How to Burp A Baby That Is Hard To Burp

Do you have a baby that is difficult to burp? Don’t worry it’s completely normal! I’ve got a little one that sometimes has a really hard time too.


Sometimes my baby even falls asleep before I have the chance to burp her. If this happens to you continue trying to burp your sleepy little one with a more relaxed position like this first one. 


(And if you are trying to keep yourself from falling asleep read this silly short story about Rocket Poop for a good laugh.)


First, you will need some burp cloths and you will need more than you think! My baby spit up way more than I ever anticipated. I personally love these burp cloths


Over the Shoulder


  • If you are right-handed throw… Don’t actually throw your baby! Please gently place your baby over your left shoulder.


  • Place the baby’s chest on your shoulder.


  • Pat back just below baby’s shoulder blade. Make sure you are patting closer to the baby’s left side.  This is because their stomach is on the left of their tiny little bodies.


 If baby still isn’t burping add in these tips:


  • Rub babies back in an upward motion to help move the burp bubble up and out.


  • Raise baby’s feet up and down creating a rocking motion.  This will apply more pressure on their chests and creates moving angles to help get that burp out.


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Over the Knee:


  • Place baby over both your knees. 


  • Baby’s chest should be on one of your knee caps and the baby’s stomach should be on your other knee cap.


  • Raise your knee with the baby’s chest slightly by tip-toeing the one foot.


  • Then use the same back-patting techniques as listed above.  You can use the upward rubbing motion with this position too.


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Sitting up:


  • Sit baby in your lap, but always make sure their neck is supported!


  • You can support their neck by leaning them slightly forward over your hand.  Place your thumb on their cheek, and stretch your other fingers under baby’s chin.


  • Then pat their back.


  • Again, if the burp is being particularly difficult you can rock the baby. Make sure you always keep the one hand in the front below their chin and when you rock place your other hand between the back of the neck and the back itself. 


  • Rock baby very slowly.



  • When burping baby this way make sure you are patting the back for a good 3 – 5 minutes and then only rocking back and forth 5 – 6 times. Continue to alternate the two until your baby is burped.


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If your baby still isn’t burping after trying for several minutes try switching up the position.


Pro Baby Burping Tip:


You can also try using a circular rubbing motion instead of an upward rubbing motion, and always keep a rhythm when patting your baby’s back.


Do you find that burping your baby one way over the other works better for you? Hopefully one of these ways has your baby feeling relieved in no time. 


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  1. Jessi

    June 22, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    My Mother in law taught me this trick: sit baby on one knee hold chin and head up with one hand and while gently bouncing the baby with your leg and heal, push or pat from bottom to upper back, keeping the back straight. This worked a lot of times when nothing else would.

    1. DaisiesDiapers

      June 22, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      I love this tip! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Zahra

    July 20, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Hello, I think you forgot to link the blog post about reliving gas in the sit up position… there is only a note saying insert link. Please do update it.

    1. DaisiesDiapers

      July 29, 2019 at 9:12 pm

      Oh my gosh! I am so sorry. I can’t believe no one else has caught this. The link has been updated. I hope you have found the blog informational and helpful. Best of luck burping your baby!

  3. lee

    July 31, 2019 at 3:00 am

    thanks for the tips. These are excellent. More power!

    1. DaisiesDiapers

      July 31, 2019 at 8:36 am

      Thanks! I hope they helped!

  4. Mahwish Sajjad

    August 27, 2020 at 12:40 am

    I just burped by baby with ur technique n she burped so easily.. thank u sooo much…
    Need some guide on baby’s feeding n choking while feeding as my baby did this in every feed

    1. Katie

      August 27, 2020 at 1:48 pm

      Of course! I’m so glad that it worked for you. I will keep that in mind. I’ve never dealt with that personally so it may not be something I should write about, but I’ll definitely do some research. Thank you!

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