Baby Steps

The Art of Rolling Over

As your baby continues to grow, you may be wondering when your baby will reach that important milestone of rolling over. Most babies master the art of rolling over by six months. However, if your baby has not rolled over by then, this is not cause to worry.

Whether you are an expecting mother, or a mother to a newborn infant, there are many things you can do to encourage your baby to roll over.  Here are a few things you can do beginning now:

  1. Start early. If you are an expecting mother or a mother to a newborn, know that you can begin helping your baby on their journey to rolling over as early as when they are one week old. All you have to do is place them stomach down on your lap for short periods of time during their first month.
  2. Increase tummy time. After their first month, you can proceed to increasing tummy time when your baby is awake. This can be anywhere between 15 and 20 minutes. If your baby is not responding well to this amount of time, it is perfectly fine to reduce the amount of tummy time to five minutes.
  3. Use an activity mat. Placing your baby on an activity mat can do wonders for your baby’s road to rolling over. Also, if you place a toy just out of their reach, this can help them build the arm strength that is needed for rolling over.
  4. Demonstrate your own abilities. This may sound out of the ordinary, but by showing your baby how it is done, you can actually encourage them to do it themselves.

When your baby rolls over for the first time, it’s a great celebratory moment. But this means that they are going to get more active. Be sure to watch your baby during changing and sleeping times to prevent accidental rollovers from occurring. This is also a good time to begin being more aware of safety hazards that your child may come into contact with. Remember, they will only get more mobile from here!

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