Re: starting solids/cereal
We didn't start until 6 months, but I was not feeling the BLS thing, either. I had no problems with it, but my family eats in a way that made BLS not so easy for us. Our meals didn't quite fit with it, and I wanted her food to match what we did (we make lots of pureed soups, actually!). I can't speak to starting before 6 months, but I did find that some things like pureed oatmeal became extremely runny. I guess if one is starting early you could go that route because a slightly thicker than liquid consistency would, my guess, be the best on a young tummy. We tended to also mix lots of things with breastmilk for the first few weeks, so the food was mostly breastmilk with a little bit of solids.
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.