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Create a “Quiet” Environment

Posted by: Andrew on September 06, 2011 | 3 Comments

It’s well known that babies sleep best in environments that are free of sudden or startling noises.  For the purpose of this baby sleep tip, that’s what I’m choosing to call a “quiet” environment.

Interestingly, your baby doesn’t need complete silence to sleep well.  In fact, since babies are used to the loud sounds of their mother’s womb, many newborns refuse to sleep in perfect silence because it is too strange.  It would be like an adult who has become comfortable sleeping in the hustle and bustle of a noisy apartment building in the middle of Times Square suddenly being dropped into a remote country village with no sounds whatsoever, and asking them to sleep perfectly.  It would be pretty hard for anyone to switch environments so quickly and be comfortable.

So, when I say that you should create a “quiet” environment, I really mean to create an environment that doesn’t have sudden loud noises that might startle your little one awake - but, it doesn’t have to be completely silent.

Remember that babies are really used to loud womb noises, not silence. So, they are often very soothed by baby white noise.  Whether it be the sound of running water or the sound of a vacuum cleaner, or a recording of womb sounds, babies like monotonous sounds like this because it helps drown out sudden startling noises, and it reminds them of being back inside Mom.

Another good way to create a non-startling “quiet” environment, is to lubricate any squeaky crib springs or any squeaky rocking chair parts.  It doesn’t matter exactly what you do, just as long as you do your best to eliminate or minimize any noises that might startle your little one awake.  Once you do, you’ll be well on your way to creating a “quiet” environment where your little one can sleep away in peace.

Andrew Dolbin-MacNab

About the Author:

Andrew Dolbin-MacNab is a father, web developer, and one of the founding members of Pediasleep, a leader in the production of white noise and other soothing sounds to aid the healthy sleep of infants, cosleepers, and parents. Having successfully survived his daughter and son's early sleep problems with the help of white noise, he is also an expert on infant sleep problems and their solutions.

Pediasleep can be found online at

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Picture of Marcie

This is one reason why I like Pediasleep so much.  I find that by playing my son’s white noise MP3 at night, his nursery seems so much more quiet than when it’s not playing.  You see, when it’s not playing, the sounds from outside his window come in, and the sounds from the house also come in, and it ends up that he’s usually startled awake by something.  But, when his white noise MP3 is playing, he doesn’t hear any of that, and sleeps like a baby!


Picture of Ericka

So “quiet” doesn’t necessarily mean “soundless” is what you’re both saying?  That’s really interesting and something I need to try.


Picture of Marcie

Right, quiet to a baby doesn’t have to be soundless.  I think the important thing is to keep the environment free of sudden startling noises.  Those are what seem to wake my baby the most.

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