Does anyone have any tips for dealing with thin walls between your kids’ rooms?

My toddler (2) does a pretty great job with naptime from 1-3:30, UNLESS we try to put our 5 month old in her crib in the next room. The 5 month old makes noises and sometimes cries while getting settled, and it wakes my toddler up every time and she will not go back to sleep then. (This is my current situation 😑) I’ve heard ideas like hanging blankets on the walls or putting full bookshelves in the room, has anyone found success with either of these? I just end up letting the baby nurse to sleep and just laying her on the floor in the living room which 1. is not a habit I want the baby to get into and 2. then sometimes wakes the baby up when the toddler gets up and is ready to play. Does anyone have any tips? Something’s gotta give but I don’t have the money to be tearing open any walls to add more insulation! Thank you!

  • Kendall
    Apr 06

    Maybe a white noise machine or music playing in toddlers room? May help drown out other noises in the house

  • Anonymous
    Apr 06

    Egg crate mats! Ugly, but cheap and effective. Maybe behind a bookshelf?

  • B
    Apr 06

    We do a white noise machine in each kid’s room (I prefer wave sounds). In apartments I’ve done blankets hanging, or bookshelves, and they work if you cover the wall.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Apr 07

    White noise machine is definitely the easiest. There isn’t much that will block out the high pitch of a newborn cry, but the white noise tricks the brain into focusing on that instead of other changes in the background.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Apr 07

    Oh but side note, some white noise machines are waayy too loud for baby or toddlers ears. I use a old iPhone and place it between the two rooms in the hallway upstairs.

  • Katie
    Apr 07

    Thank you, everyone!!

  • Angie
    Apr 11

    Sound machine!

  • Natalie
    Apr 12

    White noise machine in one or both rooms, we use a lectrofan. I’ve read it shouldn’t be any higher than 65db you can use an app on your phone to measure how loud it is