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Dan Brennan, MD posted:
Many babies will start to roll from their front to back around 4 months of age and from the back to front between 5-6 months of age.

What things can you do to help your baby achieve these milestones?

You can start tummy time as early as 4-6 weeks with supervised time on the floor or chest to chest with a parent. Start in small time intervals and work your way up to 10 minutes total for the day.

Rolling up a towel and placing it under your your baby's arm pits can help prop him up enough so that his face isn't smashed in the carpet.

Another trick is to take a beach ball and inflate it about 2/3 of the way. Hold your baby on top of the ball and rock back and forth to simulate tummy time. This encourages building strong neck and back muscles.

Please feel free to share some of your own ideas/experiences...
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