On the psychomotor level, the baby will in a few months learn a multitude of essential gestures. Before sitting down or crawling on all fours, baby learns to turn from the tummy to the back and vice versa. This important turning point is often a matter of concern and eagerness for parents.
But then when will the baby turn around ? How does he turn around ? Focus on this essential stage in a baby's life.
My baby still won't turn around, is this worrying ?
Rest assured: each baby goes at their own pace. If some babies turn around only 3 months after birth, others will turn around when they are 6 months old. On average, it is estimated that a baby rolls over around 4 months of age.
It is advisable to encourage baby to turn around, but be careful not to rush him. Do not force the baby to do something, it may be counterproductive and create fear in the child. To avoid creating a lack of self-confidence in your baby, let him take his time.
It is important for baby to feel your presence in order for him to gain self-confidence: he will be all the more independent. In addition, by your presence, you ensure its safety.
How does baby turn around ?
Naturally, as the baby grows, he will turn around. The first switch is often a fluke. Attracted by everything around him, baby will start to move around and try to grab things. It is when trying to grab or approach objects that baby will "accidentally" roll onto his tummy.
In the days following his first turn, baby strengthens, builds muscles and learns new techniques. For example, he will use his arms to support himself to turn around more easily.
How to stimulate baby?
While the supine position is strongly recommended for baby's sleep to avoid suffocation, it does not mean that baby should always be in this position.
Around the age of 3 months, to help your baby to turn over, place him regularly on his tummy, while watching him. On the tummy, the baby is encouraged to push on his arms and straighten up. This way, he muscles his entire upper body, and works his motor skills. Prone, baby will also stimulate his touch. He will feel more of the softness of a blanket or the smooth surface of the ground.
Advice : when baby begins to be mobile, avoid the deckchair as much as possible. Lying and strapped on the deckchair, baby is frozen. However, to stimulate your motor skills, nothing is more beneficial than the stomach.
To arouse baby's curiosity, place toys around him. Baby will then be attracted to the different shapes, colors and sounds he will perceive. Over time, move him further and further away from toys to train him on his motor skills.
A secure environment
Once baby learns to turn around, he will go on an adventure throughout your home. It is therefore important to monitor it well and provide it with a secure environment.
To protect your explorer, watch out for electrical outlets. If he is very curious, opt for socket covers for holds close to the ground. Also be aware of the various objects on the floor that baby may swallow. Your little explorer is not yet aware of the danger !
Free motor skills
We have been talking about free motor skills since the 1960s. Theorized by pediatrician Emmi Pikler, free motor skills are based on the idea that babies have everything to gain by experiencing life on their own.
Thus, free motor skills consist in letting baby experience whatever his body allows him to do. It is important to prepare the baby's room well so that he can evolve in a safe environment on his own in complete safety.
This free motor skills method is also used in nurseries. Many nursery nurses dedicate spaces to allow baby to move around freely.