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Why do baby's cry in their sleep? K&A's Mom Due October 22 (girl); 2 kids; Knoxville, Tennessee 2303 posts
20th Aug '08

I know this sounds funny, but my little girl cries all the time in her sleep-she never opens her eyes or wakes up.. The only way I can get her to stop crying is pick her up.. Is it just a bad dream? Just wondering if other babies do this

*alyssa* Pennsylvania 12234 posts
20th Aug '08

my guess is dreams. olivia talks and whines in her sleep all the time

user banned 1 child; Norman, Oklahoma 4289 posts
20th Aug '08
Quoting Kayley's Mommy:
~Lilly C~ Due March 1; 1 child; California 3015 posts
20th Aug '08

My baby does the same thing, i feel so bad because i think hes having a bad dream, But sometimes he also smiles in his sleep. I always wonder what he can possibly be dreaming about.

mshell 1 child; Manassas, Virginia 15099 posts
20th Aug '08
Quoting kenzie2cute4words:
Weinus Badger 1 child; Whidbey, WA, United States 63 posts
20th Aug '08

They're re-dreaming their birth lol

3M'smom 3 kids; Illinois 28879 posts
20th Aug '08

What are night terrors?




Night terrors occur in at least 5 percent of young children, and can start as early as 9 months. These mysterious disturbances happen during deep, non-dreaming sleep. A child in this state will cry, whimper, flail, and even bolt out of bed. Though his eyes may be wide open, he's not awake and isn't aware of your presence. Once the night terror (which can last anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour or more) is over, your child will return to a sound sleep and have no memory of the incident in the morning.



How are night terrors different from nightmares?




Nightmares happen during rapid eye movement (REM) or dream sleep. A child who's had a nightmare is likely to have a fairly clear idea of what scared him, though he probably won't be able to articulate his fright until he's about 2. He may also be afraid to fall back asleep, and in the morning, he'll probably remember that he had a bad dream.



What should I do when my toddler has a night terror?




Of course, your first instinct will be to comfort him, but your efforts will most likely be futile (remember, he's not really awake and he's not aware of your presence). You just have to wait it out and make sure he doesn't hurt himself. Don't speak to him or try to soothe him, and don't try to shake or startle him awake or physically restrain him

Connor's mom♥due i Due October 14; 81 kids; Brandywine, Maryland 9162 posts
20th Aug '08

this is gonna sound really stupid but everytime my son smiles in his sleep i always say hes "talking to his angels"... he was a preemie so i think he dreams about blood transfusions, NG tubes, Iv's, and being on monitores. term babies could dream about being born

00000000 1 child; Lexington Park, Maryland 3889 posts
20th Aug '08

Kahlen does the same thing! she doesnt cry too often but she makes sooo many noises! i like it though, i never have to worry about her not breathing bc i can always hear her making noise!!

~Lilly C~ Due March 1; 1 child; California 3015 posts
20th Aug '08
Quoting Connor's mom♥:
K&A's Mom Due October 22 (girl); 2 kids; Knoxville, Tennessee 2303 posts
20th Aug '08
Quoting kenzie2cute4words:
K&A's Mom Due October 22 (girl); 2 kids; Knoxville, Tennessee 2303 posts
20th Aug '08
Quoting Valeriekay:
Sam Crane Japan 1 posts
4th Oct '12
Quoting Connor's mom♥ TTC#:" this is gonna sound really stupid but everytime my son smiles in his sleep i always say hes "talking ... [snip!] ... so i think he dreams about blood transfusions, NG tubes, Iv's, and being on monitores. term babies could dream about being born"


My Nora smiles and laughs in her sleep and I say/ think something similar. I figure she's talking to the Angels or they are telling her jokes. It's super cute.



OP:Nora whimpers in her sleep too...I haven't figured out why, with her it's short bursts then she's done. They might be having bad dreams, but who knows. I don't think it's anything to worry about though...but if you are worried, then seeing your pediatrician and asking them might put your mind at ease.

MsAntisocial Japan 11 posts
5th Oct '12

The dr told me they will express all their emotions as newborns...even if their not feeling that emotion...they are supposed to do that for a while...but if your son is doing that every time he sleeps and not expressing any other emotions I would have the dr check it out make sure nothing is causing him pain...he could just want mommy to hold him..