I've seen people posting that the AAP no longer recommends rice cereal as a beginner food, but i haven't read the article - i'll see if i can find it to post. And if you are buying "baby" oatmeal, be aware that it has caesin in it (milk protein), which is what started DS's allergy issues. well one of the things.
shana-cat, what brand of probiotic have you been giving to Berkley? I just realizes that the "infant probiotic" that I have been giving Aubrey doesn't have any b. infantis in it. I really should have payed more attention to the strains, i was more concerned that it was dairy and gluten free. We have traveled a similar road, so i'm also trying to be aware of what I am giving Aubrey, but we can't even do half of the GAPS foods right now....I also feel like the broth is something we have to spoon feed her as opposed to letting her handle things on her own, which is what I am more inclined to do. Interestingly enough her curiosity around food has subsided significantly since I gave her the FCLO, so I think that maybe she got what she needed from that. She hasn't "asked" for anything since. She is still interested in what we are doing at meal times, but is now content manipulating a spoon rather than trying to get food in her mouth. Babies are really smart, if we listen to them.
From what I have read, babies don't produce amylase to digest grains/complex starches until between 1 and 2 years; the amylase actually comes from breast milk to digest the carbs that are in the milk...so if you are going to do things like grains or starchy foods i would definitely make sure that you serve it with a good helping of breastmilk to help break down the food.
Because of DS's digestive issues we are now avoiding gluten and all foods that are cross reactive (pretty much all grains, some seeds, all dairy, eggs, and potatoes), and eating according to some paleo and GAPS "guidelines" (so a lot of fermented foods, no legumes, no starchy veggies). I wish that I was able to keep up the diet during my pregnancy and right after.....but we are working on digging ourselves back out. Although getting Lyme and being on those antibiotics certainly didn't help things along . Luckily Aubrey doesn't seem too affected by anything, and the slight issues she's been having I'm attributing to having given her the wrong strains of probiotics. I am curious about whether or not she can tolerate egg and fermented dairy, since I think that those foods can definitely add a lot of healthy stuff to her diet. But I'll probably wait quite a bit longer for that.....