Your baby’s first step of movement is rolling over. Rolling over is a major milestone for them and it is an exciting instant for parents to see their babies roll over as it will be the start of their independent movement. Crawling, Sitting up independently, Walking and moving around will fall in place after that.
Read through this post to understand all about babies roll over.
When will Your Baby Roll Over?
Initially, babies roll over take place during tummy times. This is the time when they lie flat on their belly and use their arms to lift their head and shoulders from the ground. This movement helps her strengthen the muscles she requires to use around.
Once your baby attains the strength to lift the head, she/ he will start to roll over. They can overturn from lying on their back to lying on their belly and vice versa. Usually, babies roll over from belly to back initially and then pick up the back-to-belly movement after a month as the movements need more coordination and muscular strength.
Babies first roll over start from belly to back in 2-5 months, back to side in 4-5 and half months and from back to belly in five and a half to seven and a half months.
Most of the newborns roll to their sides in initial days. But by 2-5 months, they get enough strength in their upper body and make use of their arms to push themselves from their tummy to the back. They not only master belly-to-back rolling over but also reverse back-to-belly movement by seven months.
Precautions All You Need To Take:
Usually babies roll over without any notice. So, it is essential that you should never ignore your child while they are on the bed or at any high level. It may take a very little amount of time for them to roll over resulting in a drop. So, make them lie on the ground when they show the signs of rolling over.
How Babies Learn Rolling Over?
At 1st Month:
- Will raise their head for a moment.
- Turns their head towards side while resting on the back.
At 2nd Month:
- Will hold head up and start to push them when lying on stomach.
- Makes little movements with arms and legs.
- Their head can move forward while sitting.
At 3rd Month:
- Will bear little weight while standing on their legs.
- Will control the head up while sitting, yet, bobs forward.
- Will raise both head and shoulders for 45-90 degrees while lying on the tummy.
- Will carry little weight on forearms.
At 4th Month:
- Will sit with some support.
- Head control will be good.
- Will carry certain weight when held straight on legs.
- Will raise head and chest till 90 degrees.
- Baby roll over from back to the side.
At 5th Month:
- Will hold the head up when they sit.
- Rolls over from tummy to back.
At 6th Month:
- Will raise chest and even a part of their belly by lying on the belly.
- Will lift the head up when they sit.
- Baby will roll over from the back to stomach.
Steps To Teach Baby To Roll Over?
If the baby starts getting comfortable on the ground and looks anxious to grab something on the ground, let the baby roll over. The below steps might help you teach her to go independently in the initial days.
Put your baby on the ground while he/she is near tummy time. It makes the baby comfortable as they use the neck muscles to keep their head straight.
Put them on a blanket with their left side resting on the blanket’s left edge. Let them be comfortable in this pose and ensure they will keep the head up for at least sometime. If they fail to do so, it shows that they are still not ready to roll over.
Place a toy just a little space away from the baby’s reach. Play and try to shake it before placing it on the ground. Now make the baby to get it. They may keep their arms out, and try to crawl.
As the baby tries to get the toy, raise the blanket’s edge so that their right side will be lifted in the air. Never lift it over an inch. If they get upset with this position, try to lower and ease them. Ensure this becomes a pleasant experience for them.
Place one hand on baby’s belly and try lifting the rim of the blanket. Stable their position with your hand and support their body. Lift the blanket till they can roll on their back. Make sure that they can reach the toy. Repeat the blanket movement daily till they become comfortable to roll over on their own.
Few babies really won’t enjoy their tummy time. If they cry or make a fuss, wait till they get calmed down before making them roll over.
How To Support Your Baby To Roll Over?
You can play with your baby to cheer to roll over.
- Rattle their favorite toy so they try to move towards the toy.
- Stay close to your baby to roll on to catch you.
- If they reach you or for the toy, cheer them by making them smile. They may become more enthusiastic to flip their body.
- Cheer them to roll on both the sides. It helps those balancing muscles.
Your Baby Is 7 Months Old and Still Cannot Roll Over?
Every baby is different and some will develop skills quickly while some might take some time.
- Your baby may skip rolling over and steps forward to crawling and sitting. As long as they continue gaining new skills and gets around, they are making progress.
- But if the baby is not rolling over and has also not stimulated to other skills like crawling or sitting, then you should check with the doctor.
- If the baby is a preterm baby, they may reach these milestones little later than normal ones.
Make the better of your baby’s first step in developing their postural control. Relish this milestone and assist them as much as you can as it is the first stage of their independence.
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