Neighbors infant cries!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
42101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sofialovesmikey:  Have you spoken to the landlord about adding some soundproofing?

Post # 4
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Invest in soundproofing. The baby isn’t going anywhere and it sounds like your walls need it anyway if you can hear that much of their day to day living. If you both own your units, maybe they’ll share the cost with you or it can come out of association fees.

Post # 5
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

buy some earplugs. and talk to the landlord about adding soundprooding like PP’s suggested.

Post # 7
2052 posts
Buzzing bee

Hang up a carpet or thick blanket to help muffle sound. 

Post # 8
42101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sofialovesmikey:  You can do it yourself. Basically youneed to crete a second wall with airspace between your wall and theirs. From the inside, after you finish and paint the drywall, no one will ever know you have done anything. It will look like any other finished wall.


Post # 10
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Is DH’s office big enough to use as a bedroom for a while? At least then you could get some sleep.

Or perhaps you could ask your neighbors to move the baby’s crib away from your shared wall?

Post # 11
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@AlwaysSunny:  I agree with this.

I think the best solution would be to nicely chat with your neighbors. Granted with a newborn they are probably at their wits end but a calm discussion about the situation starting with kind introductions and asking how they are doing might be enough to break the ice. You could even go as far as bringing them a food item and offer congrats on their new little one.

You are both in a tricky situation. Again they are dealing with a new baby, new life and new schedule with likely non-existent sleep. It sounds like you are both in the same boat. I am always for open and non-accusatory communication.

Post # 12
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ugh apartments and newborn babies are the WORST. I have a neighbor whom we share our master bedroom wall with and I hear the thing screaming ALL THE TIME. It’s seriously the most annoying sound on this planet. I’ve since been able to cover up the sounds with a loud fan I keep on in the room. I also switched my bed to the opposite wall and put a television on the wall that we share with the nursery. When the infant wakes ME up with its screaming, I blast the TV and wake the parents up. They’ve since moved it to another room! 🙂

Post # 13
560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@AlwaysSunny:  This is what I was thinking. Switch the office and bedroom for the time being. It might not be pretty, but at least you get to sleep.

Babies work on growing cycles and whatnot, so even if they’ve cried for 2 weeks straight they could wake up tomorrow and decide to be a quiet baby now. Also, I’m sure the parents will get better at soothing him/her. I’m a pansy and wouldn’t say anything to the neighbors but you might get lucky and the little one might settle down any day now.

Post # 16
3677 posts
Sugar bee

If you can, try to have a little compassion for these new parents. If the baby’s crying is driving you to distraction, imagine how tough it must be on them!

You might even think about getting them a little baby gift: Harvey Karp’s The Happiest Baby On the Block (book or DVD – the DVD might be better in this case!) and a swaddle sack. Give them some tools to help defuse the crying, and you will all benefit. Wink

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