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Hiya Kids Vitamins Review: We're Impressed

Great taste, thoughtful packaging and oodles of goodies make Hiya kids' vitamins a fave in our house.

Hiya Kids Vitamins Review: We're Impressed

Hiya vitamins for kids, Bryce Gruber

If you're well beyond the newborn checklist and deep into the world of toddler mattresses and kid beds, it's time for a game-changing multi-vitamin. We gave the much-talked-about Hiya vitamins for kids a try and were impressed with quality, taste, texture and packaging.

What are Hiya kids' vitamins?

Hiya vitamins for kids blend 12 fruits and veggies with 15 essential vitamins and minerals in a one daily chewable to help kids (and toddlers!) meet nutritional needs and fill gaps. And these wonderous better-for-them chewables have no added sugar thanks to using all-natural monk fruit sweeteners instead.

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Did you know the average serving of gummy vitamins has up to 5 grams of sugar? That's as much as a whole Oreo cookie—a far cry from what feels like a healthy addition to children's diets. That's why Hiya uses a monk fruit extract sweetener instead of typical table sugar, plush a little mannitol, a sweetener commonly found in real strawberries.

Monk fruit, if you're wondering, is a tropical melon that's absurdly sweet—and kids love it. It has the sweetness of sugar without all the calories and blood sugar-spiking effects and without the harmful side effects of synthetic sweeteners.

Hiya kids vitamins one-up the competition by offering a child-resistant glass bottle that's a win for the environment and your countertops. It also protects all the nutrients inside. And, because vitamins can lose potency when they sit on shelves for too long, Hiya sends clever, ultra-fresh refills once each month. Shipping with free and it's easy to start and cancel whenever you'd like.

Nutrients in each Hiya chewable:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Thiamin (B1)
  • Riboflavin
  • Folate (B9)
  • Vitamin B12
  • Biotin (B7)
  • Pantothenic Acid (B5)
  • Calcium
  • Iodine
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin K

Our Hiya vitamins for kids review

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Of my five kids, four are between the toddler and tween stages. I figured I'd give Hiya a try on everyone, but I truly wanted to see if my especially picky-eating sons, ages six and nine, would like them. Those two are genuinely delightful humans, but they're total nightmares to feed a well-rounded diet to (and their immune systems suffer for it).

They only like chicken, pasta, apples and strawberries and maybe the occasional piece of salmon. And while those aren't the worst foods in the world, they certainly don't leave my kids with a well-rounded collection of vitamins and minerals. Or gut-healthy fiber, but that's another story for another day.

When our first delivery of Hiya vitamins arrived, each kid was beyond excited to feel (and fill!) the incredibly substantial-feeling glass bottles. Don't worry, Ma—the bottles are made of a pretty robust, thick glass that's unlikely to shatter if it's dropped. That said, you should still be somewhat careful.

They decorated the bottles with their names and then each tried one. "Well, they're not gummies," said my six-year-old, David. "But they kinda taste like Smarties, and I like Smarties."

That was good enough for me, especially because I live in constant fear of cavities, and gummy candies and vitamins of all sorts are the absolute enemy of teeth even if you use the best kids toothpaste.

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My nine-year-old, the pickiest eater of all time, said, "Are these dessert?" after his first try, shortly after his typical dinner of lightly seasoned chicken, fruit and bowtie pasta.

"Why?" I replied, wondering if this was a trick question that would lead into a demand for cookies or ice cream.

"This is a pretty good candy for dessert. I don't mind—it's just too small—and can I have more?"

That's when I knew Hiya was good and we were in—golden, even. The pickiest eater I've ever given birth to literally thought these little candy-style chewable tablets were dessert. SOLD.

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On a personal level, we have some ultra-specific dietary needs in our house so I was happy to see a vegan-approved ingredients list (and yes, these are dairy-free). The formula is also non-GMO and gluten-free. They're easy to take with breakfast or dinner and add a sweet, yummy ending to a meal.

Pros

  • No gummy-style sugar formulas that contribute to cavities
  • Pork-free (most gummy daily vitamins have animal-based gelatins)
  • Eco-friendly glass container that preserves nutrients
  • Appealing texture that doesn't feel chalky or leave a chemical aftertaste
  • Monthly ultra-fresh vitamin deliveries
  • Free shipping to US addresses
  • Easy to start and easy to cancel membership for refill pouches
  • Included stickers for kids to decorate and customize their bottles with
  • Ability to control your delivery date
  • Third-party testing for safety

Cons

  • Pricier than some kids' vitamins on store shelves, but worth it for quality and freshness (and shipping is free)
  • No option for younger babies

Final verdict: 9.5 out of 10

These great-tasting chewable vitamins are perfect for any picky eater. The monthly subscription system offers valuable peace of mind and the 15 essential vitamins and minerals and blend of 12 fruits and vegetables are hard to beat. Buy the multivitamin and probiotic together as a bundle, or just head straight for the children's vitamin option. The choice is yours.

We loved how easily these tasty chewables filled in nutritional gaps for our picky-eating kids who sometimes skip a well-rounded meal (either breakfast as a piece of fruit or lunch without enough veggies). Our toddler-through-tween kids all enjoyed the flavor, texture and grown-up feeling bottle that was easily customized. Everyone agreed that direct-to-your-door deliveries feel pretty exciting, too.

Our family loves how easy to control your delivery date it is and that the brand tests for trace amounts of heavy metals allergens and pathogens regularly. We're wary of synthetic supplements in general, so finding Hiya feels like a major win we'll keep telling our friends about.

We gave these a 9 out of 10 possible points, only taking half a point off for the higher-than-average pricing. But we get it—quality and regular deliveries can't be cheap for a company to process.

Where to buy Hiya kids' vitamins

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Score your own bottle of Hiya vitamins for kids at the Hiya website, where your first order is 50% off the usual $30 price (making it $15). Each order comes with a 30-day supply and plenty of joyful stickers to decorate and customize the bottles. Trust us—that's half the fun.

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This article was originally published on Sep 21, 2023

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