A comprehensive guide to baby burping tricks to help you burp a newborn easily.
Your little one isn’t born knowing the best way to drink and this means they usually swallow lots of air naturally along with their milk. The air then makes them feel cranky and uncomfortable all day long.
This is why it’s so important to know the best burp position so you can easily burp an infant whenever they need it. Burping helps them to release air bubbles trapped inside their stomach and makes them feel better.
While some infants are able to wind themselves independently, others cannot. Both are normal, but if your infant can’t release gas on his or her own, you’ll learn the best ways to burp a baby here.
Read on and learn more!
Why Do I Need To Know How To Burp A Baby?
When you’re feeding your little one, burping is an essential part of the process. That means you shouldn’t forget about it. Whenever your infant consumes milk, they’re swallowing lots of air with it.
Gas and air bubbles can also be caused by bacteria when it breaks down foods inside the intestines. When your infant ingests food, or when you eat food that is then passed through your breast milk, this can occur.
The foods which are most likely to cause this to happen include vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts as well as beans, fruit drinks, gum and sugar-free candy. Therefore, if you’re nursing your tot you should add these to the list of foods to avoid during breastfeeding.
Furthermore, if your infant has an intolerance of certain foods which you’ve added to your diet, you may find their body reacts by creating air bubbles and gas. Dairy product intolerance is very common in babies.
Air bubbles won’t only result in your little one feeling uncomfortable. They’ll also make them feel gassy and could cause them to vomit.
For this reason, winding your newborn occasionally is important if they’re unable to manage it alone.
When Should I Burp Baby?
After a feeding session some babies must release air. Others need their air released during the session itself. This means there’s no specific rule about the right time to burp an infant.
Primarily, you should be looking for any sign of crankiness or discomfort in your little one. Pay attention to them when feeding and if they appear uncomfortable, wind them in the middle of the feed.
There are some doctors who suggest regularly winding your infant is a good idea, even when they have no sign of discomfort. If you do this, all of the gas will be released from their stomach so they won’t be cranky later.
How often is burping babies advised? If you’re breastfeeding, try winding your infant before you switch breasts. Alternatively, wait until the entire feed is finished.
If you’re feeding with a bottle, try it after 2 – 3oz if you have a little one under 6 months of age then repeat after the entire feed is done.
Sometimes, though, parents end up disturbing their child and trying to make gas come up even if there isn’t any there. There’s no need to wake a sleeping baby during the night to wind them as this will just irritate your newborn.
Rest assured, your tot is going to find a way of letting you know if they’re ready to burp!
How to Properly Burp a Newborn
Here are some of the top burp position ideas and ways to burp an infant effectively.
1. On Your Lap
Of all the different ways to burp a baby, this method is perhaps the easiest. Sit your newborn on your lap facing away from your body. Place your hand’s palm onto their chest and support their jaw and chin. Don’t apply pressure to their neck, though.
Gently bend your newborn forwards and gently rub their back using your other palm. Repeat until the gas is finally released.
2. On Your Shoulders
Another proper way of burping babies is to put their chin onto your shoulder before supporting their head and shoulder with one of your hands. Gently rub their back using your other hand and continue until the air is released.
If you try this method, move about while you rub your infant’s back as this is very helpful.
3. Lying Face Downwards on Your Knee
One of the top burping tricks is to put your infant slowly over your knee lying face downwards. Use one hand to support your infant’s chin and use the other hand to gently rub their back. Make sure you apply no pressure onto their neck at any time. Keep on patting and rubbing until eventually they release gas.
Try these various burping baby tricks on your infant and soon you’ll learn which one works best. Once you know, carry on using this method.
How do I Burp an Older Baby?
For an older infant, you can adopt the same techniques and positions as we’ve outlined in our above newborn burping tricks. But if your tot has good head control, there is one more technique to try:
First, hold your infant up onto your chest making them sit facing you. Place your hand or arm underneath their bottom to give them plenty of support. With your other hand, pat on their back carefully between their shoulder blades. Pat firmly but gently.
Moving upwards and downwards, pat their back repeatedly until finally they release gas. After some of the pats, run on their back too.
5 Best Tips to Burp Baby
We’ve brought you here a few burping baby tips that will help you in successfully winding your tot:
1. Gentle and Firm Pats
Make sure your rubbing and patting is always gentle so your baby’s fragile body doesn’t get hurt. Some babies will occasionally require a more firm pat, though, so they can release their trapped wind.
2. Focus on their Stomach
Make sure you focus all your patting onto your tot’s back on its left side as this is the spot where their stomach is and where the air is trapped.
3. Keep Bibs
The proper way to wind your tot involves keeping a cloth or bib between your clothing and their mouth when winding them. This protects your outfit should your little one vomit or spit up.
4. Prevent Crying
Should your infant begin crying while you’re feeding them, rock them, stand up and move, or talk to them so that they’ll stop crying.
5. Wind Your Little One Right Away
When you sense your newborn is uncomfortable during a feed help them release their wind immediately. Fussing and crankiness will just make him or her swallow even more air and this will, in turn, increase their discomfort and crankiness.
Avoid waiting and immediately wind your infant before they vomit or spit up.
Other Techniques to Burp an Infant
From time to time, your little one just won’t release gas regardless of what you try but they still display the symptoms of having trapped gas.
With this in mind, here are a few tricks which will assist you with these situations:
1. Stomach Technique
A key trick is to put your baby onto their stomach while they’re awake until finally they release their gas. In this position the trapped air will be more easily released from their stomach.
2. Bicycling Technique
One way of winding your tot is to place them on their back then gently massaging their stomach. Take hold of both feet them move them forwards and backwards like they were riding a bicycle. This gets the air moving so it will eventually be released.
3. Allow Their Bottle to Settle
It’s best to avoid the problem of air bubbles from arising initially than to resolve them after they’ve occurred.
If you’re feeding your newborn formula milk, You need to make sure the bottle has been well shaken before giving it to him or her. However, this creates air bubbles which get swallowed with their feed.
If you allow the bottle to settle after shaking it, all the bubbles will be released. Your newborn can then drink their bottle without filling up their tummy with air.
4. Select the Correct Nipple
If you choose the correct bottle nipple, this too can make a different. Different sizes of nipple suit different ages and therefore, you need to purchase the best one for your tot’s age.
Nipples that are too small or large for their mouth will prevent them from drinking properly and this will cause them to swallow air with their feed.
5. Choose the Correct Bottle Design
Some baby bottles for gas have been specially designed so that the volume of air trapped inside them is reduced. These bottles are very helpful to especially windy babies.
6. Think About What You’re Eating
Most of the foods you eat pass through the breast milk and into your baby. While everyone is different, if you eat lots of dairy products like ice-cream or cheese, your little one could end up with more gas.
7. Try Medications
As a last resort, you may be able to be prescribed medications by your doctor to relieve gas in your little one.
How to Burp a Newborn That Won’t Burp
When your little one won’t release their gas after a meal but doesn’t show any symptoms of being uncomfortable, this is completely normal.
But if your tot is showing any of these signs, they probably have some trapped gas which must be released:
- Clenched Fists
- Legs Pulled up to their Tummy
- Arched Back
When you’ve tried all the methods we’ve suggested here and they still haven’t worked here is some advice about burping newborns who won’t burp:
Try lying them down slowly with their back downwards and rub their stomach gently. Next, bicycle their legs forwards and backwards until all the trapped air is released.
Should none of those methods work, you’ll have to go to your doctor straight away to learn how to cope with this situation.
When Should I See My Doctor?
Should your tot vomit violently or frequently then you should visit your doctor. Spitting up isn’t a problem, but vomiting twice or more is an issue that needs investigating.
It’s rare that gas will have any other symptoms but if your infant has bloody stools, a fever, or diarrhea and they’re very cranky and won’t stop crying, gas may indicate a different problem.
Also visit your doctor if you’re struggling to understand how to wind your tot. They’ll be able to show you different ways of burping babies correctly.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When Should I Stop Burping A Baby?
Once your little one has reached 4 – 6 months of age you can stop helping them to wind themselves. By this age, they’ll usually be able to manage independently.
If your baby still appears to be uncomfortable and is struggling to release gas though, it’s fine to carry on assisting them for a little longer.
2. Can I Put My Infant Down for Sleep but Not Burp them?
You should never wake your little one during the night in order to wind them if they haven’t woken up by themselves.
On the other hand, if your little one has just fallen asleep following their feed, it’s fine to try burping them for just a few moments before you put them down for sleep. This will help you avoid your tot waking later due to gas pain.
3. Is a Fart the Same as Burping for an Infant?
The simple answer is no!
There are some parents who don’t think they need to wind their infant if they’ve just farted as they believe the trapped wind has been released if they’ve passed wind. However, this isn’t true.
Farts are produced from trapped gas which is deep in the intestine but burps are produced from air which is trapped inside the stomach once your baby has had their feed. That means that even if your little one farts they still need winding.
Many parents worry about burping their baby but it’s quite easy once you’re aware of the best burp position and which techniques will get the task done. Read our guide to baby burping tricks so you can release your infant’s gas seamlessly and smoothly!