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This authoritative reference provides clinicians with all they need to know to help optimize pediatric nutrition and take care of a wide range of nutrition concerns based on the best science.

The Clinician's Guide to Pediatric Nutrition  provides primary care clinicians with essential nutrition information, guidance, tools, and resources needed to offer patients optimal nutrition care in the primary care setting. It includes tables designed for at-a-glance reference throughout the chapters, case studies to further learning, nutritional recipes for daily meals, and a frequently asked questions section to address caregivers’ and patients’ questions.

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Whether your baby is starting to stare you down when you eat, an eager family member is pleading to give your baby first foods, or your baby seems less satisfied after a feed, you are starting to think it might be time to give your baby some first foods. But how do you know if your baby is ready? Download our sample chapter to find out when and how to start! 

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How to Raise Healthy Eaters really felt like it was written by parents who understood the reality of trying to do the best for their families while also balancing the time and resources they have available. I didn't feel judged for having used some jarred baby food or produce that wasn't organic :)

— Kelly, mom of kids ages 1 and 3

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Not enough space to store all this fresh baby food in the refrigerator! 

Use an ice cube tray to conveniently store the baby food! Pour the puree into an ice cube tray. Freeze until hard and then place into a freezer bag and label. Generally, 1 ice cube well is about 2 tablespoons or 1 ounce, which happens to be the appropriate serving size for babies just starting solids!


Natalie Digate Muth


Natalie is an award-winning author, pediatrician and registered dietitian, and educator. She helps families improve health in 5 key areas (nutrition, activity, sleep, stress management, and screen time limits) as the founder and director of the Children's Primary Care Medical Group W.E.L.L. nutrition clinic and Walk with a Doc-Carlsbad. She helps pediatricians optimize their care for children affected by obesity as the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity. She teaches college students about nutrition as an adjunct assistant professor UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. 


Mary Saph Tanaka


Dr. Mary Tanaka graduated from UCLA with a degree in Mass Communications. She completed her Master’s Degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine through the Department of Physiology at Georgetown University. She went on to earn her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She finished her pediatric residency at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital with a focus on Community Health and Advocacy and served as Chief Resident. Dr. Tanaka is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a pediatrician at Children’s Primary Care Medical Group and sees patients in the W.E.L.L. Nutrition Clinic. As a talented amateur cook, she is passionate about helping children optimize their health through nutrition and has created healthy family friendly recipes for parenting books and blogs.

Chia Puddings in Jars


Chia Seed Pudding 

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 1/2 cup milk (cow or plant-based)

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp maple syrup or honey

Mix chia seeds, desired milk, yogurt, salt and desired sweetener in a bowl and place into the refrigerator overnight. The next day, top the pudding with fruit if desired and serve.



Clinicians Learn To

  • Take a nutrition history.

  • Evaluate growth and development, weight and adiposity, and signs of nutritional deficiency or excess.

  • Complete a nutrition assessment and provide a patient-specific nutrition treatment plan.

  • Select and interpret screening and laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures to assess and manage a patient’s nutrition.

  • Use behavioral change strategies and coaching techniques matched to a patient and family’s readiness for change, including motivational interviewing, SMART goal setting, problem-solving, self-monitoring, stimulus control, and the 5 As (ask, assess, assist, advise, arrange).

  • Provide age-specific nutrition guidance for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, and adolescents based on the most up-to-date information, including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020–2025.

  • Effectively incorporate scientifically sound nutrition guidance into the treatment of common pediatric concerns.

  • Consult or refer to a registered dietitian and other health professionals and community resources as appropriate.

  • Screen for food insecurity and connect families with public health resources.

  • Confidently answer the most commonly asked nutrition questions from parents and patients.

  • Advise patients and families on how to integrate nutrition principles into everyday life including through application of culinary medicine.


One of our favorite stages is when babies start to eat solid foods.

It is also a stage of development where parents have a lot of questions and often are exposed to a lot of outdated advice. Given that some of the choices around feeding that you make now will have big implications for the future, here we will help set the record straight and arm you with the tools you need to raise your baby healthy from the start.


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