Developmental Skills While Playing With Dolls [Baby Rolling Over, Head Lag, Baby Head Control, Pediatric Therapy, Pediatric Physical Therapy, Tummy Time, Coordination Developmental Delay]
Here are practical tips on helping your little one to roll over, get stronger, and continue to reach those important gross motor milestones! [Pediatric Physical Therapy]
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How to Help Your Baby To Roll Over
If an infant is not kicking their arms and legs and discovering how to roll over onto their stomach, parent can use the techniques below during playtime to help their infants and teach them these skills:
- Place a blanket on floor in order to have soft, comfortable place for your baby to play.
- Have light up toys and/or musical toys in your baby’s eye-sight in order to motivate them to roll over.
- With your baby on their back, hold up a toy for them, making sure they have eye contact with it and are engaged with the toy. Then move it to one side, to encourage them to roll to that side.
- Then bend their hip and knee on the opposite side, and gently pull their hip toward you. If you are helping your baby roll over their left side, you will be gently pulling on their right hip to roll them over. If rolling over the right side, you will gently pull them over by their left hip.
- You can also help support your baby by placing a hand on their shoulder, again on the opposite side you are rolling to, in order to help support them as they roll to their stomach.
- When you child has rolled over successfully, make eye contact, be supportive and cheerful, saying “Yay!” or giving them a hug to let them know they did what you wanted them to do.
Playtime with your child can be a chance for you to help your baby Roll Over. Use these tips to help your child become more independent in rolling and to strengthen them so they can Roll Over by themselves.
Did You Know That ...
... yoga is also a great way to build your child's core muscles? Please check out our guide on yoga poses that helps kids to de-stress and focus (GREAT resource for older babies to facilitate "Mommy and Me" yoga too!):
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