Welcome to the exciting world of parenthood! Sure, it’s a steep learning curve, but you’ll soon have it all figured out – or at least that’s what we’re telling ourselves. In today’s guide, we’re going to focus on one of the most important things new parents need to know how to do: winding your baby properly.
We get it – sometimes babies can be fussy little creatures that just won’t settle down no matter what you do. You might feel like you’ve tried everything under the sun, but don’t worry – with our tips and tricks, you’ll become an expert in no time.
Why Winding Your Baby is Important
Before we dive into how to wind your baby properly, let’s take a quick look at why it’s so important. When babies feed (whether breast or bottle-fed), they swallow air along with their milk/formula. This air gets trapped in their tiny tummies and can cause discomfort like bloating or gas pain. By winding them after feeds, you help release this trapped air and prevent any unwanted fussiness.
Now that we’ve got the ‘why’ sorted wouldn’t want such innocent eyes staring back up at us while secretly planning our downfall now would we? It’s time for…
The different types of winds
Yes folks – there are different ways of winding your baby depending on age/size/or temperament…aren’t these precious angels so high maintenance?
The Over-The-Shoulder Wind
This is probably the most traditional way of burping a baby; Hold baby upright against your shoulder using one arm/hand supporting its bottom/tummy as head rests warily/sleepy against your chest.Winged Liners who love vintage clothing look great doing this particular type oddly enough…
The Sit-Up Wind
When babies grow and are capable of holding their heads steady, it’s easier to switch things up and sit them up. You can either place your baby seated on your lap while supporting their chest with one hand/holding chin in palm and pat their back with the other. Stay alert though, giving a little push from behind might just trigger some mini-vomit action – which would leave you changing into something less-soiled.
The Face-Down Wind
This positions though sometimes slightly uncomfortable for parents helps babies expel air a lot faster than the more conventional styles.Use one arm/hand to hold your baby facing-down across your knees ( never drop them! EVER!) supporting his/her chin with hands , use the other hand/arm to rub/pat their back until they release any trapped gas.DO NOT ever shut laptop lids or try texting when doing this,you need all sensory control at this point people!
When is the best time to wind your baby?
Alright now that we’ve covered what types of winds there are,it’s time answer another burning question:when should I burp my bundle? Experts recommend winding halfway through feeds,but listen/watch closely for signs such as squirming/gas produce sounds/signs,such as unnatural arching/back/squinty eyes.For babies who feed comfortably/well asleep after eating,a gentle post-feed transition can be attempted/as long as no gagging/sudden awake crying has occurred.
Tips For Winding Your Baby
Here are our top tips for making sure you give your Little Ones’ precious tummies proper evacuation channels:
1 – Avoid jostling /bouncing around too much-whilst winding is important,jiggling about like young pups eager for food…not so much.Gentle tapping/rubbing/patting actions whilst upright/bending forward gently is enough encouragement) do not shake vigorously/dance provocatively along music beats/bunny hops no matter how tempting!
2 – Make sure you’re actually winding not cackling in secret. The last thing you want is to be silently mocking Junior’s constant gas issues because this special bond usually lasts longer than other failed relationships.
3 – Try different positions!(especially if your first choice just isn’t working). Some babies prefer one position over the others and for that reason they pay good money to therapists later on in life. Listen/watch for signs.
4 – Time of day matters! When a baby’s almost asleep post-midnight feeding, it’s probably more desirable not to awaken him/her rather leave them with little grunts as reminders.Systematically powering down electronics,invisible tiptoe walks around household/banshee “Mum…Dad” whispers-> its worth the cost of caffeine addiction tomorrow.
5- Take your time – Sometimes winding can take a while/needs several attempts until all air gases are released so do yourself /baby favour minus rushing hitting exact deadline or worrying about trivial things like hair falls etc.. think Zen…
Warning Signs Be Vigilant
As we know parenting comes with trials and errors however even minor signs need immediate attention here :choose caution;
- Persistent grey (consistency/flakes) vomiting
- Uncontrolled crying/unusually fussy
-Difficulty breathing/pale skin
When faced with any of these conditions get medical help immediately.Little ones require careful handling, after all nobody wants their precious bundles getting into trouble when parents hands hover around ,hands itching wanting those five minutes peace but duty calls…
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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