Believe it or not babies are gassy. Unfortunately, some babies have a hardier time letting go than others. I wanted to share some tips on how to relieve your gassy baby. It was increasing experience having twins and having one baby that had no trouble while the other struggled. I will offer this advice that you may have to try at least 1-3 things to see what works to relieve your gassy baby.
9 Mom Approved Tips to Help Relieve Your Gassy Baby
- Change the way you nurse or feed your baby. This may include feeding them more upright or burping them while you switch breast(in the case of breastfeeding). Take a break while you are bottle feeding with formula to burp as necessary. Pace feed your breastfed baby if you are using a bottle.
- Switch your bottle’s nipple. Depending on the nipple you’re using, it could be helping or actually causing your baby’s gassiness.Vented nipples can help reduce the air your baby is getting. Evenflo Vented Nipple and ThinkBaby Nipples are recommended.
- Switch bottles. If you are bottle feeding your baby, try switching bottles at together. Bottles I would recommend are Dr. Browns, MAM or Tommee Tippee.
- Switch formulas. Some recommend formulas to try are Similac Sensitive, Enfamil Gentlease, Enfamil Prosobee Soy and Nutramigen with Enflora LGG.
- Change your diet. If you are breastfeeding mama, you can try an elimination diet to help you figure out what may be causing your baby’s gassiness.
- Do the bicycle. Place your baby on their back. Move your baby’s legs in a bicycling motion. You may also have to push their legs side of their tummy as you bicycle their legs to apply pressure and get the gas moving. You may get instant relief from your baby (aka gas).
- Give a tummy massage. Apply light pressure and move clockwise on your baby’s tummy. Starting at the 7 or 8 position (like on a clock ) to the 4 or 5 position. This video shows a little bit of the tummy massage along with the other stuff. As a former massage therapist, I will also say that this may get other things besides gas moving. This also helps with a constipated baby FYI.
- Get some gripe water. Gripe water is an over-the-counter liquid supplement of sodium bicarbonate and herbs (such as fennel, ginger, chamomile, cardamom, licorice, cinnamon, clove, dill, lemon balm or peppermint, depending on the formula). Try Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water or Little Remedies Gripe Water.
- Give a your baby a bath. The warm water maybe just what your baby needs to relax and let go. Now, if this does work for your baby try sticking to warm water only. Everyday baths are not good for their skin with extra additives of soap and extras.
Wife and mother of twins. Founder of Pride & Joy Baby Planners and The Expecting Mamas Network.