Rolling over has always been one of those things to tick off in a baby’s milestones. Mommies had always been excited as this is one of the very first thing their baby would learn during his first few months of life. Your baby will have to learn first how to successfully carry the weight of his head with minimal support. Once he can lift his head on his own when he is maybe around 3-4 months old, he will then start learning how to roll over.
Everytime you will lay him on his back, he will then start kicking and try to roll on his side, then once he will be able to do that, it will then be easy for him to flip over and roll to his tummy. This must be very exciting for him, trying new things and exploring what he can do, he will then restlessly master that until he can roll over to his tummy and to his back. When he is on his tummy, he will start pushing off the bed and bend his legs or kick so he will be flipped to his back.
•How to help your baby roll over?
Tummy time is the trick. Everytime he is on his tummy, he will first start to lift his head (keep an eye always when he is on it). It gives him the ability to strengthen his arms, neck and back. Giving him plenty of tummy time will make him feel more comfortable of it, and when he already is, shorten the length of time you let him be on his tummy. He will then start missing it and want more of it, so he will find a way to move his body and explore through moving his legs, arms and shoulders until it could make him lie on his side. From there, it will be easy for him to move some more and be on his tummy again. Once he learn the tricks, he will do it over and over until he could master the movement.
•What to worry about rolling over?
It is surely a great deal of happiness for parents when their kids learn something important. Though, Like walking and stumbling, rolling over has a downside too. Please give your baby watchful eyes especially when he is still learning how to roll over. There might be times when he will not be able to lift his head successfully or maybe he run out of strength focused on his neck area, he might drop his head facedown, which would give him little access to air for breathing. Same goes as when he is sleeping on his tummy, he might want to switch the position of his head but would drop his head halfway to the bed, facedown. Nevertheless, that only happens when the baby is still little and hasn’t mastered this ability to roll over. Once he gain full control and mastery of it, you can just sitback and relax as you watch him rolling over and having fun.