Baby Rolling Over In Sleep And Waking Up Crying: How To Fix This 

As your baby grows, you’ll see them become a little more mobile. Being able to roll over is a sign that their muscles are growing, and soon, they can learn how to crawl and walk. 

However, it can be a little frustrating when your baby is rolling over in sleep and waking up crying. Not only that, but a baby sleeping on its tummy may not be safe. Stomach sleeping can lead to SIDS. So even if your baby doesn’t wake up and cry, it’s still a problem. With that said, you must devote some time when your baby is awake to have the baby on their tummy. This allows your baby to grow their muscles. However, when it’s bedtime, it’s time to sleep on their back.

If your baby hasn’t learned to roll yet, you may wonder when they can.


What Age Does A Baby Learn to Roll?

Typically, a baby will begin rolling at about four months. They do this usually by kicking. It can take a lot of work, so sometimes, when a baby rolls over, they find it harder for them to do again. When they are awake, the baby learning to roll isn’t a bad thing, but it becomes a problem during sleep. 

A baby will tend to roll from their back to their front. It can be fun to watch the baby attempt to do this, and encouraging it when they’re awake is good. When a baby rolls on their tummy, some may like it, and others may not. The latter usually wakes up screaming and crying, and that’s never fun.


When Your Baby Is Sleeping On Their Tummy 

If you see this, you can roll the baby back. Do it gently, and the baby shouldn’t wake up. With that said, we realize that this isn’t that practical if you’re spending all your time dealing with a baby who rolls over. You can’t wake up every hour and make sure your baby isn’t on their stomach. 

Babies may have preferred sleeping positions. You may like sleeping on your back, tummy, side, or another position that makes it easier for you to rest. However, some babies just have their unique sleeping position, and that’s okay. 


The SIDS issue is a concern, but there are other ways to prevent SIDS while the baby sleep. These include: 

Using a firm surface that has a sheet that tightly fits. A loose sheet may tangle up with the baby. A baby may strangle if the surface is too soft.

Not using any soft bumpers, pillows, toys, or blankets. A crib shouldn’t have anything in it, as it could be a hazard. 

Keep the baby in the same room as the parents. By sharing the same room until the baby turns 12 months, you may be able to cut the risk of SIDS by half. This is because you can fix any problem you see immediately and not have the baby deal with it on their own.

A baby stomach sleeping is not a death sentence, especially if you practice other ways of preventing SIDS. Plenty of babies have slept on their stomachs, and a baby experimenting with new sleep positions is normal and should be encouraged. As long as the baby can hold their head up and breathe, they should be fine. But what if they don’t like it? What if the baby is always rolling on their stomach, then crying about it? This can definitely be frustrating. 

What You Should Do About This

If you have a baby that rolls on their tummy when they are asleep, they may wake up and cry. You can roll the baby back, but if they keep doing it, what are your options? How can you make sure the baby has a good night of sleeping? There are a few ways you can do this. 

Tummy Time Practice

If your baby is waking up crying, this usually means they are strong enough to roll over once, but not again. This usually means that you should spend some time with your baby to help them practice. When they are awake, devote some time to have the baby on their stomach, and soon the baby should be able to roll themselves back if they don’t like the position they are in.


Tummy time is something a baby as young as a newborn can practice. You do have to remember that depending on the baby’s age, tummy time can be extended longer. With a newborn, three sessions a day that lasts for 3 minutes is a good idea. After a few months, you can extend that to about 20 minutes. 

Not doing tummy time enough can slow down milestones. It can take a little longer to crawl, walk, and to do other activities. You must do tummy time so that your baby feels accomplished and wants to try new stuff.

Use A Swaddle 

For the baby rolling over in sleep and waking up crying, a swaddle may help, it involves wrapping a baby up in a blanket. There are swaddles out there designed for specific ages, allowing a baby to sleep comfortably, but also not allowing them to move any at all. At a certain age, a baby is too big for a swaddle, but chances are, they may be able to fit into one. 


Wait A Bit 

If your baby is strong enough, don’t roll them back automatically. Instead, wait a few minutes. If the baby can roll back themselves, they may stop crying. If they don’t need you, they won’t cry and will just learn how to fix this problem on their own. It can be frustrating to hear a baby crying when you’re trying to sleep. But sometimes, waiting it out fixes the problem longer than you rolling them over every single time.

It can be a little frustrating, but by practicing these steps, your baby can easily roll around without a care.

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