When should you Start Giving your Baby Multivitamins?

As a new parent, ensuring your baby receives all the necessary nutrients for healthy growth and development is a top priority. A question that often crops up is: When should I start giving my baby multivitamins?

While breast milk or formula typically provide most of the essential vitamins and minerals, there are instances where supplementation becomes necessary.


Ensuring Adequate Nutrition During Weaning:

As a parent, ensuring your baby receives optimal nutrition is paramount for their healthy growth and development. One crucial phase where nutritional needs evolve is during weaning, the transition from exclusive breastfeeding or formula feeding to solid foods. Many parents wonder when to start giving their baby multivitamins to complement their child’s new diet and ensure they receive essential nutrients.

During the first year, an infant’s growth and development occur at an astonishing pace. Their bodies require a specific blend of vitamins and minerals to support the proper functioning of vital organs, the building of strong bones, and the strengthening of their immune system.

At Avacare, we understand the importance of providing comprehensive nutritional support, especially during this critical time. In this article, we’ll explore the significance of adequate nutrition during weaning and when to introduce multivitamins for your baby’s well-being.


The Importance of Adequate Nutrition During Weaning

As your baby transitions from breast milk or formula to solid foods, ensuring they receive all the essential nutrients becomes paramount for their healthy development. This crucial phase, known as weaning, lays the foundation for strong immunity, cognitive function, and overall well-being.

While a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is ideal, there may be instances where supplementary sources might be necessary and while solid foods contribute to your baby’s nutritional intake, they may not always provide all the essential vitamins and minerals in sufficient quantities. This is where multivitamin supplementation can play a vital role in filling potential nutritional gaps.

Optimal nutrition during weaning sets the foundation for your baby’s future health and well-being and adequate intake of essential vitamins and minerals supports healthy growth, strengthens the immune system, and fosters cognitive development. By incorporating multivitamins into your baby’s diet during this critical period, you can help ensure they receive the nutrients necessary for optimal growth and development.


The Right Time to Introduce Baby Multivitamins

While breast milk or formula remains the primary source of nutrition for babies during the first six months of life, the introduction of solid foods around six months marks the beginning of weaning. Many parents start experimenting with semi solid foods at around 4 to 6 months, but it is advisable to wait until 6 months if possible.

This transition presents an opportune time to consider incorporating multivitamin supplementation into your baby’s routine. Multivitamins formulated specifically for infants can provide essential vitamins and minerals that may be lacking in their diet, especially as they explore new foods, textures and flavours.

While a well-balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and dairy (vegan alternatives) can provide most of the essential vitamins and minerals, although there are situations where dietary intake may fall short. For example, if your baby is a picky eater or has food allergies or intolerances, they may not be getting an adequate amount of certain nutrients from food alone.


Watch for Signs of Deficiency

While multivitamin supplementation is not always necessary for every baby, there are signs that may indicate a need for additional vitamins and minerals. These signs include poor growth or weight gain, developmental delays, frequent illnesses, or specific symptoms associated with nutrient deficiencies, such as pale skin, lethargy, or unusual cravings.

If you notice any concerning symptoms or if you have doubts about your baby’s nutritional intake, don’t hesitate to discuss them with your GP. They can assess your baby’s health and provide appropriate recommendations, which may include starting multivitamin supplementation.

At Avacare, we understand the importance of providing your baby with the best possible start in life. That’s why we created Avacare Baby Multivitamin Drops, carefully formulated baby multivitamins specifically designed for infants.AvaCare Baby Multivitamin Drops

Our carefully formulated drops contain an optimum balance of essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, vitamin C, B Vitamins and Zinc to support your baby’s healthy growth and development during weaning and beyond.


Visit our website to learn more about Avacare Baby Drops and how they can support your little one’s nutritional journey. Always remember, supplements should never be used as a replacement for a balanced diet.

Nutritional supplements for baby immunity are important because they can help support a child’s developing immune system, especially in certain situations or conditions where a child might be at risk of nutrient deficiencies.

Mothers pass on antibodies to their unborn babies during the last three months of pregnancy via the placenta. This type of immunity is referred to as passive immunity and usually starts to decrease after a few months after birth. Breast milk is a great source of antibodies, breastfed babies will benefit from this support. As this is not always possible, baby milk formulas are generally fortified with added vitamins and minerals that can provide the required nutrients for immunity.

Baby being fed

Why nutritional supplements?

Nutritional supplements for babies can be very helpful in providing immune support, especially during autumn and winter. This is usually the time when babies are exposed to colds and coughs from older siblings or other children at nursery.

Here are a few reasons why nutritional supplements might help support immunity in babies and toddlers.

  • Incomplete Breastfeeding or Formula Feeding: While breast milk is the best source of nutrition for infants, in some cases, mothers might not be able to breastfeed, or the baby might not be getting enough breast milk. In such situations, supplements can provide essential nutrients that might be lacking in formula or other feeding alternatives.
  • Nutrient Deficiencies: Babies born prematurely or with certain health conditions might have nutrient deficiencies that affect their immune system. Supplements, under the guidance of a healthcare provider, can help address these deficiencies and support immune function.
  • Weaning to Solid Foods: As babies transition from a milk-based diet to solid foods, they might not immediately get all the necessary nutrients from their diet. Additional nutritional supplements can help provide essential vitamins and minerals that may be lacking during this time.
  • Vitamin D Deficiency: Vitamin D is important for bone health and immune function. Breast milk might not provide enough vitamin D, and babies who are exclusively breastfed, especially in regions with limited sunlight, might need vitamin D supplements.
  • Special Diets or Allergies: Babies with certain allergies or intolerances might be on restricted diets, which can sometimes lead to nutritional gaps. Supplements can help ensure they receive essential nutrients for proper immune system development.
  • Reoccurring colds: Once a child starts nursery, unfortunately, one of the regular occurrences is the dreaded cold or cough, which can sometimes be a regular event. This is mainly because children are exposed to a wide range of bugs that they haven’t previously been exposed to. As annoying as this is, it does help to develop the child’s immune system. One way for parents to help support their child’s immune system is to give a supplement that contains vitamin C, vitamin D, Zinc, and vitamin B6. These key nutrients help to support the immune system and can help to prevent regular coughs and colds.

AvaCare’s Baby Multi Vitamin Drops have been designed to provide an optimum balance of essential Vitamins, including Vitamin’s A for vision, B for energy release, & D for bone growth.

Nutritional supplements should not be a substitute for a healthy and balanced diet. A nutritious diet, proper hygiene, and regular medical check-ups are essential components of maintaining a baby’s overall health and immunity.


We are delighted to announce the launch of our new, improved and much-loved Baby Multi-Vitamin Drops.

After selling out of our most loved baby product we decided it was time to look to see if there was anything we could change and make even better – and guess what, that’s exactly what we have done! We are always looking for innovative ways to improve our products using the best vegan ingredients available.

We know that during their first years of life babies’ immune systems, growth and development need a little extra help from certain nutrients to support them, our new formula includes everything that your little ones need.  With an optimum balance of essential vitamins and Zinc, including Vitamin A for vision, Vitamin B for energy, and Vitamin D for bone growth.


What have we improved?

  • To improve the absorption of Vitamin C, we have added a blend of Ascorbic Acid and Sodium Ascorbate.
  • We have improved the flavour to tasty Tutti Frutti from Mixed Fruits.
  • For even better absorption we have substituted Zinc Citrate with Zinc Gluconate.
  • Only the naturally occurring methylated versions of Vitamin B9 (L-5-Methyltetrahydrofolate) and Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) are used. Both forms of vitamins are better absorbed and have better bioavailability than other forms of Vitamin B9 and B12.

What makes this product amazing?

  • Optimum Balance of Essential Vitamins and Zinc
  • No peanut oil and No Propylene Glycol
  • Vitamin A for vision, B for energy release, & D for bone growth
  • No artificial sweeteners, colours or flavours
  • Zinc and Vitamin C for the Immune system
  • Registered with the Vegan Society
  • From 4 months
  • Made in the UK
  • A simple once-a-day dose
  • Does not require refrigeration after opening

As with all of our products, our Baby Multi-Vitamins Drops are Vegan, we are extremely proud to be registered with the Vegan Society. This formulation has been designed to provide your children with just the ingredients they need. We have built this formulation based on research and studies from the following institutions:

Our Baby Multi-Vitamin Drops are suitable from 4 months. We would recommend the switch to our Child Multi-Vitamin & Minerals with Omega 3 from around the 1-year mark.

We would love to hear what you think of our new formula, make sure to follow AvaCare on Instagram (@VitaminsByAvaCare)  we love to see your pictures and videos, don’t forget to tag us!!