If you are a first time parent, you will be excited for each developmental milestone in your babys life. You might be familiar with common developmental stages like smiling, crawling, and walking, but your baby doesnt stop at that. Although, all babies do not develop at the same pace, they are always learning and constantly pulling themselves up the milestone ladder. Therefore it is important that you understand and appreciate the different developmental stages your baby goes through.
When your baby is around four months old you will notice him trying to roll on his side or even on to his back without your help. It will start accidentally. Maybe your baby got to kicking and moving around and next thing he realizes this leads to a roll over on his tummy. This is the time to start watching your baby more closely. He may not be strong enough to immediately move his head or he could fall sound asleep tired of the big effort. Always make sure that his head is not buried under pillows and blankets and he is able to breathe. Rolling over is the first step to babies pulling themselves up.
After your baby has mastered the rolling over and gained enough confidence, he will progress to pushing himself upon his arms. He will be rocking back and forth on his knees and he will love it! Your baby will be fascinated with his arms and feet savoring his new freedom to touch and explore the world around him. The longer your baby can do this, the stronger he will become. Building up muscle and gaining more confidence will move him one step closer to pulling himself up!