A major milestone in an infant’s life is when it first starts to roll. It is also a proud moment for the parents. It is an exciting moment for the parents as they watch their child roll from back to tummy and then from tummy to back again. Normally babies learn to roll over both ways in their seventh month.
Spread a soft blanket on the floor (not on the bed which may have indentations making movements strained for the baby). Lie down the baby on the blanket and hold a toy above his head. Keep the toy a little on the side and not directly in the baby’s line of vision.
A brightly colored rattle will work well for a toy as it will produce sound. Your baby will reach out for the rattle attracted by the colors and the sound.
Now help your baby move to the opposite side of the toy. If the toy is positioned on the right side then move your baby on the left by gently rotating him from the hips and by steering the right leg across his body. This will help him turn his body around in an imitation of the movement he will need to do in order to roll over his tummy.
Once the baby is on his tummy touch his knee and palms to the floor. The baby will recognize the floor as a support system and the knees and palms as tools that will aid in rolling from tummy to back. At five months of age many babies will not require help to roll over.
If your baby is four months and has still not started making use of his muscles to roll over then follow a simple method. With the toy on the right side gently pull your baby’s right arm to the left side across his body in an attempt to make him roll.
The rest of the body will follow the movements of the arm and your baby will be on his tummy. Reward the child by putting the rattle in his hands. The baby will learn that rolling back and forth is fun because it gives you toys.
Your baby will not be interested in rolling over unless he has started reaching out for things. If this hasn’t happened it would be pointless to make him learn rolling.