As a mom of two young children living in a busy, connected world, I am very aware of kids' potential struggles if they don’t have a solid nighttime winddown routine that allows them to drift to sleep and stay asleep all night.
We’ve been using hiya kids multivitamins and their daily kids probiotic supplements for over two years now and with the recent launch of their Kid’s nighttime supplement, I knew I wanted to try it.
It can be really hard navigating the supplement scene as an adult, but things get even trickier when you’re a parent trying to make health-conscious and safe decisions for your children.
In this article, I’m sharing my thoughts, opinions, and review of HIYA Health’s Kids Nightly Essentials so that you can decide if this product is right for your family. As always, the information in this article is not intended to be a replacement for speaking with your child’s pediatrician.
Introducing Hiya Kids Nightly Essentials
Nightly Essentials from Hiya is a Kid's chewable supplement that includes ingredients to help support a good night’s sleep, a calm brain, and better focus in kids ages 2+. This product contains only safe, natural ingredients and does not include melatonin, shock has been linked to a variety of health issues in kids.
This product was designed for parents to be able to give their kiddos a safe, natural, and sugar-free nighttime supplement that can help them relax, unwind, and drift to sleep calmly, even on days when stimulation and stress are high.
Let’s take a look at what’s inside this supplement next.
Checking the ingredients label, I noted that there are 7 different ingredients inside Kids Nightly Essentials, these include;
- Vitamin B6
- Chamomile flower extract
Two Important Ingredients That Aren’t Included:
Adding Hiya Kids Nightly Essentials to your child’s bedtime routine can potentially help them get the most out of their sleep. The ingredients inside this formula are shown to help those who take them to regroup, restore, and wind down.
Now more than ever, kids are overwhelmed, overstimulated, and at risk for poor sleep, and therefore struggle with focusing during the day. Between increased screen time, social media, less time outside, and more and more processed foods in our diets, many kids are in need of a solid bedtime routine that might include a supplement like Hiya Kids Nightly Essentials.
One big caveat that I want to point out is that a supplement is just one small piece of the overall picture of health, and it may or may not be necessary for your child. I will always advocate for a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and stable evening routine for children before adding in any additional supplements or medications unless prescribed by their pediatrician.
There are certainly some compelling potential benefits of adding Nightly Essentials to your child’s bedtime routine, but there are, of course, also some potential drawbacks. The biggest one is a reliance on a supplement for sleep vs. implementing the schedules, routines, and habits that will teach your child how to get ready for sleep and how to make it a priority.
The only other potential drawback that I can think of is the potential for over-supplementation if your child is already taking any other supplements like a multivitamin. That being said, if your child is taking Hiya’s Daily Essentials for Kids and/or Daily Probiotics for Kids, Hiya assures its customers that taking all 3 together is safe and that no vitamins overlap.
Taste and Texture
As with all Hiya Kids products, Nightly Essentials comes in a chewable tablet that’s free of any added sugar, however, they still manage to make the tablets taste great by sweetening them with monk fruit.
I really like that Hiya doesn’t do gummies, especially for nighttime supplements, as eating a gummy right before bed elevates the risk of tooth decay when left sitting overnight. These chewable tablets are actually really tasty and easy to eat and my kiddos love them.
Do They Work? (Our Experience With Hiya Nightly)
When I first wrote this review, here were my initial thoughts after we ordered and received Hiya Nightly:
Honestly, it’s hard to say. My kids are 5 & 7 and still not old enough to be able to provide feedback on supplements and how/if they’re working (I think most adults struggle with this, too!). I want to note that my kids generally do not have an issue with settling down for the night and sleeping well, so my ability to give a definitive assessment of this supplement is limited.
I am excited, though, to have these on hand for the times when our schedules are off, we’re traveling, we’ve had a particularly overstimulating day, etc.
I know that there are plenty of families out there that struggle with getting their children to settle in for the night or to sleep all night. We have had our phases here, as well, so I can completely relate.
My experience overall with the Hiya Vitamins brand has been nothing but pleasant and trustworthy, which leads me to believe that the Kids Nightly Essentials is another great addition to the kid's supplement lineup that will help those kids and families who need it the most.
My updated review 4 weeks later:
I do not give these to my kids every night – I want to make sure I'm clear on that.
But for the long-winded days that they become overstimulated, or overtired (you know those nights where they have trouble sleeping?), those are the days I give them to my kiddos.
Last week my daughter had a soccer game and a little bit of a head cold. I decided it was going to be an early bed time so I gave her a Hiya Kids Nightly chewable. She said she really liked the taste… that it was “yummy.”
She slept like a baby – through the night and she slept in, which was great because she caught up on some much needed sleep. She seemed energized the next morning, not groggy.
A similar situation happened with my son, and the experience was the same. He went right to sleep, slept through the night and was fresh the next day.
There hasn't been a time yet that Hiya Nightly didn't get the job done. It's worked every time so far.
Overall, from our experience, I can say that it works for my two kids.
Overall I’m very excited to see this new supplement from Hiya. Their kids vitamins and probiotics have been a massive success and they’re a staple in our household. While I don’t necessarily foresee my kiddos taking Nightly Essentials routinely at this time, I am happy to have it in our medicine cabinet for the time when one of them needs it.
I trust Hiya and the thousands of 5-star reviews from other parents tell me that I’m not alone on that. If you’re seeking healthy, reliable vitamins and supplements for kids, Hiya is most certainly a great place to look.
And finally, after using it for more than a month, Hiya Nightly is very handy on those days where you just know they'll have a hard time sleeping.