When will your baby reach the developmental milestone of rolling?
Learning to roll over is a big developmental milestone for your baby and can often take you and your baby by surprise. Unaware that she’s in training, your baby will be gradually developing the necessary muscle control and strength needed for this skill.
Whether she’s lying on her tummy or her back, she’ll be straining to lift her head and shoulders. Then one day, she’ll discover that with a bit of effort and wriggling she can roll over and change her perspective of the world.
“Once your baby has sufficient head and neck control, she’ll teach herself to roll over,” says family GP Dr Craig Blackwell. To begin with, she may roll on to her side and become stuck.
Learning to roll usually happens before she learns to sit up, often from around 3 months or 4 months. “But although she may be able to manoeuvre herself from tummy to side and then onto her back as early as 2 to 3 months, it may take her longer to learn to roll the other way,” Dr Craig Blackwell. Rolling from back to front often comes a little later, around 5 or 6 months.
Even when your baby appears to have fully mastered the art of rolling, it may be some time before she’s able to control the direction she goes!
Babies need floor time. If they’re used to being in a bouncer they won’t get the chance to develop this skill (rolling), which helps them sit up unaided.
Francoise Freedman, anthropologist and founder of Birthlight Baby Yoga
Once your baby’s managed that first roll, she’ll very quickly become an expert. So watch out, as there are lots of opportunities for rolling off the bed/changing table/sofa. Once your baby’s started to be capable of any kind of rolling, even if it’s only on to her front and not back again, don’t leave her lying unattended on the bed or sofa.
“If your baby does fall, it’s easy to panic, but try to stay calm until you’ve assessed how much damage there actually is,” says Tricia Blossom, health visitor for North West Leicester.
“Your baby will probably be screaming, but it may be from the shock of falling more than the pain, so see if she calms down with lots of cuddles, or possibly a feed to soothe her. If she’s still crying or seems floppy or listless, see your doctor, or call 999 if you’re really worried.”
“I left Elizabeth lying in the middle of our bed while I went off to run her bath. It couldn’t have been for more than about 15 seconds, but as I came back into the bedroom she was just about to roll off our bed. I rushed over to try and catch her but didn’t make it in time and could only watch as Elizabeth landed face down on the floor.
“She immediately let out the biggest cry I’d ever heard. I felt terrible and, once I’d calmed her down, I rang NHS Direct. I was terrified that she might be concussed, but half an hour later she was sitting up and smiling at me!”
Sarah, 33, mum to Elizabeth, 10 months
My baby is just coming up to 8 months and has rolled exactly 5 times! 4 from tummy to back, and just one from back to tummy. She is quite a big girl - 11.2kg - and to be honest I don't give her a huge amount of time on her back as she prefers to sit up and play, or jump in her bouncer. Should I be worried? Any tips to help me encourage her to roll?
My 7 month old has rolled three times.He turns onto his tummy,and there he gets stuck and cries.Some babies just don't.He hasn't had much time on the floor either,I'm always worried he'll get stepped on as I've two toddlers and a house full.
You could try rolling her over,rolling her back,getting her used to it,and a favourite toy to play with while she's on her front.but I know my little man doesn't like that,he'd prefer to just lie and play with his toys.My eldest never rolled,would never lay on his front and never crawled.He sat unaided at 6 months and that was all he wanted to do,till bumshuffling at 10 months.
Maybe your little girl is just happy doing the things she does,they don't all have to roll
i wouldnt worry maybe she doesnt like rolling and is more interested in the sitting etc
if i think back charlie didn't exactly roll lots but he was so nosey he wanted to sit up and watch what everyone was doing around him
if you really want her to roll then pop her on her front or back and put a few of her favourite toys just to the side of her but slighty out of reach then she may roll whilst trying to reach for them, try not toworry tho cause she will be more than happy doing her own thing
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