Every mother understands that a cranky baby is a windy baby! Find the proper baby burping technique to relax your little one and help avoid those tears.
What's the best position to wind my baby?
Support your baby's head and neck and stroke or pat their back gently. Make sure their tummy and back are upright (not curled up). Burping your little one doesn't have to take long; a few minutes should be enough although some babies may need a considerable amount of burping. Burping your baby can be done in a variety of ways. Try them all and find which one works best for you – or combine them.
The Classic Rub
Place your baby on your lap with their back to you. Place your palm flat against their chest and support their chin and jaw (don't put pressure on their throat). Gently stroke or pat your baby's back with your free hand as you lean them forward slightly.
Over your shoulder
With your baby's chin resting on your shoulder, support the head and shoulder area with one hand, and gently rub and pat your baby's back. It might help to walk around as you are doing this.
Lying across your lap
Lie your baby across your lap face down. Supporting their chin (don't put any pressure on the throat area), use your free hand to gently rub or pat your baby's back.
Tummy Time Winding
Lay your baby tummy-down on your lap supporting their head with your hand. Ensure your baby is safe and secure and not in danger of rolling off your lap - the babocush is the perfect product for this, as the 5 point harness keeps your baby safe and secure while in the tummy time position. A Lot of parents like this technique, but it can bring up a sicky burp after a feed as there is pressure on the tummy so have a muslin cloth to hand to catch any spills.
Massage is a great baby calmer and can help your bond to grow stronger. What’s more, it’s pretty easy once you know what to do. Your newborn will be in the mood for a massage around 45 minutes after a nap and feed. As you build confidence, try soothing strokes, where you move your hand from just above their belly button towards their hips, one after the other, to help move wind through the bowel.
The Arm Lift
One of the best ways to help ease your little one's stubborn gas is to lift them gently under their arms and rock them gently from side to side. Make sure you support your baby’s head in the process.
Causes of trapped wind in babies
Excess air becomes trapped in the tummy, causing wind. This can happen when your baby swallows mouthfuls of air when nursing or gulps it in while sobbing. Even if your little one hasn't had enough to eat, trapped wind can make them feel full.
Trapped wind remedies
Because they have more control over milk flow, breastfed newborns are less likely to get trapped wind. However, if your baby feeds quickly or if your milk flows quickly, they may still suffer from trapped wind.
When bottle feeding, keep your baby more upright to decrease the risk of wind. Tilt the bottle so that the milk completely covers the end of the teat - this will help keep air out. Stop winding your baby if they are feeding well and appear happy; your baby can become upset and gulp air as they cry. When winding, it's a good idea to gently stretch your baby out. Holding them over your shoulder with their bottom supported and sitting them upright are good postures to adopt.