Here’s the deal. Charlotte learned how to roll from her back to her belly earlier this month, and there was much cheering and rejoicing. However, it seems that when she learned this, she forgot how to roll from her belly to her back, which is something she learned in her third month. This amuses us a bit because now that Char has mastered the back-to-belly roll, she pretty much does it automatically whenever we lay her down anywhere. And then she gets upset because she can’t figure out how to get back on her back, so she’ll grunt and squirm and move her little legs, trying so hard to turn back over without success. If this were only a daytime occurrence, all would be well.
At least once a night we awake to the sound of Charlotte crying (or sometimes shrieking) because she has rolled onto her belly in her sleep and is stuck that way. So we go in, flip her over, and leave the room. Sometimes this works and she’s back in dream world with no other problems, but on other nights, the rolling over process seems to wake her up, and she’s nice and alert and not interested in sleeping even though it’s 3 a.m. (an hour when no sane person wants to be awake).
So I’m asking you, my wise and wonderful readers, what can we do about this? Has anyone else experienced this with their own children? Is it normal that she’s temporarily forgotten the tummy-to-back roll? Is there any way to prevent her from rolling over aside from strapping her down (which of course we
briefly considered wouldn’t do)?
Please, please, oh please help a mother out!