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My DD is 17 weeks and she still doesn't roll over unless for some reason her legs are kind of pressed together or if she's on an incline. She gets tons of tummy time (about two hours per day, or more) and though I pick her up often I also am careful to leave her on her back... especially recently as I noticed she was supposed to roll over but didn't.<br><br>
It doesn't seem like she ever will roll over, though, because of the way she sits when on her tummy. When on her tummy, she wants to move forward so her legs are generally in the frog position as she tries to inch forward. She can already move forward in this way- though at a glacial pace. It seems like she'll crawl before she ever rolls over because there is too much leverage for her to roll to the side, with her legs like that. I mean I couldn't manage it myself, in that position. She will do this- straining to move forward- for fifteen to twenty minutes at a time, getting about five inches during that time. After that she either gets frustrated and starts to cry or falls asleep.<br><br>
When on her back she likes to look at the lamps that hang from our ceiling (I turn the lights off and turn a floor lamp on so it doesn't hurt her eyes but she likes how the ornamentation glitters). She just stares and talks to them. It's hard because we have a lamp in every room. She doesn't want to play with her feet at that time- and though I've tried to get her attention by putting a sparkly watch or something gold by her side, as soon as she spots the lamp she's staring and babbling at the ceiling again.<br><br>
I've even stopped letting her rest in her Boppy and am having her sit with me less, so that she will get exercise, but she doesn't seem to be making any progress whatsoever. I know she is strong and coordinated enough to do it because she can grab her toys and move forward and almost sit up by herself. I'm at a loss... could she skip rolling over or is she just not figuring it out? What can I do to help her (besides lightly turning her, mainly using her weight)? I want her to learn to roll over so that she can turn over when she gets frustrated.
 

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Just remember, she's not reading the same guidelines you are. She doesn't know that she's "supposed to roll over". All babies hit the developmental milestones at their own rate and on their own time, but they do usually manage to hit them all. It's not as if she will just never roll over, she will, and frustration is a part of it. Frustration motivates. You will see the same frustration as she learns to crawl.<br><br>
Just keep loving her and the rest will come when it will.<br><br>
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my dd is 23 weeks and just started rolling over 3 days ago and is rather good at it i wouldn't be to worried
 

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Cheers Treqi! Is that, as in Trekkie or something else?
 

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Just to offer some reassurance my dd #1 could crawl before she could roll over from her back. Some kids do things differently!
 

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ds is 5 1/2 months, still not rolling over-- but sitting up great, otherwise doing well. i've read that rolling over is the least predictable "milestone". no big thing.
 

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just to appease your mind, rolling over is something that my dd did for a week at 4 mo, then discovered her feet and has never done it again, purposely that is. and that was only if she was nakked, and back to front! So don't fret... crawling is the important one as there is a correlation between no crawlers and learning disabilities, but it sounds like she got it under control. If you want just to make sure she can, you can always play a game (for fun, not for pressure <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ) where on her back (nakked is easiest) you hold a toy above her and have her grab it and pull her over to her side. But I promise you, my dd is almost 7 mo (eek!) and still doesn't seem to realize that she has the power! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Ds rolled exactly once, at maybe 4 months, and then didn't roll again regularly until like 9 mo. Of course, we never did tummy time either and he even slept on his side. If you tried to push him over, he resisted very strongly. Kid knows his own mind!<br><br>
Turns out he is the master of disappearing skills so I became accustomed to the fact that once he knows himself that he can do something, he doesn't feel the need to practice anymore or display the skill to anyone else. In fact if Dh hadn't seen the first 'roll' we never would have known he could do it.
 

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read the baby, not the book! Your kiddo's doing fine. My baby at 7 months is just now barely doing a lot of rolling over. She's fine! She is wonderful at standing, and is moving towards lifting her body up to crawl.
 

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My son did not roll over until 5 1/2 months and started trying to crawl two days later. They all do it eventually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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There is no such thing as "skipping" rolling over. Sooner or later they all do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. Repeat after me "DO NOT READ BABY BOOKS." "DO NOT READ BABY BOOKS."
 

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DS was 9 months when he started rolling consistently.
 

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My Dd is almost a month older than yours and is not rolling very much. She has done it a few times, but most recently she totally resists any effort I make to try to "help" her.<br><br>
I try to get her to do it because every time she has rolled independently, she slept really well that night and I am so crazy-tired from waking up every 90 minutes I'm desperate to do anything!<br><br>
She is also doing that "crawling" thing, too. Man, does she want to move!
 

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Repeat after me "DO NOT READ BABY BOOKS." "DO NOT READ BABY BOOKS.<br><br>
"DO NOT READ BABY BOOKS." "DO NOT READ BABY BOOKS.<br><br><br>
:goes to read baby websites and ask cousins when their babies rolled over:<br>
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