"Conscious parenting is a game changer because it doesn't try to change the child, just ourselves as parents. It holds that once the parent creates the right conditions, the child will naturally evolve toward higher consciousness. " Dr. Shefali Tsabary


Sleep solutions are based on the latest parenting research in neuroscience, biology, and attachment.  Blending the science of sleep with emotional concepts isn't always easy.  The goal is to create positive associations with sleep as opposed to stressful ones.  The focus is always on building connected relationships, balancing emotions and providing loving limits, using scafolding and social-emotional learning concepts to solve the root of the problem.  Sleep is the result of many internal and external factors, beyond night time parenting strategies we need to look at the whole picture and find the balance.


“I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to Shawnee Baker and Lauren Heffernan! This workshop has really done so much for our family! I can say for sure that my dynamic with my baby has changed. I now feel empowered to make the decisions I need to, and be ok with the things I can’t change.
“Thank you both for the workshop. I feel so much more conscientious of myself and aware of my baby’s emotions because of this Workshop. It’s been extremely helpful and I know I’ll use all this information for a long time! I’m very thankful to have been a part of this. 
“I loved the information on the sleep regressions and how you can support your little one through this. I feel more knowledgeable about what is reasonable for my little one at this age and how I can support her along the way. I am so relieved that I found this workshop which has allowed my little one and myself to both get more sleep in a way that fit with my parenting beliefs. I have never questioned whether what I was doing was right for me and her.

Many of my mentors, and teachers are listed below. These are the leading experts in parenting and innovators in this movement. 

  • Dr. Daniel Seigel,
  • Dr. Bruce Perry,
  • Dr. Laura Markham,
  • Dr. Gabor Mate,
  • Dr. Gordon Neufeld,
  • Janet Lansbury,
  • Patty Wipfler
  • Dr. Shefali Tsabary.  
"Hi Shawnee! I just wanted to let you know that not only did S. completely SKIP the 8 month sleep regression, but we traveled on 2 separate occasions this summer for a full week each time and had zero issues returning home. AND she's now 19 months old and no sign of the 18 month sleep regression. I'm so amazed. She got 8 teeth without nighttime waking. Learned to walk. Started to say words. Dropped a nap. All these huge developmental leaps and slept through them all. You helped me instill the most wonderful sleep habits!!! She sleeps 11 hours every night and naps for 2 hours each day.  Anyway thought I'd let you know you worked wonders. In the past 14 months she's required my nighttime assistance less than 10 times. A true miracle!" Thanks you so much  -R. Levy

A different approach to finding sleep solutions

Sleep training by definition is decribed as leaving a baby alone to cry.  Many leading experts have "grave" concerns about the long-term implications of isolated crying.  Babies are complex, highly intelligent, intuitive and emotional.  Sleep is a vulnerable state where behavioral issues can arise as a result of emotional insecurity, disconnection and the need for co-regulation with the primary caregiver.  The goal of sleep work is not to extinguish a behavior but rather to support babies and children through change by creating the right circumstance for them to feel connected, safe and secure enough to surrender to peaceful sleep.  Coaching parents through emotional concepts is often required to help bridge the gap between soothing and separation, early emotional development is a process, we must support first and build deeper relationships through sleep work.  By establishing ideal sleep rhythms, creating stronger connections, building positive routines, using consistent patterns and setting appropraiate boundaries, your baby or child will love sleep