It’s easy to feel concerned about milestones (especially during the first year) and it’s natural to compare. A parent-to-parent reminder: your baby’s development path is unique. Development happens in ranges that can span weeks, even months.
Your baby might be really into rolling as a way to get around or he might just roll occasionally. There is no study that shows a correlation between being an avid early roller and being a great athlete later in life, so don’t stress if your baby is still figuring out how to roll 😉.
Your baby will likely roll from belly to back much sooner than rolling from back to belly. Here are the average ranges for when babies start rolling:
- Back to side: babies typically roll from back to side between 4 and 5.5 months
- Belly to back: babies typically roll from belly to back between 4 and 5 months
- Back to belly: babies typically roll from back to belly between 5.5 and 7.5 months
A loving reminder: keep an eye on your baby, especially on the changing table, bed, or anywhere else there is a risk of falling. Babies as young as a few weeks old have been known to spontaneously roll over and fall off of a high surface.
If your baby is working on rolling from back to side:
Encourage your baby to practice kicking by putting him on his back with his legs and feet near the Making Sounds Zone of the Play Gym. You can find more kick play ideas here. Kicking strengthens his core and neck muscles and gets him ready to roll.
If your baby is working on rolling from belly to back:
Plenty of tummy time will help him build muscles for rolling over; eventually, when on his tummy, he will kick his legs over and roll to his back. You will know he is getting ready to roll over when he uses his hands to reach for objects in front of him while on his tummy, and can push up on his hands, straightening his arms to get higher.
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If your baby is working on rolling from back to belly:
After you notice your baby tucking his chin and pulling his legs in towards his body when he is on his back, encourage him to roll from back to belly by holding a ball or toy in his line of vision. When you move the toy to the side, he will have to roll over to see it.