If you're new to parenting, the art of burping may feel intimidating. While some babies only require a few light pats to get rid of that excess air, others need more frequent, and even more forceful, love taps to get the job done. And since newborns are so tiny, even the thought of burping can be terrifying. Thankfully, if you follow some guidelines and pay attention to the things you shouldn't do in order to get a baby to burp, you'll be a seasoned pro in no time.
According to Parents, "a burp is the release of gas bubbles up the esophagus and out of the mouth." The American American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends burping your baby regularly, even if your baby doesn't show discomfort or release any gas when you burp him or her, in order to prevent gas bubbles from getting stuck in your baby's stomach and, as a result, causing an uncomfortable feeling of fullness. Erika Landau, M.D., a pediatrician in New York City and coauthor of The Essential Guide to Baby's First Year, tells Parents, "We do not know how much air gets in their little stomachs, so it is a good idea to burp the babies even if they do not get to the fussy stage."
When you're just getting started, you'll likely feel timid. First, know that it's extremely typical to be afraid to burp your baby. After all, they're tiny! Second, know that the AAP provides burping guidelines any new parent can follow. And last, but certainly not least, make sure you avoid the following: