Babies and gas bubbles just don’t mix. Luckily, there are a number of steps you can take to prevent bubbles from getting trapped in the first place—and ways to get rid of them if they do.
To help prevent gas bubbles…
If your baby does have trouble with bubbles…
- Feed your baby before he gets very hungry, eats too quickly, and swallows a lot of air.
- Choose the right bottle. Playtex® has two bottles specifically designed to keep air and milk from mixing: Playtex® Nurser with Drop-Ins® Liners and Playtex® VentAire®.
- Break down feeding sessions providing smaller amounts more often during the day to help your baby’s digestive system handle food better. (A baby’s tummy is just about the size of his fist. That’s tiny!)
- Burp your baby regularly during feeding—when switching breasts while nursing or every three to five minutes if using a bottle.
- Lay your baby on his back and gently pump his legs back and forth bicycle style to get gas moving.
- Try the football hold. Drape your baby over your forearm face down with his chin or cheek resting in your hand, and his legs straddling your elbow. Always keep a firm hold on the diaper area. This position applies gentle pressure to your baby’s tummy and helps with the release of gas.