Once your little one begins to develop motor control, learns to sit on her own(with a support of course), she’ll start to learn to roll over.
Your baby might just turn this new ability to her favourite trick and keep rolling from tummy to back and vice versa as strength in her arms, back and neck grows.
Remember to keep her safe when you’re changing her and also in other places where she might fall when trying out her new moves. You would not want her first rolling over to lead to an injury.
When do babies roll over?
For some babies, from 3 months they will have developed enough upper body strength and be able to use her arms to move herself from belly to back. For most babies, at 4 months, they are able to roll from tummy back, usually as an unintended result of one of her many push-ups. As the muscles grow over the next two months, she is able to flip comfortably from back to front.
How babies learn to roll over
At about 3 months, when placed on his stomach, your baby will lift his head and shoulders high, using his arms for support. This mini-pushups helps him strengthen the muscles he’ll use to roll over. He’ll amaze you (and himself!) the first time he flips over. (While babies often flip from front to back first, doing it the other way is perfectly normal, too.)
At 5 months your baby will probably be able to lift his head, push up on his arms, and arch his back to lift his chest off the ground. He may even rock on his stomach, kick his legs, and swim with his arms.
All these exercises help him develop the muscles he needs to roll over in both directions – likely by the time he’s about 6 months old.
While some babies adopt rolling as their primary mode of ground transportation for a while, others skip it altogether and move on to sitting, lunging, and crawling. As long as your child continues to gain new skills and shows interest in getting around and exploring his environment, don’t worry.
How to help your baby roll over
An activity mat with fun, tantalizing toys can be a great motivation for helping your kid. Try playing with your child especially when he tries to roll over. Smile at him, lie down next to him, when your child looks at you, try rolling too and watch her try to do it to get to you. Practicing a gentle roll from side to side and then onto her back during one of your play times lets your baby know how it is done.
What to do if your baby doesn’t roll over
Remember that similar to other milestones, babies hit these developmental milestones at their own pace, and in their own time, so , it may take a while longer for some babies to start rolling over than others and some babies never take to rolling over.
Give her a lot of opportunities to practice and play with her from time to time using various techniques to get familiar with the skill. Remember to applaud, cheer and clap when she tries and finally makes the roll over.
If your baby still hasn’t started rolling over at 6 months and you are becoming concerned, speak to a doctor about it
What’s next after your baby rolls over?
As soon as your baby develops enough strength and her neck muscles are strong enough for her to roll over, she’ll begin to put those muscles to good use by trying to sit up independently and then strat crawling before eventually mastering how to stand up.
After she knows how to crawl and stand, she’ll be ready to take her first steps.
Do not forget to speak with your child’s doctor if you’re in any way concerned about your child’s development.
All the best.