When Infant Milestones Go Backwards

With Norton, I tracked his infant milestones relentlessly.  Every month, I’d open my trusty copy of What to Expect the First Year and do a series of blog posts on how Norton had done for that month’s list of infant milestones.  I was focused, and I think I was looking for some validation in regards to being a parent.  That level of focus drove me to distraction when the public health nurse asked me about Norton using crayons and his words (or lack thereof) when we went in for his vaccinations.  I took my not giving Norton crayons to color with (since he was still putting everything in his mouth) as a sign that I wasn’t doing all that great at being a parent.  I cried over his language delay, thinking it must somehow be my fault, even though he was ahead of the curve in so many other toddler and infant milestones.

With Eudora?  Eh, not so much.  She eats, she sleeps, she pukes, she’s happy.  She’s inclined to laugh and smile a lot.  She plays with her rattle.  Quite frankly, Norton keeps me so busy with running that I don’t have time to agonize over the details.

There’s one huge infant milestone that I am quite familiar with: rolling over.  I do remember that typically, babies roll from their tummy to their backs first, and then from their backs to their tummies a couple of months later.

Eudora is backwards.  About a month ago, she started rolling from her back to her tummy.  Just this week, she rolled from her tummy to her back.  The first time that she rolled from her tummy to her back, she looked pretty surprised that she did it.  When I told my older sister about it, she laughed and said that it figured that my daughter would do things backwards.  We started to wonder if she’d be one of those kids who walked before crawling, too.

Did your baby ever do any milestones “backwards”?  Was it just one pair of infant milestones that were reversed, or were there several?  (Or is my kid just weird?  Considering Norton is a mutant, it wouldn’t surprise me.)

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Interesting. My daughter first rolled over from her tummy to her back, and then didn’t do it again for a month or two. Then she started rolling back to front, but couldn’t get back on to her back. I think what happened was that the front to back rolling was accidental at first. ie. she would just raise her shoulders up and tip over. The back to front rolling was intentionally, but she didn’t learn how to intentionally from front to back until much later. Interesting how things work. I can so relate to obsessively reading the milestones in What to Expect, although if you look at the milestones on Baby Center, they are significantly different.

    • It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one with odd children and with an obsessive need to check milestones. 🙂

  2. Well, actually she did nothing backwards. The milestone is to roll over does not matter from where to where, then the next milestone related to roll over is later on when babies should roll over both sides….

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