Bio-Oil Seminar Series

We’re thrilled to bring you another great schedule of seminar presentations, brought to you by Bio-Oil! 

For the first time, Show favourite Pinky McKay takes the Melbourne Stage TWICE a day, offering gentle options to encourage infant settling and sleep as well as sharing her top tips on toddler tactics. Child Revive provide an introductory demonstration on first aid for infants whilst Australian Breastfeeding Association consultants answer your queries on breastfeeding and representatives from Red Nose talk to safe sleeping.

The Melbourne main stage timetable can be found below, please check back closer to the date for confirmation on timing! You can also download this Event Guide to keep the timetable handy.


What’s on Timing
Emily Dupuche – Food Babies Love 10:00am-10:20am
Pinky McKay – Sleep, Love & Your Baby’s Brain 10:30am-11:10am
Australian Breastfeeding Association – Breastfeeding Information Session 11:20am-11:45pm
Child Revive – Managing a choking emergency at home 12:30pm-1:00pm
Pinky McKay – Toddler Tactics 1:15pm-1:55pm
Red Nose – Safe Sleeping 2:10pm-2:30pm



Pinky McKay is an International Board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), with a busy private practice in Melbourne specialising in gentle parenting techniques that offer effective, proven alternatives to “baby training” approaches.

Pinky is a best-selling author with four titles published by Penguin; Sleeping Like a baby, 100 Ways to Calm the Crying, Toddler Tactics and Parenting By Heart – all endorsed by The Australian Breastfeeding Association, La Leche League International and The Australian Association of Infant Mental Health. Pinky is also the creator of Boobie Bikkies, nutritious, organic cookies to help boost the energy and encourage a healthy milk supply for breastfeeding mothers. She is an expert source for media appearing regularly on major network TV and quoted in various publications. Her real-world experience stems from being the mother of five and grandmother of three.


At the show Pinky will be giving parents a rare insight into sleeping and settling your baby and toddler. Confused about conflicting baby sleep advice? Concerned about the impact of baby sleep training regimes such as controlled crying? Looking for gentle baby sleep and settling techniques that work? New evidence shows that some approaches to ‘teaching babies to sleep’ may cause long term, adverse changes to a baby’s developing brain. Pinky McKay examines this evidence and offers gentle options to encourage infant sleep and settling that also promote optimum brain and emotional development, along with a secure parent-infant bond.


Being the parent of a toddler can be exciting, inspiring and exhausting – all at once!

Your biddable baby has now become a moving, grooving tot with attitude, and the changes this entails can be confusing to you and your child. Breathe a sigh of relief in this informative talk designed to help you unravel all your toddler woes as Pinky shows you how to make magic from mayhem.

Pinky offers a simple, fuss-free approach to enjoying what she calls, ‘this magical stage of development’. Learn practical strategies that you can adapt RIGHT NOW to help you unleash your child’s natural potential to be happy, bright and sociable without too many tears and tantrums (for you, as well as your child!)

Check out Pinky’s books and try her Boobie Bikkies at the show. Can’t make it to the show? Find out more and sign up for Pinky’s free newsletter ‘Gentle Beginnings’ at her website.



Learn about the basics of breastfeeding in the early days at this informative session designed to help new parents get off to a great start. During pregnancy, expectant parents are naturally very focused on the birth but it is important to learn as much as possible about breastfeeding before your baby arrives – there is not much learning time between the birth and the first feed!

Presented by experienced breastfeeding counsellors from the Australian Breastfeeding Association, this informative session covers how breastfeeding works, milk supply and where to find support.  You can also find out about booking in to one of our comprehensive Breastfeeding Education Classes for expectant parents.



Infants and children spend a lot of their day eating and unfortunately this is the most common cause of choking for children of this age. Seeing a child choke will create panic in any parent however it is vital that parents are able to immediately take action to assist their child in this potentially life-threatening emergency. It is important that parents use strategies that have proven effectiveness and are recommended by the Australian Resuscitation Council as time is critical and some ‘older’ techniques have been associated with causing other injuries.

This session will be presented by one of the paramedic or paediatric nurse trainers from Child Revive First Aid. They will use both the infant and child manikins in the session to assist you in learning how to:

  • Classify the airway obstruction as either partial or complete
  • Assist an infant/child to clear a partial airway obstruction
  • Clear a complete airway obstruction in an infant/child
  • Minimise the risk of choking

Child Revive First Aid aims to empower every person who cares for a child with the confidence and skills of paediatric CPR and First Aid. The team from Child Revive First Aid will be available at their stand in the Advice Hub for any further advice or information during the Show. An online video on the Choking Child will be available at after the Show.


Food Babies Love by Emily Dupuche is a guide to introducing solids to babies and toddlers and is published by Pan Macmillan.  It is a national best seller and is recommended by Pediatricians and Maternal Child and Health Nurses.

Emily specializes in empowering parents through the challenging phase of parenting that is solids.  Many parents are overwhelmed or confused and many parents get stuck in a power-play with their toddlers allowing meal times to spiral out of control.

Emily’s deliciously simple recipes and practical tips and advice help give parents the confidence to make positive nutritional choices for their little one, giving them exposure to a wide variety of tastes colours and textures, and setting them up for a lifetime of food enjoyment.

What we feed our babies and toddlers determines their adult eating habits.


Babies and young children spend a lot of their time sleeping, so it’s vital they are slept in a safe sleeping environment to reduce the risk of SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents.

Red Nose provides evidence-based community education programs and supports world class research. Since introducing the Sleep Safe My Baby public health program in 1990 we have reduced the risk of SIDS and sleeping accidents in Australia by 80%. There is no rulebook for parents and carers. But there are facts. And that’s the only thing we are interested in.

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This great range of seminars is proudly brought to you by Bio-Oil.