August 3, 2014 - Category: Dream Symbols

What does it mean to dream about babies and/or children? (dream interpretation baby, child)

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Dreams about babies / children – what do they mean?

They’re often portrayed as cuddly and lovely little creatures, as in the picture – but what does it mean when we dream about babies and children? It can be about several things depending on our life situation, but often it is the potential, undeveloped sides of ourselves, or “priming” projects we are working on, to grow. However, there are several approaches to the dreams of babies and children.

A baby in a dream can be like an image on the new opportunity of a lifetime, a new side of the personality or a new project. Babies are the little creatures that can grow up to be all sorts of things. When we are in our dreams and see babies or children, an important interpretation can be: could this baby or child (in the dream) be an expression of a new project I not long ago let go of? Or is it simply sides of myself that I did not spot and which I should increasingly grow/develop?

I myself had a dream when I at a point in my career said yes to a job in the United States, about a woman who devoured hundreds of dead babies into a grave. It was for me a clear picture of how I closed down for other development opportunities by saying yes to the job.

Similarly, children and babies in your dreams can be pictures of opportunities for you to grow and develop – or not. Some psychoanalysts/therapists talk about the fact that we need to keep track of our inner kindergarten – the immensely many aspects of ourselves that would like to be addressed; we have to do our best to accommodate everyone – in the right quantities and at the right time.

When trying to understand your dreams it is important to know that your dreams are… your dreams. As such, you are the best person to figure out the true meaning of your dreams.

However, it is important to learn how to generally approach your dreams. Dream dictionaries like this one are only a supplement, and if you want to fully utilize the potential of your dreams, you should start at a different place.

My online course “Unlock your DREAMlife” gives you a great foundation for understanding (and recalling) your dreams.

Children and babies in dreams as reflections of our own childish sides.

Another angle of the presence of children (or babies) in our dreams are the direct forthright that they can be pictures of our own childish (baby-like) sides.

If you dream of a child who behaves unreasonably and may not accept the “framework and structures” that are being foisted on him/her, even then, a good question would be whether you might sometimes, in an almost childish manner, excuse yourself over the inevitable requirements and frameworks such as your work, or your new life as a mother/father etc. But that is not to say that having childish sides is a negative thing.

Perhaps we unconsciously restrain a positively “childish” approach to life in ourselves – such as it could be an indication of a tremendous openness towards others, towards the ones who can see the fun in almost anything, those who think and act more freely, etc. These are good “childish” qualities. It is important to know how “the child inside you” thrives. So as always in dream interpretation, it is important that you go see the dream from several angles.

The importance of the child’s age.

In addition to the above, there are some very interesting meanings of the child’s age in dreams. The child’s age in the dream can be a picture on the age of a project you have launched/started (for example, a two-year-old child as an image of the store that was opened two years ago, or the relationships you initiated two years ago). Another very important aspect to the child’s age can be that it also reflects the age you were when something important (perhaps traumatic or intense) happened to you in your life.

Dreams of babies and children in pregnant women.
For the record, I should also mention here that it is perfectly natural and supported by research that pregnant women dream immeasurably more about babies and children than non-pregnant women.

Have you had a dream about babies/children that you would like to share? Or have you interpreted a “baby dream” you’ve had and reached an exciting interpretation? Then do comment in the field below.

Dream dictionaries are a very helpful tool when interpreting dreams. However, generally learning how to approach your dreams, will give you a better foundation for understanding them. My online course “Unlock your DREAMlife” teaches you how to much better utilize – recall and understand – your dreams.


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Also read: Why I no longer interpret dreams for free

NOTE: Dreams are 100% individual, and when you dream about babies or children, it’s almost certainly about something else for you than it is for your friend, who also dreamed of babies or children. Dream interpretation is sometimes a difficult art, and a particular interpretation of a dream is only correct if you feel “affected” by it. Therefore, it is not certain that the above mentioned interpretations are relevant to you.