As you could have guessed I am not amazing at giving the kids vitamins either. There also seems to be a lot of discussion as to whether kids need them or not. Different doctors recommend different things. Mother's all have different ideas and suggestions as well, that vary as much as their ages and parenting styles. Let's add to that. Even if everyone agrees that children need vitamins, there are so many different types. They all have different ingredients, most of which I can not pronounce.
When my babies were newborns our pediatrician suggested giving daily vitamins for the vitamin D, due to being breast fed. I guess they don't get that from breast milk. I found that it was possible to just give vitamin D, but it had to be ordered online. It was neither affordable or convenient. I was left with giving a teaspoon of vitamins mostly made up of things my child didn't need. When they moved on to solid foods, there was no longer the vitamin pressure from the doctor. Instead it became "be sure he/she gets enriched cereals" like rice cereal or oatmeal. Monday we had a doctors appointment for K1. We changed insurance and wanted to get her a flu shot. They have to see her first, to begin care. Naturally at the appointment the new pediatrician asked if she was taking vitamins, which she really is not. The Dr then basically went on to say they weren't really necessary if she eats red meat, but were necessary if she was vegan or vegetarian. At that point they are concerned.
You see my dilemma, right? We are neither vegan, or vegetarian, but we do not eat meat every day.
To give you an idea here is an example of what the kids have eaten the past few days;
Monday. Oatmeal with black berries for breakfast. Apple for snack. Scrambled eggs, french toast, and sausage for lunch. Oranges, and cranberries for snack. Teriyaki tofu and veggie stir fry for dinner.
Yesterday. Oatmeal with banana for breakfast. Strawberries for snack. Mac and white cheese with peas, tomatoes and kiwi, and a small piece of brownie for lunch. Roasted Chick peas for snack. Eggplant Parmesan with whole wheat noodles, and salad for dinner.
So far today. Oatmeal with banana for breakfast. Apple for snack. Peanut butter and jelly on wheat, with strawberries and avocado, and a small piece of brownie, for lunch. They will have roasted chick peas as a snack when they wake up from their nap. We will likely have Caribbean vegetables with beans and coconut rice for dinner. (also meatless)
We have not had a whole lot of meat recently. More specifically we have not had a lot of red meat at all since the summer. I answered the Doctor correctly. K1 does eat eat meat. We just don't eat it that often. The only meat I think that we have had this month is breakfast sausage, bacon, and peperoni. I'm pretty sure those are not healthy lean meats. Like the doctor ordered.
I guess that all this means I need to get back onto the vitamin kick. I just don't love all those ingredients that I can't pronounce, and shoving them down my kids throats.
Any suggestions for a good toddler vitamin? What do you use, or do you use vitamins?