It is every parent(s)’ joy to see their babies achieve certain milestones at the right time. However, when this does not come or comes later or earlier than it should, it becomes a cause for worry. Similarly, when children lose their abilities to do certain things which ordinarily they would have been able to see that they have crossed certain milestones, it also calls for concern.
One of such milestones achievement for babies is rolling over and sitting up. Babies begin to rock from side to side at some point in their growth, which indicates the need to roll over. Eventually, they will be able to roll from back to belly and vice versa fully.
Nonetheless, it is to be expected if you are concerned about helping them, so they do not roll off and hurt themselves, making them comfortable as they learn to do this, how early or late they learn to roll over when they should learn to roll over on their own and more.
We have rounded up some frequently asked questions concerning babies rolling over and their answers to inform you of all you need to know about babies rolling over. Keep reading.
5 things you should know about babies rolling over
1. All babies are different
Do not beat yourself about your baby not rolling over when other babies do. All babies are different and varying factors affect when kids reach certain milestones. For example, factors like premature birth, an underlying health issue, slow motor development, and others may affect how soon they roll over and hit other milestones.
However, where there is a significant delay in hitting such milestones, you should seek medical advice and counsel. Contact your pediatrician for such situations and promptly follow their professional opinions.
2. At what age do babies roll over?
The ideal babies rolling over age is about 4 months old. Nonetheless, it is normal to see babies try to roll over at 2 months old, even if partially. Some succeed at the latter age while others keep trying until they finally perfect and pass this developmental stage at another month or two.
3. How do you help babies roll over easily?
While this is a developmental milestone that babies hit as they grow, they also need help with coordination and motor skills. Before a baby can roll over, they need to develop independence and strength in their head and shoulder movements.
You can help them by playing with them in that position each day, cheering them on as they try to roll over, placing toys out of reach to encourage distance movements and more.
4. When do babies roll over from back to belly?
Many babies begin to roll over from their backs to their bellies at 6 months. If, at 6 months, a baby cannot roll in this direction, then it can be defined as a significant delay. According to a study, babies in Hong Kong and China move from back to belly first before learning to do so in the opposite direction.
5. When do babies roll over from belly to back?
In some other places like the US, the first direction of babies rolling is usually from their stomachs to their backs, and they usually hit this milestone at 4 to 6 months. However, just as with babies rolling over from their stomachs to their backs, some factors also affect when babies do so from their stomachs to the backs.
6. What are the signs that babies will roll over?
Before your babies actually start full roll over, they may show some of the following signs – rolling to their sides and shoulders, scooting and kicking in a circle, rolling their hips side by side, and more. When you notice these signs, it indicates that they are ready to start rolling over. You should watch them closely at this stage as this new phase can be scary and shocking to them.
It will be nostalgic having your babies’ grow up so fast and leave to start their own lives. Nonetheless, growth is essential for their wellbeing and hitting milestones such as rolling over is a blessing. Help your babies navigate each developmental stage by being supportive every step of the way.