chocomoto, what is the grape nuts recipe? Where is it?
I was also unimpressed with the infant nutrition stuff - specifically the bfing stuff (I think most of us here were). However, I do agree it's best to wait as long as possible (until your child either shows signs it's neccessary or really really really wants some :LOL). With dd, she didn't really start eating any solids until around 9 months or so, but did have the odd "nibble" on a piece of fruit or raw veggie before that (she basically just sucked on them a bit, so got a bit of juice from them - I'm kind of anti-fruit juice as a rule and look at it as a treat, so she's only had a couple sips of actual juice here and there so far, now at 18 months). Even at that, she was still about 99% bf'd until around a year, and 90-95% until about 15 months, when I got pg - now she eats everything in sight.
We waited with grains as long as we could. I agreed with that part of the book. Besides, we started her on easy finger foods anyway, like cubes of potato, sweet potato, carrots, cheese, and little slivers of beef and chicken.
Didn't really end up doing the egg yolk thing - she just really had no interest.
On the raw bar topic, I just bought a raw foods cookbook, and am excited to try some of the recipes. Of course, the grains and nuts are all sprouted before use, there's no sugar in any of the recipes, yet there are some really incredible looking desserts. I got the book because with it being summer I don't like to use the stove on hot days, and I can make these recipes without. Looks like I'll need a dehydrator and a juicer though (both of which I really want anyway), so any recommendations? The book seems to specifically call for a "homogenizing juicer" in a lot of the recipes. Any experience with the different types?