Rolling over is a significant milestone for growing babies. It is a critical indicator of a baby’s physical development, and it can also signify growing confidence and inquisitiveness. The following are some of the questions that most new parents ask themselves.
When will my baby start to roll over?
If you are wondering when should my baby start rolling over, you are not alone. This is a common question among many first time parents. Most infants begin rolling over when they are 4 to 6 months old. Some babies roll over before others and this is natural. Therefore, there is no need to be concerned if your baby has not rolled over until he or she is six months old.
If your infant has not rolled over by the age of six months, it is advisable to take him or her to a pediatrician. Rolling over generally occurs around the same time babies begin mastering neck and head control and sitting up without being supported. Babies usually begin rolling over from their backs to their bellies since this roll comes relatively easily.
What is the reason for rolling over?
All babies differ, but the most common reason why they roll over is for movement. Nonetheless, if your infant has developed other skills that enable movement quicker like shuffling or crawling, then it is likely that he or she will roll over at a later date. There is no need to worry as long as your son or daughter is developing movements of one kind.
How can I assist my infant to roll over?
It is essential to make sure that your baby spends a few minutes on his or her stomach to build strength in the neck, arms, and back. Your baby will need this strength to roll over successfully. You can begin the tummy time early, such as during the first week. Lay your baby on his or her tummy across your lap for several minutes during wakeful periods. As the first month progresses, help your baby work his or her way up to fifteen to twenty minutes on the belly every day.
If you infant resents being on his or her tummy, begin with shorter sessions of belly time, such as one to five minutes. Build this time gradually to more extended belly-play sessions. You can also encourage your infant to roll over by playing with him or her. For instance, hold a toy just far enough away for your baby not to reach it easily. Alternatively, you can lay down aside your baby and try to demonstrate a roll and see how he or she reacts.
If your baby rolls, show your appreciation for this can reinforce this daring movement. Bear in mind that your baby can have his or her first roll at any time. Therefore, keep one hand on your infant always during diaper changes to ensure that he or she will not roll off the side of a bed or other surface.
What next after my baby rolls over?
After your baby masters rolling over and becomes more confident with body movements, coordination and strength will also develop. This will help with the subsequent movement steps such as sitting up and crawling. Later, your baby will master standing up. If you are concerned about the nature and timing of any baby milestones, always check in with a pediatrician.