Burping a baby is something that comes easy with practice and experience.
Do you know how to burp a baby?
Some babies burp with ease, while others need a lot of help to make even a little burp.
Why is it important to burp a baby?
If your baby has gas and becomes very fussy after a feeding you can bet that he has trapped gas that cannot get out. If the trapped gas stays inside, he may develop craps and colic pains.
You have probably been shown how to burp a baby by a nurse or midwife, but things seem different when you have to do it all by yourself.
I think that how you position your baby is the most important aspect of burping a baby. After that, you need to learn how to gently pat your baby's back.
After burping your baby burps, make sure to keep the baby inclined to prevent gas build up by using an adjustable nursing pillow.
Many babies fall asleep easily on this pillow. A nursing pillow is also useful if your baby has reflux or suffers from frequent regurgitations.
The nursing pillow provides many useful uses. For example, I have used this pillow when my babies had a cough or a cold that is worse by lying down. This pillow supports props them up and helps them breathe better at night.
There are many different ways to burp a baby. Try to use more than one position if your baby does not burp right away.
Consider waiting a little bit and change to another position. Over time your will learn that your baby is more likely to burp in a special position. Stick with what works for your baby.
1. Burping a Baby on Your Shoulder
The following video shows how to burp a baby. Burping a baby can be easy, once you see it! Try to notice all the different burping positions and how to correctly hold your baby each time. See how you can switch from one position to the next.
Burping a baby is all about practice. Remember that your baby will also communicate with you which position he or she prefers. Try to understands what you baby likes.
Tips On How To Burp A Baby
1. Burp your baby as soon as he is done feeding, or in between feeding. If your baby has gulped down a air bubble he will stop feeding.
2. Burp before switching breasts. Always remember to burp if you switch breasts. This is important to prevent colic.
3. Make sure to have a baby burp cloth nearby.
4. It is OK for babies to spit up during or after burping.
This video clip is another video the helps you review how to burp a baby.
You will go over similar burping positions to learn how to switch from one to the next if you notice that your baby is not burping yet. Get a feeling of what your baby needs.
Know when to burp your baby, not all babies need to be burped right away. Some like to stay still for a few minutes before trying to burp.
If your baby has a lot of trapped gas and burping does not relieve his symptoms, he may be suffering from colic. A colicky baby can cause a lot of stress due to the inconsolable crying, irritability, fussiness, etc.
Babies with colic have abdominal distinction and bloating, you can notice his tummy becoming rigid and his little legs going up and down in the desperate attempt to release gas.
Read the Curing Colic Guide to learn ways to completely cure baby build up gas and effectively treat baby colic naturally. I bought this book in 2008 when it first came out for my baby and I have to say that it was really useful.