Active Parenting Workshops

Our FREE Workshops provide you with hands-on experience and practical information from trusted, experienced professionals. 

The Workshop schedule from our 2019 Expo is below. Please check closer to our 2020 event for updated schedule and times.

Creating a safe sleeping environment

Join in at 10:30am (every day)

There are so many nursery products on the market that expectant parents and grandparents can be left feeling overwhelmed. The market is swamped with products, so it is wise to consider all the information and options so you can make the best decision for baby. 

There is a common misconception that if you can buy a product it is safe to use. Unfortunately this is not always the case. By attending the SIDS and Kids SA workshop, parents will get a better understanding of what to consider when looking at products, to allow them to make informed decisions.

The session includes general information about how to create a safe sleeping environment, what resources are available to guide you with your decisions and what questions expectant parents and grandparents should consider asking themselves before purchasing any infant products.

Duration: 30 minutes
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Baby massage techniques

Join in at 11:20am (every day) or 1:50pm (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 (0-8 months) you will also receive a free GAIA Natural Baby 50ml Massage Oil.

Duration: 30 minutes
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First aid for babies and toddlers

Join in at 12:10pm (every day) or 2:40pm (every day)

Would you know what actions to take if your baby or child choked or had a serious allergic reaction?

In this workshop you'll learn some of the most important lifesaving techniques that any parent or parent to be should learn. 

Duration: 30 minutes
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Sensory play for babies

Join in at 1:00pm (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
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Antenatal class - your newborn

Join in at 3:30pm (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

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.