How to Wind a Baby
Knowing how to wind a baby properly can mean avoiding being covered in sticky throw up whilst easing your baby’s discomfort .Be gentle and fatherly reassuring and you may end up with better results than mum!
1- Don’t wait until it’s too late! Bottle fed babies get more air in their stomachs when feeding, so try winding at least halfway through. Also watch out for if your baby turns their head away and stops sucking or starts to fuss as it probably means that they need winding.
2- Try the ‘over the shoulder position first. This is probably what you’re most familiar with. Hold your baby with head just on your shoulder (not too far slung over it) and keep the baby steady with your arm under their bottom. Then with your free arm, gently rub or pat your baby’s back. Chat to your baby softly as you do so as they’ll learn to appreciate the deeper tone of your voice as it resonates through your chest.
3- Next try it with the baby sitting on your lap. Some babies actually prefer to be winded on your lap. Sit your baby facing away from you and support them by resting their chest on your spread hand. Make sure that their head is fully supported and then gently rub or pat your baby’s back with your other hand
4- Finally try winding with the baby laying across your lap. Some babies prefer this whilst others find it uncomfortable. Make sure you rest your baby’s head on one of your legs rather than letting it hang over the edge of your lap, while their tummy rests on the other leg, then gently rub or pat your babies back.
If you’ve left winding/burping a little too late, you may end up getting covered in baby sick. It’s always a good idea to place a towel over your shoulder or wherever you’re burping your baby in order to avoid getting your nice shit ruined!