Here are some activities to help your little one get there.
Usually, babies roll over at around six months. But to do so, they need some serious upper body strength, and to build those muscles your little one needs your help. As early as three months of age, your child will start using her arms to try and move around. That’s when you know it’s “training time.”
How to help babies roll over:
1. Get on the floor!
It’s never too early to start tummy time. This time on the ground helps build the muscles your baby will need to eventually roll over. Start with just a few minutes of tummy time a day and work your way up to 20 minutes. This will give your little one plenty of time to explore her surroundings and strengthen those back, leg, neck, and arm muscles.
2. Encourage her to play on her side
Remember, rolling over is a gross motor milestone. This means that it involves a lot of her large muscles. So your baby needs to build core strength all around her tummy and abdomen. Being shifted to the side might be scary at first. Try using a toy to guide this movement and eventually your baby will feel strong and comfortable enough to do this alone.
3. Switch it up
Once you have one side down, switch sides. Help her feel the movement step by step and help secure her arm once she’s reached the other side. You can also practice this by picking her up, and physically moving her from one side to another. The more you help your little one shift her weight to both sides, the more confident she’ll feel rolling over.
4. Dance and sing
Practice laying your baby on her back and moving her from side to side while singing a song. If you guide these movements as you sing, it may help her feel more comfortable. Remember rolling requires moving and twisting in different directions, so encourage your little one to try them all.
Eventually, all babies roll over without their parents’ help. With that in mind, now is an excellent time to make sure your home is baby-proofed!
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Sofia Martinez is a psychologist with a specialty in Early Childhood Development. She’s a certified yoga and meditation instructor, eager to share these techniques with kids and parents. Sofia has spent time working with kids and studying normal development as well as working with kids with special needs, understanding individuality in development. She wants to keep studying ECD and help scale Kinedu’s model to families across the globe.