When your baby rolls over, it means that your baby is developing mobility. It is certainly a huge milestone for them, because it is the first sign of independent movement.
Once they start rolling over, they will be able to do a lot more new things in the near future, such as: sitting on their own, crawling, even walking!
As such, we advise you to be prepared for this stage of your baby’s life. From that moment on, you have to be aware of what they’re doing throughout the day, since they will be moving from one place to another without much assistance from you.
Your baby is also gaining strength. Mastering this technique requires significantly more strength than they have when they are born; they will also need to have control of the muscles in their arms and legs. Rolling over is a matter of coordination, after all!
Your baby will need to be able to move around from a position where they’re lying on their stomach. On the floor, the newly mobile infant will develop the arm movement and neck strength to independently move around before long.
We know that not every baby likes to be laid on on their stomach. It can be quite uncomfortable to lie on the floor in that position for any period of time. In these cases, we recommend adding some activity to the situation by keeping some toys around, which your baby will want to reach out and play with.
Now the question is: When will my baby roll over exactly? It is a different process for everyone – there are babies who start showing mobility when they are newborns and roll over at 3 months old, and there are other babies who roll over for the first time when they are as old as 7 months.
Parents play an important role teaching their baby to roll over. There are different techniques, tips, and pieces of advice that will help your little one to developing their mobility at their own comfortable pace.
Once you figure out that you can help your kid move around, what can you do to teach your baby to roll over? We’ve prepared a 5-step guide that will be quite useful if you want to help your baby move around, so keep on reading if you want to learn more!
1.We already mentioned how important lying on the stomach is for babies, if you want to help them roll over. But it is also equally as important to help them sit down on their own, since it will strengthen their neck and back muscles.
2.Babies like to do the same things as people around them. Using mimicry as a teaching tool is a great way to achieve the ultimate goal at this stage of their mobile development. If you lay down on your side from time to time while they are on their stomach, it shows them what they are capable of achieving. Showing them how to roll over becomes that much easier as a result.
3.Use a toy as a stimulating source of inspiration! It is incredible how much this helps. Keep the toy a fair distance away from your baby to compel them to reach it. You can also place it from one side to another so he or she will want to roll onto their sides. Keeping their arms out as they move from one side to another also provides a basis for coordination development.
4.When your baby is trying to reach the toy, lift up the blanket a little from the side, that way one side is slightly lifted up off the floor. The process of movement will be easier if you help the baby with a blanket or a soft play mat.
5.You can keep lifting the blanket little by little until your baby finally rolls onto their back. If your little one complains and finds this position uncomfortable, it means that they are not completely ready to roll over. You can repeat this blanket activity every day until they roll over completely on their own. Also, make sure that every time they do it, they are able to reach the toy you are using; it will make them want to do it on their own.
Now that your baby is rolling over, expect them to acquire a lot more mobility in the months to come. Once they master the art of rolling over on their own your baby’s neck, legs, arms, and back become stronger at a much faster rate.
With your assistance, you can also help them sit up, or start crawling. Before long, they’ll be walking on their own! Here at Cher Bébé, we are excited to guide you and teach you during these new experiences and memories with your little one.