Adults who are advised to eat more fiber are generally instructed to begin by adding whole grains to their diet, but what about babies? Babies need fiber, too. Learning about high fiber foods for babies is one way a conscientious parent can be sure that their baby is getting enough fiber in their diet. Thanks to the USDA and food labeling requirements, parents can easily compare the fiber in their baby's food sources.
Babies can eat oats. The steel-cut oats that are more common in Europe have more fiber than the rolled oats that are common in America. Steel-cut oatmeal in the U.S. is often sold as "Irish oats." The preparation takes a little longer than rolled oats, and the texture is thicker. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, oats can be introduced as early as 4 months old.
A comparison of the nutritional components of Gerber Baby Oatmeal and whole oats reveals that the whole oats have more fiber, with 4.1g vs 1g in the Gerber oatmeal. Whole oats also have more protein (6.59g vs 2g per 1/4 cup serving.) To serve babies whole oats, simply cook them as directed on the package and cool thoroughly. It's not necessary to add sugar or salt.
The difference between brown rice and white rice is the fiber. When the outer hull is removed from brown rice, so is the fiber and many of the nutrients. A comparison of Beech Nut Baby's Good Evening Brown Rice and a same-sized serving of medium grain whole brown rice, according to the USDA, reveals that the whole grain brown rice prepared at home offers more fiber than the Beech Nut brand. The difference in fiber count is small, with the regular rice having .3 grams of fiber and the Beech Nut having zero. The Beech Nut cereal is fortified, and nutrients that aren't normally found in rice are added, as well as 10 mg of salt per serving.
Vegetables, fruits and legumes also have fiber, and peas are packaged for babies by Earths Best, Gerber, Heinz and Beech Nut as well as lesser-known baby food companies. The Heinz baby peas offer 2 grams of fiber whereas the same sized portion of boiled split peas, cooked without salt, offers 4.4 grams, according to the USDA. So, for high protein vegetables for baby, it may be wiser to mash your own steamed veggies.