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#1 of 3 Old 09-23-2012, 07:46 PM - Thread Starter
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My DD2 could roll from front to back and back to front reliably. But around 8 months, as she got busy crawling and pulling herself to standing, she seems to have forgotten how. Now at 9 months if I put her on her back she's like a stuck turtle. She honestly doesn't spend much time on her back now (except for diaper changes) because she's so busy being on the move, exploring everything, getting into trouble. Once she could roll back to front I started putting her down to sleep on her front, since she preferred it and ended up that way anyway.

I've been trying to give her some "back time" each day so she can practice. But so far she just gets frustrated because she hates being stuck.

I'm assuming that since everything else seems to be on track developmentally, there's nothing to worry about that she's forgotten how to roll. Is that true?

I do recall that with DD1, diaper changes were a pain at this age because all she wanted to do was roll away. That's one thing I appreciate about DD2, the stuck turtle. smile.gif
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My DD didn't really forget how to roll but she got a lot more clumsy and less efficient at it. I did keep putting her down on her back though to sleep because of the safety factor and she'd roll over in two seconds most of the time while still sleeping. This way I could honestly tell the dr "yes, I put her down on her back" lol. Your DD sounds very capable with physical milestones so I wouldn't call this regressing. If she wasn't crawling/pulling up AND forgot how to roll over then I'd be concerned. In your shoes I'd try to see if I could help her along. When you put her on her back, put something tantalizing on one side of her (toy, water, you, etc) and as she strains to reach for it, help her (as little as possible) to turn over. Hopefully a few sessions of this exercise will help her remember the skill. It can't hurt.
Btw I envy you changing diapers like a normal human being. At 6 months I started having to do it while she was on her tummy, at 9 months when she learned to pull up we went to standing diaper changes and now at 18 months anything goes. As my friend so eloquently put it, "it's like trying to diaper a cat!".
But seriously, as long as the physical milestones are on track, I wouldn't worry :-)
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I've noticed with my kids that they lose/forget a skill temporarily while their focus is on something new. Usually they get it back in a few weeks.

~Teresa, raising DS (Jan. 02) and DD1 (Jun. 04) and DD2 (Dec. 11) with DH.

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