Babies: 6 - 9 Months

LO still isn't rolling tummy to back, should I be concerned?

My LO can roll to his belly fine but then he seems stuck.  Our pedi said we need to stop "rescuing" him so he has to figure it out but he'll just lay there and cry until you flip him.  I try to show him how do it instead of just picking him up.  Is there anything you ladies can suggest?  He'll be 7 months old this week.
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Re: LO still isn't rolling tummy to back, should I be concerned?

  • Mine doesn't either because she prefers being on her tummy.

    You could try putting him on his tummy underneath a mobile or something else interesting so he'll want to roll over to see it. 

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  • It took DS forever to figure this out.  He just did it for the first time two weekends ago and is still working on really mastering it (though he seems to roll every which way in his crib and the get his little limbs stuck- go figure). 

    Anyway, one day I was trying to show him how to get his arm out of the way.  He was trying but his arm would get stuck and seriously bend alllll the way back- it was like Gumby.  So I got on the floor and was showing him that if he put him arm straight up toward his head (think superman flying) and sort of pushed with the other arm, he could roll over.  He always leads with his (massive) head so getting the arm out of the way was the key.  Lo and behold, four or five days later he did it exactly like that!

    Not sure if I can really take credit for actually teaching him something or it was the natural evolution of him learning to roll anyway... Before the arm circus we would sort of help him out just a tiny bit by rolling him slightly up on to his side...

    BUT- I don't think you should actually be worried.  I feel your pain though... DS rolled from his back to his belly around 4.5 months.  I had many (one-sided) conversations with DS about how he should stop whining about being on his tummy when rolled over to put himself there and all he needed to do was roll back! 

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  • I did want to add that it took a solid week of showing him how to move his arm and rolling him up only a little ways on to his side before he ever took the lead and did anything himself.

    Also, the pedi told me that rolling back to belly is actually harder than rolling the other way since it works a lot more muscle groups and that rolling belly to back is more of a coordination thing.  Helped ease my worries a little.

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  • My daughter did it about 5 times in one day at around 4 months and hasn't done it since. About a week after that she started going from back to belly and does it all the time since. For the first few weeks she would cry, especially at night in her crib, but now she sleeps and plays on her belly. She has zero interest in going the other way. I brought it up at her 6 month appt and the doctor said it was fine and that some babies don't roll much or at all and that back to belly is actually harder so I shouldn't worry. 
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  • I agree with your pediatrician. When he wants to roll to his back and starts crying for you to do it, wait a minute then go help out. 

    My son was rolling back to belly for about two months before he realized he could reverse the process. One day he just started doing it and then rolled around the living room practicing.

    You LO will get there, he just has to do it in his own time. 

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  • DD started rolling early and then completely stopped for a few months. Crazy.

    Samething on our end, pedi told us to stop rescuing her. Even then, it took awhile. At about 7.5 or 8 months, she started rolling like crazy. Your LO will get there, too.

  • I agree with pp. the gym mat and dont rescue lo. my son would get self absorbed in the play gym and not realize he was doing it himself. me rescuing my son seemed to fustrate him even more so i let him figure it out,
  • Has he ever rolled that way?  To be able to do it, he has to kind of have both of his arms directly in front of him, so one arm sort of gets tucked under.  Instead of rescuing him completely, how about just putting his arms like that to see what he does?
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  • Tummy time is very important, and none of my kids liked it. I would leave them squirming and whimpering for a few minutes and then "rescue" them. I wouldn't leave your baby until he's all out bawling, but don't always rescue him, either.

    Every baby is different, and I think with each child they do things a little earlier, at least that's been my experience. My (3rd) starting rolling over consistently at just 3 months and by 4 months he was rolling belly to back and back to belly. My pediatrician said he's going to be an early walker--he's just been doing everything ahead of schedule. However, my first son was a laid back little guy who was toward the end of the curve with everything (walked at 14 months, etc) but now he can run with the best of em ;) So, check with your Pediatrician, only they can tell if if they're concerned about your babies development. If they're not, just realize it can literally happen overnight!

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  • My first didnt do it until we actually sleep trained her at 6 months. She was crying for half hour and then flipped over. I guess being mad helped her :)

    In all seriousness though- no, i wouldnt suggest that- we were sleep training for the 15 pacifier wake ups per night. But I agree with PP, you have to let your LO struggle a bit. It will come in time.

  • Mine had rolled twice ever ever. Back to belly. That was at 4 months. She is just not a roller or crawler
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  • N isn't rolling from tummy to back either, so it's frustrating at night when he gets stuck and you have to go un-stick him, but everyone assures me it's coming. Even the doctor put him on his tummy at his 6 month appt and said his muscle tone is good and he is capable, just not mad enough yet to flip over.
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