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Roll Over

Bite-sized brain snacks for Chicago’s early learners.


Lay your baby on his or her back on a blanket on the floor. Place a toy nearby, just beyond the baby's reach. Encourage your little one to try rolling over to reach the toy.

Why It's Important

Rolling over is an exciting achievement for your baby, and it takes a lot of work to get there. When you lay your baby down for tummy time, you are helping to strengthen the muscles needed to take this big step. Rolling over independently will give your baby the confidence and strength needed to eventually sit up and even begin to crawl. It's the first of many physical milestones your baby will achieve.


There are some moments that you wish you could relive over and over. The first time your baby rolls over could be one of them if you get it on video! Prop up the video camera and try to capture the first time your baby rolls over so you never forget that special day.

Not Ready Yet

Babies grow and develop at different rates. Help your baby feel successful and encouraged by gently rolling the baby over yourself. Just make sure to keep givng opportunities to try again. All babies get there in time!

Need a Challenge

Once your baby has practiced rolling over in one direction, it's time to try going the other way! Put the baby back in position, and place the toy on the opposite side- just out of reach.

Book Recommendations:

"Roll Over!: A Counting Song" by Merle Peek

Extend the learning:

What else might motivate your baby to want to roll over? Lay down together with your face just out of reach. Smile and encourage your baby to roll over to be closer to you.