How to wind your baby

Three ways to wind your baby explained.

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Wind can make your baby feel uncomfortable and even full before he has drunk enough milk. But it’s simple to remedy – follow our simple guide to winding your baby. There are three main positions commonly used for winding. We’ve explained them here, so you can find which one works best for both you and your baby.

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Winding position 1: Sitting up

Sit your baby upright on your lap, letting him lean forward slightly. Place your hand across your baby’s chest, while also supporting his chin, and gently pat and rub his back until his wind eases.

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Put your baby over your shoulder, supporting his bottom with your arm, and use your free hand to rub and pat his back.

Winding position 2: Over your shoulder

Put your baby over your shoulder so his bottom is supported by your arm on that side, allowing him to be upright and stretched out. With your other hand, gently pat or rub his back. This upright, stretched position is a good one to try to help relieve tense tummies.

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Lay your baby face down on your lap. Gently pat or rub his back with your free hand.

Winding position 3: Face down, on your lap

Lay your baby face down on your lap, holding him firmly in place with one hand, while you gently pat or rub his back with your free hand. The gentle pressure from your thighs on his tummy can help move wind, while rhythmic movements from side to side may soothe discomfort.

Let dad have a go

“It’s not unusual for dads to feel lost when it comes to babycare,” says health visitor Annette Maloney. “As a mum, you’re likely to become confident quicker than dad. Often it’s hard for dads to find opportunities to learn and catch up – further aggravated by a hovering expert (you!).”

If you’re breastfeeding your baby, for obvious reasons your partner can’t be as involved as if you were using a bottle. Winding your baby is a great opportunity for a new dad to get in on the feeding and babycare routine with you.

As with many aspects of caring for a baby, you and your partner will do things different, based on what’s more comfortable for each of you.

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“Encourage him to do things his way, rather than your way. Avoid telling him what to do, even when it’s obvious. If you leave a little space, he’ll have a chance to fill it and develop his vital relationship with his baby,” says Annette.

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