How to wind your baby

Babyexpert shows you how to wind your baby successfully

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Bottlefed babies in particular get air in their stomachs during a bottlefeed, so try winding your little one halfway through. Breastfed babies tend not to be quite so affected, but you will still need to burp her when you swap breasts. If she turns her head away from the breast or bottle and stops sucking or starts to fuss, it probably means she needs winding.
Here are three methods:

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ON YOUR SHOULDER

You’ll probably try this position first, as you’ll have seen other mums do it! Also, you can comfort your baby at the same time. Hold your baby with head just on your shoulder (not too far slung over it) and keep her steady with your arm under her bottom. Then with your free arm, gently rub or pat her back

SITTING ON YOUR LAP

Some babies prefer to be winded on your lap. Sit your baby facing away from you and support her by spreading your hand and resting her chest a little forward onto it, making sure your baby’s head is also fully supported. Then rub or gently pat her back with your other hand

LYING ACROSS YOUR LAP

This position works for some babies, although others may 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 her tummy rests on the other leg, then gently pat her back

TIPS ON CHOOSING THE BEST TEAT

There are three things to consider:

MATERIAL: Rubber or silicone? Rubber are softer but more easily damaged. Silicone varieties are more hardwearing

SHAPE: Traditional bell shape or a more rounded orthodontic one? The latter is designed to resemble a real nipple

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FLOW: Slow, medium or fast? This is controlled by the number of holes, or size of the opening in the teat. Smaller babies feed more slowly, larger babies feed faster as they grow

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