Rolling is one of baby’s first significant motor milestones. Hello, mobility! 🤩🤩🤩
Not only is rolling over an important indicator of your baby’s physical development, but it can also signify inquisitiveness and growing confidence.
Some babies are ready to roll from the get-go, while others take their time. On average, babies tend to first roll from tummy to back between 2-5 months, from back to side between 4-5.5 months, and from back to tummy between 5.5-7.5 months.
Babies’ body begins preparing to roll wayyyyyy before they ever flip themselves over that very first time. And, guess what? YOU get to be a part of that preparation! Scroll down to learn more:
Here are 5 (in 10 tips) for helping babies learn how to roll 👇👇👇:
🌸 #1. Set down and pick up baby while shifting his weight to the side in a rolling motion.
Sit baby on his bottom and roll him over to the side while setting him down. He will automatically try to keep his head from falling out of line with his body (a reflex with which babies are born), strengthening the muscles on the sides of his neck.
Be sure to practice rolling baby to both sides throughout the day. 😉😉
🌸 #2. Allow baby plenty of tummy time during the day.
All of a baby’s major motor skills develop from the tummy time position, which is why it’s so important for babies to practice being on their tummy.
Once your baby is comfortable on his tummy and can push his chest off the floor, you may notice that he will start to rock his body side to side. This means he’s on his way to initiating his new skill of rolling! It may be hours or weeks until he finally topples over for the first time 💪💪.
🌸 #3. Allow baby to play on his side.
You can use toys, mirrors, books, or the most exciting toy — your face! — to engage him in the side lying position.
As he becomes more comfortable on his side, place desired toys or objects just out of his reach. He will begin to cross his top leg over to the floor aaaaand…wa-la!…this is how he will initiate the roll to his tummy! 🤩🤩
🌸 #4. Encourage baby to play at (and cross) his midline.
Movement is performed in relation to the invisible line down the center of our bodies, and the ability to roll is dependent on a baby’s ability to come to (and cross) that midline.
Babies generally develop the ability to play with their hands in midline between 1-3.5 months (while on their back), and are able to look with their head in midline in this position between 4-5 months.
🌸 #5. Carry baby in a “tucked”, face down, or sideways position.
Who knew rolling could develop from being carried? 🤩🤩
You can carry baby around the house this way or, better yet, you can DANCE WITH YOUR BABY! Turn on some music, get in front of a mirror for baby’s viewing pleasure, and move her through space in all of these positions as you bounce and sing and smile. You’d be surprised how much babies love this one! 😍😍
(To be continued)