What are the most historical moments from babies’ growth? It is when they roll over for the first time. Rolling over indicates a great progress in their coordinative development. So, when do babies start rolling over for the first time? An expert in infant mental health, Kathryn Barnard, Ph.D., states that babies normally begin to have their first roll when they are between four to six months old.
Well, there are two signs indicating a baby’s first roll. Basically, these signs show that they get a control of their muscles. First, their head is not too floppy. Second, they move and shake their legs and arms frequently. Babies don’t have any strict pattern of direction in rolling for the first time.
Each baby has his/her own preference related to the direction. They can roll from right to left or the opposite. However, it is easier for them to roll from belly to the back. Therefore, it is suggested to give them much time to practice from that side and make their core muscle stronger by holding and pulling up their hands.
So, that’s the answer to the questions of ‘when do babies start rolling over for the first time?’ and ‘what should you do to help them?’ A baby’s first roll is a historical moment. Even though the timing might be different for one baby to another, you can help them to practice once they reach four months old.