When do babies roll over?
Once a baby has established control of his or her head and has started to learn how to sit without any assistance from his or her parents, this will most probably be the period when the baby will learn how to learn or acquire the skill of rolling over. The baby will also learn how to roll over from his or her tummy to his or her back and repeating the process over and over again. In fact, the baby will most probably use this skill to assist his or her movements.
Babies will be able to use his or her legs to kick himself or herself over from his or her tummy to his or her back at around four (4) months of age. At around five (5) to six (6) months of age, babies can do a reverse movement of the said motion flipping from their backs to their tummies. This is because the movement or the flip from the back to the tummy will require stronger and more stable muscles around the neck and the arms and more strength overall.
How Do Babies Learn How to Roll Over?
Around three (3) months of age, babies can lift their shoulders and heads up supported by their arms. This baby sized pushup can help him or she enhances his or her muscle strength. The baby will amaze you with his or her flip and he or she may even amaze himself or herself. Babies usually learn to roll moving from the front to their backside first but it is perfectly normal to have babies do the exact reverse of the said movement.
At around five (5) months, the baby will most likely lift his or her head, lift his or her chest off the floor or the bed, and push himself or herself up higher. Babies can also act like they are swimming with their arms while on the ground or on the bed while rocking his or her stomach and kicking out with his or her legs. All these activities will babies better improve their muscle strength to eventually have the ability to roll or flip over in two different directions. This ability to roll in both directions will usually be fully developed in the baby at around six (6) months.
It is important to note that some babies may roll over and even on use as their primary method of moving around or getting around. Some babies, however, may skip the part where they roll or flip over and opt to just sit, or crawl and lunge to move or get around. This should not be a cause for concern for most parents as the important thing for this period of development for children is that they learn some new skill and that the baby can display a willingness to learn new movements or types of motion that can help him or her cover more ground.
Helping Babies Roll Over
Playing with babies can encourage them new skills particularly in movement and locomotion and this includes rolling over as well. Parents who observe their babies trying to turn to one side or trying to flip or roll over, they may be able to encourage their babies to completely do the turn by placing a toy or some interesting object to the side or area where their babies are trying to turn. This will entice the baby to try harder in turning or flipping over just to get to the said toy or item.
Another strategy is to have a parent lie down beside the baby. The parent must lie down on an area where the baby cannot easily reach so as to encourage him or her to turn or flip over harder in order to reach either mommy or daddy. Parents are advised to reward the effort by applauding their babies and their attempts.
Patience Plus Caution is Key
The important thing during this stage, really, is for both parents and babies to be patient while learning how to roll over. This is because rolling or flipping over can be alarming and surprising during the first few times it is attempted and being there for your baby to support him or her during this learning experience will surely imbibe positive feelings in terms of trying out new skills and movements.
Babies may not have the ability to turn over yet until their fifth (5th) month but it is still a good idea to hold onto the baby well especially while changing diapers. Parents should also never leave their babies on the bed alone even if they still do not know how to roll or flip over. Babies who roll over from the bed or from elevated surfaces may suffer serious injuries making their first rolling over experience something of an unpleasant incident.
What Parents Can Do for Babies Who Don’t Roll Over
If the baby doesn’t learn how to roll or flip one way or at least in both directions during the first six (6) months, or if the baby still hasn’t learned how to scoot, sit or move in any new way, it may be best to discuss the said lack of locomotion to the baby’s doctor or pediatrician. This shouldn’t be considered as a serious matter though since babies can learn differently and acquire skills on different timeframes. In fact, babies who are born prematurely may learn new skills and movements much later than other babies of the same age.