Rock ‘N Roll, Baby

An important part of Baby’s development is his ability to roll over from tummy to back as well as from back to tummy.

Baby rolling over

When Baby will roll

At around 3 or 4 months old, your baby may be able to kick himself over from his tummy to his back. However to flip from back to tummy will take a few more months as Baby gets stronger.

Tummy to back

When Baby is enjoying supervised tummy time, he may start to push his body up into a push-up style position as well as kick his legs. These movements could be powerful enough to cause him to (even accidentally) roll over onto his back.

If he gets upset or cries, it’s likely that his actions simply startled him! Encourage him with lots of smiles and claps.

As he gets used to his movements, he’ll enjoy experimenting with all kinds of rolling, so make sure he has a clear, soft and safe place in which to roll around.

Back to tummy

Rolling from back to tummy may not occur until around 5 or 6 months old because this action takes more coordination and strength from Baby.

When to be concerned

If Baby hasn't shown any interest in rolling over (or getting around by any other means such as scooting or crawling) by about seven months, encourage him by rattling/shaking a favorite toy to one side. If he's still not interested in moving, check in with your pediatrician.

Baby-proof it

Baby’s rolling over is the first sign that he’s on the move. So make sure your home is baby-proofed from the ground up as he may begin grabbing at things as he rolls from place to place.

Safety first

Remember to never leave your baby on a changing table or even a couch unattended as he could choose that very moment to make his first rolling move. Keep a hand on Baby when he’s on a high surface other than the floor. And always supervise his rockin’ and rollin’ time.

More on a baby’s milestones

Baby movement milestones: What you can expect
Savoring the moment: Baby’s firsts
Tummy time: Why it is essential for Baby’s development


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