Spit up is an unavoidable part of parenting. It’s a good thing babies are small and cute, because frequent spit ups from any other source would, frankly, be terrible. Still, that doesn’t mean that helping a baby burp is always easy. In fact, I’d even go as far as saying there are emotional stages of trying to burp your baby. These are not to be confused with the other emotional stages that go along with parenting a newborn, since we all know that’s a roller coaster ride already, with its lack of sleep, stressful tears, and steep, steep learning curve. Nope, these emotions are more subtle, and they ebb and flow like the tides, and like the spit up that’s not coming, despite your best efforts.
To be frank, spit ups and burps bothered me a lot less than I thought they were going to. As someone who can be squeamish when it comes to, um, digestive fluids in general, I was a little nervous about tending to them. Thankfully, as most moms know, they’re not that big of a deal (most of the time). However, that doesn’t mean they’re always easy. Here’s an example of a typical emotional journey a new mom might make when trying to help her baby out of the discomfort known as “needing to burp.”