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Bringing your baby camping and enjoying the great outdoors together is a dream for a lot of parents. There is just something special about introducing your children to an activity you enjoyed before they were born or that you enjoyed as a child. And while camping with young children is not always easy, planning ahead always helps the experience run a bit smoother.

Favorite Baby Camping Foods

Being prepared when it comes to food is one of the easiest ways to help your camping experience turn out as you’ve dreamed of. Happy and well-fed babies, mean happy parents, right? These favorite baby camping foods and tips are perfect for newbie campers and seasoned damping pros.

Note: If your baby takes a bottle or eats formula, make sure to bring clean drinking water to prep and cleaning.

Fruit/veggie squeeze pouches

Whether you make your own or buy them from the store, these pouches are an incredibly convenient food source to have on hand while camping. Not only are they easy to store and require no prep at the campsite, but they are also easy for babies to eat anywhere.

Sharing whatever you’re eating

Babies love trying the food mom and dad are enjoying, so make camping life easier by planning to feed them a bit of whatever you are planning to eat yourselves. Are you grilling corn over the fire, cooking up some eggs, or making a foil pocket meal? Depending on the age of your baby, you can mash up a bit of the food your baby has already had or just feed them small pieces of everything.

Pro tip: Plan ahead to ensure you have one item per meal your baby will eat (or has already tried) is an easy way to make this option a success.

This baby camping food is geared more toward the slightly older babies, since introducing new foods is not ideal while camping.

Fresh fruits and veggies

Most parents start feeding their babies fruits and veggies first, so most babies are accustomed to eating mashed or pureed fruits and veggies at home. Keeping mealtimes similar to at home can help ensure babies feel comfortable while they experience the sensations of camping. Easy to mash foods, such as bananas, avocados, berries, or cooked peas make prepping meals easy while camping. But many of these easily mashable foods are also a bit harder to store, so having a space to store them without accidentally squashing them is something you consider before you head out on your trip.

Finger foods

Babies love to feed themselves and if your baby is already accustomed to eating crackers, cheese sticks/pieces, bananas, and other finger foods, then bringing them along is the perfect option for camping too. Many of these can be prepped at home or are easy to prep right at the campsite, so they help make camping easier for everyone.

Camping foods for older kids

While you are enjoying your camping experience with baby, some of these other food ideas may be helpful for both you and older children if you have them. Not only are these camping food ideas easy, but they’ve been tested by other camping families and passed the child-friendly test.

What are your favorite foods to bring along for baby while camping?

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