Trendy parents are weaning their babies on avocados, kale and sweet potatoes

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Thousands of Britain’s babies are being weaned on kale, sweet potatoes and avocados as trendy parents opt for non-traditional vegetables for their baby’s first food, a new study has found.

While carrots, bananas and potatoes top the list of parents’ chosen first foods, more than a quarter of mothers said they would wean their little one on millennial’s-favourite avocados.

Other unusual  baby food options include lemon and lime, pitted olives, and brussels sprouts.

Thousands of Britain's babies are being weaned on kale, sweet potatoes and avocados as trendy parents opt for non-traditional vegetables for their baby's first food, a new study has found (file image)

Thousands of Britain’s babies are being weaned on kale, sweet potatoes and avocados as trendy parents opt for non-traditional vegetables for their baby’s first food, a new study has found (file image)

While carrots, bananas and potatoes top the list of parents' chosen first foods, more than a quarter of mothers said they would wean their little one on millennial's-favourite avocados (file image)

While carrots, bananas and potatoes top the list of parents’ chosen first foods, more than a quarter of mothers said they would wean their little one on millennial’s-favourite avocados (file image)

Butternut squash and pumpkin also make the list of top weaning food with 27 per cent and 14 per cent of mothers surveyed saying they would give their little ones the vegetables.

Celery and kale also made the list with just three per cent of mothers choosing them as an option. 

Carrot was a clear winner with 64 per cent while sweet potato was lauded by 50 per cent of those asked.

Research conducted by Ella’s Kitchen – who have launched online weaning guide Weanursery – also found that less than a third of parents said they felt excited about introducing new foods to their little ones.

One in seven admitted the weaning process brought them to tears.

Celery and kale (file image) also made the list with just three per cent of mothers choosing them as an option

Celery and kale (file image) also made the list with just three per cent of mothers choosing them as an option

Carrot was a clear winner with 64 per cent while sweet potato (file image) was lauded by 50 per cent of those asked

Carrot was a clear winner with 64 per cent while sweet potato (file image) was lauded by 50 per cent of those asked

Top weaning worries included: Fear of choking (39 per cent), knowing if their child was getting enough nutrients (30 per cent), food refusal (24 per cent), confusion about where to start and what foods to try first (17 per cent).

Half of the parents surveyed wrongly thought that fussy eating runs in the family and two thirds were concerned that their own personal bad habits will rub off on their little ones.

Parents recall their own negative early memories with food, with over a third remembering being told they had to eat their vegetables or they couldn’t have dessert or being told they couldn’t leave the table until they’d eaten everything on their plate.

 Claire Baseley, Ella’s nutritionist said: ‘Weaning is a super exciting time for any parent, but we know it can be really emotional and stressful too.’

BRITAIN’S TOP WEANING FOODS 

Carrots: 64 per cent

Banana: 70 per cent

Potato: 54 per cent

Broccoli: 51 per cent

Sweet potato: 50 per cent

Butternut Squash: 27 per cent

Avocado: 25 per cent

Pumpkin: 14 per cent

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BRITAIN’S ODDEST WEANING FOODS 

Spinach: 8 per cent

Lemon/Lime: 8 per cent

Brussel Sprouts: 7 per cent

Olives: 5 per cent

Aubergine: 4 per cent

Kale: 3 per cent

Celery: 3 per cent

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