First Time Parents Guide: When are Babies Supposed to Roll Over
When is it normal for your baby to roll over? Every baby is different, but there are common expectations about when your baby will be able to roll onto their sides. To learn more, read on!
Maybe you plank. Maybe you end your yoga sessions in “corpse pose.” Whether you’re a back-sleeper, a side-sleeper, you sleep on your belly, or you simply toss and turn all night, much of your life is influenced by your ability to roll over. But it’s not an ability you’re born with, and neither is your new baby.
While some babies are able to roll over in their early days, most babies only gain this ability later on. As you track the progress of your new baby’s development, his or her ability to roll over is one milestone for which you should be on the lookout.
When is my baby supposed to roll over?
Your baby’s rolling is cause for celebration. Some babies are able to roll over as early as three months, but according to most experts your baby should be able to roll to the side by the time he or she reaches four months of age. This occurs when your baby has gained sufficient weight and upper body strength to make it happen.
Given a little more time, your baby will likely also be able to roll from stomach to back and maybe even vice versa. Indeed, this sort of rolling may become one of your young child’s favorite activities.
This sort of rolling can be an expression of playfulness and joy. It’s a way to get some exercise, and to delight in newfound physical capabilities. And it helps your baby learn to literally look at the world from a variety of different angles.
How to help your baby learn to roll
The best way to encourage your baby to roll is to make sure he or she spends adequate “tummy time” each day, on his or her stomach, in your lap, for up to 20 minutes. If your baby gets cranky in this position, five minutes should be sufficient.
A festive mat with toys can also help encourage the process. As your baby reaches for interesting objects in the environment, strength will quickly develop.
Even after your baby is able to roll, it is usually considered best practice to put him or her to sleep in the crib in a back-down position, at least until six months of age. After this, your baby can more ably take charge of his or her own sleep.
Should I be worried if your baby hasn’t rolled over?
Probably not, but if your baby hasn’t rolled over yet, you can always ask a doctor or other medical professional for advice and help.
Being a new parent is challenging and exciting, and you don’t have to do it alone. Never hesitate to ask for help if you need it, and feel free to take advantage of the many resources here at Ruby & Poe, along with all-natural, high-quality products that help you be an authentic and responsible new parent for your child and for the world.