We’ve covered why burping is important, so now let’s look at how to get a baby to burp. Parents should cup their hand and gently pat the baby’s back repeatedly until he or she lets out a burp. It’s important to cup the hand to ensure that the patting is gentle enough for the baby, as opposed to patting with a flat palm.
When it comes to knowing how long to burp a baby, it’s really up to the newborn! But it shouldn’t take very long – usually only a few minutes. For the first six months or so, the baby should be held in an upright position for 10 to 15 minutes after feeding. This can help keep the milk down but parents shouldn’t be too concerned if their baby does spit up sometimes! That’s when the burping towel comes in handy.