Welcome to Nutritious Start!

I’m delighted that you’re here! That tells me that you have either decided to make baby food or you are weighing your options. I hope to encourage working and stay at home parents, like YOU, to give your precious little ones a nutritious start by providing wholesome baby food recipes and simple directions for storing baby food! Making and storing baby food will also save you time and money!

See Homemade vs Store Bought Baby Food to help you weigh your options.


Nutritious Start Provides

Mother feeding baby food to baby

This is a new site. New baby food recipes and articles written by Professor Claudia Cochran (my sister!) will be added often.

Stay Tuned!!!

We want this site to include topics about Nutrition and Nurturing.  Claudia’s Corner is a site about nurturing those beautiful babies. This section includes articles and posts about Parenting topics for babies of all ages. Claudia will be sharing articles about our own challenges that we have faced as parents and also our viewer-inspired articles.

The Importance of Early Childhood Nutrition

Establishing healthy eating habits during infancy is one of the best things that you can do for your baby!

Nutrition facts on fresh salad

Good nutrition plays a very important role in all of the fetal development stages and continues throughout the early years of life. 

An inadequate diet can lead to nutrient deficiency diseases such as kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and eating disorders. Malnutrition reduces cell production, which can cause impairments in sensory, motor and cognitive brain development.

Let’s begin!


Rachel Cochran

Leave comments, feedback or success stories below!



  1. Good work

    A site on baby food? I’m interested already. I have a small child myself so your site is exactly what I need right now.

    I think cooking your own food is good especially when it comes to your child. That means you know exactly what is going into the food. Not to mention it is more healthier than store bought processed food. Good job. Two thumbs up.

  2. Shannon

    I sure wish I had found something like this page when my babies were little. They’re teens now and eat me out of house and home, but I would have definitely made their baby food and saved a ton of cash. I love that these recipes can be made so healthy and you know exactly what’s going into them. Great ideas here. 🙂

    • Rachel

      Thank you, Shannon! I must say, it is a great feeling knowing exactly what I am feeding my sweet little babe! You are absolutely right! Store bought baby food is so pricey for the amount you get. I tell all of my friends and family members with young children that making baby food is the way to go!! You can’t go wrong! 🙂

  3. Zinette

    The baby photo already piqued my interest! I have two kids and with both, I tried making homemade baby food but was only half successful. In other words, I would try to follow the menu for the first 4 days and give up for 3 days because I couldn’t get the babies to eat or be interested in my cooking. After reading your post I realised I went about it the wrong way. Your post is very insightful and helpful especially when it also has an FAQ section. Thank you and I will definitely be checking back often especially if/when baby no3 comes 🙂
    Keep up the great work!

    • Rachel

      Thank you for the feedback. You gave me an idea of something to add on my Stage 1 Baby Food Recipes page! If your baby initially refuses a food, keep trying! It can take up to 10 times of offering a food before babies will even try or love it!

  4. Nektarios Tsakas

    Great site Rachel, I may not have children yet, but ny sister does, so I will tell my sister about it.

  5. Love you website I’m always looking for nutritious resources and I’m always left feeling very unsatisfied until i found you really glad i did thank you so much

    • I am so happy you like this site! The smoothies section is also great for adults. This site is still a work in progress, but I hope to post several recipes a week, so check back soon! Take care and stay healthy!

  6. I’m all for homemade baby food for my child. They are definitely healthier and more nutritious compared to preprocessed food. And because they are prepared at home, we have control on the hygiene and preparation method. But most of all, seeing your child munching in delight at your prepared food is a joy on its own.

    • True! Another great thing, besides saving money, is that one batch (like sweet potatoes) can last for a month or longer because it make so much baby food! It’s a win win!

  7. Matt

    Interesting, I never actually considered making baby food. This is useful as we will know exactly what goes into the food and there won’t be any chemicals or preservatives we know nothing about!

    • I can totally relate. I didn’t even think about it until my son was about to transition to solids. Initially I was just going to buy organic baby food, but then I researched how to make it at home. After I made my first batch, which was banana puree, I was HOOKED! I found it to be rewarding on so many levels and I actually enjoyed the process of making it! 🙂

  8. Lynne

    Hey Rachel

    Both my babies are now well not babies anymore. My son is 2 years old and my daughter is 4.

    I would have loved to have had a place to find lovely recipes for them when they were starting solids!

    Although with my son he went for puree for a few days only and then screamed until I let him eat my food so we went with baby-led weaning instead.

    It might be nice if you share some great baby-led weaning information too!

    • Oh goodness! haha That’s funny! 🙂 Adding baby-led weaning information is a terrific idea! Thank you!! 🙂 Have a great weekend with your kiddos!

  9. This is some great information for new parents! I think that today there is more of a demand for ideas like this with people being more aware of what’s in processed foods. All natural is the way to go for sure.

  10. This website is awesome! I have not children yet, but one day when this happens I definitely will make food for it. Anyway I know someone who just got a daughter and will be very happy with your recipes 🙂

    • I am so glad you like it! You made an excellent decision. Well you know where to find recipes when the time comes! If you ever have any questions, I will be more than happy to help 🙂

  11. I would never have considered a site on baby food could exist, but they do, and this one looks great!

    I’m no parent (hell, in some parts of the world I’m still a mnor) but this site is such a great resource, I’ve sent the link to several friends. It appears you have some recipes for older people too. I’ll check those out!

    Chances are they’ll like what they see. Baby food can be expensive. Your tips can lower that bill!

    Amazing article Rachel. This is a great website you got here. I hope it continues to get better!

    • Thank you, Mohammad! I really appreciate your positive feedback and thank you for sharing it with your friends. I plan on adding many more recipes along with nutritional facts for each ingredient. Tell your friends to stay tuned! 🙂

  12. Thank you for shedding light on a vital topic. With all the processed foods out there, why would baby food be any different? Preservatives, fructose, etc is never good for anyone, especially a toddler. Nice to know there are reasonable alternatives- that can save you money!

    • How exciting! If you have any questions during the process, I will be more than happy to help! You can either post questions here, or shoot me an email in the contact form found on the Contact Me page. Thank you for visiting and stay healthy!

  13. john savage

    Such a fine balance between producing/making your own baby food Rachel right!

    That said, massively rewarding but always goes back to time and whether theres enough of it.

    The point is though, what is in our food today?

    Not fully knowing for means 100% i try and keep my children away from pesticides etc.

    In fact me and the kids have started growing carrots in the garden!

    Good post

    • That is FANTASTIC! Nothing beats growing your own food! As a matter of fact, that is my next big home project. Luckily for me, my next door neighbor grows a lot of food and is kind enough to share it. Thank you for visiting!

  14. This site welcomed me with a great WOW, I just love your use of bright colourful images and all the information on this site is very much inline with how I like my meals. I have a small garden in my backyard as well and my son and husband are doing their worst to getting it to a point where we will have enough veggies to pick from, If I can eat a vegetable packed meal everyday I will be more that happy.

    • Thank you, Filichia! I am so happy to hear that you enjoy this site. Recipes made with fruits and veggies grown in your garden doesn’t get much better than that!

  15. Rachel, what a great and great looking site you have here. The information is spot on and should provide a great base for new parents to get their children on the right eating track.

    Many years ago when I was a baby, we lived in Ghana, west coast Africa (my father was a mining engineer who went there from England to work). A lot of the food we got was canned or bottled to preserve it. Lots of sugar and/or salt there!

    When we moved to Canada I was confronted, not only with fresh food but candies (lollies). Oh man what fun I have but now I am addicted to them.

    Then we moved bush (really bush too) and back to a lot of canned things. So now I do have some of the troubles you mentioned.

    I never wanted children but I am so much in agreement with you on preparing your own baby food. And if you are travelling, instead of freezing it do some in bottles. I make my own pickles, olives and jams this way and they last very well.

    Keep up the great supply of information.


  16. Gina

    I’m so glad you made this site. Someone I know is having a child soon and she wants everything to go perfectly. She wants her baby to be as healthy as possible (as all mothers do).
    Plus I need to learn all this stuff for when I have a little one myself. Do you have a newsletter yet?

    • admin

      I do not have a newsletter, but I plan on setting one up very soon. Thank you for visiting, Gina! I am so happy you like this site! Stay healthy!

  17. There is just so many things to consider when feeding a baby. Like what foods can they eat before a certain age, when to go on solids, how often, how much, can you reheat food, and so on. This site sounds like it will be quite useful for parents of newborn babies

    • Thank you, Owain!! I’m so happy that you find this site useful. We ALL want the best for our babes! We hope to inspire and educate parents as they nurture and raise their children to be as healthy and bright as possible! Keep checking in! There is so much more on the way!

  18. This is great! I rarely used store-bought baby food when I was raising my two boys. I found recipes that the whole family could eat and then processed it down for baby. We even took the homemade food to their daycare.
    I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of foods that I was able to feed my children as babies, much of what is NOT available as “baby food” in the grocery store. Not to mention, it was much fresher!
    I think this is an awesome resource for parents looking to feed their babies a variety of healthy foods and feeling good about knowing what is in that food.

  19. Oh, Erika! I couldn’t agree more!! The options are endless when you make your own baby food. It really feels great knowing that your baby is eating the best foods available. I am so passionate about this for so many reasons and I am thrilled that you see the amazing benefits too. It is easy to make, saves you money and it is the healthiest option for our precious angels. Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again soon!!

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