Tips on How to Burp a Baby

Tips on How to Burp a Baby

What do you do when your baby is uncomfortable during and after being fed? It could be that your baby needs to be burped. Many new parents wonder why, how, and when they should be burping babies.

Why do babies need to be burped?

When babies nurse or drink from a bottle, they can’t help ingesting some air. This air gets trapped in their little tummies and makes them uncomfortable. Trapped air can also cause babies to feel full before they have had enough to eat. Burping babies alleviates this trapped air and allows your baby to be more comfortable. Your baby is happier and so are you! 

How to burp a baby

When first learning how to burp a baby, the way you hold your baby is important. There are a few different ways to hold a burping baby. Three common positions are:

1) Sit your baby up in your lap with your hand under baby’s chin to support baby’s head

2) Lay your baby face down in your lap

3) Hold your baby up against your shoulder

You may need to try some or all of these positions for burping babies to find which one is the most comfortable for both you and your baby.  With each position, make sure that a burping cloth is in place to protect your clothes from possible spit up. 

Once baby is comfortable, gently rub or pat baby’s back. When learning how to burp a baby, you may need to try different types of pats. Some babies need a slightly firmer pat to dislodge the air bubbles and some babies prefer a gentle back rub. Your baby may not burp every time, and that is okay. 

When to burp baby

It is recommended to try burping babies when mom switches sides while nursing or after your baby has finished 1 to 2 fluid ounces from a bottle. Simply burp your baby halfway through feeding if you lose track. Babies should also be burped when they are finished eating too. If spitting up is a problem, try burping more often. When you are learning how to burp a baby, you will start to recognize when your baby needs to be burped. 

The good news is that most babies grow out of the need for being burped at around two months old.

How to avoid excess air

Avoiding extra air in baby’s tummy can help burping babies spit up less. You can help reduce excess air in the bottle by making sure the bottle is not too hot or too cold. When bottle-feeding babies, sit them upright in your lap so they do not swallow too much air.  

Trapped air in the in the bottle and bottle nipple are common reasons for excess air in baby’s tummy and an increased need for burping babies. Using award-winning Baby Blendy bottles reduces air bubbles and foaming when mixing formula or stored breast milk by 70%. Baby Blendy bottles are portable, convenient and easy to use, especially when combined with a portable, purified and distilled water like Bay Bay Water.