What Do Babies Dream?

What Do Babies Dream?

Julia Cho
Jan 25, 2010

Heather Turgeon has another intriguing article on Babble that fits right in with this month's theme: The Science of Baby Dreams.

If you've ever wondered if your newborn was dreaming, the answer is yes. Babies actually spend more time dreaming (in REM state) than adults do. What might those dreams look like?

"A fetus might dream about the muffled sound of his mom's voice or the filtered light that makes its way in through her belly. A newborn might dream about the faces and shapes she's learning, writes Heather.

It's harder to say whether or not infants have nightmares, but possible says Heather.

"Babies do have the capacity to form memories in the early months, so even a three-month-old has experiences stored up, and there's no reason to think that the discomforts of babyhood (being cold or wet, Mom taking too long to heat the bottle) wouldn't be fair game for dreams."

Nightmares are more common around ages 2-3 when children start to realize there are real dangers and risks in the world.

We find it fascinating to think about what our baby might be dreaming about during her nap or at night. You can read the rest of the article here.

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