Your baby’s first step toward mobility is actually a roll 🤩🤩.
Though you’re probably looking forward to your baby crawling, she must accomplish another milestone first: rolling over. 💪💪
For the first time, she can make a major change in the position of her body and her view of the world, all by herself. As if that’s not enough reason for your little one to dig this new skill, rolling over will lead to sitting up independently, and eventually to crawling and walking.
And, guess what? YOU get to be a part of that preparation! Here are remaining 5 (in 10 tips) for helping babies learn how to roll 👇👇👇:
(You can see part 1 at the link http://womantoday.info/10-tips-for-helping-babies-learn-to-roll-part-1-%f0%9f%a4%a9%f0%9f%a4%a9%f0%9f%a4%a9/ 👈)
🍀 #6. Minimize time spent in baby equipment, including baby swings, bouncer chairs, play saucers/jumpers.
The only way babies develop new motor skills is through experience, practice, and trial & error, so for every minute they are in baby equipment, that’s a minute of lost experience.
🍀 #7. Allow baby to play on her back while helping her move through “rounded” positions. Playtime on the back is just as important as tummy time, especially when baby has the opportunity to move into and out of a rounded or “tucked” position 😊😊.
🍀 #8. Allow baby to spend roughly equal amounts of time on all four sides of the body: tummy, back, left side, right side. This gives baby’s body exposure to all positions involved in rolling as she strengthens her neck, trunk, and arms. Try to vary baby’s position about every 15-20 minutes 😉😉.
🍀 #9. Encourage baby to separate movements of upper and lower body. Once baby is comfortable playing at midline in the rounded position mentioned in part 1, you can go ahead and move her back and forth through these twisting positions to the rhythm of your favorite children’s song.
Pause for a second after each twist in order to give baby’s body a chance to register the movement, then proceed and let the good times roll! 💪💪
🍀 #10. Wear your young baby in a carrier that keeps her legs in a frog-like position, rather than separating her legs into a straddle position. These carriers encourage engagement at the midline which, as noted previously, is important in the development of rolling.