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More Baby Yoda Travel Gear for Season 2 of The Mandalorian
Although technically “born” in 2019, it’s safe to say that Baby Yoda is the best thing to happen to 2020. Watching Season 2 of The Mandalorian on Disney+ is just one of the things helping families cope with lying low during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But, once again, I find my travel mom anxiety skyrocketing watching Mando fumble about with Baby Yoda in tow. He’s flying through space with a toddler who is not properly strapped into a travel car seat and The Child is snoozing in a hammock instead of a proper toddler travel bed.
Our first post about Baby Yoda offered travel gear suggestions based on Season 1 of The Mandalorian. Season 2 has shown us that Mando is more comfortable carting about The Child but his new adventures highlight new requirements that would make their lives much easier. Not to mention safer!
This post contains spoilers for Season 2 of The Mandalorian. But I don’t think it’s spoiling to say that, gear aside, Mando needs to keep a tighter hold on his mischievious charge!
Baby Yoda Travel Gear: Baby Carriers
Mando has his hands full with Baby Yoda–literally and figuratively! He’s obviously figured out that babywearing is one of the easiest, hands-free ways to tote a baby or toddler around. We’re not sure that his current method is best for even weight distribution and support. These options might be more comfortable for both The Mandalorian AND The Child.
The Sweety Fox Multi-Position Baby Carrier offers excellent value in a carrier that will take you (and The Mandalorian) from infancy to toddlerhood. It can be used front-facing, rear-facing, as a backpack carry, and the detachable hip seat can be used on its own. It comes with a removeable sun cover, a foldable head rest, and an attached pouch to keep your phone and other necessities handy.
The grey would match Mando’s armour nicely, but the blue is also a great neutral colour for inter-galactic travel. The cotton fabric is durable and washable and the carrier is good for children up to 15kg/33lbs.
We had an Ergobaby for our kids. It was the most comfortable carrier for my whoppers, but my only complaint was that it was rear-facing or backpack carry only, no forward-facing option. Today, lucky parents and Mando now have the option of Ergobaby’s 360 All-Position Carrier, with the same great comfort and support.
To be honest, we aren’t sure about a true backpack carrier for Mando, seeing as it may interfere with his flamethrower and other various weapons. However, we couldn’t resist the orange and dark grey colour scheme of phil&teds Parade Child Carrier Frame Backpack. The lower profile might work with Mando’s arsenal, and it comes with a detachable minipack for Baby Yoda to wear on his own.
Baby Yoda Travel Gear: Bicycle Seats & Trailers
Baby Yoda didn’t seem to mind, but riding in a saddlebag on a speeder bike is definitely not the safest way for Mando to transport a toddler. A bike trailer definitely wouldn’t work here though, but there are a number of new bike seats that could surely be modified to work with a speeder bike and would keep Baby Yoda much safer.
The Swedish brand Thule is known for their excellent vehicle racks, so it makes sense that their child bike seats would look cool while being sturdy and safe. The Yepp Mini Child Bike Seat has an adjustable 5-point safety harness, a childproof buckle, and a shock absorbing seat, keeping your toddler safe and comfortable. It’s built with water-repellent material that is easy to keep clean, and the adjustable foot rests and straps grow with your child up to 33lbs.
Although you can’t keep an eye on your charge with a child bike seat installed behind the rider, the Burley Dash Child Bike Seat‘s adjustable 5-point harness and foot rests ensures your passenger is safely buckled.
The seat is light and easily attaches to a pre-installed rear bike rack. The Burley Dash Child Bike Seat is for use with children up to 40lbs, so Baby Yoda will get lots of use out of it for years to come.
The bumper dashboard-thing on the WeeRide Kangaroo Child Bike Seat will offer Baby Yoda just that smidge more protection when riding on Mando’s speeder bike. Because of how unpredictable and mischievious Baby Yoda is, he seems markedly safer riding in the front position. The “bumper” acts like handlebars for the speeder bike/bicycle passenger, and is removeable for once they get the hang os two-wheeled (or floaty) transport.
The WeeRide Kangaroo Child Bike Seat can be a finiky install. However most reviewers rave about it if it does install properly on their bike.
Baby Yoda Travel Gear: Baby & Toddler Life Jackets
The very first thing I said watching Season 2 Episode 3 is, “That baby should be wearing a life jacket!” I am trying my darndest not to be a Karen in my old age but certain safety standards need to be upheld. Especially on a boat!
Mando and Baby Yoda are lucky that “the egg” saved the day (and floats, who knew?) but for the long run this is not a safe approach for traveling by sea. Baby Yoda needs to be in a life jacket or some other form of floatation device when near water, and all parents learn that you should never be further away than arm’s length from your child when near water.
The style of this infant life vest offers extra head support, with a large “grab strap” handle in case you need to urgently pull your child out of the water. Hopefully a nasty squid guy won’t be pushing your toddler into the sea but just in case you should keep them close. Beach and water safety protocols should always be in place whenever you are near water with your child.
Perhaps Baby Yoda wants to wear more of a “big boy” life jacket, and this Stearns Watersport Classic Series Vest definitely fits the bill. He may need to wait a bit, though, because it’s good for children 30-50lbs.
As with all life vests and floation devices, they are not a substitute for your complete, undivided attention to your baby or toddler when close to the water.
Back in my day these were called water wings and they were surprisingly effective even if they did scrape off all your skin pulling them on and off.
Baby Yoda’s arms may be a tad small for these right now. However, the fabric is much smoother than back in the day. Once he’s big enough, I’m sure Baby Yoda will much prefer wearing these mofek Inflatable Arm Floatation Sleeves than a bulky life jacket. And the bright orange colour will ensure he is visible if you need to retrieve him from a scary sea monster’s grasp.
Baby Yoda Travel Gear: Eating Gear & Toddler-Friendly Travel Snacks
I am 100 per cent convinced that Baby Yoda’s behaviour would vastly improve with a consistent and nutritious eating regimen. Certainly baby frogs and bowls of chowder should be hearty enough for a growing Yoda’s needs. But healthy snacks would keep Baby Yoda’s blood sugar from crashing which can cause erratic behavious.
Nutritious Baby Yoda cookies or even perhaps a Baby Yoda drink that’s fortified with nutrients would be great for Mando to keep on hand. Even he seems to understand that Baby Yoda is frequently hungry but let’s steer clear from Frog Lady’s babies and giant spider eggs, please!
Back in the day I used to create a concoction for my babies very similar to what’s in these Happy Tot Super Morning Pouches. With this type of breakfast, you can relax somewhat knowing that whatever else they do or don’t eat in a day, your baby had a great breakfast.
Feeding a busy toddler at home is tough enough. Never mind feeding a baby while traveling. If Baby Yoda started his day with one of these handy pouches, he’d find it much easier to resist Frog Lady’s eggs. Just listening to Mando’s warnings would be much easier, too.
One of the best things about crunchy, salty snacks is that they keep little hands busy for extended periods of time. Annie’s Organic Bunnies are tried and true favourite toddler travel snacks. The variety pack means picky kids have two tasty options.
Annie’s products have no preservatives or artificial flavors or colours. They are a much more nutritious option than chips or cookies (although they have their place, too!)
Offering a toddler a fortified beverage is a great way to stuff nutrients into them without them even knowing that what they’re drinking is good for them. Serve a Baby Yoda drink with eight grams of protein, three grams of dietary fibre, 21 vitamins and minerals, that’s made with 10 organic fruits and vegetables, with complex carbohydrates from organic brown rice.
Something tells me that Mando might also benefit from an Orgain Organic Nutritional Shake. All that fighting takes its toll on the body. They come in Vanilla or Strawberry flavour and are suitable for children aged 2 and up. Which is fine because Baby Yoda is technically 50.
Boon’s Squirt Silicone Spoon is a baby travel gear classic from the beforetimes when those easy baby food pouches weren’t yet a thing. However, it’s perfect today for baby-led weaning and for those who make their own purees. It’s also perfect for Baby Yoda, who was struggling a bit with his squid chowder, live squid attacking him notwithstanding.
The Boon products are all colourful and fun while being amazingly practical for traveling with toddlers.
Baby Yoda Travel Gear: Travel Toys for Toddlers
As we recover from the Baby Yoda frog “incident,” I’m sure we can all agree that The Child needs a few age-appropriate toys or playthings that will keep him engaged for a few precious minutes while Mando’s attention is elsewhere. Fun travel toys for toddlers are an absolute must if a parent is going to maintain any shred of sanity. Especially for indefinite space travel!
I am old enough to remember life before tablet computers and, let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty. Our carry-on bags were hella heavy, filled with books and even a portable dvd player and discs if you can believe it!
Once tablets were invented, we did not pass go and did not collect $200. We took that $200 and put it towards an actual iPad for our kid. Renewed iPads can offer good savings. Limit screen time as much as you need to at home. While traveling? All bets are off and don’t feel a bit guilty for it. There are lots of cute “kiddy” tablets out there but your toddler will want yours anyway. Age-appropriate shows and games will keep even Baby Yoda-level busy toddlers engaged for a few minutes at least.
We’ve seen that Baby Yoda can, in fact, be gentle — given the watchful eye of a Frog Lady or other attentive caregiver. But the whole point of handing an iPad over to a toddler is for a few, blissful minutes of peace while the screen takes over parenting for a moment or two. You’re not going to get that piece if the iPad is smashed in two seconds.
There are lots of heavy-duty iPad cases out there that can stand up to a toddler’s abuse. You need one with a sturdy handle that can double as a stand for watching movies and shows. And in the case of Baby Yoda, you need an iPad case that looks like a cute froggy.
Seriously, Mando’s always tinkering and fixing up his ride. If he set the VTech Learn and Turn up in the cockpit you just know Baby Yoda would enjoy pretending he was also captain of the ship.
There’s animal, driving, and music mode with a traffic light, a signal lever that triggers fun sounds and music, plus a gear shifter that pushes and pulls to introduce opposites. Who knows? Maybe Baby Yoda would do a better job escaping X-Wing fighters and various other pesky spaceships.
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