Rolling over is a most important skill!
Rolling skills are essential. Make sure your baby learns rolling over. Baby will need to have lots of time on their tummy to help them develop the coordination to develop this skill on their own!
Rolling brings flexibility to the spine and to the organs. It helps your baby develop more resiliency to change in their environment and makes them flexible.
In the video below you can see some examples. Watch this first one which has 2 clips, and especially the next one up. In the first video clip, notice that the baby isn’t invited to roll, but just “handled.” This is not my favorite method. I would prefer moms to get right down on the floor with baby and get their babies attention. Compare this video with the next one in the que to see the differences.
5 tips for rolling over
- make sure your baby has had tummy time often
- press down on their forearms and give them a felt sense of the ability to push through their arms
- use the primitive mouthing reflex to initiate the roll. Stroke their cheek from mouth to jaw and see them reach with their mouth
- use your hands on their tummy to help their “organs” to roll
- help them learn to roll from the head and also from the tail end. Use their arm or leg as support
Learn to get on the floor with your baby
Eye level and hands on makes your time with your infant more enjoyable. Make sure you try rolling over so you can understand what your baby is learning.
Learning to roll, lift the weight of the head, press down through the arms, and have energy travel out from the core and back, and in from the extremities is essential. Check out our blog on primitive reflexes as well. These are the alphabet of movement.
Reflexes that support rolling
- anal and oral rooting
- gallant and abdominal
- crossed lumbar and lumbar reach
Make sure your baby’s reflexes are working well. It helps brain development.
Also, for even more specific time frames of infant development, I am thrilled that my next book, is now at press.
Remember to roll, and that you are the most important “teacher” for your baby
You have a lot to contribute, once you know the tools. Touch, connection, a bit of understanding about infant development, and you will enjoy your baby even more!
Best to you!