8 month old doesn't roll from back to tummy

Melanie - posted on 07/03/2012 ( 18 moms have responded )

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She has done it a few times before. But not very consistent. She does however, sit up very well, does the worm crawl, and just started hands and knee crawling too. Should I not worry about the rolling over since she is already so active? It just peeved me when her pediatrician made a snarky remark about how she should be able to by now. Well, she is exceeded everything else! Any input will be great to put my mind at ease. Thanks!!

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Kim - posted on 07/06/2012

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I think it's funny how people worry about 1 thing if the child is otherwise healthy.My daughter rolled over ONCE in her first year. It was great because when I put her to bed I never had to worry about her rolling onto her face. She also didn't crawl till she was 16 months.....however she scooted around on her bum at 10 months & walked at 13 months. She is now a very healthy active 2 year old......and she still doesn't crawl very well. Enjoy your daughter. they grow up to fast to worry about little things if they're healthy :)

Sharon - posted on 07/05/2012

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Personally, I would have bubs checked out! My daughter was a slow developer and we had to do physio, as it turns out she has low muscle tone. I remember we had to position her body in such a way to help her turn over and we did this a number of times during the day, just to help her develop those muscles a bit. I think it is better to check it earlier, rather than later. Good luck

Rachel - posted on 07/05/2012

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I am an early intervention specialist and while it may not be the be all, end all, it is still an important step to learning to rotate the trunk, separate the right and the left side of the body and is the precursor to being able to use two hands together. That being said, dont get yourself too frustrated about it, but do help the baby to roll over back to tummy by first taking the leg over and giving a light touch at the shoulder to help it go. Do this in play over and over, and if it doesn't help, call your local Infants and Toddlers program.

Cherish - posted on 07/03/2012

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Hi,
Is she a chubby baby?
I would not worry about rolling over.Especially if she is big ish.
I have 3 kids and they were all fat babies.The only one that DID roll over was my youngest(he is now 10),and he is the only one I have with significant developmental and medical issues.My point being is rolling over does not mean anything.If she can sit up and is starting to crawl it is fine.
If the Dr was really concerned about her development he would have sent you to a physical therapist or developmental pediatrician.
You could lay her on her tummy more to try to encourage her to roll over(but all my kids did when I did that is cry at me...lol)

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Vicki - posted on 07/05/2012

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Don't Just Eat That: Do Some..Thing:
by Acquah Vicki on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 6:29pm ·

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Amanda - posted on 07/05/2012

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My son never rolled, and never made any attempt to even try. He's now an extremely active troublesome 4 yr old.
My daughter rarely rolled she's now nearly 3, it didn't cause any problems for her either

Becky - posted on 07/04/2012

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I have 2 kids, both quite chunky babies, my eldest never rolled or really crawled, she just stood up and walked at 10 months. I stressed about her not doing what she 'should' do. Turns out my son seems to be the same, won't roll either way or attempt to crawl but already pulls up and cruises around furniture and he is only 8 1/2 months! This time I'm just enjoying seeing him chance and develop without comparing him to what babies 'should' do! They are just all different. Just enjoy her.

Elfrieda - posted on 07/04/2012

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My son could roll from back to stomach, but he never would roll onto his back. My dr wasn't worried at all, so I didn't try to get him to roll, either, just left him alone to do what he wanted. Finally AFTER he started crawling and sitting up from a lying down position, he rolled over just for fun. (about 10 months) I think he didn't see a point in lying on his back, it just annoyed him to stare at the ceiling and that's why he never really tried to get there. Maybe your daughter feels the same way about staring at the floor.

Tracy - posted on 07/04/2012

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If you live in the US, there should be a free early intervention program in your state for kids aged birth to three. They can do a free developmental screening to make sure your baby is on track for her age. You can try asking at your doctor's office or at your local school to get the phone number. They can also provide ideas for helping her learn new skills. More info never hurt!

Tisa - posted on 07/04/2012

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My daughter is now 2 and never rolled over. She is perfectly fine and a happy cheeky toddler.

Niele - posted on 07/04/2012

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My youngest (now 3) was a HUGE baby! He was premie and born 6lbs, but quickly caught up. He had rolls upon rolls! And he couldn't roll either! He was walking before he could roll! It wasn't until he lost the weight that he could do it. Don't worry, they all develop different skills at different rates. Although my little man couldnt roll he was talking really well. Focus on the wonderful things she can do and don't worry, as long as she's mobile then it's all good =)

Meaghan Van - posted on 07/04/2012

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lol... dont worry... each child does things at their own pace. It was a hard lesson for me to learn, but its actually true. spend time with her, and make sure she has lots of tummy time...lol... she will get it eventually.

Lizz - posted on 07/04/2012

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my little girl is 11months now and only rolled herself over twice by accident really! she sits up and shuffles herself around on her bum and is pulling herself up now on furniture,she doesnt crawl and i dont think she has any intention of doing it,and will probably go straight to walking but my son rolled around on the floor and crawled for nearly 5 months before walking at 13 months, all children do what is right for them, please dont worry your baby will do what is right for her, encouragement is always good so just enjoy what she does like to do, shes learning what her fab lil body will let her do! x

Julia - posted on 07/04/2012

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My little one had that problem too. She needed to be taught the steps to do it. We had to help her practice rolling over. Didn't take very long for her to pick it up.

Liza - posted on 07/04/2012

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I would not be worried at all. Nothing is set in gold. Every child develops differently.

Cherish - posted on 07/03/2012

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Hi,
From baby center.com:
http://www.babycenter.com/0_developmenta...

"While some babies adopt rolling as their primary mode of ground transportation for a while, others skip it altogether and move on to sitting, lunging, and crawling. As long as your child continues to gain new skills and shows interest in getting around and exploring his environment, don't worry."

I don't think it is a big deal.You can try to put her on her back and lay next to her,so she rolls at you or a toy.You could put a blanket under her and "help" her by pulling the blanket until she gets the hang of it.
If she can sit up and crawl I do not think it is a issue.
Actually I think it must be a new question dr's ask,because I can not recall the back to belly question,they just used to say "roll over" and I assumed they meant belly to back...lol

Maybe my kids never rolled from back to tummy..lol

It's fine,don't trip.In a few more months she will be into EVERYTHING and you will be wishing she was still fairly immobile :)

Melanie - posted on 07/03/2012

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I mean, I guess she is a chunky baby ha. She is about 18lbs or so at 8mos. She can roll from tummy to back, and doesn't mind that. But as for being on her back, she will arch, get on her side and gets stuck. I don't know. Maybe it isn't that very big of a deal. But it would be nice to know what can be done to encourage it. Thanks

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