about the rice cereal. It's totally unnecessary. My mom bought some and she gave it to my son a couple times, but he projectile vomited each time he ate it even though he only took a bite or two of the stuff. I'm not sure why that happened, he was fine other than the vomiting. Maybe it was just coincidence, but we never gave it to him again after that. He didn't much care to be spoon fed anyway.
I think doctors like the fact that it is fortified with iron in particular. You can just give meats, beans, and leafy greens to get iron. Cooking in cast iron pans helps with that too.
We did "baby led solids/weaning" once my son made it perfectly clear that he had zero interest in being spoon fed, and I absolutely love it. It is definitely worth looking into.
K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).