Spit Happens

spit up babyIt was New Year's Eve, and it was the second night home from the hospital for me, my husband, and our new little baby girl. Around midnight, as I was cuddling her up near my face, wishing her a happy new year, she projectile spit up her formula in my eye. This was just the beginning of 10 months of regular spit up.

40% of babies spit up. That's a lot. So if you're one of the unlucky ones, and your baby is a spitter, there are a few strategies out there that can help minimize the amount of spit you and your baby experience.

What causes spit up is trapped air when they suck, and also their underdeveloped esophagus. The muscles that control whether food comes in or goes out may not yet be fully able to do their job.

After your baby feeds, hold them in a sitting-up position for a while to let the food settle in their bellies.

Make sure they're not sucking in too much air. If you're bottle feeding, try the Playtex VentAires or the Drop-ins. You can push excess air out of the Drop-ins.

Keep burping. Our little one hated burping time with a passion, but the more burps you can get at different intervals throughout the feeds, the less spit up at the end.

Restrict a lot of movement after feedings. This means no rocking, jiggling, or Daddy swinging your little one around.

Try a wedge in the crib at night. This will allow your baby to sleep on an incline, and will also ensure your baby sleeps on his or her back, which pediatricians recommend.

If you notice your baby is exceptionally fussy during and after mealtime, or when they're lying flat, it may be a sign of something more serious. Talk to your pediatrician about the possibilities of acid reflux and the various treatment options available.

My last piece of advice: buy lots of bibs, burp cloths, and laundry detergent. While you can try your best to minimize the spit up, it may still be a recurring issue. Just ride it out. Eventually, usually around 6 months or later, they'll start spitting up less and less, and soon it will just be a messy memory.

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Spit Happens

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  1. Profile photo of Tiffiney Tiffiney says:

    my 13 week old daughter spits up a lot and she still smiles and it doesn’t bother her.

  2. Profile photo of Staci Staci says:

    I have 11 week old twins and they both suffer from reflux. I go through a lot of bibs and outfits! I’ve tried switching their formula, burping halfway through their bottles, and even put my little girl on Zantac….nothing seems to be working. Frustrated and worn out mommy.

  3. My daughter is 10 weeks old and use to never spit up… until around 7 weeks she started spitting up every feeding, now I think its because I jiggle her on my knee to help her burp, I’m going to stop using this strategy of mine and just sit her up and pat her back lightly without putting any pressure on her tummy.

  4. Profile photo of MariahAdams MariahAdams says:

    My 11-week-old rarely has a bottle (and when he does it’s milk), but he spits up all the time. He’s been doing it since not long after he was born. I thought the bibs wouldn’t be of much use until he was eating solid food. I was so wrong. He still manages to keep a lot down, though, because he’s about sixteen pounds.

  5. Profile photo of Heatherly Heatherly says:

    I have only had one baby that spit up…and it seemed that she only did it when the person holding her was wearing purple. Funny thing, she’s 21 now and loves that color!

  6. Profile photo of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    I hope my babe doesn’t spit up a lot.

  7. Profile photo of SnuggleBugs SnuggleBugs says:

    Yeah I noticed after feeding my little one laying down is the last thing I want to do. He spits up and starts crying. Holding him up right for a while after helps a lot and makes him much happier in the end.

  8. Profile photo of EbyMom EbyMom says:

    Mine spits up alot. am following all the above and it seems to be working.

  9. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    lots and lots of spit…

  10. Profile photo of Amy Amy says:

    I do a lot of washing of bibs and burp clothes.


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