How to Teach a Baby to Roll Over

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Newborns grow and change almost daily, and nothing is more thrilling than watching a baby reach a critical milestone. According to Mayo Clinic, babies typically roll over between 4 to 6 months of age. Enjoy this amazing moment with your baby and help his development by teaching and encouraging him to roll over. It might take several attempts, but it's well worth the tummy time and effort to witness this wonderful moment.

Things You'll Need

  • Blanket
  • Mirror
  • Baby toy
  • Lay a blanket down on the floor and gently place your baby on his tummy. KidsHealth recommends parents practice tummy time when their baby is alert and wide awake.

  • Place a mirror or a favorite toy in front of your baby's face. This helps keep her alert and engaged. Once you have her attention, slowly move the toy or mirror away from her face to either side of her body.

  • Continue to move the toy or mirror further away from your baby toward the edge of the blanket. While doing this, cheer him on and encourage him to come and get his toy. If you reach the edge of the blanket and he still isn't rolling over, bring it back to his face and start again.

  • Move the toy or mirror slowly away from your baby to either side. Once she begins reaching or grabbing for the toy or mirror, carefully pull on the opposite side of the blanket, which helps her roll over toward the toy or mirror. If she is successful and becomes scared or startled, give her a hug and congratulate her for reaching this milestone.

  • Lay your baby back on his tummy and repeat by first engaging him with the mirror or toy and then moving it to his side slowly. Eventually, you baby's muscles will strengthen enough that he will roll over himself without your assistance.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never leave your baby on the floor unattended during tummy time.

References

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