My DD turned 6 months last Tuesday and my husband and I would like to start her on solids. The pediatrician said to start with rice cereal, next oatmeal and then veggies. I've been doing some reading/research and am finding you don't have to start with rice cereal. You can start with mashed up banana, avocado or sweet potato. I want to make my own baby food and starting with fresh rather than processed sounds much better to me. I just wanted to see how many of you started with the something other than the rice cereal. What did you tell your pediatricians? Also, at what age did you start b/c I see there is no rush just b/c my baby is 6 months. I know that bm is the best thing for her within the first year. All help is greatly appreciated!!!