One of baby’s first milestones, rolling over isn’t just a fun party trick, it’s an important step in your child’s physical development and milestones. Learn how it lays the foundation for posture and strengthens core muscles.
Benefits of rolling for babies
Most babies start rolling over around four to six months old. It helps them to develop the muscles in their core, back, shoulders and neck, which are essential for all the exciting milestones in their future, like sitting up, crawling and walking. Encouraging tummy time can also help you get in valuable practice for rolling.
Not just for muscle development, rolling also promotes proprioception—the awareness of where their body is in space. This is an important skill for developing balance and coordination. Finally, it’s fun, and babies love the positive reinforcement they receive from their grown-ups, so remember to cheer them on with big smiles and words of encouragement.
How to help your baby roll over
If your baby seems frustrated or unhappy when trying to roll over, don’t worry. Just let them take a break and try again later. With some practice, they’ll get the hang of it in no time.
Tips and tricks for helping baby progress with rolling
Other ways for baby to develop the same muscles
There are many alternatives to rolling that can help strengthen your baby’s core and improve posture. Some of these include
Tummy time: This is a great way to help your baby learn to control their head and neck muscles, as well as to develop the strength in their arms and legs needed for rolling.
Crawling: This helps babies use more muscles throughout their body, including those in the core and helps them develop coordination and balance.
Sitting upright: Strengthening the muscles in the baby’s back and neck will help them sit up taller and straighter, improving their posture.
Use of a wobble board or therapy ball: These provide an unstable surface for babies to practice balancing on, which helps develop the muscles in their feet, legs, and trunk (core).
Water therapy: Exposing babies to water (in a bathtub or pool) can help them build confidence while also providing resistance that they can push against with their limbs, helping to build strength.
Learn More with our Tummy Time Workshop!
In partnership with Peeka & Co., join Pediatric Occupational Therapist Kaili Ets from Kaili Ets Family Wellness in this workshop to learn more about tummy time and how to make it more enjoyable, not just for your baby but for you as well.
In this workshop, Kaili covers:
Kaili Ets is lovingly known as the Holistic Baby Guru. She has a passion for normalizing and bringing clarity around baby sleep, development, reflux, and more.
Wife and mom of two, Kaili understands the importance of trusting your mama instincts. She is on a mission to help mamas tune into their intuition and feel like the confident super moms they are.
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