Rolling over is one of the most fundamental motor skills that a baby can learn while they are still young. Furthermore, rolling over is not only fun for the baby and the parent but it is also necessary to help them exercise their joints and muscles. It is a new way of moving around for them.
However, you might wonder: when do babies start learning how to roll over? What can I do when they learn this technique? Well, we answer that in this article.
Exactly when do babies roll over?
The common age that babies start rolling over is about 4 months old. This can differ depending on your baby’s development since not all babies grow at the same pace. But generally, by 4 months of age, they would have developed their muscles on their upper body to try and roll themselves over.
Don’t worry if your baby starts late and don’t feel insecure about others who start as early as 3 months old – every baby is different. Babies learn this technique on their own depending on how developed they are. Most moms suggest that tummy time can help them master this technique, though – we’ll put that into detail below.
Listing down your baby’s milestone of rolling over can be exciting, but as we said above, you don’t have to force your baby to start at 4 months old. What matters is that they can develop the skill so that they’ll be ready for the next stages, which are sitting up and standing.
Helping your baby to roll over
So, you’re worried that your baby doesn’t know how to roll over? Here’s the secret: tummy time! Yes, sufficient tummy time is all you need to strengthen their back and upper body muscles.
A tummy time session of 15 to 20 minutes can be enough for your baby to have daily exercise. In this way, their workout could yield to the strength of their muscles and bones to help them propel themselves to roll over.
If your baby doesn’t like long sessions, start with as short as 5 minutes and then keep going for long hours until they get used to it. Furthermore, adding toys to your baby’s arsenal can keep them interested.
- Most parents also have tummy time mats that have striking colors and shapes so that your baby can get interested. Make sure that the mat is made with baby-safe materials.
- You can also try one of those baby gyms that have dangling toys that your baby could get interested with.
You can also gently roll your baby to the side to give them an idea of how to roll over. If they get used to this then they’ll likely try it by themselves! Just make sure not to push them too hard so that they will not feel uncomfortable.
Also, you can put some toys that they need to reach on their own to help build up their muscle strength and flexibility, too. Try placing the toy that they can reach above their head or on the side, so that they will try to grab it with their strength. This is usually the case when they are about 2-3 months old
And when all else fails, join them in rolling! Babies and kids are great imitators so they will most likely copy you as a result.
Should I worry about babies rolling in cribs?
Generally, no, because when babies know how to roll over, they will also likely know how to roll back to their ideal sleeping position. Babies are less likely to have SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome once they’ve gone past 4 months old so it’s okay if they sometimes roll over to the side.
After all, since most kids and adults already sleep on their side and then, later on, roll over to back sleeping (unbeknownst to them), babies will start having this skill, too.
Although if you are a bit worried, since rolling over can cause them to sleep on their stomach, you can still just roll them to their back if they are still too young.
But if they just roll out again, you can have them sleep with their arm extended so that they’ll less likely roll over due to the dangling arm.
To sum it up, babies can roll over at about 4 months old and they can do this if they have the necessary skill and practice, such as doing tummy time over and over again. With parental help and a good sleeping habit, they can easily develop this skill in no time.
Just make sure that you continue to guide them when they do this activity of rolling over to ensure that they don’t hurt themselves. We hope that you found this article helpful!