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Baby Rolling Over

Baby rolling over is a major baby milestone and usually happens around 4 months old but a little earlier or later is normal.

 Rolling over is an exciting step in your baby’s motor development. The next motor movements are followed by sitting, crawling, and finally walking.

What Age Do Babies Start Rolling Over?

As mention below, majority of babies start to roll over at four months. Some babies start to roll over from their tummy to back due to their new strength in their arms they can change different position. 

How Do Babies Roll Over?

Some babies roll over as early as three months of age.  Babies start mastering the art of rolling over when they want to sit up and gain enough head control.

The baby’s strength keeps growing making him more aware of different things he can start doing as rolling from tummy to back.

How Do Babies Roll Over?

Babies are born with tonic neck reflex. It’s also known as fencing reflex because of the characteristic position of the infant’s arms and head. 

 When the baby is lying on the back the head is turned to a side leaving their hand and leg on that side stretched. The opposite of the baby stays flexed. 

The reflex helps the baby to avoid rolling over to his tummy until his fully prepared for those movements.

How To Help Babies Roll Over?

  • There are numerous ways to help your baby roll over.
  •  A great technique is great to set down and pick up the baby while shifting his weight to the side in rolling.
  •  Reduce the time baby spends with equipment.
  •  Let the baby play on his side will help initiate the roll to his tummy.
  • Change the baby’s position and let him spend time on all four sides of the body. Allow equal time between the tummy, back, left, and right side.
  • Hold the baby in a tucked position, which helps with the rolling over process.

Precautions To Be Taken For Safety

It’s an exciting moment when the baby starts to roll over.  In this stage, you have to take some measurements for the safety of the baby to avoid the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

  • The baby’s mattress should be firm and cleared of all toys, pillow, and bed clothes.
  •  Pay close attention to your baby once he has mastered the skills of rolling over.
  •  Do not leave the baby unattended in his crib for long hours at night.

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