Baby burping: 6 ways to wind your baby

by Mother & Baby |

Every mum knows a windy baby is a grumpy baby! Avoid the tears by finding the right baby burping technique to settle your little one.

Your baby’s digestive system can give you endless worries in the early days. But there is a way to work out what’s making them uncomfortable – and how to get them happy again.

If your baby gets air trapped in her tummy, they’ll feel uncomfortable and unable to settle.

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"For some babies, wind can be incredibly painful and upsetting," says parenting expert {:target=_blank :rel=noopener} Fi Star-Stone.

"It can take time and patience to soothe them and dislodge the wind, but after every feed, you should ensure you get 3-4 big burps.

"You can do this in several ways but it's really about finding out what works for you and your baby."

How to wind your baby:

There are several different ways to wind your little one. Get the technique right and it could provide instant relief for your little one….

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1) The classic rub

Sit your baby on your lap facing to the side or facing forward. Support your baby with one arm under his tummy and your hand supporting his chin. Lean him forward slightly and rub his back up and down quite quickly with your free hand.

Causes of trapped wind in babies

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Wind is caused by excess air getting trapped in the tummy and often occurs when your baby accidentally swallows mouthfuls of air when feeding or gulps it in while crying.

This can make her feel full even if she hasn’t had enough to eat.

Symptoms of trapped wind 

Common signs your baby has trapped wind include her squirming or crying during a feed or looking pained or uncomfortable when you put her down afterwards.

Trapped wind remedies

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Breastfed babies are less prone to trapped wind because they have greater control over milk flow.

But she may still suffer if she feeds quickly or your milk is fast-flowing.

To reduce the chances of wind when bottle feeding, keep your baby in an upright position as she eats.

Tilt the bottle so the milk completely covers the hole too – this will help prevent any air getting in.

If your baby’s feeding well and seems happy, don’t stop to wind her – she might get upset and gulp in air as she cries.

Wait for a natural break to try. 
It’s useful to gently stretch your baby out when winding.

Good positions to adopt include holding her over your shoulder with her bottom supported, sitting her upright or laying her face down on your lap.

Meet the expert: Fi Star-Stone is a qualified parenting advisor with over 24 years working with children and families. Her qualifications include a Degree in Childhood and Youth studies, an NNEB in Nursery nursing, and a Diploma in Childhood studies. Her bestselling book ‘The Baby Bedtime Book’ has been helping families to give their little ones the gift of happy sleep.

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