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How to burp your baby?

3 mins to read Jul 6, 2024


  • Did you know that burping your baby is a super important part of their feeding routine? When your little one swallows, air bubbles can get trapped in their tummy, which can be uncomfortable for them.
  • But don't worry - burping helps your baby release some of that trapped gas, which can provide some much-needed relief.
  • Plus, it also helps prevent spitting up. So go ahead and give your baby a gentle pat on the back to help them feel better!

Signs of trapped gas1

Signs of trapped gas include crying, arching the back, drawing legs into the tummy, or clenching the fists.

When should I burp my baby?2

  • When it comes to burping your baby, there are no hard and fast rules. Every baby is unique and may need to be burped during or after their feed.
  • However, there are some clues you can look out for to determine when your baby needs a break to burp.
  • If your little one seems uncomfortable during feeding, it's best to take a breather and burp them.
  • On the other hand, if they seem perfectly content while feeding, you can wait until they're finished. Just remember, your baby will give you signs when they need to be burped, so keep an eye out for any cues they may be giving you.


  • Place a cloth over your shoulder, then position your baby over your shoulder and support them with your hand on the same side. While holding your baby upright, gently rub their back with your other hand.
  • It's normal for your baby to spit up milk during burping.

More burping positions to try

  • Sit your baby upright on your lap, lean them forward, and support their head and neck with your fingers. Use your free hand to gently rub their back.
  • Place your baby face down on your lap or forearm, supported by your knee or hand, so they're looking sideways. Gently rub their back with your other hand. Avoid this position if your baby brings up milk or vomits frequently.
  • Some babies might be unsettled during and after a feed until they’ve been burped. Burping your baby partway through a feed might help. Use the position that works best for your baby.

After burping: understanding your baby’s cues3

  • When your little one burps, it's always a great idea to keep an eye on them to see what they need next. If they seem happy and comfortable, it could be a wonderful time for some play and activities together.
  • However, if your baby is still upset after burping, don't worry! There could be other things they need, like a diaper change or maybe they're still feeling hungry. It's always good to check!
  • And if you're feeling concerned or unsure, remember that you can always reach out to your GP or a child and family health nurse for advice and support. They're there to help and answer any questions you may have. You got this!

What if my baby won't burp?2

  • If your baby won't burp, and they show signs of trapped wind such as crying, arched back, drawing legs into the tummy, or clenched fists, try lying them on their back and gently massaging their tummy.
  • You can also move your baby's legs back and forth as if they're riding a bicycle. If these methods don't work, consult your health visitor for further advice.


  1. How to burp your baby. UNICEF Parenting. Available at: Last access at: 23.03.2024.
  2. Burping your baby. NHS. Available at: Last access at: 23.03.2024.
  3. Suitable for 0-3 months: Newborn wind and burping: in pictures. Available at: Last access at: 23.03.2024.