perfectly then you don’t need any supplements. Other experts say, even if you eat perfectly, you still can’t meet all your nutritional needs without supplements.

Although I am certainly not an expert, I am in the other camp, and I am a big fan of supplements. I don’t even eat perfectly yet, but I also agree that it is really hard to get everything you need from food consistently even if you do eat absolutely perfect.

I took my dear friend Lindsey, to New Leaf Market the other day. New Leaf Market is a great little co-op natural food store in my hometown. They can be a wee bit snotty, but overall it is an amazing resource. I can even buy raw milk in the store!

Anyway, we went shopping together because she was a little overwhelmed with the supplement choices and she wasn’t sure what her 2 year old son needed, but she new he was lacking in some nutrients and wanted help.

So we went up and down the isles together and I showed her the brands I like and use for Penelope.

Here is what we got:

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Here are the brands I like best for each supplement:

  • Cod Liver Oil: Green Pastures. They do not make chewables anymore, so I get the liquid and put it into Penelope’s smoothies. If she doesn’t have any smoothie on a given day, I give her a chewable version I get from Earth Fare. Nothing compares to Green Pastures, but if you can’t afford it or can’t get your child to take it in liquid form, a chewable version is fine. Or even better, slather it on their butt during one diaper change a day. The oil and nutrients get absorbed right through the skin! This is a another brand that I have also tried and Penelope will tolerate the lemon flavor in smoothies as well.
  • Vitamin D: Solaray makes a sugar free, flavored chewable tablet.
  • Vitamin C: I like Hyland’s best
  • Multivitamin: I use Shaklee’s Kids. Penelope loves them and they have no sugar or food coloring or yucky fillers. And I like supporting a mom who is running a network marketing business. For a powdered version that is also probiotics, Garden of Life, Raw Probiotics Kids is a brand I like.
  • Probiotics: Nature’s Way makes a loose powder form which is great for slipping into smoothies or bottles of milk. Even a newborn should get probiotics.  You can sprinkle some on your nipple before the baby latches on, or sprinkle some on their tongue.
  • *Update* I also give Penelope Natural Calm some days. It’s great for calming down their nervous system to help them fall asleep at night and it’s great for constipation too.

Please be clear, I am not a certifiable expert in supplements, this is just what I do for Penelope, based on lots of research. I am not an MD, nor am I doling out medical advice.

I also use my intuition as a guide once I do my research. If I feel in my gut that she needs two things of vitamin C one day if a cold is coming on, or two things of Vitamin D if she is teething. I go with my gut. If I forget to give her everything one day, I take it as a sign from my higher self that she didn’t need it.

What supplements do you give your child?

 

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  • Jennifer
    July 14, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Do you use the Shaklee mineral and vitamin powder or the chewable?

  • Brittany @ The Pistachio Project
    July 14, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    I'm also in the supplements are good things camp. Right now my kids just get a multivitamin (currently Rainbow LIght), Vit. D (Carlsons' d drops – I love that it's just one drop and it's just vit. d and coconut oil) Other then those, I just haven't gotten into the other supplements. Mainly due to money. Those things add up fast when you have more then one kid!

  • Maureen
    July 23, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    Why do you push vitamin C? Is there not enough in a quality multi? My girls take a multi w/ omegas from NLM, and probiotic, as well as a Vitamin D chewable from NLM. I'd never thought Vitamin C would something they would need to take in excess. Thanks 🙂

  • Stephanie
    July 23, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Absolutely not. I mostly give her vitamin C if I feel like I am coming down with something or feeling ragged. Or if I just feel in my intuition to give her some. Often I forget to give her all of them, or some days I give her two of each or only half of them, I really let me intuition guide me on when and what to give her.

  • Tara
    July 23, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    I agree with you Maureen. I don't give Arabella that many supplements. I think it is much better to get your nutrients from a natural source because you can throw the body balance off with too much of something. Your body knows what to do with the real thing. I wrote a post about this that should be up next week. : )

  • Bunnie
    January 22, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Did you give her any as a newborn? I have a 3-month old that obviously is still on EBM, I’m all for Vitamin C (lots of people I know fought Rotavirus with it..but I haven’t seen where to get a liquid form) when getting sick, multi and D for infants.

    • Stephanie
      January 23, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      If your child is exclusively breast fed, all you have to worry about is you and what you are putting in. So if you want her to have some extra vitamin c, take an extra supplement yourself and it will get to your child through the breast milk. I did start giving my daughter probiotics directly, right away. She never was able to get all her nutrition from the breast (I exclusively pumped for her) so I would just put the powder in her bottle.

  • Ashley
    September 14, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    I was wondering at what age you started your little one on supplements. My 9 month old take probiotics (when i remember) and oral vitamin D, just wondering when I should start adding more in. I dont really feel like he’s getting as much nutrition as I’d like from food (though he’s still bf so I know thats where the majority of nutrition is coming from). I’m also going to start smoothies too! Do you have a vitamix? or do you use a juicer? or just a blender/bullet?

    • Stephanie
      September 14, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      Hey Ashley! I started her on probiotics as a new born. I started cod liver oil at about 8 months when I started giving her the smoothies with raw egg, spirulina, cod liver oil, etc. I wish I had a vitamix!! They look amazing! I have an old cuisenart one. I have to wait till the fruit is total mush to blend it up or it wont blend!!

      • Ashley
        September 14, 2012 at 11:39 PM

        Do you use the egg whites? or just the yolk? My ped said whites and yolks are fine, and he eats over easy eggs all the time (loves them!), but are they ok in the raw/smoothie form? I am only going to do it if i can find good farm fresh pastured eggs. Any recommendation on finding farms around your area?

        • Stephanie
          September 15, 2012 at 1:13 AM

          I only put in the yolk. I would go to your local farmers market and/or check localharvest.org.

  • hollie
    December 19, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    So what exactly are all those supplements used for? I’m new to the healthy, whole foods lifestyle…not educated in supplements!

    • Cassandra
      December 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      Hi Hollie, I can give you a quick run down. Cod liver oil is a valuable source of omega-3 fats that are critical during the developing years, particularly for the brain. On top of that, it is an easily absorbed source of vitamin D and vitamin A, which are necessary for many functions in the body. Almost all vitamin A supplements are not actually vitamin A, so CLO provides the naturally occuring version that the body can directly use.

      Since CLO is primarily vitamin D2, additional vitamin D supplements are a good choice. You want vitamin D3, which is the form of the vitamin that will resolve deficiency symptoms. Vitamin D helps out with depression, hormone regulation, skin, all kinds of things. Very important vitamin.

      Vitamin C is primarily used for the immune system

      A good multivitamin just helps keep general deficiencies at bay.

      Probiotics are live sources of bacteria that benefit the digestive tract. Bacteria make up most of our digestive processes, as well as our immune system! Many modern habits, like taking antibiotics, birth control pills, etc. will destroy intestinal bacteria and lead to ill health.

  • Ashley
    August 19, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Sorry – I had to repost because I misspelled my email address:)
    Hi Stephanie
    I give my 7 month old live probiotics (not sure of the brand but it must be refrigerated), Fermented Cod Liver Oil by Green Pastures, and a multivitamin by The Honest Company. WIth this, you would still say an extra Vitamin C and D would be beneficial?

    Thanks!!!

    • Stephanie
      August 20, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      Only if your child’s immune system is very weak and compromised, if normal and healthy, I just up C & D when fighting a virus or bug.

  • Judy
    January 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Do You Still recommend shaklee kids. Also do I need to give vit d if giving cod liver oil? Isn’t it vit d in cod liver?
    Thanks!!

    • Stephanie
      January 9, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      It is. But if your kid is sick or not getting a lot of sunshine, you could add in some more vit d. I don’t supplement with extra vit d all the time, only when I have a hunch she needs a bit more. And yes, still like Shaklee. 🙂

  • Mackenzie Anderson
    February 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Hi, my dad is a chiropractor, so growing up we never got vaccinated and only used homeopathic. But we never used supplements! I was always told that your body can’t absorb the supplements very well, so get all your vitamins and minerals through food. I am open to new ideas though! Where I can go to get information about the benefits of supplements? I have a 9 month old son and I would like to start giving him supplements if it is the right thing to do. Thank you.

    • Stephanie
      February 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Getting nutrients through food is the best, but unless you are eating 100% perfect, and know your exact nutritional needs on every given day, then it is nearly impossible to do with just food. Supplements do not get absorbed as well as food, but they do get absorbed, pay close attention to your body and how you feel to notice the effects. I would just say start reading and doing research, then listen to your gut. What articles and books are you drawn too? About adrenal fatigue for example, go with your hunches, that is usually a good indicator on what supplements you need. Muscle testing is a great way to get acurate information on what supplements are good for you. You can muscle test yourself but it takes years of practice to be accurate, so going to a natropath, homeopath, energy healer or acupuncture doc that knows muscle testing is a great first step.