Re: What is the big deal about rice cereal?
Your MIL is probably operating from the advice she got when she was a young mom. Things have changed a lot in the last few decades!
When starting solids, it's best to go by signs of readiness. These include:
-baby shows interest in solids, reaching for them, watching you eat, making mouthing motions when you chew
-baby has lost tongue-thrust reflex
-baby has developed a pincer grasp (thumb and forefinger) in addition to palmar grasp
-baby is able to sit unsupported
When the baby has all those signs of readiness, he's ready for solids no matter what his age is.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"