After the Consumer Report’s study regarding high levels of arsenic in rice (including organic) came out last year, my family decided to cut all rice out of our diets. Coincidently, the same week the study was published my daughter was going to start on baby rice cereal and I had unknowingly purchased one of the brands with the highest levels. Obviously, I disposed of the cereal and began searching for alternative grains. I learned first, that although rice is recommended by almost every pediatrician as a first food due to it’s low risk of allergic reaction and easy digestion, it is not absolutely necessary. Squash, bananas, or sweet potatoes are wonderful first starter foods for baby and substantially more healthy. I also learned about several grains that are perfectly safe for baby and excellent alternatives to rice cereal.