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When to Stop Burping

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At what age do baby's usually stop needing to be burped and what signs should I look for to decide this?

Babies need burping throughout infancy. Only in the second year when they are mobile and gas can move downward through the body, do toddlers start to feel the urge to burp and clear their throats properly. Burping a baby is actually a close, tactile, sensing experience like cuddling. Burping is part of a close relationship, like nursing on a bottle, sipping water, and eating solid foods. Be sure you don't prop bottles or put bottles in cribs with infants and toddlers because it is very bad for their teeth. Babies need to be held and toddlers need to be with you when they eat and drink.

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