If you’ve got a baby, or you have one on the way, you may have already considered nursery soundproofing. While there’s no way to stop your baby from crying at times, or sleeping and waking at a schedule that’s not convenient to you, nursery sound control can help your baby stay asleep, and may even help your baby stay calm throughout the day, thanks to fewer sudden or harsh noises that might tend to disturb them.
If you’re interested in soundproofing a nursery, you may not know where to begin. The truth is, soundproofing your nursery doesn’t need to be a major home renovation project. In fact, taking steps to protect your child’s nursery from unwanted and unexpected sounds can be much easier than you might think.
Your baby starts hearing before he is even born, so there will be sounds that are familiar right away. Like the rest of us, there are some sounds babies prefer more than others. These include:
- They may also respond to brown noise and other blanketing sounds, like the air conditioner, vacuum cleaner or static. These are soothing to babies because they resemble the whooshing sounds in the womb.
- There’s a reason everyone uses baby talk with babies. They respond to it! Babies tend to be more engaged with higher frequency, with more melodic sounds than lower ones. This is because a newborn’s hearing is still a bit immature, and its middle ear is still full of fluid.
- Just like us, babies love the sound of music! The trick is finding the right music. If you played a lot of music when your child was in the womb, that might be your first go-to when trying to find music your baby will respond to.
When it comes to soundproofing solutions in your nursery, what’s important is not so much blocking out all sound, but improving quality of the sound in the room. You’ll want to deaden and soften harsher noises so that your baby can focus on the right sounds. Complete silence is not necessarily what your baby needs to sleep and be comfortable. He is used to hearing sounds in the womb. However, those sounds are naturally muffled or deadened, so what you are looking for in your nursery is a way to use soundproofing to duplicate that effect.
You may be wondering if soundproofing your nursery will ensure your baby will sleep through the night. The answer is that it will probably help, especially if your baby is waking up more than normal, but how much uninterrupted sleep your baby will get depends on other factors. Babies’ sleep cycles are not the same as adults. An adult usually moves quickly through periods of light sleep into deeper sleep, where they remain for a good while, occasionally briefly moving into lighter sleep and then back into deeper sleep again. Typically, there are only a few periods of light sleep per night — absent other factors that may affect sleep.
Your baby, however, cycles much more frequently, with many cycles of deeper and lighter sleep per night. While in a deep cycle, your child can easily sleep through ambient noise without a problem just like you. However, during those many light cycles, they are much more susceptible to waking up when louder or harsh sounds are introduced. Good soundproofing, as well as white noise, can help guide your baby through those light sleep cycles so he remains asleep through most of them, although it is unlikely he will remain asleep through all of them.
No matter how light or deep a sleeper your baby tends to be, good soundproofing in the nursery can allow more restful sleep, both for you and your baby. It can provide more comfort and less stress, so it is almost always worth doing.
If you’re ready to take the first steps to a calmer, quieter household, here are a few nursery sound control tips to get you started.
Carpeting can go a long way toward good sound control for a nursery. Even just throwing down a few rugs can help, as hardwood floors can reflect sound and can lead to creaking and clacking when someone walks across it.
2. Arranging Furniture
Putting your baby’s crib up against a wall that doesn’t adjoin another room can help prevent them from experiencing excess sound. There are also decorating sites online that can offer tips on how to best arrange your nursery furniture for optimal noise control.
3. Soundproof Windows
If your nursery has windows, replacing them with soundproof windows can help prevent a lot of the noise pollution from out on the street from getting into your home and disturbing your baby. Whether you opt to soundproof your windows or not, you may want to invest in some good, heavy curtains which can block both noise and light from getting to your baby when he or she is trying to sleep.
4. White Noise Machine
The benefits of white noise and white noise machines can be truly remarkable. Studies have shown that white noise can have marvelous effects on babies, as it does on adults. White noise machines mask other sounds that may disturb or startle your baby and can even mimic sounds the baby heard in the womb, leading to a calmer baby who gets to sleep easier and stays asleep longer.
5. Soundproofing Insulation and Other Products
To really keep your baby’s nursery acoustically sound and harsh noise-free, consider installing soundproofing products from Soundproof Cow. These include layers of soundproof insulation you can put under flooring, deadening sheets you can put on the walls and even acoustic art panels, which serve the double purpose of absorbing sound and providing a visual display that can amuse your child and add to the appeal of the nursery’s décor.
Get Started with Your New Soundproof Nursery Now
The benefits of a soundproof nursery are difficult to calculate. If you’ve been suffering from lack of sleep or you’re concerned about your baby’s health due to excessive crying, sound control for your nursery can make a world of difference. You may quickly find that you, your spouse and your child are happier and sleeping better.
For all the soundproofing materials you need to make a great DIY soundproof nursery, head on over to Soundproof Cow right now.