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The Baby Whisperer - Winding your baby - 21 July

Winding babies is incredibly important to ease discomfort and to encourage good feeding and sleeping patterns from the moment they are born.

The technique that I have created is a mixture of movements that help to accumulate the air bubbles and help to bring them up with as much ease as possible.

Some babies need more winding than others but all newborns need burping during and after every day feed and some night feeds.

A lot of babies that I see are unhappy due to snowballing effects of not burping correctly.  Without being winded they do not feed as well, then do not sleep as well, then you have an over-tired baby who is not quite happy at anything other than being carried around.

The Baby Whisperer's tips

Burping process: (for a visual demonstration see Baby Whispering DVD)

- Lie your baby flat on their back across your knees when they come off the breast or bottle. The only time I would not do this is when a baby is making a gulping or swallowing sound, in this case sit them up until they have settled then lie them back down.

- Place one hand under their head to carry the weight and balance their bottom on your legs.

- Massage their tummy 3-4 times as if you are feeling for tightness, massaging the digestive system below their ribs and above the nappy line.

- Place your hand on your baby's chest, ensuring that the palm of your hand is not across their chest bone but sitting and supporting their diaphragm area. The tip of your index finger and your thumb are supporting their head. Slip the other hand's thumb under the inside arm and sit your up baby into a sitting burping position. As you change them from lying down position lift them up and then down onto knee so as to help dislodge the burp if trapped.  Make sure they are sitting up nice and straight, their bottom not over your knee but on your knee.

- 'Paddle tap' their back between the shoulder blades in a quick firm rhythm and if you have not got a burp up then I would massage around the side of each side of their back and then back to tapping or try lifting her up and down again to stretch out their tummy.

- If they are grizzly or wriggling in discomfort I gently bounce or jiggle them at the same time (with your knee).

- Try then over the shoulder if you are not successful, putting your arm over their bottom instead of under.  Rubbing again in upwards strokes and patting between the shoulder area of the back.

Where to go for further info:
Sharlene Poole's Baby Whispering DVD