recently I've done some bayous in Louisiana and Mississippi.
I do not consider any solo kayak suitable for carrying my 2+ year old grandchild. And trying to do that in a SOT or a tandem SINK is non-optimal, too.
I think you should consider a "solo" canoe for the Wolf River and for bayou expeditions. There will be a few occasions when you can cautiously paddle out onto the gulf waters. But the simple fact is that kayaks are not set up to carry non-paddling littlies. It's a packaging issue.
We started our kids in tandem or solo canoe when they were between 18 months and two years old. With chase boats, we even took them on easy whitewater. The rule is, with a kid in the canoe, you just don't do things that might result in a swamp and a swim.
A smallish solo Wenonah or similar would carry the kid and the gear, and could be paddled with a double blade when conditions are windy.
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