How to Help a Baby Roll Over

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Help a baby roll over by making a fun play area, laying the baby down on the stomach, moving a toy to one side and gently helping the baby roll over. Be careful not to hurt a baby's arm when helping it to roll over with advice from the mother of three young children in this free video on parenting.

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Hi, I'm Erica. We're in Salt Lake City, Utah, and I'm going to sh ow you how to help a baby roll over. First what you're going to do is you're going to make a fun play area. So you're going to lay out the blanket like this. And then be sure to have a stimulating toy, so that it will give the baby something to focus on, and lay the baby down on their stomach. Move the toy to one side, and this will make the baby look over to that side, and then what you're going to do is you're just going to kind of help them over, real gently, don't force them over... and just kind of roll them over, and then you can move the toy--once they're rolled to their back--you can move the toy over to the other side and roll them back over onto their stomach. You can pull their arm, put help them over by holding their hip, that way you don't pull their arm too hard or hurt them. Just be sure to practice with them daily from rolling from back to stomach and stomach to back. That way, they get used to it. They get more strength in their neck. Be sure that before you try to get them to roll over, that they learn how to hold their head up by themselves, and they're able to look up at you and look up at the toy. And then, once they're able to hold their head up, it's usually a good time that they'll be ready to start rolling over, and as just assist them, it'll be easier for them to do it as you go along.

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