My baby cries while sleeping, is this normal?

Ashley - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Sometimes I notice that my baby will scream a little and whimper in his sleep. His baby monitor wakes me up so I of course rush in his room, only to find him sound asleep making those noises. I don't know what a baby would have nightmares about, but it freaks me out a little. He is only six months old so I wasn't sure if he could even have them.

Has anyone else experienced this?

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Lobsang - posted on 04/22/2013

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My baby is just two months and she also cry loudly sometime while she is sleeping and sometime she laughing loudly , I think all those are normal but it make me confuse when she cry or sad

Grace - posted on 02/20/2013

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My daughter has had this issue since she was about maybe 6 or 7 months old, she still at 1yr and 3months has this issue. She will start crying, while asleep, like if someone was hurting her. Me and my husband have tried waking her up and it only makes it worse. One night she went on like this for an hr and we were about to go to the Emergency room, we ended up putting her in some warm water to see if she would finally wake up, which she did after 2mins. It is something scary to deal with because I never know if she's really hurting in some way, or if it's nightmares or who knows what else. I know a couple hispanic ladies told me they say some kids have nightmares of them being back in our belly in the dark. Luckily when this happen last night I just picked her up and walked around the room rubbing her back until she calmed down again.

Tony - posted on 05/08/2013

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This is especially for grace-soota pierce.l I can still remember my first child who is now 18 yr old having this problem as a child. I find the cause and remedy while watching the Oprah show, not sure of the doctor that reveal this issue.. But to all moms, this is the problem your baby is NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP OR NOT TAKING NAPS THROUGHOUT THE DAY. Please thrust me on this . Have them take a nap or two more during the day.. A guarantee to solve the problem, you can thank me with your prayers..

Lacy - posted on 09/22/2009

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Hi Ashley,

I can't really help, but my daughter is almost 10 months old, and she has been doing the same thing for a while!!! I am wondering about the nightmares, and bad dreams too???!!! It would be nice to know it there's anything to do about it!!

Melanie - posted on 09/22/2009

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they review the day in their sleep...that what everyone does...this is how you remeber things and learn ect...so when he cries hes probly at the part of the day were he felt sad :) nothing to worry bout.

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Lisa - posted on 02/20/2013

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My baby is 4 months...I have also seen her do this. Sometimes she wakes up screaming. I have no idea why this happens. I just coo to her give her a binky and it puts her back out. Don't worry I think it is normal.

Kathryn - posted on 09/22/2009

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This is completely normal. My daughter used to cry out and i would atomatically pick her up which would make her cry more as i would just have woken her up. Ive tried when i hear her on the baby moniter waiting to see if she makes further noise. Sometimes its just a dream or it could be something else but its normal and a lot of babys do it.

Andrea - posted on 09/22/2009

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right after my son was born for the first 2/3 months he would do the same thing. he grew out of it and now at almost 8 months he's beginning to have "night terrors" after he goes to bed within the hour and is actually waking up from them. it's pretty common. i was worried as well and read up on it, it's not all too common with little-er babies but once they get to be 1 or so it's more common. it just takes time to grow out of the night terror stage, not saying it won't come back seeing that my son's did but it shouldn't last long. and the doctor will look at you like your crazy if you ask them about it

Betty - posted on 09/22/2009

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First of all, that is so cute that he makes his boo-boo face. Second of all, babies cry about stuff every day. Stuff like having a dirty dieper or not being able to see their mommy's face for a space of time. That's probably what his dreams are about, the simple everyday stuff that makes him laugh and cry.

Ashley - posted on 09/22/2009

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I rub his back and it helps sometimes...the entire time he is sleeping!
We thought about getting a video monitor...
I just didn't know if many babies experience this. I mean, what would scare him, my boobs disappearing?! :)

Ashley - posted on 09/22/2009

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I was not implying my son isn't smart enough to dream, I just don't know what he would have nightmares about considering he never sees or experiences anything bad.
And it isn't just the noises he makes, he also has this upset look on his face that I call his "boo-boo face".

Betty - posted on 09/22/2009

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You can use a video monitor so you won't have to run into his room while he is having a dream. You should calm him down and show him that he is ok if he is really freaking out.

Lucy - posted on 09/22/2009

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my son still does it at 18 months old! I also realised when he was about 7 months old that i didn't need to go in at every little noise, sometimes it was me that woke him up!!

Betty - posted on 09/22/2009

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Even dogs and cats have dreams. Of coarse your baby is capable of having a nightmare. He has more intelligence than a dog does. Babies cry about everything so it doesn't have to be a terrible dream.

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