Neil and I have been so used to tag teaming when it comes to days out with Noah, that the idea of a day out with two children was terrifying! Will we pack enough for the baby? How many accidents with the toddler have? Will we lose one of them? 😂 all completely irrational thoughts that consume you when something’s out of your comfort zone. With Neil on paternity leave, we really wanted to make the most of this special family time together and as I grew up on the Isle of Wight, we jumped at the opportunity to work with Red Funnel for our day out.
Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry operator since 1861 and operates a year-round service to the Isle of Wight from Southampton with its fleet of modern vehicle ferries and Red Jet Hi-Speed passenger catamarans. Red Funnel also offers a wide range of year-round ferry inclusive holidays and short breaks to suit all tastes and budgets. To book and check current prices, visit redfunnel.co.uk or call 02380 248500.
Despite missing our first ferry due to me a.) getting the time wrong and b.) stopping at McDonald’s for my toffee latte, which may I add was totally worth it!! Red Funnel were really efficient and put us on the next ferry. The crossing was quick and the ferry was clean and well maintained. Noah absolutely loved exploring, especially on the top deck with Daddy. When we got to the Isle of Wight, we headed over to Shanklin to visit my Grandad before heading down to the seafront. We enjoyed some lunch, played crazy golf, ate ice cream, played in the arcades and enjoyed the gorgeous beach. Sometimes the simple things in life are the best.
It was stressful at times, mainly being out for a long period of time ensuring we had enough bottles but the good thing about Chester’s age is that they mainly sleep so Noah could really enjoy the focus of the day, especially as we did everything he wanted. So here’s my top tips for days out with two kids…
How do you find juggling two or more children? Any top tips you wish you’d known before? Im still at the start of my two children journey so I’d love some advice!
*Our ferry trip was kindly gifted by Red Funnel in return for a blog post, although all opinions as always are my own. *