Big one! Your Child can now roll the body from tummy to back and now enjoys the new sense of freedom. But be careful though; the little one’s life is now a little more at risk.
At the early stages, babies usually initiate such development by first turning their body from a supine position to their sides, but after reaching 3 – 4 months of age, they are able to turn their full bodies. However, no two children develop the same way; some first learn to roll from back to tummy before they do it the other way round.
The new sense of freedom Your Child develops by reaching this milestone often brings them lots of joy. But be careful; if your diaper station is on a table, you might want to move that to the floor. Children who have learned how to turn often turn very fast or even start rolling.
How to support this development
Your Child may be somewhat frightened in the first attempts to roll their body, so you should be close to Your Child to provide support. As you practise rolling, create a safe place for Your Child, such as in a crib or a flat and soft surface.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Sources: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (11 June 2021)