Baby Steps: 2 Months Get Ready to Roll

img_8887Baby Steps: 2 Months Bound to Roll
Back to sleep is the safest position for babies, but since the change from sleeping on their tummy to their back, babies started rolling over a little later. Twenty-five years ago we expected babies to roll over by 4 months. Now with Back to Sleep (which has significantly reduced the rate of crib death), we expect babies to roll over by 6 months.

Babies who put waking time in on their tummies will push up on their hands in that classic baby “bear rug” pose. Often they will accidentally lose balance and roll from tummy to back. Once they discover this move, they’ll repeat it. Get your baby ready to roll with the best of them by letting them play on their tummy! Being on their tummy also sets them up to be in the right position for crawling. Remember: tummy to play, back to sleep.


About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit
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