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 Active Parenting Workshops detailed below are running every day of our 2018 Expo.

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

First aid for babies and toddlers

This workshop will show you some of the most important life saving techniques that any parent or parent to be should learn.

Would you know what actions to take if your baby or child choked or had a serious allergic reaction? In this workshop we will cover:

  • Basic life support
  • How to recognise if your child is unwell
  • The choking baby

Learn how to rapidly recognise and respond to a sick child. You will be given the tools, confidence and knowledge to get you through any emergency situation.

Duration: 30 minutes

Safe Sleeping Environment

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

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

Sensory play for babies

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

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.