When Can Babies Burp Themselves
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When Can Babies Burp Themselves

When you burp your baby, it seems like a game without definite rules. For example, how long should you burp? When can babies burp themselves?

While the fact is that as parents, only you can decide when to burp (or not burp!) your baby, this article has some information regarding burping and some tips for dealing with gas.

When Can Babies Burp Themselves?

When your little one arrives, you’ll quickly learn that burping helps your baby remove air from their lungs during and after feeding.

So, burping your baby is essential for their comfort, even if it might not be the most glamorous of tasks. 

A baby taking in the air can become uncomfortable and cause squirming and fussing, so you may end up with a fussy, squirmy child when feeding them.

No doubt that the burping rate of every baby varies.

Newborn babies tend to burp less if they have been breastfed since they swallow less air as they eat. 

The majority of babies will stop needing to be burped after 4-6 months.

Often a baby will squirm or pull away while eating, which indicates that they need to get the burp.

Burping frequently slows the feeding process and reduces the amount of air inhaled. 

Trying several times in a few minutes should be enough to get your baby to burp, but if your baby has not burped after several attempts, switch to another method or give up.

The situation of no burping at all is also possible with babies. Burping’s best approaches differ between parents and babies – find a method that works for you.

1. Is There A Time When the Baby Can Stop Being Burped?

Because every baby is unique, there is no single answer to burp a baby, so it may never be clear. Babies breathe when they eat.

The air they take in will vary depending on how your baby is fed. 

There are chances of air going in with the food in your child. If this air does not escape, it can cause gassiness and discomfort in your baby.

Newborns should be burped every two to three ounces, and bottles should be fed every two to three ounces if breastfeeding.

You may have to burp your child more or less often, depending on your child’s needs.

2. Where Does the Need to Burp My Baby Come From?

Because they aren’t capable of doing it themselves is the short answer.

What’s the reason? Babies have an underdeveloped esophageal sphincter muscle.

You typically relax this muscle when swallowing so that food and saliva pass through or when burping so that gas can pass through.

When the gas has to be given, this muscle does not relax in young babies.

The gas can enter the intestines and cause tummy pains in a miserable baby if it isn’t released as a burp!

Also see: Is It Bad to Squeeze Out Colostrum

3. What Changes as A Baby Grows Older?

You don’t change your introductory biomechanics as you grow older. Digestion will inevitably produce gas, as will drinking from a bottle.

When your baby graduates from newborn to just a regular ol’ baby, two significant changes may indicate that burping might be on the way out.

The word ‘stop,’ however, may seem intense. If you feel that burping your baby isn’t necessary, stop it.

  • It becomes easier for your baby to move around on their own and sit up
  • They become less sensitive as the digestive system matures


By now, you have the answer to the question, when can babies burp themselves? For every child, burping is like a new experience.

Some babies require treatment for acid reflux, as well as plenty of time after eating.

Burping – or knowing when to stop burping – depends on how each baby is. With time, every parent learns how to handle the burping of their baby.

As you start becoming familiar with them, you can easily track their burping rate and decide when to stop it. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it okay if the baby falls asleep without burping?

Burp your baby for a minute before laying them down again if they’re asleep.

Babies tend to eat more slowly during the night and receive less air during feedings, so they don’t burp as often.

When does a baby stop needing to be winded?

As a baby’s digestive system matures from birth to around three months, the wind is expected.

Squirming or crying during a feed is a common sign of trapped wind and pain after feeding if laid down.

Some babies require more assistance than others in releasing wind.

How much time does a baby take to hold their heads up? 

Between birth and 3 to 4 months of age, everything your baby does with their head is a warm-up for the main attraction: their ability to control their heads fully.

Most babies can hold their heads up with minimum effort by the time they are six months old.


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Mo Mulla

Mo Mulla is a work from home dad who enjoys reading and listening to music, He loves being a dad and husband to a growing family. He also loves writing about his passions and hopes to change the world, 1 blog post at a time!

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