Re: Which cereal?
One reason peds recommend cereal first is that infant's iron stores start to deplete around 6 months, and cereal is iron fortified- where fruits and veggies aren't a great iron source.
That said, there are good alternatives nutrition wise, such as Earth's Best whole grain rice cereal- which gives the benefits of whole grain brown rice.
Ellen- WAHM and proud mama to Evan (5.19.03)
and Charlotte (4.13.06)
I've been frosted!