How to Burp a Sleeping Baby

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Have you ever been woken up by your sleeping baby’s burp? It can be quite a surprise!

But don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal. Burping is an important part of helping your baby digest their food. 

Here’s a quick guide on how to burp a sleeping baby.

What happens if the baby doesn’t burp while sleeping?

Sleep is vital to a baby’s development, but what happens if they don’t burp while they’re asleep? This can be worrying for parents, but it’s not that uncommon.

If your little one doesn’t burp within 30 minutes of feeding, the gas created with feeding will usually just drift off on its own. 

Of course, some babies may need more help and that’s okay too!

Even though you don’t need to worry about your baby waking up because of the gas, it’s good practice to practice burping them and helping them pass that gas out before they fall asleep so it won’t cause them any discomfort.

Why is it harder to burp a sleeping baby?

Burping a sleeping baby can be quite a challenge because of how delicate and sensitive it can be.

To not disrupt their sleep, you’ll need to be extra gentle with the process.

Every baby learns different ways to burp depending on other various factors such as if they were in an upright or horizontal position when eating and whether or not it was with formula or breastmilk. 

This all culminates into what trickles down being that each baby holds their gases differently, making it a unique experience for parents to battle the burping attempts.

The difficulty comes in finding the right moment and timing when attempting to wake a soundly sleeping baby just enough to get the air out while keeping them asleep so they are better able to rest.

What is the best position to burp a baby?

Burping a baby can often be an exercise in trial and error as it’s not always obvious which position might work best; after all, what works for one baby might not necessarily be successful for another.

As such, most experts recommend experimenting with different upright positions until you find something that your baby finds comfortable and effective.

Sitting the baby on your lap so that her head rests against your chest is a great place to start, as parents will likely find this soothing too. 

Other popular positions include leaning the baby over your shoulder or standing while holding their head against your shoulder while they are lying down on a flat surface.

Ultimately, it is essential to remain patient and calm throughout – noise levels should be kept to a minimum and distraction techniques work wonders if little one refuses to cooperate!

How can I make my baby burp faster?

Taking time to burp your baby after every feed is an important part of caring for them.

To make it a little bit faster and easier, start by laying your baby down on its back and supporting its head with one hand while lightly patting or rubbing its back with the other.

Another way is to hold your baby close and upright, supporting their chin with your shoulder as you gently pat their back. 

Try alternating the two positions for a few minutes to see if this helps.

You can also lay them across your lap and gently stroke up and down their spine to help bring up any gas bubbles in their tummy. Finally, give things a few minutes—burping can take some time!

Final Thoughts:

Overall, burping a sleeping baby may seem tricky, but with just a few simple steps and a bit of patience, you can do it!

Try using shushing sounds or gentle rubbing techniques to help wake them up enough to get a burp out.

You should always remain in tune with your baby’s needs and mood. If it feels wrong or like you’re worsening their sleep, stop and try again later. 

Most importantly, remember that you are equipped with the tools to get the job done and there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to burping babies.

Try out some different options and eventually, you will find what works best for you both.

Good luck on your journey of parenting – chances are that these moments will become fond memories as time goes by!

The most important thing is to stay patient and have plenty of love for your sweet little bundle of joy.

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