Every baby needs burping.
But, despite what you've seen on TV and in the movies, vigorous whacks on the baby’s back are ineffective, and they hurt.
Successful burping techniques all use gentle touch, either through rubbing or patting. Experiment with one or more of these positions:
• Sit up straight and hold the baby on one side of your body, with her chin on your shoulder. Use your other hand to pat or rub her back. The motion of a rocker may help when sitting.
• Using the same over-the-shoulder technique as you do while sitting, stand up and walk around. Gentle bouncing and rocking motions can also help. Make sure you have a firm grip on your baby!
• Lay the baby across your lap, on her stomach. Holding her head higher than her chest, pat or rub on her back. If she spits up, watch your step.
• Sit the baby upright in your lap, cradling her chin in one hand. Use the other hand to rub or pat her back. Once again, moving the baby gently back and forth can help.
Getting your baby to burp can be very satisfying. If she’s been fussy, she’s liable to calm right down, relaxing in your warm and competent arms.
Adapted from Idiot's Guides: Pregnancy for Dads by Joe Kelly, copyright 2014 Alpha Books and used by permission.