Backward Roly-Poly

Duration: any

Age: baby, toddler, parent

Skill for Bub: Muscle builder, Just for fun


Your little acrobat will love doing this precursor to the backward somersault.

You’ll have as much fun as your child performing this tumbling technique, designed to increase your child’s perceptual development and balance.

Here’s how to do this backward rotation:

  • Sit on the floor with your legs extended. Sit your child on your lap facing outwards.
  • Begin by slowly rocking back and forth.
  • Then when you are ready, say, "One, Two, Three! On three, rock backwards so that you and your baby are slightly inverted. Hold your baby up at her hip joints and lift her up over your head upside-down so that she lands on her feet right-side-up, behind your head.
  • Note: Going upside-down is perfectly safe for babies, but, it is a good idea to wait 30-minutes after your child has eaten before performing this exercise to avoid an upset tummy.