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How to burp a baby

Your baby has just finished his feed, but he's very agitated. The trouble is that he hasn't burped, which can bring up the air that he swallowed while he was sucking. What can we do to help him?


These are the four ideal positions for winding a baby:

Resting on your shoulder

Keep the baby upright with his tummy resting on your chest. Try to support his head with your shoulder. This will ease his tummy and relax him. With your free hand, gently rub his back with an upward movement.


Patting him on the back

Sit him on your knee, leaning forward slightly on your right hand, but not too much. Using your left hand, gently pat his back.


Lying face-down

Lay the baby face-down on your lap, with his head resting on your thigh. Keep your left hand on his bottom and with your right hand rub his back firmly, using especially slow, gentle, regular movements without sudden changes.


Sitting on your knee

Once you baby is able to stay upright without any trouble, immediately after feeding sit him on your lap and hold him under his arms. Then gently bounce him up and down.