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10 Most Effective Ways and Secrets to Avoid Spit Up in Newborns

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Meaning of Spit up in Newborn Babies

Spitting up is common in healthy babies. About half of all babies during their first three months experience their stomach contents coming back up into the oesophagus, a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux, infant reflux or infant acid reflux.

Spitting up is a very common problem in newborns. Babies often spit up when they get too much milk or feed up very fast. It happens more in the first three months after birth.
Some statistics or assumptions for spit up-

  • Spitting up usually occurs right after baby eats, but it may also occur 1-2 hours after a feeding.
  • Half of all 0-3-month-old babies spit up at least once per day.
  • Spitting up usually peaks at 2-4 months.
  • Many babies outgrow spitting up by 7-8 months.
  • Most babies have stopped spitting up by 12 months.


An important part of Feeding a Baby is burping. Burping helps to get rid of some of the air that babies tend to swallow during feeding. Not being burped often and swallowing too much air can make a baby spit up, or seem cranky or gassy. 

Different ways of Burping

  • Sit upright and hold your baby against your chest
  • Hold your baby sitting up, in your lap or across your knee.
  • Lay your baby on your lap on his or her belly.


Breast milk oversupply- when you feed your baby you must know that if the milk is oversupplied to the baby he starts spit ups 

Food sensitivities-food sensitive can cause excessive spitting. The most likely offender is cow’s milk products in baby’s or mom’s diet. Other things to ask yourself: is baby getting anything other than breastmilk – formula, solids, vitamins, medications, is mom taking any medications, herbs, vitamins etc…..

Swallowed air at the time of feeding-this is another reason for excessive spit up in newborns that the baby swallowed air at the time of breastfeeding.

Secrets or tips to avoid spit-up in newborn babies 

  • Avoid overfeeding
  • Take time to burp your baby
  • Put baby to sleep on his or her neck
  • Experiment with your own diet
  • Use the right bottle
  • Feed baby in an upright position
  • Feed baby less at each feeding
  • Burp baby multiple times during each feeding
  • Avoid physical play directly after feeding
  • Avoid tummy pressure


1. Avoid overfeeding- the most important thing to avoid spit-up is avoid overfeeding, don't overfeed your baby try to feed in gaps, make some approximate time or intervals for feeding if your baby is feeding through breast try to limit the time and if he is feeding through bottle try to reduce milk you give, this can definitely help you in avoiding spit up. 

2. Take time to burp your baby- burping is a very important part in feeding, try to burp your baby throughout or after feeding. Because burping help to reduce air to make in the stomach of the baby.

3.  Put baby to sleep on his her neck- after feeding when your baby is going to sleep or you put baby on the bed remember that put baby on his or her neck this will help you in avoiding spit up because just after feeding if you simply lay down the baby on bed it cause spit up more small stomach cannot digest it fast due to weak digestive system.

4. Experiment with your own diet-  Mother own diet also plays a part in feeding and spit up, if baby spits up a lot more than the normal mother can experiment her diet she can take vitamins herbs dairy products etc..

5. Use the right bottle-  Since swallowing air causes spit up so it is very necessary to choose the right bottle for the baby, which provide more milk in the nipple of a bottle rather than air. When air gets minimize automatically spit up reduces.

6. Feed baby in upright position- When we talk about feeding baby it's totally wrong to lay down baby on the flat surface Instead of laying baby flat on their back during a feeding, try holding the baby in more of an upright position. Let gravity work in your favour to help keep their milk or formula down.

7. Feed baby less at each feeding-  feed baby half as much, twice as often. So, for example, instead of giving baby 4 ounces every 3 hours, try feeding baby 2 ounces every hour and a half. The logic here is that the less amount of milk in baby’s tummy, the quicker it will be digested, and the lower the chances are that it will come back up.

8. Burp baby multiple times during each feeding- When burping your baby, repeated gentle patting on your baby's back should do the trick. Cup your hand while petting this is gentler on the baby than a flat palm. make a habit to burp baby multiple times during each feeding... You can burp babies in different ways the most simple way is put the hand on the neck of the baby from the back and put the baby on the shoulder this can help baby burp faster.

9. Avoid physical play direct after feeding- Do not bounce baby or play physically with a baby it cause spit up so tries to avoid physical play directly after feeding avoid playing “aeroplane” and holding the baby up in the air directly over your face.

10. Avoid tummy pressure- when you feed your baby try not to put your weight or pressure on the tummy of a baby because these can result in spit up so to avoid this make sure that you are feeding baby properly without tummy pressure.


Spitting in babies is very common problem almost 50% babies spit up during first 3 months after their birth because their tummies are very little and they found bit difficulty in digesting their digestive system is in developing stage and young babies tend to swallow air with the breast or formula milk but you can reduce this problem with this everyday tips of avoiding spitting up -

  • Breast feeding 
  • Try a formula switch
  • Stop spit up with a hold
  • Slow his feeding flow
  • Try smaller meals more often
  • Make burping a priority


1. Breastfeeding-  breastfeeding also plays important role in spit up of the baby, a mother should check her diet because some women found that eliminating dairy products from their diet reduces spit up of their babies.

2. Try formula switch-  many women tried formula switch for their babies they consult with their paediatrician and this can result in the reduction of spit up and it is clinically proven that it reduces spit up to 50% while still provide nutrition to the baby needs.

3. Stop spit up with hold- when you feed your baby hold the baby in the upright position rather than lay down baby on a flat surface after feeding keep your baby in upright position for  30 minutes, and in this time avoid physical play with the baby.

4. Slow his feeding flow- if you are feeding your baby with bottle always choose the right bottle and nipple size for your baby because the size of nipples are different according to ages so it is very necessary to choose right size because if you don't choose right one your baby will take more formula in less time which causes spit up so slow down his feeding flow.

5. Try smaller meals more often- If you are breastfeeding your baby try to limit the time duration. And if you are feeding your baby through bottle reduce the quantity of milk because smaller meals are beneficial for the baby rather than large meals but feed him more often so that it can be easily manageable.

6. Make burping a priority- If your baby swallows more air at the time of feeding it causes air bubbles and gas in his stomach which result in we burp or spit up so to avoid this you have to make burping a priority always try to burp your baby during each feeding.


Spitting up is very common or general thing in newborns but sometimes it becomes a serious problem so here are some measures with the help of this measures you can identify that spitting is common or becomes a problem.

  • If your baby is spitting blood from the mouth or green fluid then it becomes a sign to think about it.
  • If you notice or find that your baby is not feeding properly and not gaining weight
  • If your baby cries a lot more than normal just after feeding sessions
  • If you notice that your baby is hiccuping more or have bad breath you should consult the doctor regarding it.
  • There is a difference between spit up and vomit, so it your baby vomit often consult with your doctor
  • If you find signs of dehydration in a baby then go and consult your doctor.
  • If your baby is spitting up after six months of age or later.


Spitting of babies is very common and seen very often. Spitting of babies is more during first three months after birth but it gets controlled when the baby reaches the age of 6 to 7 months, this happens because when the baby starts to sit and eat some solid foods it becomes easy for him to digest and its digestive system also becomes stronger than before so we can say that baby stop spitting after 6 to 7 months,however, some babies spit till they get 1 year old or more.


Spitting is common it generally did not affect the health of a baby, if your baby is comfortable and gaining weight and eating well you need not need to worry about it.only in some cases spitting cause problem like if u see your baby is becoming weak and did not gain weight looks sick in these cases you need to consult to your doctor.

Nowadays different types of apps are available which provide us several information regarding our general or health-related problems you can use these apps to get more information they also provide you with the answers regarding your query so you can also find apps regarding the health of newborns and the outcomes of problems.  

Author Bio: Christeena Lal is a freelancer Seo Consultant. She is working with new entrepreneurs. Nowadays She is working with a new accounting software named Merrchant.

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