Many new parents ponder the question, “when will my baby roll over?” If you ask a group of parents when their baby first rolled over, you will likely get a variety of answers. This is because there is no exact age that babies will rollover. On average most babies are able to roll by 4-6 months of age. Others roll as early as two months of age. Rolling over takes strength and coordination.
Will my baby roll over from their back to their tummy or tummy to back first?
Most babies learn to roll from their tummy to their back first. Babies need time and practice to build up the muscles in their back, arms, and neck. This is why tummy time is crucial to helping your baby learn to roll over. Rolling from back to tummy is typically later because this takes significantly more strength in the neck and back.
How can I help my baby learn how to roll over?
When in tummy time, encourage your baby to lift their head up off of the surface and turn to one side by talking to them and having them try to follow your voice. This motion of lifting the head and turning is fundamental to eventual rolling over. Once they have mastered this, help your baby raise their head and chest up off the surface by placing their arms in front of them under their shoulders so they can easily push up using their arms.
Do I need to worry about my baby rolling over in their sleep?
It can be exciting when your baby does begin to roll over, but it can also cause anxiety. Many parents worry about their baby rolling over in their sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control instruct parents to place their babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). According to the CDC, about 3,600 babies die from SIDS in the United States every year. Prone or face-down sleeping increases the risk of infants re-breathing carbon dioxide that they exhale into their sleep surface. A high level of carbon dioxide can suppress the infant’s breathing center.
Is there anything I can do to keep my baby safe if my baby rolls over in their sleep?
Babies should always be placed on their back in their crib, but your baby will roll over during the night eventually. And when this happens using a SafeSleep® Breathe-Through Crib Mattress can give parents peace of mind knowing that their baby can breathe even when face down. Traditional crib mattresses with vinyl covers, cores, quilted toppers, and even loose-fitting sheets have been known to trap carbon dioxide; this is especially concerning when your baby rolls over. The SafeSleep® Breathe-Through Crib Mattress significantly reduces the risk of carbon dioxide rebreathing even if the infant is face down or tummy sleeping.
Are there other precautions I need to take to keep my baby safe once my baby can roll over?
One of the leading causes of injuries to infants is a fall from an elevated surface such as a parent’s bed or a changing table. This often occurs in a split second when a parent sets their baby down and the baby unexpectedly rolls for the first time. Unfortunately, the roll may be right off of the bed or changing table onto the floor. To prevent this type of injury always keep one hand on your baby when they are on an elevated surface without protective baby-safe side rails or netting regardless of their age.