It isn’t long before your new baby is finding all sorts of ways to get moving. Among the first will be learning to sit up and roll over.
Roll Over, Baby!
Between 4 and 7 months, the baby will be exploring how to use its developing leg, back, arm and other muscles to prop themselves up and eventually land is a sitting position. Likewise, they’ll learn to use those same muscles and movements to roll over.
Typically, you can expect them to start rolling from front to back long before they go from back to front. This is because they’ve first mastered a push-up maneuver that allows them to master both sitting up and rolling over.
The next step is typically crawling. Once the baby has figured out how to sit-up, they’ll start mastering crawling. This occurs a little later, with them getting onto all fours typically around 8 months and starting to actually crawl at around 9 months.
Encouraging these movements is best achieved through play and positive reinforcement. No doubt you’ll be excited when new movements like these begin, so just make sure you express that same excitement through audio and visual cues that the baby can understand (smiling, clapping).
Get Ready for Mischief
Your newly mobile baby will quickly start exploring their world. Be ready by childproofing your house. You can hire a professional child-proofer or explore doing so on your own.
Be on the lookout for anything that would be within reach for your child to reach. Low cabinets, drawers, wall sockets are some of the most tantalizing and troublesome items in your home. These will be constant sources of potential problems for your child to find possible choking hazards, chemicals and other items that could harm them. Invest in child locks for drawers and cabinets and socket covers to impede access to these dangers.
Also be on the lookout for items on bookshelves and media cabinets that could either fall onto a child or contain items that could fall onto a child if jostled hard enough.
Using baby-gates will help limit your child’s movements and access to parts of the house that might not be completely childproofed. It will also make it easier to keep an eye on the child as they crawl around without you having to follow them around.
Occasionally, your toddler might suffer from night terrors. Their newfound movement will make these experiences all the more frightening. But keep in mind, just because your child might be more mobile, the night terrors will continue to pose minimal danger to your child even if they’re rolling over during the incident. If secured in their crib or bed, there is little chance their newfound mobility will pose a threat during a night terror event.
Of course, if anything happens to your child, immediately dial 9-1-1 for medical attention.