March 9, 2017
Scott in Lifestyle

How to Soundproof a Baby's Room

When bringing home a newborn, a soundproof baby's room is often overlooked. Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare for your new arrival.

Bringing home a new baby can be exciting. It's so new, this little person that the parents are supposed to care for. This can be so exciting that they'll jump at every whimper, thinking it's a cry for them. Living in an apartment or house can hinder the relaxation of a family as well, because no one likes to be separated from their baby. This is only made more difficult when they can hear their baby crying through the walls. That is why soundproofing a baby’s room is so important. Parents can then hear the important baby cries on the monitor, but won't be disturbed and exhausted by every small movement from the newborn. On the flip-side, you want to keep noise to a minimum from the outside to ensure your baby gets a good night's sleep, especially if you live in the city or near a busy street. Following these next steps will help parents to safeguard both their needs and the needs of their new little one.


Five-step soundproofing guide


Five-step soundproofing guide


Step 1: Make the walls thicker

When constructing the child’s room, make sure that the walls are thick. Using denser materials, like 5/8ths drywall or even thicker will help to keep unwanted sound at bay. Arranging items on top of the wall will also help. If you can't change the walls themselves, simply hang up thick blankets to stop sound waves from penetrating the wall, going into the next room—this is an easy and inexpensive fix. 

 

Step 2: Installing a door sweep

By installing a sweep at the bottom of the door, it limits the amount of sound that can travel underneath the door. Rubber or plastic work well, and can be found at a local hardware store for around ten dollars. Make sure you measure the width of the door before you go, because they are cut in specific sizes. They can be cut again if you purchase the incorrect size, but it's more hassle than it's worth!

 

Step 3: Insulate the studs

If you are still building the room, using insulation on an inside wall may seem like a waste, but it will help a great deal with soundproofing. The denser the wall can get, the more sound is effectively trapped. This will help prevent random burps or anything from penetrating the wall.

 

Step 4: Caulk the cracks

Making sure there are no cracks in the walls, doors, or windows is paramount. If there is even a small slice, it will carry sound much more easily. Take five minutes and run a cheap silicone caulk into those cracks to make sure the whole family is protected against unwanted noise!

 

Step 5: Egg cartons and panels

As a last ditch effort, installing egg cartons or soundproof panels on the wall will help the family muffle any unwanted noise. Although it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing solution, it should cut the sound production down a great deal, allowing both the parents and the baby to get a decent night's sleep! 

sleeping baby


Making sure babies sleep through the night is paramount, and ensuring parents get enough shut eye is crucial! By following these soundproofing tips, this will help the baby to sleep better and the adults to have a quieter place to relax.