As a parent to a newborn, burping a baby is inevitable. When your baby feeds, little bubbles of air can become trapped in her stomach. These bubbles can make her uncomfortable and grizzly. By burping your baby during feeding, you help her to free up room in her tummy, so she can settle and feed for longer. Burping your baby after is also necessary. There are many ways you can burp your baby and different step you can follow. There are certain things to keep in mind:

 

Be prepared for Spit Ups: Babies will spit up, at random occasions but mostly while you’re burping them. Spitting up is a common occurrence during a burp and does not necessarily mean that your baby is vomiting. “It is very common for infants to spit up a mouthful or two of formula or breastmilk when they burp because it is sitting on top of the gas bubble,” states Gottesman. “As the gas bubble breaks, it pushes up those small amounts of milk. Also, the muscle at the entrance of the muscle at the entrance of the stomach that holds the feeding in the stomach is weaker than it will be in later life, making it easier for infants to regurgitate portions of their feedings. That’s why you need to be prepared, the best option is to get a burp cloth but in order to ensure it holds all the spit up from touching your clothes, it's better to get a premium burp cloth that’s 100 percent cotton and easy to clean. Whichever burping position you choose, be sure to have a burp cloth by your baby's mouth to catch any spit-up. Most often the spitting up will stop by the time the baby begins to sit upright or when they reach six months of age. Often, a healthy baby can spit up a tablespoon or two with each feeding. To decrease the amount of spitting up, try placing the baby in an upright position for 20 to 30 minutes after the feeding. However, if your newborn tends to be spitting up more frequently during each feeding session, seek consultation with your child’s pediatrician or professional caregiver.

 

Recognize the signs: After a while, mothers will learn to tell if a baby needs to burp or not. Recognizing the signs goes a long to help anticipate a burp or a spit up. Some of the signs might be a frown, wiggling, eating faster or the age-old crying. Newborn babies will communicate their needs to you through the type of cries they make, so keen observation and trust your instincts are the key.”

 

Know what works best for your baby: and for you. There is no one fit “right way” to burp a baby or take care of a baby. Know what works for you and use that. It’s great to read tips, do your research and watch videos to sharpen your skills but don’t let anyone style dictate to you what to do (unless it’s doctors orders). So find what works for you and your baby and stick with it.

 

Try different burping styles: Like I just mentioned, you need to know what works best for you and your baby. Trying different burping styles is a good idea till you figure out the most efficient style for your baby. There are common styles like the over the shoulder style but still, do your research and testing because what works for one mom or baby may not work for you. The different burping styles are:

  • On your chest

Hold your baby against your chest so her chin is resting on your shoulder.

Support her head and shoulders with your hand. Gently rub or pat her back with your other hand.

  • Sitting on your lap

Sit your baby on your lap facing away from you. Use one arm to support your baby's body, the palm of your hand supporting her chest while your fingers gently support her chin and jaw. Keep your fingers away from her throat. Lean your baby slightly forwards and gently pat or rub her back for a while with your free hand.

  • Face down across your lap

Lie your baby face down on your legs, at a right angle to your body so she's lying across your knees. Support your baby's chin and jaw with one hand. Keep your baby's head slightly higher than the rest of her body, so blood doesn't rush to her head. Rub or pat your baby's back gently with the other hand.

Preventing too much gas: Burping is needed because of gas in the baby. This gas gets trapped during feeding or due to the mother's diet. There are ways that you can prevent or at least reduce this from happening. While mixing the baby formula, do not shake vigorously so as not to create lots of air in the formula. Also, make sure you’re using the right bottle nipple for your baby’s age and size. If the bottle nipple is too advanced for your baby, it might be releasing the milk or formula too fast which will lead to the baby swallowing more air. So choose an age-appropriate nipple to try to limit the amount of air swallowed during feedings. The bottle style also matters. If your baby is having too much gas, try changing up the style of bottle you use. Some bottles are designed to reduce the amount of air in the bottle. You can also try bottles with disposable liners, vents, or straw-like system bottles that allow fewer air bubbles from seeping in or allows the bubbles an alternate way out of the bottle.

Keep in mind that burps, toots, and spit-up from babies are completely normal. Projectile vomiting is not. If your baby is violently vomiting up large amounts after feedings, contact your pediatrician to look for other causes. Normally, gassiness shouldn't come with additional symptoms. "If your baby has a temperature of 100.4 degrees F, diarrhea, bloody stools, or is so fussy that he can't be settled down," the burping may be a sign of something else going on and you should call your doctor or take your baby to the hospital.