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#1 of 5 Old 07-16-2008, 08:34 AM - Thread Starter
 
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hoping you experienced mamas can help...

Our 4.5 mo b/g twins have mastered the art of rolling over, from their backs to their fronts. Then they are stuck. She can pick up her head and look around, he just face plants and squirms. After a few minutes they'll either fall asleep or get frustrated and cry (more often the case). Yesterday I felt like all we did was roll them back over....and within minutes roll them back over...and again...and again.

Each time we waited it out, let them struggle a bit (or a lot) and then helped. Last night both of them (at different times) rolled over and pinned themselves against the sides of their cribs, woke us up crying, we had to re-position them, etc etc.

Are there steps we can use to help them learn how to roll over onto their backs?

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hoping you experienced mamas can help...

Our 4.5 mo b/g twins have mastered the art of rolling over, from their backs to their fronts. Then they are stuck. She can pick up her head and look around, he just face plants and squirms. After a few minutes they'll either fall asleep or get frustrated and cry (more often the case). Yesterday I felt like all we did was roll them back over....and within minutes roll them back over...and again...and again.

Each time we waited it out, let them struggle a bit (or a lot) and then helped. Last night both of them (at different times) rolled over and pinned themselves against the sides of their cribs, woke us up crying, we had to re-position them, etc etc.

Are there steps we can use to help them learn how to roll over onto their backs?

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This is pretty normal, it takes more strength for them to roll from tummy to back than back to tummy, because they can't use their legs to help. They will master it soon, I did what you are doing, I just kept helping them turn when they were stuck or became frustrated.
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Our LO didn't actually really master rolling back until about 5 months after she'd figured out the rolling over... I hope that's not discouraging! We did swaddle her at night until she was around 8 months, which mostly eliminated the problem of her rolling in the night. I know all babies are different, but we really notice that our LO goes through pretty fast stages, so she did that rolling-getting stuck thing for a few weeks, and then stopped rolling over all the time and went on to other things. Maybe yours will do the same.

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My dd went through the same thing. She'd roll over onto her belly and then get either really angry or really upset when she realized she was stuck. Thank goodness it only lasted about two weeks. I did try to teach her to roll back, but I doubt that it made any difference. By five months she figured out how to roll onto her back and has been having a great time rolling around ever since.
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it'll only last a few weeks, and then you'll have mobile babies via the rolling!

i helped dd learn by showing her how to position her arms to roll over. the elbows would get her stuck.

Lindsay + Trev = DD RóisÃ*n (9/07) & DS Ãamonn (7/2010)
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