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From small age, we all love to see our babies rolling on the bed. I remember my mom used to make me roll over and count until she’s happy with it. This is a habit that will help you and your baby in future.
Let me explain: Rolling over is not only fun, its exercising as well. If your child doesn’t move himself around, he/she may have physical problems when growing up. So start this process from little age, so your baby can get used to it.
There are sections below that try to answer HOW to teach baby to roll over? Can babies learn by themselves? We’ll try answering these questions in this article:
What are basic facts before teaching baby to roll over?
Rolling over is not complicated, but you need to know some facts before starting the process. The important facts will answer all your questions and help you training your baby correctly.
The fact number 1: Babies have to be in crawling position when they are learning how to rollover. So if you want to teach your baby rolling over, don’t put him on his back for this period of time.
The fact number 2: Don’t think that your child is too young for this activity because he’s just six months old or one-year-old. It’s never too early or late for any age.
The fact number 3: Most children can learn how to roll over between 3-6 months old. Some children learn it as early as 2 or 3 months old, and other babies want to learn it as late as 9-10 months old! The average age is around 4-5 months of age.
The fact number 4: It’s the reflexes that make the baby move from one place to another without instruction from adults or even practice. So you can think a little bit about a bullfighting dance when you see your child rolling over for the first time.
The fact number 5: Children will need many days, weeks, and even month till they’re able to do this activity correctly. Don’t rush them because you will lose time and probably disappoint your kid if he can’t do what you want.
The fact number 6: You have to be patient and teaching your baby how to roll over is going to take a lot of time. It will need a lot of patience till your child can learn this exercise.
The fact number 7: When the baby learns rolling over, they won’t stop for a long period of time because babies tend to practice it constantly, especially when they’re on their own or in front of the mirror. Keep an eye on them always!
The fact number 8: Babies like to experiment new things and if they see something interesting, such as moving across the crib from one side to another (and there’s nothing better than their parents watching them), then they’re going to try it right away.
The fact number 9: Without any surprise, the crawling position is the best one to teach your child this activity. The baby should be on his knees and tummy when learning how to roll over, because he needs that support from all fours before he can learn how to move from a place to another without being afraid of falling down.
Which age is best to teach baby to roll over?
Four to six months is a good time to start teaching baby to roll over. Most babies can roll from front to back between four and six months, but it is not necessary to wait until they have mastered rolling from their tummy to their back before starting them on tummy time.
Tummy time helps strengthen neck muscles and prepare baby for the big move! Use a rolled towel or infant gym under his/her chest so he/she does not tire out his/her arm muscles trying to lift his/her head.
Encourage him/her with a toy over one side of his body so they have an incentive to turn toward you!
Why my baby doesn’t like to roll over?
Before you start to think about all the things that might go wrong with your baby, it is important to know what he/she is supposed to be doing at his/her current age.
If your baby doesn’t like to rollover yet (the rolling-over stage begins around 5 months of age), there are three things you could keep in mind:
1) He/She is not ready to roll over.
2) He/She is not interested in rolling over.
3) He/She is afraid of rolling over and losing his/her security (for example: co-sleeping babies).
If your baby falls under the first reason, there is no need for you to be concerned because each child develops at their own pace. Keep playing on his/her back and he/she will start to rollover when he is ready!
The second reason why a baby doesn’t like to rollover is because he/she might be too busy doing other things – sleeping, eating, looking around the house and enjoying life! A good way to change this habit is to put him/her on his/her belly when you are going to feed him or hold him for a few minutes before putting him/her back onto his/her back. In addition, you can try playing fun games with him/her on his/her belly such as peek-a-boo or hide the toy behind your back and then bring it forward from under his/her chest.
The last reason is the most common. If your baby has been sleeping with you on the same bed, it’s likely that he/she doesn’t want to rollover while sleeping on his/her back because he/she feels unsafe or maybe even afraid of rolling over and landing on the floor.
A great way to solve this problem is to change your baby’s sleep environment by putting him/her in a crib or another safe place for sleeping.
You can also wait until he/she starts trying to get up onto his/her hands and knees before placing him/her into a crib so that it will be easy for him/her to get more comfortable transitioning from being co-sleeping babies to independent sleepers.
As mentioned above, some babies just very comfortable with co-sleeping and that is perfectly fine, too!
How to teach baby to roll over?
We’ve gathered the top five methods for teaching baby to roll over, so put them into practice and be ready to capture that once-in-a-lifetime shot.
The Face-Down Tummy Time Method
Lay your child down on his back while he’s awake and alert (not right after eating) in an area where there are no toys or items he could become entangled with. Take one of his arms and bring it across his body towards his opposite hip, then repeat the same step with the other arm, holding it above the first arm against his body (the “crisscross” position). Then, slowly begin to move his top leg toward his bottom leg until it’s bent at the knee, keeping the calf horizontal.
You may need to gently push on your baby’s hips to encourage him to roll over, but be careful not to force him as this could injure him. Once he is on his tummy and has grabbed a toy or two from the area surrounding him, hold him up for a moment so that he can maintain an upright neck and back. This method should start showing results within a few weeks.
The Overstimulation Method
This technique works well with babies who can already sit up by themselves and are simply having trouble rolling over. their head facing forward, pick them up under the armpits and help them roll over so that their tummy is facing up.
Gently hold his hips down so he doesn’t flop back over onto his back. Give him a toy to play with while on his tummy, but take it away once he rolls back onto his back or sides.
Repeat this, but have him roll over in the opposite direction for an equal amount of time, continuing to place a toy in front of him as an incentive. With all babies you should only do this for a few minutes at a time because they can become too stimulated if you stretch it out longer than that.
The Roll-and-Guide Method
Laying your child amongst colorful toys and pillows to form a star shape, slowly roll him over from his back onto his side and then into a tummy-down position so that he’s lying on top of the toys. Gently place one hand on the small of his back and another on his chest or hips, and gently guide him through rolling onto his stomach.
Make sure not to push too hard because you could injure your child. Once he is lying flat with all four limbs spread out, pick up a toy and hold it above him as an incentive for him to grab it with both hands and pull himself up into a sit (alternatively, you can guide your baby into sitting by holding their arms). Repeat this step 5–10 times before having them lie down again on their back.
Once they are on their backs, give them one toy to play with while you hold another in front of him as an incentive for leaning forward. Again, repeat this step about five times before having your baby lie down again on his back. This technique requires at least three weeks of daily practice before it starts showing results.
The Sit-and-Play Method
After laying your baby flat on his back amongst colorful toys, sit directly behind him so that he’s between your legs and facing away from you (make sure there are no hard objects behind you).
Gently hold both of his arms overhead so that he has something to grab onto so he can pull himself up into a sitting position, but make sure not to pull too hard.
If he turns his head and reaches for one of the toys, give it to him while you keep your hands on his arms so that he can feel secure in holding onto it.
After a few seconds, remove the toy from his grasp and have him reach out with both arms towards another toy or several other objects so he can pull himself up again.
Repeat this step about five times before having him lie back down on his back. If you think your baby might need a little more help sitting up, try holding one of his arms as he leans forward so that he feels as though someone is supporting him.
Once you have gotten him to sit up with your assistance, you can begin to do this step by yourself.
While sitting behind your little one and holding both of his arms as he leans forward to play with a toy that’s just out of reach, slowly lean back so that your baby starts tipping backwards.
Don’t let him fall flat on his back though. Just as he starts tipping over, slowly lean forward again so that he tips back the other direction.
This balancing act will build his core strength and help him to develop better control over his torso muscles.
Once he gets used to this exercise, you can then try making things more challenging by having him reach out for a toy as you lean backwards so that he has to pull himself forward to reach it.
You can also try reaching for a toy yourself at the same time you are leaning back, but make sure he still needs to pull himself forward in order to grab it. Repeat this step about five times before having him lie down again on his back.
The Sit-and-Bounce Method
Combining many of the techniques already mentioned, this exercise works especially well if your child is still having trouble turning over from his back to his stomach.
Lay your baby down on a flat surface and hold him around the waist so that he’s facing upwards with all four limbs spread out evenly.
Hold onto one of his legs and lift it up so that he’s balancing on just one arm and one leg, then move your hands a little further down his leg so that he can swing it back and forth freely.
While holding onto his leg, bounce it up and down gently as you make cheering noises to encourage him to bounce along with you, also using the other arm and leg for balance.
Repeat this step about 5–10 times before having him lie down again on his back.
Can babies can learn rolling over on their own?
Some babies will roll over between 4 and 7 months of age without any encouragement or playtime tricks; others may not learn this skill until after 8 months, often because they just haven’t worked up the nerve yet to test that particular frontier.
But there’s a way you can help your baby along if he seems eager to try: rolling back to front. Whenever you’re changing his diaper or dressing him, gently guide him into a belly down position on your lap and see what happens.
If tries to return to his old position, simply stop him and try again. Soon he’ll get the message that he can do it himself.
Related: How To Get Baby To Sleep In Crib?
The ability to roll over is a milestone for any baby, but it can be difficult if they don’t like the process.
One of the most important things that you need to know before teaching your child how to roll over is what age they should start at and why this time frame works best.
It also helps when parents have some understanding on why their little one might not want to learn rolling over in the first place so that they are better equipped with tips on how to teach them successfully.
With these facts in hand, we hope that you will feel more confident about tackling this new lesson with your own infant or toddler!