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My Baby Is Rolling Her Eyes!

Throughout your life, and as your babies grow into children, teens, and finally adults, young adults, it’s common to see them roll their eyes at you. You’re their parent and an authoritative figure in their life. It’s only natural. However, babies often roll their eyes, and some parents don’t know whether it’s normal or not. So today, this article will incorporate all the knowledge of baby eye-rolling that you’ll need to know.

Why do babies roll their eyes?

Babies can roll their eyes, and this is especially common when they are in a slumber, a nap, tired, or bored. Babies have three states when they sleep, and they can also roll their eyes at various stages. No, it doesn’t mean that your newborn is giving you attitude. It’s how babies operate when they’re tired.

The first state for a baby’s sleep is when they’re overstimulated. This happens with babies often, and they usually get tired when they’ve had a lot to see, do a lot that day, or are just overexcited. The second stage is when your baby is physically tired or exhausted. This comes when a baby may have played too much, talked/cooed too much, or looked around all day. The final state is when a baby wakes up or is falling asleep.

In all three of these states, babies roll their eyes. They also like to stretch in these states, yawn, or jerk their limbs. All of these are signs of the baby, either getting sleepy or just waking up. In all states, it’s the baby simply trying to keep their eyes open, and then their eyes rolling back under their heavy eyelids from exhaustion.

What happens if their eye-rolling becomes continuous?

This is a normal thing, as babies are awake, they move their eyes around a lot. However, at night and when they’re tired, eye-rolling is more active. Due to babies and human nature, when they sleep, they dream. This causes active rapid eye movement, known in the scientific community as (REM) or REM sleep.

It’s a complex term that means dreaming in a deep sleep. Now, when babies are at this stage, they tend to move their eyes within their eyelids constantly, and they can sometimes open their eyes even if they’re still asleep. The baby’s muscles can twitch, their arms may jerk, and they make a stretch or move in their sleep. All of which is normal for babies and children. This is why they roll their eyes constantly when they are sleeping or in a dream state.

Is it normal for babies to roll their eyes?

Babies are adorable when they are so little and cute. Some of the babies make the funniest faces. This is because they are learning how to move their muscles. Not only are they learning how to move and use their muscles, but they are also trying to learn how to move their mouth, their eyes, and their nose.

Now, they learn all of these things as they grow, and they make the funniest faces. Babies can scrunch up their noses at you, squint their eyes, purse out their lips, and even make funny sounds. If you laugh, they will continue to do these things because they feel like they are making you happy by doing them. That’s the same thing they are doing with their eyes. The like to figure out how to move their eyes.

Some babies can rapidly move their eyes back and forth due to neurological conditions that can be safe or dangerous but are mainly nothing to worry about. In most cases, they are just trying to show you that they can move their eyes. This can cause a lot of funny faces, expressions, and looks.

Babies are young and don’t know how to control their eyes fully, so when they experiment with it, they make funny faces. This can include a wandering eye, or eyes, eyes rolling back into their heads, from being tired or worn out, and even crossing their eyes. All of these are normal. Babies will frequently roll their eyes sometimes because they are trying to figure everything out.


Babies at this stage are just trying to figure out their bodies, and this will likely continue until they’re two or even 3. They just want to know how everything works, and they make expressions and faces that can make you laugh hysterically. Babies don’t intend to roll their eyes at you, it’s uncontrollable, and it’s also normal.

When they make funny faces, though, as a parent, you should laugh and smile at them, so they do it again. If it makes you happy, they’ll be happy too. If it is neurological, then take your baby to the doctor because it might be serious. However, more often than not, it’s safe, and they are doing it without their knowledge.

Babies can sometimes roll their eyes, and unlike children and teens, it’s not a sign of disobedience. It’s more like they’re trying to do tricks for you. Babies are cute, funny, and strange. They are also the biggest blessing that life can give you, the handful that they are, and make you thankful.


Babies use eye-rolling to signify that they are tired, and this can often translate into their eyes, rolling under their little heavy eyelids. They can do this in the three states of newborn sleep, and it continues until four months, then they will start to learn how just to close their eyelids and not their eyes.

They are not fully in control of their eye movements or any other of their movements, and they like to move their bodies around to get a feel for it. If your baby is rolling their eyes a lot, don’t panic, it’s completely normal and a great sign of your baby growing. Baby’s eye movements are hard to understand, and by looking more into it, you can be sure that your baby’s eye-rolling is completely normal.

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