3 Best Ways for Burping your Baby

Best Ways for Burping your Baby

Burping your baby is important regardless if you choose to breastfeed or formula feed. You as an adult probably know that feeling when you’re eating something delicious and you just can’t finish your plate? You’re stuffed and ready to burst, but there’s still some leftovers on your plate. And so you try to eat it all up, but of course, that only makes it worse—you feel like your stomach is going to explode. That’s probably the worst feeling in the world. But don’t worry—your baby doesn’t have to experience that!

Burping your baby

When a baby drinks milk, he will swallow some air bubbles and these air bubbles will need to come back up. Unlike adults, a baby’s burp usually comes with some milk: this is called spit up. Spit up can be messy especially if you’re not ready for it. It can make some uncles reconsider they will of being a father in the future, but trust me, everyone can adapt to it. It is for sure not pretty, but just part of the life of a parent.

It is not advisable to let a baby burp at his own time because you cannot predict when, or how messy, his burp will be. It’s easier (cleaner) for you to help him burp because you can prepare yourself with a burping cloths.

Burping your baby – gassy babies

In addition to making life easier and cleaner for yourself, it’s more comfortable for baby to get those gas bubbles out with a loud buuurp! The other option is to let the air slowly wind its way through his gastro-intestinal system and then finally come out as a fart. “Gassy” babies cry a lot because they are uncomfortable so, take a few minutes to burp your baby – it will be the only time where you are thrilled with his belches.

For a really gassy baby who won’t eat because his belly is full of air, the pediatrician may recommend simethicone drops (Mylicon). Simethicone causes small bubbles to pop and join into larger bubbles. The larger bubbles can then rise up as a burp. Simethicone is believed to have no side effects.

Some babies will burp with the simplest pat on the back. Other babies need more work to entice the air to come back out. There are 3 common ways to hold a baby to burp him and I will now present them to you.

Burping your baby - over the shoulder

1. Over the shoulder

The most familiar way to burp a baby is to put his head over your shoulder (facing back) and gently rub or pat his back. Sometimes it helps to squat up and down a little so help jiggle the air bubbles up. Be sure to place a burp cloth over your shoulder so that when the burp comes the wipe cloth will soak up the spit up.

Sitting on your laps

2. Burping your baby – sitting on your lap

Another way to burp a baby is to sit him on your lap. Support his head up with your hand; this is easiest if you form the letter “C” with your thumb and index finger and place the C-shape under his chin. Rub or gently pat his back until the burp comes out. Drape a burp cloth over your hand so that it will soak up the spit up. You may even wish to place a lap cloth over your lap.

Burping baby - lying on laps

3. Lying on your lap

Another way to burp your baby is to place him face down on your lap and gently pat or rub his back until he burps. Position one leg higher so that his head is slightly higher than his belly. Again, use a lap cloth to protect your clothes from the spit up.

A burp can come within a minute after eating, or it can take up to 10 minutes. It’s worth experimenting with different positions to get that air bubble out. The air will come out one way or another. Sometimes a burp that has been in his belly for a long time will come up with a large amount of spit up – very messy and scary too because it is almost as if he is vomiting.

Burping your baby – summary

There are lots of great ways to burp your baby. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Change position: Try putting your baby on his or her back, and then gently pat your baby’s back in a single spot. If that doesn’t work, try holding him or her upright, or even sitting up yourself (as long as it’s safe).
  • Give them something to suck on: Sucking on a pacifier can help relieve gas, so give one a try!
  • Try burping in different positions: Some babies prefer being held upright while being burped—others like it when they’re lying down flat on their backs with their head slightly propped up. Experiment with different positions until you find one that works best for both of you!

If you’ve tried all three methods and they still aren’t burping, it’s time for an alternative approach: giving them a little bit of water or juice from an eyedropper (don’t make it too strong). This will help them swallow more air than usual which will eventually lead to the production of a burp. If it doesn’t work after a few minutes, try giving them another eyedropper full of water or juice.If you’re still having trouble, it’s time to call a doctor. Your child may have an infection that could be causing the problem or they may need some type of medication for their reflux.

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