Most babies will figure out how to roll over between 3 and 6 months. You'll know your pumpkin is getting ready to roll when you see him pushing up on his hands during tummy time. Other clues to watch for: He may lift a hand in the air while pushing up off his belly, or move a leg across his body while lying on his back.
How It Happens
Most infants turn from tummy to back first. That maneuver takes less neck and back strength than flipping from back to tummy, which could take another month or two to master. Rolling over will likely be your baby's first chance to move without your help, but he may not like it initially, says Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., a pediatrician in Seattle. "Many babies surprise themselves when they first roll over and may even cry," she notes.
Should You Worry?
Some babies flip over only a few times or not at all. That's okay if your child is developing good head and neck control, says Jennifer Shu, M.D., an Atlanta pediatrician. But if her limbs seem extra floppy or stiff at 3 to 4 months, or if she seems to favor one side of her body, tell your doctor.
Be Sure He Stays Safe!
Originally published in the June 2015 issue of American Baby magazine.
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