As parents, we want our little ones to stay little all their lives. At the same time, we want them to be able to explore and learn from the world around them. This is why we just can’t wait for them to reach various baby milestones like sitting up, crawling, walking and talking. For them to be able to sit up, they should first be able to handle their own weight.
Babies take time to develop their muscles and this is why they are unable to lift their head up let alone sit up on their right from when they are born. So when do babies start to roll over? Let’s find out.
1. Babies will first try to lift their head up while they are lying down. During the first month, babies may be able to lift their head up if only for a brief moment. They will also be able to move their head to the side while lying on their back.
2. In their second month, babies would be able to lift the weight of their little heads on their own while lying down on their bellies. Few babies may also have enough strength to be able to roll over to their side but not completely. While sitting, their head may bob forward.
3. Babies will be able to balance themselves on their forearms and will be able to lift their head and shoulders by more than 45 degrees by the time they are 3 months old.
4. When babies are 4 months old, they will easily be able to turn from the back to the side. From the fifth month, they would be able to roll from the belly to their back and the sixth month they would be able to roll from their back to their belly.
There are a few precautions you should take for when they start rolling over by themselves. You should ensure that they are either on the ground or on a soft mattress or rug on the floor. If they are placed on a high surface and they roll off the surface while you were looking away for just a second, they could fall and get hurt. So keep them either on the floor or safely secured in their stroller while you are not holding them.
If your baby hasn’t started to roll over yet, don’t worry about it. Sometimes, babies just need a bit of love and encouragement in order to get moving. Place your baby on the floor and on the tummy starting from the second or third month. This way the baby will try to look up at you, lifting their head up and trying to move or wriggle around. Trying to holding their head up on their own will help build their neck muscles.
Another tactic is to keep a toy a little away from your baby and watch them wriggle or move their hands towards it. You can help train them by moving them just a little bit with your hands. Do this gently and while they are on a soft bed or a blanket. Placing one firm hand on their body, try lifting them and turning them by simply pulling their blanket.
You could also try placing them down on one side and then roll them to the other side. Give them some time to see if they roll back. Be aware that your baby will only be able to roll over once their arms and legs are strong enough. So you need to encourage them to sit up or prop their head up more often as this will help build their muscles.