This is perhaps the method most Filipino parents are familiar with. After feeding, place a towel over the shoulder where you want your baby to lean-on. Carry them upright, with their chin over the towel. Support their body with one hand and use the other to rub them on their back gently.
Another alternative to this position is to place your baby’s tummy over your shoulder. However, it’s best to do this method when your little one has better head control.
Finally, please keep in mind that it’s normal for the baby to spit or vomit up some milk while burping in this position.
If you’re more comfortable burping the baby while they are seated, you can do this instead:
- After feeding, sit the baby upright on your lap. Don’t forget to prepare a towel in case they spit or vomit a little milk.
- Place one hand on their tummy; this puts pressure that helps them burp.
- With your other hand, gently rub their back using a circular motion.
Burping the baby is also possible while they are lying on their tummy.
Prepare a towel and drape it over your lap. Place the baby on their tummy on your lap with their head sideways. Rub or gently pat them on the back to help them burp.
Instead of setting the baby on your lap, you can also carry them using your forearm.
Additional Reminders When Burping Your Baby
While we typically burp a baby after a feeding session, some reports say it’s okay to burp them midway through a feeding session. Do this, especially if they appear fussy while being fed.