What does fact checked mean?
At Healthfully, we strive to deliver objective content that is accurate and up-to-date. Our team periodically reviews articles in order to ensure content quality. The sources cited below consist of evidence from peer-reviewed journals, prominent medical organizations, academic associations, and government data.
The information contained on this site is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of a professional health care provider. Please check with the appropriate physician regarding health questions and concerns. Although we strive to deliver accurate and up-to-date information, no guarantee to that effect is made.
Fiber is an essential part of a baby's diet. There are a variety of ways to provide fiber to a baby. MedlinePlus suggests that establishing a high-fiber diet early in life may reduce the risk of obesity and can reduce constipation 2. During the first year of life, a baby relies mostly on formula or breastmilk for nutrition. When the baby begins solid foods around six or nine months of age, fiber-rich foods can be introduced.
Various fruits are high in fiber and are bland enough to be introduced to a baby during the first year of life. Caregivers should ask a healthcare professional when to begin solids and which fruits are best. Typically, a baby is given a single food in a puree and monitored for allergies for at least three days before a new food is introduced. Some common first foods include apples and bananas, which are both high in fiber. Other fruit choices include apricots, prunes, peaches, plums and pears. Prunes are often given when a baby is struggling with constipation.
- Various fruits are high in fiber and are bland enough to be introduced to a baby during the first year of life.
Alternatives to Iron Fortified Rice Cereal
Grains are usually given to the baby in the form of a single-grain cereal and may be given before or after fruits are introduced. White rice baby cereal is a common first food but this option is lower in fiber than other grains like oatmeal, barley or wheat. Other first foods given to babies that are high in fiber include whole grain breads, teething biscuits made with multiple grains and crackers made with any grain other than white flour.
Once the baby gets teeth and becomes skilled at eating more foods, caregivers can offer things like graham crackers, whole grain pasta, multi-grain pancakes and heartier oatmeal. These foods have more fiber per serving and are mostly comprised of insoluble fiber. The grainier the food, the more fiber it is likely to have.
- Grains are usually given to the baby in the form of a single-grain cereal and may be given before or after fruits are introduced.
- White rice baby cereal is a common first food but this option is lower in fiber than other grains like oatmeal, barley or wheat.
Vegetables are usually given to a baby after grains and fruit during the first year of life. Vegetables high in fiber include peas, spinach, broccoli and beans. Some of these flavors may be unpleasant for a baby trying new foods or they can cause gas that is uncomfortable for the infant. Other baby-friendly vegetables include mashed chickpeas, lentils and spinach.
As the baby ages, raw vegetables can be offered. They will still need to be cut into pieces that are safe for a baby. Vegetable options include raw broccoli, dark leaf lettuce and edamame.
- Vegetables are usually given to a baby after grains and fruit during the first year of life.
- They will still need to be cut into pieces that are safe for a baby.
Alternatives to Iron Fortified Rice Cereal
Can 4-Month-Old Babies Eat Brown Rice?
List of Vitamin C Rich Foods for Babies
Can I Give My Baby Fresh Fruits?
Babies & Cornmeal
Green vs. Orange Vegetables for Babies
How to Mix Cereal With Fruits or Vegetables for Infants
Pureed Split Peas for Babies
High-Fat, Non-Dairy Foods for Babies
Most Recommended Food for Anemic Children
- Edwards, C.A., Parrett, A.M. Dietary Fibre in Infancy and Childhood, Proceedings of the Nutrition Society Journal. Feb, 2003, Vol. 1: 17-23.
- MedlinePlus: Fiber
- DrGreene: Healthy Eating, Part II - What Foods Do Children Need? What Foods Should be Avoided?
- MedlinePlus: Infant and Newborn Nutrition
- Koplin JJ, Allen KJ, Gurrin LC, et al. The impact of family history of allergy on risk of food allergy: a population-based study of infants. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013;10(11):5364–5377. Published 2013 Oct 25. doi:10.3390/ijerph10115364
- American Academy of Pediatrics. Infant Food and Feeding. AAP.org. Published 2020.
- American Academy of Pediatrics. Committee on Nutrition. Hypoallergenic infant formulas. Pediatrics. 2000;106(2 Pt 1):346-9. doi:10.1542/peds.106.2.346
- Ferraro V, Zanconato S, Carraro S. Timing of Food Introduction and the Risk of Food Allergy. Nutrients. 2019;11(5):1131. Published 2019 May 21. doi:10.3390/nu11051131
- Cabana MD. The Role of Hydrolyzed Formula in Allergy Prevention. Ann Nutr Metab. 2017;70 Suppl 2:38-45. doi:10.1159/000460269
- National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health (UK). Identification and management of trigger factors. Atopic Eczema in Children: Management of Atopic Eczema in Children from Birth up to the Age of 12 Years. Published December 2007.
- Abeshu MA, Lelisa A, Geleta B. Complementary Feeding: Review of Recommendations, Feeding Practices, and Adequacy of Homemade Complementary Food Preparations in Developing Countries - Lessons from Ethiopia. Front Nutr. 2016;3:41. Published 2016 Oct 17. doi:10.3389/fnut.2016.00041
- Hagan JF, Shaw JS, Duncan PM. Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Elk Grove Village, IL: Bright Futures/American Academy of Pediatrics; 2017.
- NIAID-Sponsored Expert Panel, Boyce JA, Assa'ad A, et al. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of food allergy in the United States: report of the NIAID-sponsored expert panel. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010;126(6 Suppl):S1–S58. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2010.10.007
- Abrams EM, Becker AB. Food introduction and allergy prevention in infants. CMAJ. 2015;187(17):1297–1301. doi:10.1503/cmaj.150364
- Koo YC, Chang JS, Chen YC. Food claims and nutrition facts of commercial infant foods. PLoS One. 2018;13(2):e0191982. Published 2018 Feb 28. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0191982
- Van den boom S, Kimber AC, Morgan JB. Nutritional composition of home-prepared baby meals in Madrid. Comparison with commercial products in Spain and home-made meals in England. Acta Paediatr. 1997;86(1):57-62. doi:10.1111/j.1651-2227.1997.tb08833.x
- Caffarelli C, Di Mauro D, Mastrorilli C, Bottau P, Cipriani F, Ricci G. Solid Food Introduction and the Development of Food Allergies. Nutrients. 2018;10(11):1790. Published 2018 Nov 17. doi:10.3390/nu10111790
- Kusari A, Han A, Eichenfield L. Recent advances in understanding and preventing peanut and tree nut hypersensitivity. F1000Res. 2018;7:F1000 Faculty Rev-1716. Published 2018 Oct 30. doi:10.12688/f1000research.14450.1
- Daniels L, Heath AL, Williams SM, et al. Baby-Led Introduction to SolidS (BLISS) study: a randomised controlled trial of a baby-led approach to complementary feeding. BMC Pediatr. 2015;15:179. Published 2015 Nov 12. doi:10.1186/s12887-015-0491-8
- Leung AK, Sauve RS. Whole cow's milk in infancy. Paediatr Child Health. 2003;8(7):419–421. doi:10.1093/pch/8.7.419
- Jeffery LA, Karim S. Botulism. [Updated 2019 Nov 30]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Jan-.
- Nichols BG, Visotcky A, Aberger M, et al. Pediatric exposure to choking hazards is associated with parental knowledge of choking hazards. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2012;76(2):169-173. doi:10.1016/j.ijporl.2011.10.018.
- Awadalla N, Pham T, Milanaik R. Chew on This: Not All First Finger Foods Are Created Equal. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018;57(8):889-894. doi: 10.1177/0009922817733701
- Chan ES, Abrams EM, Hildebrand KJ, Watson W. Early introduction of foods to prevent food allergy. Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 2018;14(Suppl 2):57. Published 2018 Sep 12. doi:10.1186/s13223-018-0286-1
- Nwaru BI, Erkkola M, Ahonen S, et al. Age at the Introduction of Solid Foods During the First Year and Allergic Sensitization at Age 5 Years. Pediatrics. 2009;125(1):50-59. doi:10.1542/peds.2009-0813.
Sarah Harding has written stacks of research articles dating back to 2000. She has consulted in various settings and taught courses focused on psychology. Her work has been published by ParentDish, Atkins and other clients. Harding holds a Master of Science in psychology from Capella University and is completing several certificates through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association.