How to Burp Twins (by yourself or with your partner)

Joe Rawlinson by Joe Rawlinson - May 23, 2024

Burping is essential for your twins to release air trapped in their tummies after feeding, preventing discomfort and gas.

After a good burp, your babies will go from squirming, crying, and agitated to calm and happy.

We would always proactively burp our twins right after feeding. This helped prevent their discomfort if we waited.

The challenge is that if you’re feeding your twins at the same time, how do you burp both twins when they are finished eating?

Let’s talk about some examples of how to burp twins even in some of the complicated situations you’ll find yourself as a father of twins.

Before we jump in, remember that if you have any concerns about your twins’ digestion or issues with feeding, be sure to talk with their pediatrician for personalized advice.

How to Burp Twins Simultaneously:

When faced with the challenge of burping both twins at the same time, an good system makes the process smoother. Here are some practical tips:

  1. Double Duty Hold: Hold one baby against each shoulder, supporting their necks and heads with your hands. Gently pat or rub their backs simultaneously. You will likely have to position each baby one at a time. This method not only helps release trapped air but also offers comfort to both babies. Be sure to put a burp cloth on your shoulder to catch any spit up.
  2. Lap Burping: Sit down with a baby on each knee, ensuring their heads are supported. Pat or rub their backs rhythmically, and if necessary, adjust their positions to find the most effective angle for burping. Position burp cloths under their heads to catch any surprises.
  3. Partner Assistance: Enlist the help of your partner or another caregiver. Sit facing each other with a baby on each lap and take turns burping. This way, both twins receive the attention they need a the same time.

Here’s a twin dad example of holding and burping both twins at the same time:

Individual Burping of Twins:

While simultaneous burping is efficient, there may be times when burping one baby at a time is more practical. Here are some tips for individual burping:

  1. Rotate Feeding Positions: Alternate which baby you feed first during each feeding session. This allows you to focus on one baby at a time for burping, ensuring both receive equal attention.
  2. Utilize Supportive Equipment: Invest in baby gear that can assist in individual burping. If you’re by yourself, be sure you have something nearby that can safely hold or support one of your babies. We’d use a twin nursing pillow or bouncy seat as an extra pair of hands if we needed to focus on feeding or burping one of our twins but still keep an eye on her sibling.
  3. Create a Routine: Establishing a consistent routine can be beneficial. For example, if you have a specific order for feeding and burping, it becomes easier to manage the process for each baby individually.

Remember that if you’re feeling overwhelmed by yourself, it is just fine to help each twin one at a time. Managing simultaneous feeding and then burping twins will take some practice.

Here are some great examples of burping your twins from our friends at Twiniversity:

Medical Perspectives:

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), burping is an important aspect of infant care to prevent excessive gas and discomfort. The AAP recommends burping babies after every 2-3 ounces of formula or when switching breasts during breastfeeding.

Like I mentioned earlier, we tried to be proactive in burping after feeds. If you wait too long, your babies will let you know something is wrong.

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Additionally, pediatricians emphasize the significance of proper head and neck support when burping infants. Always be mindful of your babies’ developmental stages and adjust your burping techniques accordingly. Don’t let their heads flop around!

Supporting Your Partner:

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Helping your partner with the burping process is essential for shared parenting responsibilities.

When my wife was breastfeeding our twins, I would bring each baby to her one at a time. My wife would get the baby feeding and then I’d hand her the second baby. Once one baby finished eating, my wife would had that twin to me and I would do the burping and clean up.

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Once we switched to bottle feeding, my wife and I would each take a baby and feed that twin individually. After feeding, the parent with the twin would handle the burping and clean up.

Here are some ways you can actively support your partner:

  1. Take Turns: Alternate burping duties with your partner. This ensures both of you get some respite and actively contribute to caring for the twins.
  2. Assist with Feeding: If your partner is breastfeeding, you can assist with bottle-feeding one of the twins. This allows your partner to focus on burping the other baby.
  3. Create a Supportive Environment: Ensure a comfortable and calm environment during feeding and burping. Dim the lights, play soothing music, or engage in gentle conversation to create a relaxing atmosphere for both your partner and the babies.

Burping twins may seem like a daunting task, but with a bit of planning and the right techniques, it can become a manageable part of your routine as a twin dad. Remember to stay patient and adapt your approach based on your babies’ needs. If you have concerns or questions, consult with your pediatrician for personalized guidance.

Further Reading

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