Rolling and Pushing Up????

Becky - posted on 02/01/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi, my son is not pushing up when i put him on his belly on the ground, however when I am holding him he does push up (sort of) and lifts his head off and looks around. But when he is on the ground he just gets mad or goes to sleep. He is a belly napper (supervised, of course). He is also not rolling or having any interest in it, is anybody else having this? Or any suggestions on how to get him to roll? My husband does the towel thing (stick 'em on it and slowly pull it out from under them to get them to roll), but he just thinks it is fun and then gets mad on his belly... or falls asleep.

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Shawnda - posted on 02/07/2009

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My son is 14 weeks and he just started holding his head up while on his tummy this week. He also rolled belly to back one time this weeks but has not done it again. I missed and have been sad the last few days. He will do it when it is time, every baby is different.

Lynzie - posted on 02/06/2009

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i put my daughter down for tummy time and she would get mad on her belly then roll to her back..so i would roll her back to her tummy...not trying to be mean..but she kept going to her back..well feb 1st she finally got mad on her back and went to her belly then back again..so she is def rolling now...he will start rolling soon just dont give up on tummy time and maybe he will just roll like brynn

Lynzie - posted on 02/06/2009

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i put my daughter down for tummy time and she would get mad on her belly then roll to her back..so i would roll her back to her tummy...not trying to be mean..but she kept going to her back..well feb 1st she finally got mad on her back and went to her belly then back again..so she is def rolling now...he will start rolling soon just dont give up on tummy time and maybe he will just roll like brynn

Amanda - posted on 02/04/2009

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mine just started rolling to his sides... i play with him on the floor and for a couple days i was holding his legs and rolling him side to side and singing to him to keep him happy after doing this every day for about 3 days all of the sudden he started rolling onto his sides by himself (still not from back to front or vice versa though) so maybe try doing that with him?

Rachel - posted on 02/04/2009

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i have a 4 month old son and he has not even tried to roll on his belly...if he is happy on which ever side you put him on i believe in time he will. i asked my doctor and she said that my son will roll on his own time. i kinda enjoy not having to worry about him rolling over yet. i think i would have a heart attack if he wasnt in the same position a left him. my son loves tummy time. i know we arent suppose to let him sleep on his stomache but that was the only way he slept.

Monica - posted on 02/03/2009

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Oh, and don't fixate on rolling over. Now that babies are put on their backs to sleep (due to the anti-SIDS campaign), they don't roll over as they did before. Rolling over was a 4 month milestone but now is not on the AAP list.

Monica - posted on 02/03/2009

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Elliott gets positively irate with tummy time and would (and still occasionally does) put his face straight down and wail. After the doc recommended LOTS of tummy time at our 2 month visit (due to pretty poor head lift), we saw lots of improvement fairly quickly. He was rolling from stomach to back at 2 1/2 months and can lift his head like a champ. Just stick with it; if baby melts down, pick him up and try again later. We would have better luck in the AM when Elliott is generally happier and less fussy. In the evening, sometimes we'd only last a minute before total meltdown.

Maria - posted on 02/02/2009

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james hates his tummy time but i know hes got to get it done. he rolled over first time last week but only once ( 14 weeks old) and once this week>i guess he'll get the hang out if when he wants to

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Midwife at the hospital recommended putting baby on a fit ball/exercise ball or a beach ball, hold them round the hips and then roll them backwards, forwards and side to side.  As the baby's head is suspended off the ball it helps to strengthen the neck muscles.  Worth a shot!  As for rolling you could try putting your baby on his back and sit behind his head (a little out of his sight) so that he has to move his head round to see you which may eventually encourage him to roll over, in the mean time you could give him a helping hand to roll over until he gets the hang of it.  I've been doing this with Maddie and she rolled over for the first time yesterday.

Christine - posted on 02/02/2009

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My daughter HATED tummy time, but I knew the importance of it so I had to figure out a way to make it happen.  What I did was sit at an angle on the couch (or the bed is atually roomier) and I put her tummy to tummy with me.  I talked and sang to her to get her attention.  She was so interested in the funny faces or the interesting sounds I could make with my mouth that it motivated her to hold her head up to see, and then to push up to see, and then eventually she got brave and started rolling off the side of me and into my cradled arm to catch her.  It was so much fun.  Now I can put her down on the ground for tummy time, and she rolls both back to belly and belly to back, and both left and right, and she was doing this all by 11 weeks... now she's 14, and is a strong little thing.  All babies learn at a different pace though so don't be discouraged if your baby doesn't roll for a little bit, he might end up talking early instead...  The "typical" age for rolling is 4 months....

Diane - posted on 02/02/2009

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I was worrying about just this last week. His neck seems to be getting stronger each week for pushing up, but he still seems weak to me, but I think that each baby is different, I am just going to try and make sure I give him tummy time everyday to strengthen his muscles. With rolling, my son was the same, no interest, and then all of a sudden he did it. And then again and again. He did it about 11 times in 24 hours last week and then now he has stopped again. Only thing I could suggest is lying your son on his side from time to time so he strengthens his muscles as I did this, whether the two are related though, who can say!

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