Babies are true miracles. They bring joy into your life, and fill it with new and amazing experiences. They make you smile and laugh, and stress and worry. They fill you with a sense of pride. And while babies are awfully cute and loveable, they also cry, especially as infants.
There are many reasons that babies cry ranging from hunger to a wet diaper to irritating noises that may be keeping them awake at night. And while that crying can keep you and your significant other up at night, if you live in an apartment, it is most likely keeping your neighbors up as well! So for both your baby and your neighbors sake, here are some suggestions for soundproofing your nursery.
The first thing you need to do is take a good look around the nursery. Pay specific attention to the amount of empty space there is. Empty spaces tend to echo and make loud noises seem louder. Plus the emptier a room is, the more background noise it can pick up. Try to fill this empty space by bringing in more furniture such as a dresser, display shelves or a rocking chair.
The arrangement of that furniture can also effect the soundproofing of the nursery. For example, placing the crib on a wall that does not join to another room can make a big difference. There are several sites online that can help you figure out the best way to arrange your nursery in order to help cut down on noise both coming in and going out.
Whether the floors have carpet or are hardwood, adding a rug can also help muffle noise. Look for one that is large enough to cover the majority of the floor, as opposed to just a throw rug. Also, try to select one that is made of wool rather than cotton, and a tufted rug is better for sound containment than a flat-woven one.
Hanging large pieces of canvas artwork, fabric paintings and even decorative quilts on the walls will also help make the nursery more soundproof. As will hanging heavy curtains on the windows. In fact, not only will the curtains help fill empty space, but they will help muffle outdoor noise and block light, both of which will help your baby sleep better.
Consider bringing in a fan or humidifier, or even a noise machine. Not only can these sounds be relaxing and calming to your baby, they also help mask any outside noises that may be irritating your baby. Speaking of calming, consider placing a few drops of lavender on a cotton ball and placing near the crib, but well out of baby’s reach. Or you can get a diffuser. I do not recommend putting any on your baby’s skin as these oils are very potent and an infants skin is too delicate and sensitive.
Most importantly, don’t get frustrated. This is a natural part of having a baby and it will pass. Do what you can to soundproof the nursery, and save your energy for you and your family. Of course, you could also always visit your neighbors with a gift bag containing a few sets of earplugs, some cookies, and a note thanking them for being understanding, and reminding them that this phase of crying through the night will soon end. On the outside attach a picture of your baby crying with the quote: “A good cry always makes me feel better after a hard day of work”!