For parents, welcoming a new child into their lives and in their home is both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. For one, you get to shower your love and life lessons to your kin and blood. On the other hand, you’re in for a series of sleepless nights and screams enough to turn you insane.
While we can’t promise a solution to prevent the screams and cries completely, we can share with you 6 ways to soundproof your baby’s room. These ideas can prevent noises from distracting your baby, and keep the cries and tantrum screams from piercing everyone’s ears at home. They don’t cost a good chunk of fortune, and they’re easy to do!
1. Add soundproof wall panels
The walls are always the first part of your home that you need to soundproof since its the usual suspect for allowing noise to penetrate in your room. The best way to keep your nursery’s walls from doing this is to attach some soundproof wall panels.
Soundproof wall panels do the job of blocking loud noises from the room, thanks to its sound-absorbing and soundproofing materials. They’re affordable too, and you’ve got lots of options on Amazon to choose from. They vary in design and colors, giving you more freedom to choose a soundproofing option that matches the nursery’s interior design. If nothing suits your liking, you can always go for customized soundproof wall panels.
Soundproof wall panels are easy to install like acoustic panels and foams. With some adhesive or Blu-Tack, you’re all set to soundproofing the walls of your baby’s room.
2. Soundproof your hollow door
Most doors are made with a hollow core, particularly the lightweight ones. Because there’s not enough material to stop noise frequencies from penetrating, your baby can still hear the external noise from the nursery, and vice versa.
You can check if your nursery’s door is hollow by knocking on it. You can always tell if the door is thin if it feels like knocking on cardboard, or if it doesn’t resemble the same solid knocking sound as your front door.
The simplest way to soundproof the door is to weatherstrip it. This means filling in the gaps between the door and its frame so no external noise can sneak inside.
Weatherstrips are easy to attach. When you’ve purchased some adhesive-backed foam weatherstrips, remove the adhesive and start sticking them on the areas with gaps.
Alternatively, you can cover your hollow door with some soundproofing blankets. You can also repaint your doors with a plywood coat or soundproofing paint for extra protection against unwanted noise.
Of course, if you’ve got some remodeling plans for the nursery (or the whole house), you can replace your current door with solid-core ones.
3. Get a white noise machine
Not all noises are bad for your baby. Some are good too, like white noise. This particular type of noise is known to bring a calming effect for your baby and achieve a sound sleep. A study by Margaret Borkowski and her colleagues had proven this benefit, as long as parents partner white noise sounds with positive bedtime routines.
A white noise machine generates white noise sounds for your baby to create a calming effect and pave the way for your baby’s sound sleep. This is extremely helpful if your baby experiences immediate night wakings, tantrums, and other bedtime struggles.
However, you need to use this machine in moderation. Else, your baby might rely too much on the white noise machine to fall asleep. Once your child reaches 1 or 1 1/2 years old, you can gradually reduce their dependence on the machine for a good night’s sleep.
4. Fill the white space with more furniture or items
Contrary to the belief that nursery rooms should be clutter-free, you need to add more items in your baby’s room for added soundproofing effect. When there are more white spaces available in a room, the noise will keep bouncing around inside and produce loud echoes. So if you only have the crib to call as furniture in the nursery, it would be wise to add some companions to it.
For instance, you can hang bookshelves on the wall for children’s books or decorative items. You can also add a small sofa, a dresser, or a cabinet inside the room. If you feel claustrophobic with too many furniture items in the room, you can add more stuff toys instead.
Just ensure you clean these items frequently. Your baby may be safe from unwanted noises, but it’s all for nothing when s/he gets airborne illnesses from dust and dirt clobbering into the furniture.
5. Double glaze the windows
If you live in a busy neighborhood, that could spell a new distracting problem for your baby. To shut those external noises from the streets, you may want to double glaze the nursery’s windows.
Double glazing the windows involves placing another window on top of your current one. The only thing separating the two window panes is a space filled with vacuum or gas.
Not only can double-glazed windows keep unwanted noise out, but they can add insulation to the nursery too. The additional window helps trap the heat inside, providing more natural heat to the room. Now you won’t need to rely on the heater or the air conditioner to keep your child warm enough, whatever the season is.
This might need some handyman skills though, so if you’re not into DIY remodeling jobs, you may need to spend more to double glaze your windows.
6. Adore the windows with sound-absorbing curtains
To add more soundproofing capacity and interior points to the nursery, adore the windows with sound-absorbing curtains. They’re made with heavy-duty fabric materials to keep noise frequencies from penetrating through them.
They can’t block external noise completely though, but still, they do a great job in muffling any distracting noise from outside.
Make sure to pick out curtains with light colors that exude cheerful, happy vibes, like periwinkle blue. Light colors can help bring a positive environment for your baby while s/he’s in the nursery.