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Some babies will have the coordination to roll a ball as early as 8 months, some will do it by their first birthday, and others won't manage it for several more months. Anytime within this framework is normal.
"One year is average," says Lyuba Konopasek, assistant professor of pediatrics at the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.
Once your baby can sit up, you can practice rolling a ball back and forth. Use a big, light ball that will be easy for your baby to push.
Learning to roll a ball isn't just fun for your baby — it also helps develop eye-hand coordination. That's essential for drawing, writing and, of course, every baby's favorite pastime: eating.
Learn more about milestones your baby should be reaching around this age.