Taking care of a baby is not an easy task. It takes extra precaution and care to make sure that they get enough attention, especially when burping a baby while sleeping. Here we’ll show you a step by step guide on how to help your baby burp while sleeping.
Different ways on how to help your baby burp while sleeping
- “The Sloth Hold”
- Turn the baby away slowly without interrupting their sleep. Most babies are too sleepy to burp while feeding them. The baby should be positioned 45 degrees away from you, and the baby’s tummy should be sitting on your forearm.
- Provide support on the baby’s head using the crook of your elbow.
- Have the baby’s legs dangle in your arms so they would feel comfortable.
- Gently pack the baby’s back until they burp. This position can be done either when you’re sitting or standing.
- “The Chest Way”
- Be seated in a comfortable position, either on a couch or bed.
- Carefully lift your baby semi-upright to a fully upright position. Keep the baby’s head level to your chest area.
- Position your baby in a curl-up, frog-like pose. Make them feel comfortable and well supported.
- Support the head while rubbing their back and wait for the burp to come out.
- “The Shoulder Way”
- Carefully move your baby in a semi-upright position.
- Move the baby all the way uptight, having the chin leveled to your shoulder.
- The pressure from your shoulder should be able to help the baby release the gas from their tummy. Rub the back while doing this until the baby burps.
- “The Side to Side Way”
- While feeding your baby in their sleep, gently switch between sides at the breast or switch them after they finish a whole bottle.
- Provide extra support to the baby’s head and rock them slowly from side to side until the pressure releases the gas.
- You can let the baby finish feeding once done burping.
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
- Why do we need to burp the baby?
As we are humans, we need to release the gas out of our body since it doesn’t belong there in the first place. Small children, teenagers, and adults can do this easily since we can control it. It’s precisely the opposite for the babies. They need help to burp since they cannot control their bodies yet at this stage. They will feel uncomfortable if the gas won’t be released. This is one of the reasons why they have trouble sleeping at night. Over time, babies will grow out of this once they start growing more.
- What’s going to happen if we don’t help the baby burp?
It’s not good for the human body to keep gas because it’s supposed to be released outside- all the more for the babies since they have a more sensitive build. If they can’t be burped regularly, the baby will be overfed or worse, may suffer choking from a spit-up.
- What if the baby doesn’t burp?
First things first, always consult with your pediatrician before doing anything. Every baby is different, so you can’t assume that whatever works for other babies will also work for yours. Gripe water and gas drops are readily available in the pharmacy. Ask your pediatrician’s permission before using them on your baby. Also, take note that these supplements might contain ingredients that might be harmful to your baby. So it’s essential if you have the doctor’s prescription.
- How often should you burp your baby?
Whether your baby burps a lot or less in a day, it’s essential to help them burp. Some health experts even recommend burping them every night after feeding. Babies love their sleep a lot, and it might be hard to get them to burp once they go to sleep. So make sure you burp them after feeding and before sending them to sleep.
- How long should you burp your baby?
It shouldn’t take long. It could average to two minutes per attempt. At times the baby just automatically burps after you move them a little or when switching positions while feeding. Other times, you’ll have to wait for a little more before they release it. It depends on every day, so you need also to monitor this regularly.
Other helpful tips
- When burping the baby in their sleep, never make big movements, or you will interrupt their sleep. It’s really hard to help a crying baby burp.
- Find your comfortable burping position and also what’s fit for your baby. There might be some burping ways that your baby is not comfortable with. Change it and find the one that works best for both of you and your baby.
- Keep a burp rag always handy whenever burping your baby. This will catch any burping spit-ups that your baby releases. It’s easier to clean up the mess and keep a cleaner environment for the baby.
- When helping the baby to burp, be gentler. Don’t overdo it when patting since the baby’s body is too sensitive and fragile. Take your time and do it slowly so the baby won’t wake up.
- Always make sure that you’re in a comfortable position while helping your baby to burp. Find a couch or go to your bedroom while doing this.
- Do not overfeed the baby at night then send them to sleep. This will be very uncomfortable for them, and they would most likely keep waking up at night. It will not only disrupt their sleep but yours as well. Make sure as well that you burp them after feeding.
- Do not use any medicine without prescription to aid your baby’s burping issues. Get an appointment with your pediatrician if the baby is gassing too much or having trouble burping. The doctor will be happy to help the baby and make them feel comfortable.