Baby Firsts: Rolling Over

Your baby can't wait to roll over — and who can blame her? Rolling over isthe first way babies can change their position in space and start to take atiny bit of control over their world. Rolling from side to back usuallyhappens between 1 and 5 months; rolling from back to side usually followssometime between 2 and 7 months. Encourage your baby's attempts to roll bytalking her through it and enticing her — put your face or an interestingtoy just out of reach.

Of course, once your baby can roll, she can also easily tumble off achanging table (or any other surface), so keep your hands on her and use arestraining strap whenever she's off the ground. Some babies enjoy rollingso much that they really develop it into a standard form of transportation.Rather than crawling, they learn to roll everywhere, exploring their worldwith great adeptness. It's amazing to watch your baby solve the problem ofhow to get around on her own!

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