do babies have nightmares?


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I raised 5 boys and 3 girls. They all had nightmares at one time of another. I found that getting them calmed down before bedtime helped. They were always asked if they had any bad thoughts in their heads and we would talk them out. Then say a prayer asking God to watch over them all night. I think the personal quiet time helped more than anything.


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Donielle - posted on 12/28/2009




definitely can, trying to make sure that they don't get over tired and that they are relaxed and calm for at least an hour before bed can really help alleviate most of them! It also could be something like gas...have you noticed if babies belly is bloated?

Kristina - posted on 12/28/2009




I was just asking because she wakes up often during the night crying like crazy and it's not because she's hungry,so I was wondering if it's possible that she could have been having a nightmare?she's five months old,so I'm a little skeptic about a baby that small being able to have bad dreams,but I don't know what else could be bothering her...

Antoinette - posted on 12/27/2009




My pastor told me that it's spirits bothering my son, I was really concerned, he would grind his teeth at night. It's up to the paren to find solution if you want the bible versus he gave to me. Let me kno, it helped really it did.

Aimee - posted on 12/27/2009




I would think that a baby would have to experience something in their life frightening in order to experience nightmares. Toddlers have been around longer to have seen something they think is scary but I don't think that would be the case for babies. I'd look for other reasons besides nightmares first. Developmentally they are taking in everything at an early age and sleep helps them to process it, it could be anything causing restless sleep, especially over stimulation.

Sashell - posted on 12/27/2009




Yes they do... my daughter will wake herself up crying every once in a while. She is not hungry, cold, uncomfortable or wet/dirty... so her Dr said it was just a nightmare.

Jessica - posted on 12/27/2009




babies definatly dream. but ive been told by my doc that night terrors dont start untill at least 12 months old, however my son would randomly scream in his sleep and it was very hard to console him and calm him down, he did this from about 2months till 3 1/2 months old, i still kinda think he was having bad dreams.

Kerry - posted on 12/27/2009




yeh i think they do ma 8 month old sometimes just starts crying then when ya say shhhhhhhhhhhhh shhhhhhhh he goes bk 2 sleep right away dont no what they could be having a nightmare about somebody taking there milk away from them i

Hayley - posted on 12/27/2009




yes! when my son was about 3months old h would flinch a lot in his sleep and pull sad faces and then a few minutes later he would wake up screaming and it would be hard to settle him back down. hes 7months now and hes not had on in a while luckily. strange isnt it lol

Naomi - posted on 12/26/2009




Yes they can, I have a now 10 month old, I had her waking at strange times of the day and night lately, wen i went in to see what was wrong she snuggled into me and went straight back to sleep, then slept for the rest of the night/ naptime. I found by reasurring her i was there helped her to go straight back to sleep snuggling into me and within about 5 minutes was in a deep sleep and back in bed for the night.

Sarah - posted on 12/26/2009




wow really i learned something new about babies..i really did not know that my daughter does the same thing i was wondering...and she makes these weird hand motions at night but be just dreams.

Tara - posted on 12/26/2009




Yes, they do. Both my girls have had nightmares, waking up screaming for no apparent reason when they are not hungry, wet/dirty, etc. Night terrors are really bad nightmares that kids sometimes get when they are a little older (into toddler years). I think that it's harder in some ways when babies have nightmares because a lot of the time they aren't old enough to be able to tell you what's wrong. My oldest girl is reaching an age now when she can say "Mama, I scared", but she can't tell me what she's scared of...comes with the territory I guess.

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