When Does a Baby Roll Over?

Posted on November 14, 2007 in Health & Safety, Parenting by little mochi

I’m not an expert on infant development or anything, but aren’t they supposed to be able to roll over by now? Little Mochi is four months old, and he hasn’t even learned to roll over yet. My cousin’s baby started to roll over last month and he’s only 2 weeks older than Little Mochi. Strange. I’ve been told it’s because he is so chubby that all the baby fat gets in the way of him rolling over.

In a way, it’s great because I don’t have to worry about him rolling over in the middle of the night and hurting himself or rolling off the bed when I turn my head for one second. But is he developing ok? The pediatrician didn’t seem to make much of deal about it. But if you’re a first time parent, you know exactly what I mean. I’m paranoid and overprotective. I am constantly worrying about his development.

If he hasn’t learned to roll over yet, then when will he begin to learn? He doesn’t even try to roll over. I would assist him by pushing him to the side, but he simply turns right back on to his back! Should I be worried? Or is it really just the baby fat? And if it is the baby fat, does that mean all his other milestones will be shifted to the right?



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35 comments to “When Does a Baby Roll Over?”

  1. kimberly McC on December 7th, 2007 7:52 pm

    Hey =). Just read your post. I too am a first time mom and my baby girl is 4 months and 4 days old. She hasn’t mastered rolling yet either. She sleeps on her tummy and sometimes she’ll flip herself to her back on accident…but that’s only happened a few times. Babies all develop different..they’ll be slower in some things and faster in others. I wouldn’t worry about it =). It’ll come. In the mean time, enjoy the freedom you still have in him NOT rolling over =). It will end before you know it!! Hope this helps!
    kimberly

  2. cathy on December 8th, 2007 9:38 am

    I’m actually hoping that he doesn’t roll over. I know I’ll have to keep two eyes on him instead of one when he starts to roll over.

    I honestly believe he’s not going to roll over. I think he’s going to skip that milestone and jump right into sitting. All he wants to do when I lie him down is use his abs to push himself up. He’s successful in pushing himself up half way!

    By the way, your girl is cute too. I love her big eyes. Something that is rare in an Asian baby! :-)

  3. kimberly McC on December 8th, 2007 10:36 am

    Thanks =).

    ya, it’s really nice having that little bit of freedom still, knowing that if you leave the room for a minute, your baby’s not going anywhere =)!

  4. cathy on December 10th, 2007 10:13 am

    Hi Kimberly

    I noticed in your post that your baby sleeps on her tummy.
    Please check witjyour pediatrition. It is now reccomended that all babies sleep on there back to reduce the risk of sids.

  5. crystal on February 6th, 2008 7:58 pm

    hey Kimberly

    i wouldnt worry too much about your baby sleeping on its back becuase my three month old has always slept on his back. I had many health nurses and doctors tell me that it was alright as long as you keep nothing in his crib/cradle…ex.. teddy bears and extra blankets.
    anyway my little one has not masterd rolling over either but when he wakes up he pushes his bum in the air and tries with all his might but his arm gets int he way!!

  6. Jen Mom of 5 on April 19th, 2008 8:06 am

    My 5th is 11 weeks old & sleeps on his belly. I would have never done this with my 1st! In fact in 1996 (when he was born) it was recommended that babies sleep on their side. My 2nd was born 6 wks early weighing 5 lbs & the hospital put him on his belly in the NICU. I was shocked & frantically demanded to know why he was on his belly. He was born in 2001 & SIDS info was everywhere “Back to Sleep” was the big slogan. The nurses reassured me that he was on monitors & was fine. They put him on his belly because “he would sleep better & maintain his body temp better thus burning less calories & would gain weight easier. Since this time I have continued to put my babies on their bellies to sleep. None of my boys have had flat heads or any other complications. I also think belly sleeping helps with upper body strength. My pediatrician was surprised last visit that my then 2 month old was able to lift his head so well & push up with his arms. I wasn’t surprised because everyday at every nap he practices this when he wakes up. Besides as soon as they can roll most babies end up on their belly. If you are a believer you know that the day you were to be born & die has already been determined. So if my baby is going to die an untimely death it will happpen if he is sleeping on his back or his belly. God has already determined how long I will enjoy the precious gifts of my 5 boys I can’t change that I’m not God. With that being said I pray that my children will live long happy lives and I will enjoy the gift of their children as well. So belly or back? Do what suit the needs of your family.

  7. cathy on April 19th, 2008 7:34 pm

    I am curious, if you believe that God has a predetermined plan, do you but your babies in car seats? Do you get them vaccinated?

  8. little mochi on April 19th, 2008 11:48 pm

    Well, it’s official. Little Mochi will not be rolling over. He’s now 9 months and hates being on his belly. I try to put him on his belly at least once a day so he can get used to seeing the world from that angle. But he is soooo lazy! He hates it. He’ll either cry really hard or just put his head down.

    He loves standing up. He loves it when I hold him up and walk with him. He’s probably going to skip the crawling stage too.

  9. little mochi on April 22nd, 2008 4:40 pm

    I have always put my baby to sleep on his side since the day he was born. I would switch between his right and left sides. And sometimes I’ll put him on his back, but never on his stomach. I”m glad that I did because he his is round and looks great – no flat head syndrome. I don’t know if I would want to risk my baby suffocating himself.

  10. nur on July 16th, 2008 9:21 pm

    hi, i stumbled here after googling up “why my baby isn’t rolling over”..

    my son is 6.5 months old now and still refuses to roll over. his cousins, one of which is 5.5mths and the other is 5 mths old, have started CRAWLING.

    Needless to say I am incredibly worried.

    Hopefully my baby will turn over soon.. =)

  11. little mochi on July 17th, 2008 10:20 am

    I don’t think you need to worry. Little Mochi is now 1 year old and never really learned to roll over on his own until approximately 10 or 11 months. Even then, he doesn’t do it very well. He now tries to sit up when I lie him down.

    The question of “When will my baby roll over?” or “Why doesn’t my baby roll over” seems to be such a common question for first time parents. I think the baby needs to be comfortable with being on his belly. I think that was a reason why our baby never rolled over. We barely gave him any tummy time.

    Perhaps you can give him some tummy time?

    If your baby doesn’t roll over, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. As a matter of fact, our baby never even learned to crawl! And he’s already taking steps on his own…

    Good luck!

  12. Jessica Hawkins on August 1st, 2008 10:57 am

    Hello,

    I must say I’ve been reading about little Mochi, and I am a little concerned. He seems a little slower on the physical develpment and I def. think this because of lack of tummy time…

    Is he walking at all yet? Can he sit up on his own? I’m curious to know. I have a 4 month old, well 4 months in a week. He has always been sleeping on his belly, but he was very strong at birth. He has always been able to move his head so that I don’t worry about him sleeping on his belly.

    I have been able to stand up with him, and walk with him since he was a month and a half, kind of strangge. He also strated rolling over at about 3 months and a week and now does it very well. He sits up by himself in his little bumbo seat.

    If you do not allow your child to sleep on their belly, I would recommend LOTS of tummy time during the day. I recently read an article that said since so many mothers have stopped placing their babies on their belly to sleep, physical development in infants has slowed drastically!

    Something to think about.

  13. little mochi on August 3rd, 2008 1:12 am

    Hi Jessica…thanks for your thoughtful comment. Little Mochi is now 13 months old and up and walking. He’s almost running now! There are babies out there who completely skip the rolling over phase and even the crawling phase. He knows how to get up on his own and also knows how to fall.

    It’s absolutely amazing how fast they can develop in to little people.

    I did use the bumbo seat to help with his sitting when he was 4 months old. I think those are great.

    I just think that Little Mochi was just too fat or something to roll over by himself. I do agree that extra tummy time would help and that a lot of parents do not give their babies enough tummy time. I was guilty of that. But in the end, everything turned out ok. He’s walking fine, starting to run, and very happy to have found his independence. =)

  14. Georgie on August 12th, 2008 2:39 am

    My daughter is just 4 months old… She rolled from her tummy to her back twice the day she was 3 months old… since then.. NOTHING!!! I put her on her tummy all the time cos i want her to roll again.. But she HATES TUMMY TIME!!! she just screams..

  15. little mochi on August 12th, 2008 11:08 am

    have you tried giving her her favorite toy while she’s on her tummy? How about having her tummy on your tummy?

  16. Anna on August 15th, 2008 3:23 am

    My son always sleeps on his back and this has not been problem learning to roll over. He has been rolling over from front to back since about two months (although not always on purpose – he pushed his head and chest up so high that the weight of his head topples him over).

    He has also now just started rolling from back to his front at just shy of 4 months. He has tried to crawl from a very young age but only recently started being interested in toys and reaching out for things, so I think the ability to roll onto his front came with the desire to want to grasp hold of his toys coupled with his desire to crawl.

    I would put the toys to one side of your baby where they can see them, they will then try to twist their body to reach the toy and eventually with enough practice they will be strong enough roll over and do so.

    I’m sure they will get there in the end it is just one of many things to worry about. My big worry now is getting him to take the bottle. He has been solely breastfed so rejects the bottle, the mere sight of it brings out howls of protest.

  17. sarah on September 7th, 2008 2:01 pm

    My first daughter was rolling over at 9 weeks old my second daughter is now 13 weeks and still not rolling over, all babies are different

  18. Fernanda on October 1st, 2008 6:34 am

    My baby is almost 7 months old and she HATES being on her tummy. She knows how to roll over to her tummy and back to her back, but she just won’t do it. We’ve tried placing toys away from her and she would roll, grab them and back to her back again. She was developing a flat head so we need to make sure she’s either on her side or her tummy. I know all babies are different, but I’m a little concerned about this. My niece is 8 months old and she’s almost crawling now.

  19. Darlene on October 8th, 2008 3:13 pm

    My daughter is 7 months and does not roll over on a regular basis. She has rolled over but even now she doesn’t even make an attempt. She is sitting up on her own and inches a little on her tummy but that’s it. I was very concerned until I read some of the post here.

    Thanks for sharing your stories.

  20. Gena on October 14th, 2008 11:24 am

    My son is 4 months old today. Hates Tummy time. Has since he was a month old. He was strong enough to hold his head the day he came home from the hospital. He was 9lbs 3oz. He was big. He learns at his own pace. I don\’t push tummy time for the fact that I noticed he learns when he wants to. I laid him on the floor today, and something caught his eye. He sat for 45 min trying to get to this toy he saw. He has never tried to roll over before. I don\’t force it. It just came when he wanted to try. He almost did. I believe he will within the next few days. I don\’t think anyone should worry about their babies development to early. Some baby\’s roll over early some babies don\’t. Some babies crawl, some babies skip that stage and go straight to walking. I know my little cousin rolled around to get around, never crawled. Just started walking around furniture at 8 months old. EVERY BABY IS DIFFERENT. You can\’t rely on what others tell you. Their babies are all different. Don\’t worry. All babies grow up. Some just faster than others.

  21. Angela on October 15th, 2008 6:52 am

    I also googled “when will my baby roll over” and i just wanted to comment a couple of things i read from you ladies :)
    My little girl Andrea will be 4 months tomorrow :D
    as far as getting your little one to like tummy time.. i had to start out reclining in my rocker with Andrea on her tummy ontop of me. she fussed a little at first be soon realized that when she held that head up she was looking me right in the face. i spent a couple of weeks doing that and now she loves to be on her tummy to play with her toys too:)
    she is a belly sleeper and is also quite “chunky” for her age. the only time she ever rolled over was in the bed with me… somehow she rolled over to her back right up against me :) but that was over a month ago and since then i have been waiting for it.. but just waiting.. no signs of another roll. lol
    when she lays on her back to play she sometimes balls her legs up and ends up on her side. but thats about the extent of it.
    I am very relieved to see that other babies her age arent really rolling over yet either. She also LOVES to sit up. and will cry to be sat up because she still cant get there on her own.
    I think we should all be very greatful that our babies are developing so well.. even if they arent rolling over yet.

    I ran into a friend last week whos little girl was born 2 days after Andrea. and my friend just stood there in awe watchin as Andrea grabbed for a toy and brought it to her mouth with both hands, and almost fell out when she talked to Andrea and she “talked” back (atleast thats what we call it)! her little girl hasnt met ANY of those developmental milestones yet! and her mom hadnt realized until that point that something wasnt right :( so since then I thank the lord that my little one is developing normally.

    not that this stops me from googling EVERY little thing.. lol. what can i say. Im a new mom.. thats what we do!

    God Bless!

  22. little mochi on October 15th, 2008 12:30 pm

    Angela,

    Having her on your belly in the recliner is actually a wonderful idea. Especially when she lifts her head up and sees your face. The poor infants get a different perspective of the world when they are on their bellies. And having a familiar face sure makes a difference!

    Thanks for sharing. And you’re right. Even though some of our kids are developing a little slower than others, we ought to be thankful that they are at least developing “normally.”

    Come back and let us know how when your little girl takes her first step! Little Mochi is running around so quick now that I can’t keep up. If I turn my back to grab my purse, he’s already down the hallway. But it’s a cute and exciting stage.

  23. lily on October 16th, 2008 2:26 pm

    Hi,
    llilke others here I googled”why my baby isnt rolling over”
    she is straight up 20 weeks( or 5 months)
    and I do give her tummy time she cant stand it but we do it 5 minutes at a time. she is sitting up with support for me or boppy. She was 10.5 at bith and is 17.5 now but she is very long not so much chubby, so what else can I do to help foster this skill?

  24. JIN on October 21st, 2008 7:20 pm

    My son rolled over day 3 at the hospital. We thought it was a mistake, but on day 5 (first day at home) he did it again. He rolls over all the time. At his 7 week check up the paediatrician didn’t believe he could roll over, so we put him down on his blanket and baby happily obliged with a quick roll. He has been able to lift up his head (like a trutle) since week one – I don’t know if this is healthy for him or not (hopefully it is), but the paediatrician was more surprised than concerned.

  25. mommyofone on November 23rd, 2008 4:06 pm

    My son is 2 months and 3 weeks old and he can roll over from his tummy to his back, but not from his back to his tummy. His daddy thinks it\’s just because of the size of his head(men!) His arms and legs are super strong(he\’s been lifting his head up and looking around since he was 6 hours old and he pushed himself up to standing position when we were still in the hospital while I was feeding him in the football position.) Every child is different so if your child isn\’t doing things when your niece, nephew, cousin, or any other child is talking, rolling over, or walking DO NOT WORRY! Good luck everyone and enjoy your children

  26. mickey on December 11th, 2008 2:42 pm

    Hi,
    My son is almost seven months and also, has never rolled over. He also, was a large baby, with what I thought was a large head. I did not worry about his development because he seemed ahead with everything else. He is so alert and bright. He is my third, so I am able to compare him to them.

    Yesterday, he had an appointment for shots and I was shocked when his Dr. immediately referred him for an assessment for physical therapy because he never rolled over, although she saw him sit up alone.

    I guess some doctors think not rolling over is an issue to address.

  27. Samantha on February 10th, 2009 10:14 pm

    Yes Im a first time mom.And my baby is 3months and 2 weeks old.He has not rollover yet that ive seen.But one morning i woke up and he was at the botton of the bed.But need to now if that is allright.He he a big boy and that might be the reason…

  28. Scoittish mummy on March 4th, 2009 11:38 am

    My 9 month old still won’t roll over! I see you all have your different concerns but to be honest I have none. He sits by himself, claps his hands and plays with many different toys and he loves to ‘bounce’ on his feet. He’s extremely interactive with everyone and a very chatty, happy boy. I think he’ll miss rolling and move straight to crawling or walking…..

  29. Troy Darling on April 16th, 2009 11:22 am

    2 weeks old and my daughter has rolled over 3 times on her own. and i swear she does it on purpose.

  30. WORRIED MAMA on May 27th, 2009 9:38 am

    I AM A MOM OF 4 KIDS. THEY ARE FROM 12 ALL THE WAT TO MY 5MONTH OLD ALMOST 6 MONTHS OLD. I AM VERY CONCERNED AND NOT SURE IF IT CAUSE I AM COMPARING HIM TO MY OTHERS OR IF I SHOULD BE. MY SON WAS BORN 12-12-08 PAERFECTLY HEALTHY BOY. I HAD A C-SECTION SCHEDULED AND AFTER A FEW HOURS OF RECOVERY THE NURSE WAS READY TO MOVE US TO ARE ROOM. I ASKED HER TO PLEASE PUT THE BABY IN THE CRIB SINCE I WAS STILL NUMB FROM THE SURGERY, BUT SHE INSISTED THAT IT WAS HOSPITAL PROCEDURE AND OKAY TO TRANSPORT US TO A ROMM THIS WAY. WELL ON THE WAY THERE I KEPT TELLING HER THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG, BUT SHE KEPT TELLING ME AVERYTHING WAS OKAY FINALLY SHE PAID ATTENTION TO ME AND I HAD TOLD HER THE BABY WAS BLUE, SHE HAD HIM ON MY CHEST AND THE BLANKET OVER US SO HE GOT SUFFICATED AND THEY HAD TO RESESITATE HIM. THE DOTORS SAY HE LACKED OXYGEN FOR APROX 45 SECONDS FROM WHAT THEY COULD TELL. WELL I FEEL LIKE MY BABY IS BEHIND. HE ONLY DRINKS 4OZ OF FORMULA EVERY 4-6 HOURS, HE DOES NOT ROLL, HE IS JUST BARELY STARTING TO GRAB FOR THINGS, BUT DOES NOT HAVE A GOOD GRIP, HE DOES NOT SCOOT ON BACK OR BELLY OR SIT UP. HE IS VERY ALERT, BUT OTHER THEN THAT I JUST DONT KNOW IF THIS IS NORMAL OR CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT. I CAN NEVER GET A STRAIGHT ANSWER FROM THE DOCTORS. MY BABY HAS ONLY HAD FORMULA AND WANTS NOTHING TO DUE WITH CEREAL OR SPOON. HE BARELY SUCKS, I HAVE TO PUT HIS HEAD FAR BACK FOR HIM TO DRINK HIS BOTTLE. DOES ANY ONE HAVE ANY ADVICE TO HELP EASE MY MIND? PLEASE? I AM VERY WORRIED AND STRESS OUT DAILY OVER THIS!

  31. Jackie on June 8th, 2009 11:31 am

    After reading all your posts I am now a bit worried. My son will be 5months old in a week and has never rolled over. He seems to be ahead of his peers in every other area of development… teeth, laughing, making sounds, grabbing toys, he’s even sitting on his own now… well for a few minutes a time.
    Now should the fact that he does not roll over be a course for concern? I worry!!

  32. Nana on July 23rd, 2009 5:37 pm

    I am a pediatric/nicu nurse, mother of three sons, grandmother to one.The \\

  33. annie on August 11th, 2009 9:58 pm

    Hi I am a mother of a 6.5mth old baby girl. Shedoes not roll overyet adn is still drinking 4-5oz per feeding still introducing to solids but very hard to workwith. Dr says not to worry because she is over chart in weight. I know all kids are differ but my8yr old son rolled over at 3mth adn was sitting up by 5mths. She seems to be ok in everythign else as far as teething (has 2 teeth) and sleeing through the night. She moves her feet adn hands all day , has good grip on things but no rolling over and still stuck on 4-5oz since she was 3mths old. I keep telling myself they are all differ to keep my self calm but as time passes i am getting more and more concerned!

  34. Dana on January 31st, 2010 9:06 pm

    My son is 5 months old he is a big baby and at birth he weighed 8lb 10oz…he smiles and laughs makes lots of noises he is starting to sit by himself very well…he loves to stand and jump in his jumper! He sleeps well and eats just fine!! But he hasnt rolled over from back to tummy…back in november he rolled from tummy to back but hasnt done this since…everyone I talk to tells me not to worry and that he is fine and I know he is because Im his mom and I can tell… but some moms differ…I think the problem is nowadays people are much too concerned about milestones and comparing their children to other children…I think its so stupid of us to be like this!!Every person is different same goes for babies I i am fusterated with moms telling me he needs more tummy time or try showing him how to do it, it makes me feel encapable and its upsetting,my baby boy is healthy and very alert…my doctor and public health nurse also say milestones has nothing to do with learning capabilities so just because your child can roll over at 2 months or walk a 9 mons doesnt mean he has any advantage over a baby who does these things at a later month.So just something to think about nxt time your bragging about what your baby is doing…because I know how much you feel proud of it but another mom could not be feeling the same way!

  35. little mochi on January 31st, 2010 10:33 pm

    i absolutely agree with you, kimberly. parents don’t need to brag about their kids. my kid never rolled over. he went straight to sitting up and straight to walking. never even crawled. and he’s doing great now (he’s 2 1/2 now).

    by the way, not sure if you know it, but you have commented on this post back in 2007…..=)

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