Baby basics: How to burp your baby
Learn parent-proven techniques on how to burp your baby.
Burping your baby is a key part of your baby’s feeding routine. Learn the signs of trapped gas and different techniques to burp your baby.
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How to burp your baby
Burping your baby is a key part of your baby’s feeding routine. When your baby swallows, air bubbles can become trapped in the stomach and cause discomfort. Burping allows your baby to remove some of that gassiness to relieve the pain. It also helps prevent spitting up.
Signs of trapped gas
Crying, arched back, drawing legs into the tummy or clenching the fists.
There are no rules on when to burp your baby. Some babies need to be burped during their feed while others after. And some may find it easier than others.
Here are 3 techniques that many parents use. Try them all out to see what works best or use a combination.
Over the shoulder
Hold your baby upright with the head resting on your shoulder.
Pat the back with your other hand.
Tip: Cupping your hand slightly is gentler than a flattened palm.
Sitting on your lap
Sit your baby on your lap supporting the chin and chest with one hand. Rub or pat the back with your other hand.
Tip: Use repeated, gentle pats on your baby’s back.
Lying across your lap
Rest your baby faced down on your lap and gently rub or pat the back.
Tip: Keep a cloth nearby in case your baby spits up.
Still showing signs of trapped gas?
Try lying your baby on the back and gently massage the tummy. Try moving your baby’s legs back and forth, like riding a bike. If these tips don’t work, talk to your healthcare provider to advise on alternative options.