Baby-Led Sleep

Online Sleep Classes 

Starting with prenatal sleep-prep and parenting for newborns, our program is designed to guide parents through their journey from birth to preschool. Interactive webinars and groups with supportive coaching will help you customize and personalize your own parenting style as well as your child's sleep path. Self-paced, comprehensive online sleep course. Step one of our sleep series will give you the information you need to understand healthy sleep habits through the foundations of sleep. Along with education on the science of sleep, you will also receive our complete breastfeeding course and nutrition class for older babies and toddlers. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to start making gentle changes to your baby's sleep. Step one teaches you what to do! Step two focuses on emotional coaching and teaches parents how to make the changes needed.

Virtual Sleep Workshops

In part two of our sleep course program, we will provide you with important information about emotionally supportive parenting strategies, attachment, self-regulation, connection, setting boundaries and the impact of the maternal-child relationship to sleep. These critical pieces form the basis of supporting sleep without sleep training. The virtual sleep workshops are done thorugh weekly live webinars. You will also have weekly phone check-ins with both educators and coaches for the entire month, as well as a one-hour sleep strategy session booked at the end of the course. This program gives you all the parenting tools to make the changes for healthy sleep.

Sleep without sleep training not only changes the way your baby or child sleeps, but also changes the relationship you have with your child and creates a  stronger emotional connection that lasts a lifetime. Step two of the sleep program is an introductory course for consious parenting and parent coaching startegies. Beyond sleep you will understand the process of emotional coaching. 

Parenting Education  

Our Conscious Parenting series is an extension of our baby sleep workshops. If you have taken our courses all along you will be well prepared for a deeper look at parenting through reflective practice and awareness. Understanding Conscious Parenting early on in your parenting journey is truly a gift! So many of our clients tell us, they wish they could turn back the clock and know this before having a baby. For parents who wish to prevent behavioral challenges, avoid disconnection, emotional drama and testing limits, we invite you to join us for this course. The ideal parenting course for infants, babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Dr. Shefali Tsabary's  is an expert when it comes to self-awareness. She has written several books and has been an incredible teacher and mentor for us. The Conscious Parenting 4-part workshop will teach you how to apply these concepts and completly change the way you parent your child. This done through series of webinars over four weeks that are each 90mins long. This content will be taught as a class on Tuesday's and Thursday's with take home projects and concepts to review. Each week we will discuss what you've learned and applied to your day-to-day parenting situations. We blend lessons for sleep solutions and healthy nutrition into the course content. This provides parents with the added bonus of sleep education, emotional coaching and behavioral solutions, while building stronger relationships and deeper connections with their children. 

Parenting education also includes our prenatal parenting workshop, monthly webinars with specific topics from night weaning to picky eaters, private coaching calls with Lauren and Shawnee, and our Virtual Mommy Village where we will meet for online coffee in our pajamas on weekday mornings to discuss various parenting topics and have occasional guest speakers. More importantly, we will share a common interest, meet like-minded moms, have heart-to-heart conversations, build relationships, and connect with eachother from the comfort of our own homes to create a lifelong friendships.


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*2017 – 2018 dates will be adjusted as necessary for holidays.
If you are concerned about the specific workshop date please don't hesitate to contact us



We believe that the more we know, the more we are able to help you. We are committed to professional development and continuous learning in order to bring you the most up-to-date information and research. Baby-Led Sleep™ has been created by individuals with the following combined certifications / certificates / degrees: Lactation Consultant, Registered Nurse, Neonatal ICU postgrad, teacher (B.Ed. in Primary and Junior), Infant Mental Health Certificate, Sleep Educator, Peaceful Parenting Educator, Triple “P” Parenting Course, Pediatric Nutrition and Health, Developmental Care Concepts, Managing Anxiety in Toddlers, Foundations Certificate in Self-Regulation, Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor, BCC Parent Educator Course, Yoga Instructor, Certified International Baby Planner, Emotional Wellness Education, Pediatrics and Neonatology, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Special Education parts 1 and 2, Early Childhood Educator, Registered Massage Therapist, and Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training Levels 1 and 2. 


Shawnee Baker

My name is Shawnee Baker. My home is on the Seacoast, about an hour north of Boston. I am the wife of a very supportive husband, and the mother to three beautiful children. I have been a Neonatal Registered Nurse for twenty years and have provided hands on care to over twenty thousand babies. I am also an IBCLC, Developmental Care Specialist and Parent Educator. I currently run two businesses as a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant Parenting Instructor and Coach. Parent Certification in several areas, peaceful parenting, hand-in-hand parenting, Triple P parenting and most of all the conscious parenting mentorship and education with Dr. Shefali and Dr. Patricia Barros. I am passionate about what we do! It is a privilege to support you through your parenting journey!

Shawnee brings her passion for conscious parenting to sleep work and supports parents to build deeper relationships and stronger connections through sleep. I highly recommend her services!
— -Melissa Newfield

Lauren Heffernan

My name is Lauren Heffernan. I live in Oakville, Ontario, and I am a wife and mother of two little ladies—Grace, who is five, and Isla, who is three—and let’s not forget about Bernie, the bernedoodle. I started out my career as a teacher and worked mostly in the primary grades before I had my first daughter. Following the birth of my second daughter, I decided to change my career and found a love for supporting new moms. I am a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Educator, a title I much prefer to Sleep Consultant, and I am also working to finish my clinical hours to become a Lactation Consultant. I am really excited to be sharing this journey with you and your family and look forward to supporting you as you meet your sleep goals.

Lauren is a caring professional who is continually growing herself and her business in ways that will best service families. Her newest campaign is a beautiful testiment to her passion and integrity. I highly endorse Lauren!
— Brandie Hadfield, President of Attachment Parenting Canada

What is Baby-Led Sleep™?


We created the Baby-Led Sleep™ approach to place an emphasis on a mother’s instinct and to show how that can lead to a good night’s sleep. With a desire to help families improve their sleep without resorting to sleep training, we have developed a program that:

  • respects and nurtures the attachment system;
  • supports the natural progression of development;
  • gives parents an understanding of what “normal” baby sleep looks like;
  • appreciates your baby’s still-developing brain and dominant survival impulse;
  • encourages parents to believe and to follow their own instincts; and
  • empowers a mother to make changes to improve the quality of her baby’s sleep.

Research on brain development validates that a mother’s instincts about her baby are best, and this vital fact is the foundation of our approach.

The Baby-Led Sleep™ approach will teach you how to connect with your baby on a deeper level and how to reinforce important feelings of safety and security so that when developmentally ready, your baby will be prepared and will know how to fall asleep.

Our approach will help you to:

  • understand realistic, age-appropriate expectations about sleep;
  • learn about yourself as a parent and your impact on your baby’s sleep;
  • be a responsive parent by listening to your child’s cues and dealing with your child respectfully while supporting any distress, in an effort to build and nurture trust;
  • create a safe sleep space;
  • appreciate the emotional work required to support sleep, understand what causes sleep interruptions, and how sleep actually works; and
  • use the tools that encourage better sleep for your baby, as well as help you gain control over the conditions that affect good sleep, such as your own behavior, nutrition, environmental factors, routines, time, and “village” of support.

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I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to Lauren Alysha Heffernan and Shawnee Baker! 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.