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Your Baby Week Twenty

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Updated March 28, 2012

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Infant Q&A - Burping Your Baby
While some older infants don't need any help burping, some still do.

While some older infants don't need any help burping, some still do.

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Q. When can I stop burping my baby?

As you can see from our burping poll, the majority of parents stopped burping their babies when are about six months old.

Why? It isn't necessarily that they don't need to burp anymore, but rather that they can simply burp on their own by this age.

If you notice that your baby burps on his own before this age, you can likely stop burping your baby as early as three or four months. Giving up on burping is most likely to work if it is already getting hard to get your baby to burp and he seems to be doing fine, without much gas, spitting up, or fussiness.

Some babies simply swallow less air than others when they eat, especially as they get older, and so don't need to burp after they eat as often as other babies do.

If you do stop burping your baby and he starts spitting up more or seems more fussy after eating, then continue to burp him for a few more weeks or months.

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