How to burp a baby

by Lorna White |

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 their 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 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 them….

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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 their tummy and your hand supporting their chin. Lean baby forward slightly and rub their 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 baby feel full even if they haven’t had enough to eat.

Symptoms of trapped wind

Common signs your baby has trapped wind include squirming or crying during a feed or looking pained or uncomfortable when you put them 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 baby may still suffer if they feed quickly or your milk is fast-flowing.

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

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 them – they might get upset and gulp in air as they 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 baby over your shoulder with their bottom supported, sitting them upright or laying them face down on your lap.

Meet the expert: Fi Star-Stone is a qualified parenting advisor with over 25 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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