Active Parenting Workshops

Free interactive workshops with some of the best experts around to give you some hands on practical help. We want you to get involved and learn, so get ready to roll your sleeves up!

The Active Parenting Workshops detailed below were a highlight of our 2017 Expo. Please check back closer to the event date for our 2018 program of talks.

Note: Bookings are not required. Simply add the workshops to your phone calendar to make sure you don't miss out when you're at the expo. 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 and the choking baby.

Parents let us teach you how to rapidly recognise and respond to a sick child. We will give you the tools, confidence and knowledge to get you through anyemergency situation.

10.30am workshop will be run by St John Ambulance and the 1.50pm workshop will be run by Family First Aid. 

Duration: 30 minutes

Car restraint safety – all you need to know

Buying and safely using the right car restraint is one of the most challenging tasks facing parents. What kind of restraint should you choose that best suits your needs?

Of course, if it’s called upon to do the ultimate job it was designed for you’d like it do it well, but how will your purchase choice impact on you everyday. For example, will it fit properly in your car? Will you ‘struggle’ with it’s mechanical functions? Will you be able to use it later if and when you have more children? Can it be swapped from car to car with ease? Also, what is ISOFIX or ERF (Extended rear facing)? These are some of the most important questions needing clarity. Doing the research is critical, but you need to know what questions to ask to get the answers that will serve you best?

These problems are solved during our Car Restraint Safety Workshop. Experts from the Australian Child Restraint Resource Initiative (ACRI) will be on hand to demonstrate and guide you through the right questions and answers applicable to your needs and personal circumstances.

Duration: 30 minutes
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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
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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
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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
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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.