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when do babies start to roll? Lock Rss


I have a 4 month old baby girl. I am just wondering when they start to roll and do just they do it?? or do you have to sit and show them how?? DE loves to lie on her back on a rug on the floor, she flaps her arms and legs and can sort of move herself around to an interesting toy if she wants. She hates tummy time though. Most of the time she will only tolerate a minute or two before she throws up (she is a reflux baby) I usually roll her back and forward at least twice if she is on the floor for about 1/2. She has good strong legs and loves to stand on her feet. She locks her knees and plants her feet flat on the floor. As this is my first baby, I'm not sure if they hit their milestones on their own or if they need encouragement??

Angie, DE 15/12/05 ,TAS

hi Angie, I wouldnt worry about it too much. My bubs is just starting to enjoy tummy time now at 4 months 3 weeks. He used to hate it. An idea is to get a towel and put it on the floor and take their nappy off- alot of babies seem to like being naked when on their tummy- its also easier to learn how to roll because they dont have a nappy to contend with. My little one is a very chucky baby too so put the towel down so they can wee and throw up! lol
I was worried too as my little boy hasnt started rolling either but try and remember some babies dont roll at all and prefer to go straight to crawling and walking.

DS 18November2005 DD05OCT98 DS02APR96 DS21MAR08

My daughter is 5 months old and rolled for the first time a couple of weeks ago. She did it herself in her own time with only a little encouragement from me. Actually I wasn't in the room the first time she did it, and got a surprise when I came back and she was on her tummy. She didn't particularly like tummy time until she was strong enough to really hold herself up. It was really funny though she rolled for the first time one day and then the next day she kept rolling over all afternoon like she had been doing it for ever. Strangely though she hasn;t done it at all for the last few days.

She rolled to her side for a couple of weeks before she made it all the way over. However, she forgets how to roll back so she soon starts whinging. I would definitely put a towel down though as my baby wasn't a reflux baby but still would often spit when she was on her tummy.

Leanne, NZ, Ella age 2 & Sam age 6months

DD started rolling at 5 months, a bit later than other babies in our group. I didn't do enough tummy time as she spewed all the time. Not that it makes a difference really as she was the first to crawl and cruise the furniture by about 2 months. Its the only 'first' we have with DD - lol.

I found with DD that she could do it intermittently with some 'teasing' with a toy. Mostly, she would roll onto her side and just lay there. It was really frustrating when she started to do it regularly, as she would roll over and crack a wobbly. I think it doesn't hurt to give them some encouragement.

A brilliant book I recommend for you is Dr Mirriam Stoppards 'Teach your child'. As a first time mum also, this is my bible. It breaks down babies development in all fields (mental, moving, hands, socialising etc) monthly. It explains what usually happens and what little activities you can do to help them develop. Its not teaching them to be a genius, just the normal day to day things you can do to help them develop normally.

Of course, its just a guide, but it is the best resource I've ever come across. It makes me feel like I have a purpose when we are playing together. DH really enjoys it too as each month I give him an idea of what activites we need to concentrate on. Here is the example for DD's locomotion section (1 year old):

'Your baby can walk if you hold her hands. When she crawls, she will do so on her hands and feet, in much the same way as a bear does. To help her locomotion you can 1. Encourage independent stepping, practice asking your baby to come to you while she is cruising. 2. Give her the courage to launch herslef off, put your pieces of furniture slightly further apart. 3. Encourage her to walk to you. Sit a little way away from yoru baby shile she is holding onto a piece of furniture. Hold out your arms, call her name, and ask her to come to you'.

Its only a tiny snippit, but thought it might give you an idea of what I was crapping on about - lol.

DD is 3yr 8 months - DS is 6 months


They will generally roll when they are ready to do it. You will see it coming.. they try and try until one day they get it. It is so cute to watch but frustrating also as you just want it to happen! LOL

I was telling the CHN that my bub would roll onto her side and just stay there and look around then roll back.. I was wanting her to roll all the way even if it was just once!! She said that you can give a bit of encouragement and a bit of help to in a way show how it is done but unless she is trying herself it wont just happen.

I dont think encouragement is a bad thing, babies learn from mimicking us, so if she is trying give her a bit of encouragement and watch her do the rest!!
my bub started when she was just 2 months old,it was really weird seeing this tiny bubbsy rolling about she is now 5 months and really wants to crawl she just cant quite work it out lol
all in their own good time

Lillie....1 year old!!!

Hi Angie im a first time mum as well and I have a daughter who is 10 months old today and she love to be on the floor and especailly on her tummy and it makes their neck strong as well and hold their little bodys up and when Jaye was about 4 months old I started to roll her over and than back again for 1/2 hour half and she got the idea after awhile and than one day she just did it herself and roll over on to her tummy and than back over to back she was so happy when she finally got the whole thing and since than I cant stop her.

But it depends your bub when she wants to roll over and back again on her back but just keep doing what a you doing now with her and that will help to roll over and than your daugther will try to crawl around the house but its so cute when they first try to crawl.

Keep up the excellent angie and good luck and chat soon.

Tracey,Jaye (girl)12/06/05, Sam (boy)10/07/09

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