My four month old has started rolling from her back to her tummy. Tonight she did it for the first time in her sleep. She currently sleeps in a cosleeping bassinet - is it time to transition her to a crib and if yes may I ask the reasons for this? Thank you
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It is not uncommon for babies to be rolling by 4 mths.
Most babies will be rolling over by 5 months. 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. It is important to make her new environment as safe as possible.
It is important that you cease wrapping if you have not already. Your daughter needs “arms free” to roll safely.
She also needs to be transferred to her cot. This is to ensure she has room to roll safely.
Also ensure that there is nothing soft or loose in her cot.
Red Nose has the following information now that your baby is starting 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.