Born to Eat: Whole, Healthy Foods from Baby’s First Bite Course

Credits: 10
Course Expiration: October 1, 2022
Professional Approvals: CDR
Availability:Currently Available
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Learn more about the concept of baby led weaning to guide parents through a successful and healthy way to feed their children.

This course is based on the book Born to Eat: Whole, Healthy Foods from Baby’s First Bite. Baby led weaning is not a new concept as many cultures have been utilizing this method of feeding for many years. Over the years, the way in which foods have been processed and preserved has influenced the way parents feed their children. It’s often easier to feed babies from a jar and follow various recommendations provided by pediatricians or friends and family. This can result in nutritional and other health related issues.

This CPE course thoroughly addresses the concept of baby led weaning as a recommendation for feeding babies in a more natural and healthy way. It is important to understand age related readiness behaviors and nutritional needs before focusing on the steps of baby led weaning. Parents need to understand how to cope with choking, gagging, swallowing, and other challenges that may occur during the process. The material in this course will provide the health professional with the knowledge needed to guide parents through a successful and healthy way to feed their children from 6 to 36 months.

Course includes hard copy book and 1 certificate.

Already have the book? Under “Product Options”, simply choose “Additional Certificate” to purchase the CPE self-study program.

"As a pediatric registered dietitian, I'm a self-feeding approach advocate. Having this CPE program will encourage more dietitians and healthcare providers to learn up to date information. It will help practitioners to guide families in introducing complimentary foods and to learn about the self-feeding approach."
- Alexandra Briceno RDN, LDN, CSPN
Born to Eat Course
"This is an excellent CPE program. In my experience educating other professionals about baby-led weaning (BLW), I have learned that professional resources on this emerging area of nutrition are sorely needed. Moreover, because the Born to Eat book goes beyond the basics of BLW and discusses family meals, body positivity and raising children to trust food and their bodies, any nutrition professional will benefit from incorporating the concepts from this self-study course into practice."
- Diana Rice, RD, LD, CLEC
Born to Eat Course, 2

After completing this continuing professional education course, the learner should be able to:

    1. Define the concept of baby-led weaning.
    2. Differentiate between choking, gagging, swallowing safety and other age related safety concerns.
    3. Identify characteristics of readiness of infants, children and parents for baby led weaning.
    4. Integrate baby led weaning advancement of foods, food textures and meal planning into practice while counseling parents on how to feed their babies.
    5. Identify nutrient needs based on age, current intake, and stage of the baby-led weaning process.
    6. Understand principles of family meal-time dynamics and the impact of parent’s previous food experiences.

This course is intended for: RDNs

CDR Activity Number: 151260    Self Study Activity Type: 720 Printed
CPE Level: 1

Suggested CDR Learning Needs Codes:

  • 3050 Feeding, swallowing, dentition
  • 4150 Infancy and childhood
  • 5070 Pediatrics
  • 8090 Menu planning and development, nutrient analysis

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

  • 4.2.8 Identifies and implements a plan to address the problem issue, or challenge
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends
  • 8.4.2 Develops and/or modifies recipes, menus and meals using sensory perceptions and other food components
  • 9.1.2 Identifies and works to minimize and overcome barriers to learning

Note: Numerous other CDR Learning Need Codes and Performance Indicators may apply.


This self-study course includes required reading, a downloadable course document and an online exam with multiple choice, case study based questions. This course exam includes 50 questions. Upon passing the test, the learner can download and print the certificate.

Required Reading for this Course: Born to Eat: Whole, Healthy Foods From Baby’s First Bite written by Leslie Schilling, MA, RDN and Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RDN.

The text/book associated with this course is required solely for the course taker to learn the underlying principles which they will apply in taking a case-study based exam. Neither the authors nor the publishers of the text/book have contributed to or endorsed this course.


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