Should he be rolling over?

Jennifer - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son will be 4 months old at the end of this month. And he is no where near rolling over. I have friends who have babies who are younger than him and they are already rolling over. My son is hardly ever on the ground. Either in our arms or mostly in his bouncey. He hats having "belly time" So he is rearly ever on his belly. Our Dr, told us not to put him on his belly, until he could hold his head up, which he can forsure do now! But has for awhile now. But still, yet he has not rolled over. Should he be?

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Sarah - posted on 07/20/2009

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i don't think so..

when my son was about 2months-ish he used to roll but then he stopped .. i asked my hv .. and she said that babies don't usually roll till around 6months-ish .. and if they do roll before then .. its usually because they get fustrated and end up thrashing about so much .. which in turn makes them roll (what happened to my son)

he's now nearly 6months old and just learnt how to do a full roll yesterday .. at 5months he learnt how to roll from his back on to his tummy.

so i suppose some babies do it early .. but most wait till about 6months .. so i wouldn't be concerned hun. x

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Sarah - posted on 07/23/2009

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my son actually seems the same he's 6months next week and at the start of this week started doing a full roll .. back to front then back again (before it was just back to front) but now he just seems to be doing a half roll again

Darcy - posted on 07/23/2009

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my LO didnt start rolling until 6months and even than it was at least a week in between her rolls

Jennifer - posted on 07/20/2009

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all babies move at their own pace. even if he hates the belly time, you should try and do it. the madder he gets the more hell squirm. the more he squirms, the more he rocks and so on. you should try and lay him down more, even if your on the floor with him. my son rolled over at 3 mos. we kept him on his belly even when he fussed and the madder he got the higher he picked his head up. on day outta the blue, he picked his head up so far he just flipped over. hell get there, just give him a chance by not picking him up too much. he cant do it if hes never on the floor

Tessa - posted on 07/20/2009

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Lily started rolling when she was 2weeks (shes always been really strong, being able to hold her head up from the day she was born) and at first she hated tummy time but we always made her do it for a little while everyday, i suggest you keep making you bubs have tummy time too as it should help. try doing it on a bed or something so you can dance in front of bubs to keep him entertained - this is how we made lily enjoy it!

Becky - posted on 07/20/2009

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lol once they can do something they don't tend to forget lol!
Funny thing is neither of mine have ever climbed out of their cots at night time despite being able to do it! My daughter used to climb in and out all the time during the day (when supervised) but never at ngiht!

Sarah - posted on 07/20/2009

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omg! thats quite funny though. my son escaped from his bumbo twice last night. my mum was babysitting and she went into the kitchen so put him in his bumbo .. came back he was on the floor playing with toys.


did it again when we were both watching. little escape artist .. lol

Becky - posted on 07/20/2009

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My friends grandson was playing out in the garden, his mum had laid him down on his back on a mat under the shade. The phone rang so she ran to the kitchen picked it up and strolled back to her son.....................imagine her shock when he was not there! She screamed and panicked her neighbour rushed over and was about to dial 999 when the neighbour noticed just under the bush a small bootie he rushed over and there was the baby laying on his back playing with the bush! The first time he rolled it must have rolled 15 times to reach the bush!

The funny thing is he didn't then roll again for another month - i think the distance took it out of him! Needless to say my friends daughter never left him unattended even for a split second!

Sarah - posted on 07/20/2009

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my little boy loves tummy time ..at the moment he gets into a position where he looks like he's attempting to crawl .. kind of shuffles on his tummy. lol

Becky - posted on 07/20/2009

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All babies really are different, my first (Jessica) was walking at 9 1/2 months my second (Oliver) was almost 13 months before he walked!
I do think to give him a chance you need to let him have floor play, lay him on his back on a play mat with a few soft toys, rattles etc around him and he will soon start to move when he realises he needs to move to reach them.
I used to give my two hours of play time on the floor and of course lots of cuddles.

Neither of my two liked tummy time but i used to put them down on their tummies just for a little while every day so they could get used to it.

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My daughter hated tummy time and she has developed just fine. My son who has been on his tummy three times rolled over at a month old but I wouldn't worry about it! They will when they are ready! They both are meeting their milestones WITHOUT tummy time. Good Luck!

Jeannine - posted on 07/20/2009

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The "normal" range for rolling is 3-7 months. I found a webpage that has ages for developmental milestones that I look to often. http://www.dbpeds.org/milestones.html



My son had rolled in both directions a handful of times by 4.5 months, but now at almost 7 months he has only done it a few more times. He also hates tummy time and I have not been vigilant about making sure he gets it.



He does spend a good amount of time on the floor and can sit unsupported (although he'll still topple over sometimes when distracted by a toy or person). He will also stand while holding onto a table for a minute or two, I am really trying to focus on making sure he gets more tummy time because I am afraid he'll be delayed for crawling.

Shannon - posted on 07/20/2009

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you need to put him down more if not the floor maybe the bed. you just have to monitor him. and he doesnt have to be on his tummy to role over he can be on his back.

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