My baby is 4 months and can roll from back to stomach. She can't really roll belly to back yet. Do we need to move her to the cot now? Why should we be transitioning from bassinet to cot when they can roll? When I put her down on her back she rolls to her side and sleeps. Should I be rolling her back at this age?
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Most babies will be rolling over by 5 months (some earlier some later). This is very normal as babies grow & become stronger. Many babies then prefer to sleep on their tummy.
This is not something that needs to be stopped, but it is important to make the environment as safe as possible for this to occur.
Red Nose has the following information when a baby is starting to roll:
- It is essential to discontinue wrapping as soon as baby starts showing signs that they can begin to roll, usually between 4-6 months
- If you are using a bassinette it is time to transfer your baby into a cot as soon as they first show signs of being able to roll
- Give baby extra tummy time to play when awake and supervised as this helps baby to develop stronger neck and upper body muscles which in turn enables them to roll back over.
- Make sure that baby is on a firm and well-fitting mattress that is flat (not tilted or elevated).
- Make sure that baby’s face and head remains uncovered (do not use lambswool, doonas, pillows, cot bumpers or soft toys)
- As babies grow and develop they become very active and learn to roll around the cot. At this time, continue to put them on the back at the start of sleep time, but let them find their own position of comfort. By this stage it is not necessary to wake during the night to turn baby over to the back position
- Do not use any devices designed to keep baby in a particular sleep position.
Once baby is starting to roll it is important to move them from bassinet to cot, so they have more room to be able to roll with safety .