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How can encourage my 5 month old to roll over?

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She's full of energy all day long, but she has no interest whatsoever in rolling over. She hates being on her tummy, so putting her on it to encourage her to roll over is kind of a disaster that results in a screaming fit. She's rolled from her tummy to her back once and from her back to her side once, but she's never made a full rotation and has no interest in doing so. Is there anything I can do to encourage her to roll?

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My daughter is 4 months old and hates tummy time as well. I put her on her tummy, though, and I help her roll over. We go back and forth. She thinks it is funny. She has done it a few times by herself. Sometimes I let her get frustrated and her cry for a few minutes because I think moving her to her back right when she starts fussing is going to teach her that all she has to do is fuss and mommy helps.
My son in 18 months old, and while he rolled from his back to his front, and from his front to his back, he never really did full on rolls.  Ever.  In fact, even after he'd rolled halfway, he's often forget how he got there and would stop doing it entirely for weeks on end. He crawled at 7 months, walked at 11 months, climbed the stairs at 13 months, and I have seen him scale walls. Unless you're worried about your daughter's physical development in other areas, I wouldn't worry about the rolling thing too much.
she'll do it when she's ready, but if she never does, it's nothing to freak out over. some babies never crawl, and go straight to walking. my daughter rolled at 3 1/2 months, crawled,  stood independently, and climbed out of the crib at 6 months, took her first steps at 7, and was running around the house by 9 months. like the previous poster, i too have seen my kid scale walls. she's 21 months old, and act's like she's half-monkey. lol. she climbs everything! she managed to climb in and out of the playpen at 10 months.
She should be on her tummy for lots of tummy time. Most babies hate it but they need it in order to properly strengthen their muscles. She'll roll over when she's ready, this really isn't something you can rush.

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