Re: What brand rice cereal did you start on?
I think we did pinto beans at about 9 months old. We did try other foods earlier but he just wasn't interested in them. At 11 months he loves fruits, Veges, beans, hummis, quinoa, rice. He has never had rice cereal or oatmeal. He does eat Kix and cheerios. He mostly prefers foods he can pick up on his own verses a food he has to be fed.
I also season my kiddos food from the start. Who likes to eat unseasoned food? Not me. My lo has had chili seasoning on fruit. He loves it and has had no problems digesting it.