Do I reposition my baby in the crib once they learn how to roll?

Sheree Young, RN, CPLC, explains when to and when not to reposition your baby in his or her crib. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Do I reposition my baby in the crib once they learn how to roll?

Many parents ask, ‘what if my baby can roll one direction but not roll back’. He’s on his back and he rolls over to his I allow him to stay there or do I need to roll him back. The recommendation again, from the experts, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, is that once baby can roll to their tummy and back to their back, they don’t have to be repositioned. But, the recommendation is for those babies that only roll one direction particularly from back to belly, that they do be repositioned.


Rolling over is a natural and important part of a baby’s development and most infants begin to roll over at four to six months, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon. Babies who roll over on their own during sleep should be repositioned to their back until they can successfully roll from back to tummy and tummy to back.

Babies may be swaddled during sleep during the first two months, and monitored so they don’t roll over, according to the American Academy of PediatricsOff Site Icon. At this stage of development, babies who roll over should be repositioned, according to the AAP. Sleep sacks, “wearable blankets”, or one piece sleepers without swaddling are options for appropriate sleep attire and allow baby’s arms and hands to be free.

Talk to your doctor about repositioning your baby in the crib.

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