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Winding Your Baby

Winding your baby isn’t something you get taught in school and yet most of us, at some point in life, will need to do it.

Not all Babies are Winded Equally

Not all babies need to be winded as often as others. You’ll soon get to know whether or not your baby needs winding regularly or after every feed. If they do need winding and you don’t follow through on your end of the bargain, they’ll vomit. If you’re trying to wind them but nothing happens and they aren’t showing signs of discomfort you can try winding them less regularly. Although some more physical contact is no bad thing, for mum, dad or baby!

Take Your Time

Whether you’re planning to breastfeed or bottle feed, either way when you’ve just fed your baby leave them in the position that they’ve fed in for a whole 1-2 minutes before attempting to wind them. This is actually longer than you think when you’re just waiting for some wind. But people often make the mistake that, as soon as they’ve finished feeding, they lift their baby up. Actually, by leaving them in the position in which they were fed for a good minute or two, it means that the wind comes up much easier.

The Nitty Gritty (See Video Above)

So when you do then go to wind them, lift them up and make sure that their arms are up high. You can either do this by sitting them on your lap or putting them over your shoulder. Then give them a firm rubbing or gentle tapping to help bring up the wind. If this doesn’t work there’s another couple of tips as a last resort.

Gently Does It

You can sit your baby on your lap, lift up their arms again and then very gently and very slowly, because otherwise you will get projectile vomit, just gently bring them forward so they ‘bend over’ and then very slowly bring them back. Doing this a couple of times usually brings up any wind that hasn’t come up before.

Take the Stairs

Another tip if you are still struggling to wind your baby is to put them up over your shoulder like so, and then walk up and down the stairs and sometimes that action and those steps will help bring up the wind.

If you’d like more information about caring for your baby and preparing for birth, check out our feeding your baby and life after birth modules. There is also our fully comprehensive antenatal course that covers all you need to know.


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