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Baby Stopped Rolling Over

baby stopped rolling over

Our 6 month year old stopped rolling from her stomach to back on both playmat and in the middle of the night in her crib. While she mastered this first, now that she rolls all the time from back to tummy, she won’t turn over the other way! We have tried to not “save her from tummy” on the playmat and also showed her how to do it multiple times each day, still no success. I worry first about the developmental challenge and second that I won't hear her one night in the crib and she will get stuck on her tummy, even thought she does know to turn head to side, it freaks this mommy out!!!

While it is always concerning when a child loses a developmental milestone, she is probably fine. I have seen similar situations and those children regained this ability and continued to develop normally.

How is her development otherwise? Can she bear weight on both legs? Does she sit with support? If she is showing other signs of developmental delays talk to your pediatrician.

Most pediatric books report that children learn to roll from tummy to back and only later from back to tummy. This is no longer true. Prior to the 1990s SIDS recommendations, most children in the United States were placed on the tummies to sleep. These children learned to roll from tummy to back initially. Today, most children are placed on their backs to sleep. These back sleepers learn to roll from back to tummy first.

Continue to give her plenty of time on the floor. Minimize her time strapped into car seats, swings, and bouncers. Given time she should regain her rolling abilities and really keep you busy.

see Rolling over and SIDS

Follow up - 1 year later

A year later, absolutely no delay in her physical development. She walked just after her first birthday, now at 18+ months, she runs, walks backwards, can bend down to pick up things without falling over, does stairs up and down with a helping hand. She still sleeps mostly on her tummy even at this point, so while I worried about the not rolling over when she went into her own room and crib at about 7 months, no issues.




Written April 2012 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician






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