Infant Motor Development Milestones: Rolling Over

When do babies roll over? Developmentally, usually around four months old. This includes hints to encourage baby’s development and things to remember after they bgin to roll over.

When do babies roll over? The short answer is that babies usually roll over by the end of their fourth month. Some learn to roll over sooner, as early as three months, and others as late as five months. But there is a lot more to it than that. Even before your baby is four months old, there are things you can do to encourage baby’s development. Tummy time, or placing your baby on their tummy on the bed or floor, can help develop those muscles necessary for rolling over. Your will notice your baby beginning to lift their head and shoulders up, using their arms for support. He or she will also start to balance on their tummy, waving their arms and legs in a swimming motion. I noticed that just before my babies got ready to roll over, they would lift one leg very high in an attempt to start rolling over.

Another thing you can do to encourage baby to roll over is to shake a favorite noisy toy to one side of them. Babies usually roll over from stomach to back first. Your baby will probably surprise itself when they roll over for the first time. They might even get upset and start crying. Make sure that you applaud their efforts with smiles, words and comforting gestures if they do get upset.

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Infant Motor Development Milestones: Rolling Over


It is important to remember that each baby develops at his or her own pace. If this is your first baby, it is a good idea to have an idea of the milestones that baby should be reaching every month. There are a number of books on the subject and many websites devoted to parenting and babies. Try not to compare your baby to others. Babies focus on one major developmental task at a time. While they are concentrating on language, their learning of body movement slows until they master the task at hand, and vice versa. The best way to know if your baby is on track is to make and keep well baby checkups with your doctor or pediatrician. That way, you can discuss any concerns you might have about your baby’s development. Your pediatrician can also tell you what you can expect from your baby’s development in between checkups.

When babies do learn to roll over, it is very important to remember to keep one hand on them at all times during diaper changes. Also, do not leave them unattended on a bed or couch or other elevated surface. You may think you can catch them before they roll off, but chances are you probably won’t make it.

Babies grow up fast! Don’t spend your time worrying that they are not developing normally unless you notice a real problem. Chances are, your baby is doing just fine. So savor each little moment and enjoy the process of watching your baby grow. One day they are smiling for the first time or rolling over and then before you know it, they will be a teenager wanting to borrow your car keys.

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