Babies and children in dreams can mean a variety of things. They can refer to our own inner child, the part of us that remains innocent, spontaneous, playful and trusting. These kind of baby dreams ask us to look to where in our life we need nurturing. Do you need to take better care of yourself, or maybe you have judged your self harshly and need to be a bit kinder and gentler to your self.
A baby or child in a dream can mean a new project in your life, something that you create and nurture as “your baby.” The age of the baby can sometimes indicate when this project started or was “conceived.”
If you lose or forget the baby in your dream, you might feel a terrible sense of sadness or guilt. Look for where in your life you feel you have lost something precious. This might be a new loss, like loss of a job, giving up something personally valuable to you in order to achieve another goal, or help someone you care about. It might also be an old loss, remembrance from a pain in your past that is unresolved, when the innocent, trusting part of you was hurt or let down. Baby dreams ask us to address these issues, so we can feel trusting and happy again.
A child or baby in a dream is often a symbol of all things we associate with youth – vibrancy, energy, innocence, trust, purity, imagination, simple joy, spontaneity and open, inquisitive minds. But they can also have a shadow side, and refer to naivety, vulnerability, immaturity, selfishness, tantrums and inability to take care of one’s self. If you dream of a baby or child, consider what values seem most relevant from your own particular dream. It can help as well to reflect on how the baby or child made you feel in the dream. Did you feel a need to protect it from harm? There may be an area of your life, or aspect of your personality that you feel is threatened. Did it make you feel joyous, and alive? Perhaps you are appreciating some of the more simple things in life. Did it make you feel wistful, or nostalgic? This may be an indication that you are making choices in your waking life that in some way disconnect you from things you still hold dear from childhood, but feel you must sacrifice. Can you find a way to bring some of those special qualities back into your life now? Sometimes, a child in a dream can even create a haunting feeling. This may be a sign that something precious to you has been suppressed for a long time, and it may be very difficult to admit this to your self. Pain from childhood, a need to grow up too early and other similar trials can manifest in such dreams. It may take time to feel able to face up to such long hidden feelings, but a dream that calls you in this way is encouraging you that you are strong enough, and that you can start to work your way along the path that leads to peace and happiness.
And while it is not the most common reason for people to dream of babies, some women do realise they are pregnant by dreaming of their baby. This is because the subconscious mind often knows before the conscious mind what is going on in the body, and will send us messages to let us know!
The important thing to remember, is that even if you dream of your own children, or children you know, these are usually symbols your mind is using to express an idea to you. There is no need to feel anxious or guilty over your parenting skills, but you might want to look at what other causes for anxiety there are in your life, and remember it is just as important to care for and nurture your self as it is to care for your baby.
Are you pregnant now and having interesting, vivid or disturbing dreams? If you would be interested in sharing your dreams while pregnant, please check out my page into Research on Dreams while Pregnant.