Friday, April 22, 2005

When Will Baby Roll Over And Sit Up?

Wondering when your baby will learn to roll over and sit up? Parents often look forward to their babies reaching developmental milestones with great enthusiasm. There is a wide variety of information to be found in books, on the Internet, from medical professionals, and well meaning friends regarding when your baby is most likely to reach different stages of development. It is always important to remember that all babies develop at different rates. Try hard not to get caught up in comparing your baby to charts, statistics, and other infants. Your baby will develop new skills when he or she is ready, not on a preset schedule. Also it is important to remember that premature infants may reach developmental milestones later than other infants.

Infants usually develop the ability to roll over from their bellies to their backs as early as 2 to 3 months old. It often takes a bit longer for babies to be able to roll from their backs to their tummies because rolling in this direction requires the use and development of strong neck and arm muscles. Leg and abdominal muscles develop, as well, through lots of kicking and flexing of toes. Although most babies master the ability to roll from front to back first, all babies develop at different rates and it is perfectly normal for babies to flip from back to front first instead.

Babies develop the ability to roll over by first strengthening the muscles involved in rolling over by lifting their heads and pushing up with their arms. You can help your baby learn to roll over by allowing plenty of time for your baby to lie on his tummy each day, while you are there to watch and ensure his safety. Position yourself next to your baby when he's on his stomach and play with him. This will encourage him to lift his head and even try to reach for you. Give your baby lots of space to kick, whether baby is lying on his back or front, to help strengthen leg and abdominal muscles. Baby gyms are helpful for accomplishing this, as well as being just plain fun for baby. You might even place a toy (safe for baby of course) just out of reach of your baby while he is on the floor. Eventually he may roll or scoot right over to it.

Remember it is never safe to leave your baby unattended on any raised surface. It is amazing just how fast a baby can reach the edge, even if she has not previously been able to roll over.

Most babies are able to sit up for the first time between 7 and 9 months, however many may still require help getting into a sitting position. Some parents like to prop their babies into a sitting position before they are able to sit by themselves. Although you should not prop a baby who is not yet able to control his head and neck well, you can prop a baby who holds his head up well and does not slump over when propped up. Babies will signal you when they have had enough of being propped up by starting to fuss or slump over.

Enjoy your baby's first time reaching these developmental milestones and be sure to take plenty of pictures. Babies grow very quickly and you will definitely want to capture these memories.

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