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!

These workshops are great for expectant or new parents in particular.

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.

Antenatal class - your newborn

Join in at 10:50am (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
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Baby massage techniques

Join in at 11:40am (every day) or 1:20pm (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
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Baby and Toddler First Aid

Join in at 12:30pm (every day) or 3:00pm (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 life saving techniques that any parent or parent to be should learn, presented by the Managing Director of First Aid For You, Mary Dawes.

Established in 2010, First Aid For You (FAFY) deliver courses that are designed to make you think, laugh and learn along the way.

Their mission is to give real people, real skills that will make a real difference. 

FAFY Trainers are a dedicated, passionate, QUALIFIED mix of paramedics, nurses, medical specialists, child and adult educators BUT most importantly amazingly talented and experienced MUMS!

Duration: 30 minutes
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Car restraint safety – all you need to know

Join in at 2:10pm (every day)

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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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.