Active Parenting Workshops

The FREE interactive workshops at our Expos are hosted by experienced, trusted experts, offering practical hands-on advice and handy hints and tips.

The schedule below shows all Workshops that were available at our 2018 Expo. Please check closer to our 2019 Expo for updated schedule and Workshop times.

All workshops are FREE and bookings are not required. Places are limited, so arrive early to secure your place. 

Safe Sleeping Environment

Join in at 10:30am (every day)

The Safe Sleeping Environment Workshop from Red Nose informs parents and carers on how to reduce the risk of SIDS, fatal sleep accidents and injury for babies and toddlers in their care.

 This workshop will cover:

  • How to set up a safe nursery
  • How to create a safe sleeping environment
  • Current and evidence-based Red Nose Safe Sleeping recommendations
  • Question and Answer session

Duration: 30 minutes
More information: www.rednose.com.au

Baby massage techniques

Join in at 11:15am (every day) or 2:15pm (every day)

There are many ways babies may benefit from infant massage.

This introductory session will teach you how to recognise your baby's signals in regards to when they do (and don't) want massage, how to choose an appropriate oil for your infant or child and a basic stroke routine.

Learn about the wonderful benefits of massage for both parent and child in this ‘hands on’ and informative workshop. Bring your baby for a truly special bonding experience or practice on one of our lifelike baby dolls in readiness for your little one’s upcoming arrival.

Come and experience our baby massage introduction workshop - the first 15 people attending the workshop will receive a FREE GAIA Natural Baby Goody Bag. If you are participating in the workshop with your bub (0-8months) you will also receive a free GAIA Natural Baby 50ml Massage Oil.

Duration: 30 minutes
More information: www.gaiaskinnaturals.com

Mater Mother's First Aid for Babies

Join in at 12:00pm (every day) or 1:30pm (every day)

All of us hope to never be put in a position where we need to try and save our child’s life, but the reality is that it could happen to any of us.

Emergencies happen in a split second, and we need to be prepared to deal calmly and confidently in a high-stress situation where our kids need us the most.

In this workshop you’ll learn some of the most important lifesaving techniques any expectant or new parent should learn.

Duration: 30 minutes
More information: www.matermothers.org.au

Sensory play for babies

Join in at 12:45pm (every day)

Do you know the importance of sensory play and stimulation for your baby, especially in the first year of life? Have you wondered what sensory play actually involves?

During the first year, babies learn more than at any other time of their lives, their brains going through an amazing process of development and specialisation.  

Everything your baby hears, sees, touches, smells or tastes builds new neural connections in their brain and it is these connections which form the foundation for future learning and development. This is why introducing a rich variety of sensory experiences from birth is so important.

This fun, exciting and hands on Baby Sensory session will introduce you and your baby to some simple sensory activities and give you an opportunity to enjoy some precious time together during the hustle and bustle of the Expo.

Suitable for babies from birth to 13 months, the workshop will be led by a fully trained Baby Sensory class leader who will demonstrate each activity and explain how and why it will benefit your baby's learning and development. Then it will be your turn to give it a try!

*Please note we have 12 places available to participate in the workshop. All equipment will be provided and soft mats will be available so that you and your baby can be comfortable during the session. All visitors are welcome to watch the workshop and learn valuable insights regarding the importance of sensory play, as well as gaining ideas for sensory activities which they can do at home with their baby.

Duration: 30 minutes
More information: www.babysensory.com.au

Antenatal class - your newborn

Join in at 3:00pm (every day)

Every baby and every mother are different but if you have mastered the basics you will feel more confident in the first weeks after baby is born.

This active workshop style class starts at the beginning and covers every single little thing from the types of nappies, to how to wrap and bath baby.  Having a hands on try of many different aspects of newborn care mean the first time you touch your baby you will know what to do.

Spaces are limited in this class for hands on experience, so be early.

Duration: 30 minutes
More information: www.mymidwives.com.au

Note: Session times and content subject to change. The views and advice expressed during the workshops are those of the presenters and are not representative of the Pregnancy, Babies & Children's Expo.