Do babies have nightmares?

Tami - posted on 01/18/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )




Last night my 7 month old started crying about 2 hrs after being put to bed foe the night. It wasn't a hunger cry, or a hurt one. When I went into her room she was standing in her crib crying...When I picked her up she went back to sleep. I tried to put her back into her crib twice in the span of an hour, only to have her wake up and start crying again. She slept with me for the rest of the night


Michele - posted on 01/16/2012




My son has been waking up screaming for the past few days. I put him back down after he is asleep and not long after he is down he is right back up. I even caved and put him in our bed and he would still wake up screaming, even with my husband and I holding him and cuddling him. I have no clue what is going on or how to soothe him. My daughters never did this....

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Night terrors when they are very little (under 2 or 3) night mares as they get older and have better imaginations. Babies definatly dream just like older children and adults they need the REM sleep just like we do to learn and process. When my son was little his dr. said that night terrors were related to intelligence takr that for what you will.

Iysha - posted on 01/18/2010




I think babies do get nightmares, or something like it..... my baby once let out a loud cry and when I looked into her crib, she was asleep and had one little tear that had rolled down her cheek. Her dad said that she dreamed that we ran out of formula. lol.

Danielle - posted on 01/18/2010




im not sure about nightmares but the can DEFIANTLY have night terrors..if you think this is happening then i suggest you speak to a dr and record a dream diary for your child. to note when they wake up, for how long, why theywoke up..what their cry was like..etc,etc, this will help in seeing if there is any pattern...But talk to your doctor or nurse or health care professional.

Renell - posted on 01/18/2010




Ever since my daughter was born she has started softly cry and then it goes into a screech, and when i get up rub her back, she will move around and stop crying and fall back to sleep. Now she doesn't do this every night, but occasionally she will cry in her sleep. no one really knows what the cause of it is, but they say it is natural. The only was that it would be a problem is if they cry so much they wake themselves up and the cannot get back to sleep. in which that would cause sleep depravation and insomnia. So yeah. I think they do dream and have nightmares..... they are little humans, and need their mommys there to make it all better :O)

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My daughter did this as well. I just layed her back down and stood by her bed and hummed songs until she fell back to sleep.

Dawn - posted on 01/18/2010




My daughter used to get night terrors pretty bad. She would just wake up screaming bloody murder, though her eyes were open she wasnt awake. I would suggest picking up your daughter and letting her know everything is ok. Be sure she is fully awake, than try to put her back down. Wether you cuddle with her or nurse her to soothe her befor you put her back in her crib.

When my daughter got older, I would wake her, get her some water and tell her to flip her pillow over. This would allow her to forget about what she was dreaming about or what may have woke her up from her sleep.

Khiara - posted on 01/18/2010




Hello, I'm no expert in if babies really do have nightmares, but i do believe that it is possible. I'm 23 and I have a younger brother whose 10. When I was 13 and he was just an infant I remember waking up in the middle of the night hearing my brother crying as if something frightened him. I would get up and go to my mom and ask what's wrong with him and she would respond that he was having night terrors or nightmares. Now that I have a 2 month old, she sometimes goes thru the same things. So it can be possible.

I did a little research and came across this site and in some instances it makes a lot of sense. I hope it helps:


Rebecca - posted on 01/18/2010




i think they do. i moved my daughters crib in my room because she doesn't want to sleep in a room by her self. its my fault though cause i picked her up constantly when she was first born. she'll sleep in the crib...just not in the crib if its not in mommy's room. maybe its the whole security thing. try rubbing her blanket with your mom smell(favoite parfume and whatnot) and see if it helps

Veronica - posted on 01/18/2010




I would like to think that babies dream about eating and the things that they see. My son would always suck in his sleep it was to cute. But sure if something they are afarid of would probley cause them to have a night mare.

Dee - posted on 01/18/2010




thats happened with bella. she started crying and she stood up in the cot, so i picked up and she was back asleep - so i then placed her in the cot and she was fine.

she makes weird noises that really startle me in her sleep. i would say they definatley do, just as all their thoughts are processed in their sleep i am sure certain things would scare them. just like when they get headaches and tummy pains i guess

Ashley - posted on 01/18/2010




yes and no ... they have something that disturbs their sleep but its not like our nightmares were we are actually scared or really upset when we wake up

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