Okay. I won the battle with DH about the carseats.
NOW he wants to start rice/cereal. Please flood me with information about why this is completely unnecessary.
"Why would the doctor recommend it if it wasn't necessary?"
Yup, J said it well. Use the WHO and AAP sites that say you should wait until 6mo OR signs of readiness (which can take longer). I have friends with babies that hardly ate a thing until 14mo+, they tried, but it's impossible to force feed a baby that won't eat. One the other side, both of my kids started 'tasting' whole foods around 5mo. My DD1 could sit independently, feed herself, chew and swallow. She really didn't consume much food until closer to 7mo though. Both of my kids also got their teeth early, which some people think might be tied to the readiness to eat. Really though, you'll know when your child is ready to eat.
DD1 at 5.5mo eating banana in a mesh feeder.
Yeah-- foods are just for exploring taste and texture up to age one year. Like I said, rice cereal is lacking in the flavor department, and obviously doesn't have a texture besides... mush. So what's the point? It's just filler. Yuck.
Mesh feeders are great! Can't wait to dig ours out.
My older son showed signs of readiness at 4 months but didn't get a tooth until 9 months. He obviously ate before 9 months though.... finger foods were all he would eat starting at 6.5 months. He refused to be spoonfed. So they don't need teeth to start gnawing on food. He would eat banana pieces, peas, puffs, softened apple, avocado, "pancakes" (I'd puree fruits and veggies and mix with milk, flour, etc to make pancakes- he LOVED those and it was a great way to sneak veggies), pieces of cheese and egg, softened veggies like squash... etc. Frozen blueberries are great for teething pain, too
In addition to the points made above about the WHO recommendations, have him read this article: http://ecochildsplay.com/2009/03/13/baby-essentials-that-arent-part-7-baby-food/ It's pretty convincing that baby-led weaning is the way to go and you can't do BLW when the baby can't even sit up.