Burping A Baby | Introduction
Because she hasn’t developed her eating and swallowing skills yet, it is a natural occurrence for your little one to take in some air while she feeds, no matter how good the anti-gas or anti-colic function is on a bottle. This is why it’s important to keep burping your baby. Burping a baby is done to release the air out of the baby’s tummy. Some of the signs to look for that indicate your baby is ready for burping are turning her head to the side, making noise, squirming and if you hear her making loud sucking noises when bottle feeding. If your baby does not show any of the signs that she’s gassy, take a burping break about halfway through the feed just to check, and always remember to take another burping break at the end. The last burp is obviously the most important because it’s the last time you burp after that feed!
The best position for burping a baby in is really an individual thing; its all about what suits you and your baby. The best way to go about it is to try different positions until you find the most comfortable or most successful one for you. The most popular and obvious way to burp a baby is to put them over your shoulder. Often mum’s say this is the best position as it is the most comfortable and the easiest to do when you are out and about.
General Rules On Burping A Baby
- Always place a towel under your baby’s chin when burping a baby in case of spit ups (AND there will be some!).
- Depending on your baby’s head control, you may want to stick with the first option of burping a baby if you are burping a newborn.
- Always ask your doctor or healthcare professional about anything you are unsure of about burping a baby!
Burping A Baby | The Techniques, mimijumi Style
- The Rock Climber (crest of your shoulder)
Pick her up and press her against your chest area, with her head resting just about on the crest of your shoulder. Now pat and rub your baby on the back and wait for the little gas cylinder to let some pressure off! Don’t be really conscious of being too firm, but don’t go overboard! You pat and rub her back to help release the air from her abdomen. You will probably get a couple of wet burps every now and then, hence the towel. And don’t worry if your baby doesn’t burp at all when you try to burp her. This is usually a good thing and means your baby has learnt to eat without taking in air!
- The Superhero (horizontal over your lap)
You need to be sitting down for this one. First, put the towel on your left leg. Hold your baby vertically with her feet on your right leg. Turn her so she’s facing inwards, place your left hand under her tummy and your right hand on her back, then tilt her down so she’s hovering over your lap. Tap and rub her back as per above. You can do the Superhero in reverse if that feels more comfortable (maybe this will suit you better if you are a lefty!)
- The Racing Driver (sitting up straight on your lap)
The Racing driver is when your burping your baby while she’s sitting up straight as if she’s in a chair. Sit your baby on your left leg with her legs facing to the right and legs are dangling in between your legs. Now hold her around her torso underneath her arms with your right hand and pat and rub her back with your left!
This video I found is also really helpful if you want to see how it’s done on video. They do the above in the reverse order, but as she says, “any of these ways will get results!” – YouTube Video – Burping a Baby . If you still have questions, you know where to get me!
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