Gassy babies can be a particularly tough challenge for a new parent. If they don’t burp after eating, they can get stomach aches that make them scream and cry and everyone’s day is ruined for the foreseeable future. But some babies are really hard to burp! You pat, you bounce, you pat so hard you worry that it’s too hard, and the baby just sits there with a weird look on his face and doesn’t make a peep.
Well, if that’s the case, then check out this cool new baby hack for how to burp a baby from Australian blogger Sophie Cachia.
Over at The Young Mummy, Cachia shows the method she’s used for burping both of her babies, and it seems pretty easy. Well, easy compared with back-patting for 20 minutes.
“This is my fool proof way I’ve burped both of my kids,” she said. “I completely stumbled across it by pure accident with Bob, but it worked for him as a newborn, so I did the same method with Flossy.”
First, she just sits baby Flossy upright in her lap so her back is straight, and bends her knees so her feet are together. Then she raises the baby’s arms up to a 90-degree angle and waits for a minute, and poof! She burps.
BURPING! So many questions, so many ways, so may 'she won't fucking burp' and 'he hasn't burped – should I take the risk and put him down?'. This is my fool proof way I've burped both of my kids. I completely stumbled across it by pure accident with Bob, but it worked for him as a newborn, so I did the same method with Flossy. Simply [so it's definitely not always SIMPLE, sometimes they arch their back and you need to use some gentle-but-firm mummy/daddy love to hold them in place) sit them on your lap and bring their knees bent in like so, and lift their arms up to about 90 degree angle. I'm not sure if it's because it straightens their back or opens up their body more, but I find my kids have just magically burped this way. They need to be calm though and body relaxed – hence the dummy because Flossy was screaming the roof off seconds before as she'd finished her bottle. BY NO MEANS am I preaching that my way is THE way to burp and telling you YOU MUST DO IT (don't we hate those people!?!) – I'm just offering some assistance & tips to try for new mums who may be struggling in this field – I know I certainly did before accidentally doing this 😘😘GOODNIGHT x x x EDIT: if worse comes to worst and they won't settle, it's because my kids are still hungry. Don't worry about how much you read your baby should be drinking, listen to YOUR BABY. x x x
Cachia says this works every time for her kids, and the key is that their backs have to be straight.
“Sometimes they arch their back and you need to use some gentle-but-firm mummy/daddy love to hold them in place,” she says.
Also, the baby needs to be relaxed, which is why she gave Flossy a pacifier before burping her in this video. Once all that is in order, she just holds the baby upright until the air bubble floats up from her tummy and pops out in a satisfying burp. What a relief for everybody!
This might not work for every baby, but several of Cachia’s followers say they just tried it out for themselves, and they said it works just great.