Babies are life-changing, terrifying, and incredibly precious to us. Babies in dreams denote a new life stage or something you place a lot of value on that needs your attention and protection.
They are primarily regarded as positive dream symbols, but there are occasions when a baby can reveal a warning, an underlying fear that’s affecting every decision you make, a reluctance to commit, or something else that needs your focus right now.
But how do you tell the difference? What makes a baby a positive sign, or a negative one? Let’s find out.
What Does It Mean To Dream Of A Baby?
Babies can manifest in different ways in your dream, which can make the meaning difficult to find, as there are many variations that will change the message of your dream.
You might dream of holding a baby, giving birth to one, finding one in a strange place, or looking after one and seeing it giggle or coo.
In dreams, babies refer to a life-changing event, priority shift, and new purpose, no matter if you are expecting a baby in waking life or not. Most of the time, this is a positive omen for the future, where a single event will bring everything into focus for you.
You will reorganize your life once you have this clarity, and things will be better than ever.
This may refer to a creative project, task, ambition, or new goal that will give your life a lot of meaning, and it will give you a lot of momentum for future tasks, too.
In older dream interpretation, a dream of a baby is said to be a sign that you need to be cleverer in your approach to life. Maybe there’s something that needs a lot of your attention.
How the baby appears to you is also important, as it can change the meaning of the dream completely. An ugly baby, for instance, suggests you feel suspicious of others. A picture-perfect baby denotes certainty and happiness in your relationships.
If you dream of a baby that is sick in some way, this refers to problems that you’re about to encounter.
A newborn in your dream implies that any worries that you have right now will soon disappear. It also means the potential for a fresh start is very near.
If you dream of your baby being stolen, this reflects a fear of losing something vital to you in waking life, which might be a member of your family, or something that you feel defines you.
A baby that cries for attention refers to your creative spirit, and how you should use it more effectively in the future, in an unexpected way. Maybe a situation calls for a creative solution.
A baby that cries uncontrollably, and you are unable to calm it down represents part of yourself that is lonely. Maybe someone is ignoring you or has forgotten you in some way, and this baby represents your hurt feelings.
If you see a baby sleeping soundly in your dream, this is a very good sign. It denotes near immediate success and only a very small chance of failing at something you deeply desire in life.
Holding a baby in your dreams signifies that you need to be more considerate of others in some aspect of life. You need to see things from their point of view, and adjust your approach accordingly.
A dream of twin babies refers to success and material wealth. Many babies are also a good sign. If you trust your instincts, and be fair to others, you’ll soon find that you’ll be more successful than you’d ever dare dream.
If you somehow buy a baby in your dream, this signifies that others value you for your advice, and you might find several people coming to you for help soon.
However, a dream like this can also suggest that you’re impatient for something to start, but trying to rush things will only make things difficult.
The Detailed Meaning Behind A Dream Of A Baby
While the vast majority of dreams about babies are positive, it’s also worth looking at some of the more disturbing dreams involving babies.
If you have a nightmare about cot death, where a baby suddenly stops breathing, this can refer to your anxieties about being unable to succeed in a new venture, responsibility or career.
A dream where a baby cries and cries and nothing you do helps implies that there is a delicate problem in your life that needs a gentle touch, and a positive attitude to overcome it. It may also denote your stress and worry that you won’t be able to sort this situation out.
Seeing a baby fall in your dream or even dropping a baby denotes uncertainty, conflict, arguments, and taking risks you don’t need to. It’s a call to be careful of both your words and your actions.
A dream where you have a deformed baby implies that a goal you desperately want to achieve is not possible right at this minute.
That doesn’t mean it is impossible forever, but things are not in the right place, or you’re not in the correct headspace to achieve what you want.
Forgetting your baby in a dream, where you leave the baby behind in a shop implies that you don’t want to face up to a daunting obligation in waking life.
It may also suggest that you’re trying to tackle too many problems or goals at once, meaning that you won’t get far with any of them.
Neglecting a baby in some aspects suggests that you aren’t taking care of yourself properly. Maybe your focus is completely on a problem, goal, or relationship, and you’re ignoring your needs, health, or desires.
You need to learn to prioritize yourself, otherwise you’ll make life more difficult for yourself than it needs to be. You may be on the path to burnout.
Seeing a starving baby in your dream implies that you have gotten too comfortable relying on other people, to the point where you look to others first at the first sign of a problem, instead of figuring out how to solve the problem on your own.
A dream where you see a dead baby refers to a part of your personality or lifestyle that has come to an end. Holding a dead baby in your arms in a dream implies a new beginning in life.
Recurring Dreams Of Babies
Often, when a dream symbol keeps appearing in your dreams, your subconscious is telling you that you haven’t got the message it’s trying to get across.
Usually, repeating dreams of babies can happen when you feel completely overwhelmed by a situation that’s taken you by surprise.
Maybe life has thrown you a curveball, and your confidence in an area you know a lot about has been shaken. You might question everything you believed to be true at this point.
It may be that you desperately want someone new to like you, or you want people to recognize that you know what you’re talking about in a subject that really matters to you.
However, repeating dreams of babies is not a bad sign. They also suggest that if you persevere, you will get where you want to be. You might just have to be a little patient in the meantime.
Seeing A Baby In Your Dream
In dreams, seeing a baby is believed to be a blessing, a signal of a fresh start in your waking life. It can imply that you’re about to enjoy some time away to revitalize your energy and motivation, and shape your life into something you want.
Seeing a baby in a dream is also connected to how you want to alter your life so that you become a better version of yourself, and you may be about to stumble upon an aspect of your psyche that you’ve not felt before.
A baby may also appear in your dreams when a chance to change your life is around the corner, in the form of a new career path or creative project that will direct your life.
This potential – should you realize it – will also give you new talents, and give your life more meaning. However, this is only true if you feel good about the baby in your dream.
If you see a baby, and you cry, or the baby starts crying when it sees you, this refers to a delicate situation that will be difficult to unravel.
If you feel worried, or overwhelmed at the idea of being responsible for a person that’s so defenseless on their own, this can point to an undercurrent of anxiety that’s shadowing your every thought in waking life.
It may also suggest that you’re not being emotionally mature in a difficult situation, where you need to rise above the pettiness of someone or assume responsibility for something that may affect your life for a long time.
A dream where you are nervous about seeing or holding a baby in your dream reflects waking life where you feel uncertain or vulnerable in some aspect. You long to feel more secure, but you may not know where to start.
Seeing many babies in your dream suggests that you have the nagging feeling that you don’t belong somewhere, or you’re worrying about things that may not even happen.
Dreaming Of Your Baby
A dream where you see your own baby refers to the intrinsic connection and bond between the two of you, and how this tiny human has reshaped your life, from your priorities to your hopes for the future.
It may also denote your worry that life may put them through awful situations. Naturally, you want your child to have the best life possible, filled with joy and meaning. This dream may be a call to stop worrying so much, and celebrate each experience and victory you make together.
Seeing Someone Else’s Baby In Your Dream
Dreaming of someone’s baby in waking life implies that you are comparing your lot in life to that of others. You want something that they have, something you don’t.
This might not be as obvious as a child, it could be an aspect of someone’s bravery, character, relationship, or material wealth.
Be careful, as comparing yourself to others so much can result in jealousy and distraction, to the point where your life is consumed by concentrating on what others are doing, instead of what you can do for yourself.
This dream is a call to be the best version of yourself you can be, and to follow your dreams.
Having A Baby In A Dream When You’re Not Expecting In Waking Life
A dream where you have a baby when you’re not planning on a family right now implies that you’re worried about large obligations or responsibilities changing your life. You’re concerned about not having a choice in this.
It could be that you don’t like change full stop, but that never stops change from coming for you, and shaking up your plans and everything you’ve built.
A dream where you have a baby can mean that you’re a creature of habit, and you’ve gotten too comfortable in your comfort zone. The baby refers to a need to start a new adventure in life, and trust yourself more to handle the unexpected.
Dreaming Of Having A Baby When You’re In The Menopause
Dreaming of having a baby when you’re in or have gone through menopause in waking life is an interesting one.
It implies that you’re wondering what would have happened if you’d chosen different things in life.
This doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with children like you might assume. Instead, this dream might refer to specific opportunities you passed up, certain choices you’ve made that have decided your path for you.
It’s natural to wonder how things might have gone differently, but there is no use dwelling on it, or regretting your choices, as this would only make you miserable. After all, there is nothing you can do about the past now.
It’s no use focusing on the past like this to the point where you forget to look around you and pay attention to now. You may be in danger of missing something that would be a perfect fit in your life.
A dream like this may also be a call to figure out what makes you happy, as your current situation isn’t it. You know you’re not exactly satisfied with how things are, so it’s time to think about what would improve your life.
Having A Baby Girl In A Dream
A baby girl in your dream refers to your emotional intelligence, and how you’ll need to use it to the best of your ability in waking life soon. It could be that you’ll encounter a very delicate situation, so tread carefully.
A dream like this also suggests that you’re about to face a new start or life stage, and it may be time to remember exactly what you wanted from life when you were younger, and if you would like to chase those dreams.
Having A Baby Boy In A Dream
A baby boy appearing in your dreams implies that you’re in for a tricky situation soon, but as long as you trust yourself, you will get through it and be stronger and more confident in yourself.
A dream like this refers to personal growth, moving along your spiritual path, and finding a deeper meaning to your existence.
If you dream of caring for this baby boy, it can be a call to make sure the people close to you are doing okay. Maybe it’s time to check in with them and see how they are doing.
A dream where you see more than one baby boy refers to headstrong people that you may collide with soon.
Seeing A Crying Baby In Your Dream
A baby that cries in your dream is a warning sign. It implies that you need to be very careful how you treat a problem or someone in the future, as this situation will require a delicate touch.
It may also denote your current worries or anxieties, and you may need to console the most vulnerable part of yourself in order to move on.
It can also reflect your current outlook, where things look bleaker than they have for a while, and you’re not sure what you should do next. It may be time to look for the positives in your life, and give it new meaning by chasing after a new dream.
Holding A Baby In Your Dream Meaning
A dream where you hold a baby suggests that you long to return to a previous phase of your life where things seemed simpler.
This might be your childhood, where everything made sense, and all the big things were taken care of by the adults, and every new thing was magical.
Maybe you long for the freedom and wild emotions that come with your teenage years, and doing what you wanted just because you could.
This can denote how waking life is causing you a lot of stress, and you want to return to a period where things were much easier than they are now.
It could be that you have no idea how to unravel a problem, or you just want someone to swoop in and sort it for you. Maybe you’re tired of always being the one who solves everyone’s problems, or it seems like problems are all you have right now.
Holding A Baby Boy In A Dream
Holding a baby boy in your dream implies that things are about to turn for the better, and any problems you’re experiencing now will soon be behind you.
There’s the possibility of meeting important people that will help shape your future path, or they might change your mind on something.
It may also be a call to ask a male figure in your life for their opinion or for their help. Maybe you’ve been struggling with a situation for a while, and the answer lies with someone who is already in your life, rather than a solution that you might come up with yourself.
Dreaming Of Holding A Baby Girl
A dream where you hold a baby girl suggests that you feel a lack of affection in waking life. You want intimacy, an easy connection with someone, you long to be known, understood, and taken care of.
This dream also calls on you to know yourself better, and make sure you accept yourself fully for who you are, and what you might be if you try.
It may also suggest that something in your life is stopping you from making meaningful connections with others, and encourages you to explore what this might be.
Dreaming Of Giving Birth
Giving birth in your dream suggests that you’re about to start a new chapter in your life. This may be by accident or serendipity, where fate will intervene unexpectedly, or it may be something that you’re working towards and will realize through your efforts.
A dream of giving birth refers to how you will shape your future into something that you want, though it won’t be easy, it will be worth it in the end. As long as you remain determined, there is nothing you cannot solve.
If you are pregnant in waking life, and you dream of giving birth, this is the anticipation of the event happening in waking life. It’s natural to wonder how something as big and as important as this will go.
Your subconscious mind is trying to prepare you for the experience ahead, and you’re wondering exactly how it will go. Naturally, there’s an undercurrent of anxiety about this dream.
If you do dream that something bad happens when you give birth, this is not a prediction. Instead, this is a manifestation of your fears.
Changing A Baby’s Nappy In Your Dream
Dreaming of changing a nappy implies that you want someone to take care of in waking life. You get a lot of meaning out of caring for others and seeing them flourish with your help.
However, this dream may come as a warning, especially if the baby was screaming and trying everything to stop you. Maybe you’re being a little overbearing, and it’s time to step back.
It could be that your good intentions are getting on someone’s nerves, to the point where they feel like they can’t breathe for all your attention. You mean well, but there is a level where you have to let people make their own decisions and live their own lives.
Alternatively, a dream of changing a baby’s nappy refers to your attempts to repair a blunder in waking life. Don’t beat yourself up, and take the opportunity to learn from it instead.
Or, a dream where you change a baby’s diaper implies that you need to be more honest with others. You may not be acting like yourself, and this won’t help anything.
A Dream Where You Forget To Feed A Baby
What an odd and stressful dream! Don’t blame yourself, a dream where you forget to feed a baby does not mean you are a terrible human being, or that you would be an awful parent (if you’re not a parent in waking life).
If you think about it, dreams often have very little logical sequence, and flit from one action to another. So a dream where you forget to do something isn’t exactly unforgivable, or even impossible.
Dreaming of forgetting to feed a baby suggests that you have some concerns about an aspect of your professional life. You may need to have a plan in place to guard against difficult obstacles, so that you’re prepared if something does happen.
If you do manage to get around to feeding this poor baby in your dream, this is a very good sign, suggesting a rise in your authority, power, and success. A potential blunder will turn into serendipity.
Alternatively, a dream of forgetting to feed a baby refers to your spiritual path, and how far you have come in your life so far.
It’s a call to remember how far you’ve made it, and not to sweat the little things right now. You’ve gone through worse in the past, and you’ll get through your current situation just the same.
Forgetting Your Baby In A Dream
A dream where you forget your baby entirely or leave the poor thing behind in a shop or car implies that you are very anxious about a situation that is unfolding in waking life.
While it’s only just come to your attention, it is causing you a lot of worry already.
It reflects your shaky position in life, how you doubt yourself, and how you might be at risk of sliding back into a difficult place emotionally, a negative mindset you thought you were done with.
A dream like this is very common when you’re under a lot of stress, and you’re not entirely sure how things will play out. You may even be starting to doubt those around you, too.
You want things to be easier, and to enjoy a time when your responsibilities aren’t so demanding. You hope that you will do well, and your best is all that you can do.
A Neglected Baby In Your Dream
A dream where you see a neglected baby refers to those goals and hopes you’ve put on the back burner to concentrate on life’s problems right now.
It is the cause of some anxiety, which underlies most of your thoughts right now. You’re worried you won’t be able to return to these, but if you set aside some blocks of time, there is no reason why you can’t try.
Your Baby Being Taken From You In A Dream
A dream where someone takes a baby from you, or the poor thing is stolen or even kidnapped, refers to how you’re terrified of losing something you love.
It could be that a situation is threatening an important relationship, and you’re not sure if it will survive. Maybe a job that you love is starting to change in terms of the workload or the role, or you find yourself not enjoying the things that you used to.
Maybe it is more obvious than this. If you are a parent in waking life, or even a pet-parent, you worry about your family, that they will have a good life, and that you’ll do everything possible to make that a reality.
But as you know, life may not always be kind, and while you might do your best, it isn’t always the reality that you can control everything.
A dream like this usually encourages you to look at your life and how you might make it better, and silence that disquiet in your mind. Let go of what you cannot control, and enjoy your loved ones.
Taking Care Of A Baby In Your Dream
A dream that focuses on you taking care of a baby can reflect circumstances in waking life where you are treading very carefully in a situation that is delicate.
Listen to your instincts, and trust yourself to make the right decision. Just ensure that you do so gently, as there is the potential for this situation to become volatile if it’s handled wrongly.
It may be that someone is trusting you to help them in a situation that they cannot manage alone, and you’re worried you won’t have the solution they want, or something isn’t in your power to change.
Finding A Baby In Your Dream
A dream where you find a baby refers to how you’re about to discover something interesting about yourself. It may denote that you want to completely transform your life. Things might be fine now, but you’re bored with fine, and you want something new.
This dream often occurs when you feel there’s something missing from your life, but you might not know what that is, or you do, and you’re not sure how to get it.
Consider how you find the baby in your dream. If you see a baby on the floor, this suggests that you’re sick of only doing what you think others want you to do. You want to carve a new path out for yourself, and start afresh.
A Baby Dancing In Your Dream
A dream where a baby dances is an interesting one. As long as you aren’t creeped out by the sight of the baby dancing, it implies that you should expect some good luck or positive news soon.
It’s also a call to return to the things that make you happy, and forget your worries for a while. Have some fun and let go a little.
If you are unsettled at the dancing baby in your dream, this suggests that you’ve gotten too comfortable in your current situation, and the unexpected now makes you more wary than it should be.
It may be that you’ve forgotten how to enjoy yourself to some extent, as current problems have you focused on them and only them, to the point where you feel you cannot relax and let go.
A Talking Baby In Your Dream
This can be unsettling, to say the least. A baby that talks as an adult in your dream is your subconscious trying to tell you something important.
Pay attention to the nature of the conversation, even if you don’t remember the specific phrases. Usually, a dream like this urges you to recognize your potential, and any hidden talents currently going to waste.
It may also suggest that you’re trying to ignore your intuition, but you can’t escape yourself forever. Acknowledge what you already know but what you’re trying to deny, and you will feel freer for it.
If you dream of having a conversation with the talking baby, instead of turning and running away, this reflects your open mind, and how you are willing to do anything to feel freer, and have an easier life.
A dream like this suggests that you have everything you need to do this, and all you have to do is try.
A Newborn Baby Walking In Your Dream
This is an odd one. If you see a newborn baby walking around in your dream, this reveals a fresh set of issues headed your way, or circumstances that will take you by surprise and give you a big headache.
The good news is that the newborn itself implies that these problems will lead you to a fresh start in life, or propel you along your spiritual path, further than you might imagine now.
Dreaming Of A Baby Without Legs
A baby that doesn’t have legs in your dream is a warning sign. Spiritually speaking, you are making no progress along your path in life. Maybe you don’t know what direction you should take, or you’re afraid that if you dare to go after something new you will lose what you have.
In older dream interpretation, a baby without legs manifesting in your dream symbolizes the most vulnerable part of your psyche, and this part of you needs your attention. It may be that you feel unprepared for what’s ahead, so you should do something about it now.
A Deformed Baby In Your Dream
Seeing a deformed baby in your dreams is the fear that something in waking life is about to get worse, when things are already tough. You’re worried that you won’t be able to handle what comes, if it comes.
If you are planning on a family, or you’re expecting a new arrival, this dream simply denotes your anxiety and hope that the baby is healthy. This dream is simply an outlet for your worries, nothing more.
A Premature Baby In Your Dream
Dreaming of a premature baby suggests that misfortune is about to take you by surprise, and how you react to fast-moving problems will dictate the next few weeks.
Continue to trust yourself, and you may find yourself on a path you’ve never dreamed of.
A Very Old Baby In Your Dream
A baby that is ancient implies that you’ve come a great long way in your life, and you now have a pretty good idea of what you want from it.
This may include beginning again somewhere in life, and embarking on a new journey to go after what you really want. Follow your heart.
Seeing An Evil Baby In Your Dream
No baby is ‘evil’, but if you have a dream of a demon baby, this can be quite unsettling! It may imply that you have a deep-seated mistrust of other people, and this will hold you back in the future.
An evil baby in your dream also signifies a lot of pent-up aggression, rage, frustration, and other negativity affecting your life. It may be that you’re not expressing yourself honestly, and this is preventing others from understanding you.
A dream like this is your subconscious urging you to find a healthy outlet for these feelings. A way to let the negativity go, so that it can stop affecting your life, and you can move on.
If you dream of taking care of an evil baby, and you don’t feel afraid of it, this reflects how well you accept the shadow parts of yourself. You know exactly who you are, and you’ve learned from your mistakes.
Seeing A Toy Baby In Your Dream
Dreaming of a plastic toy baby implies that you’re focusing on gaining material wealth rather than what is important to you.
Sure, material wealth is proof of your achievements, and it can do a lot of good, but it won’t satisfy you forever.
What is ‘enough’ to you will get less achievable the more you chase it after you have what’s comfortable, and more than likely, you will keep trying to fill a ‘hole’ inside of you with it, and find yourself more dissatisfied the more you try.
A toy baby made of wood implies that you need to ground yourself, and trust your intuition.
Dreaming Of A Sick Baby
Dreaming of a baby that is sick suggests that you’re about to encounter some obstacles in your work life, or in your relationship.
It will make it that much harder to carry on, but as long as you keep going, there is no reason why you won’t get through them.
An Ugly Baby In Your Dream
Dreaming of a very ugly baby means that you don’t have faith in people right now. You’re concerned that someone in your life doesn’t exactly mean well, or that any chance someone will take advantage of you, they will take it.
A dream like this calls on you to have more faith. Concentrate on something that will give you a lot of joy, and something that will help you improve your life.
An Adorable Baby In Your Dream
A very cute or adorable baby in your dream implies that you are about to uncover a solution for something that seemed impossible to solve. It also denotes your optimistic outlook, and how this will serve you well in the future.
A Dead Baby In A Dream
What a horrible dream. A dead baby in your dreams can imply something is coming to an abrupt end in your life, or it could be an opportunity that was perfect for you that couldn’t happen for several reasons.
Maybe it wasn’t the right time, or you couldn’t see the chance for what it was. A dream like this may also suggest that your drive has dwindled down to nothing, and you’re surrounded by negative forces that drain you of everything you have.
This dream may be a call to find a way to renew yourself. Dig deep and find something that matters to you, and let the negativity go. It may be time to find a new beginning in life.
A Drowning Baby In Your Dream
If you’re unlucky enough to have a nightmare about a baby drowning, this implies that something is about to cause you to suffer emotionally.
This might be because of a relationship breakdown, a blunder that will cause you a series of problems, something that makes you doubt yourself, or anything else that threatens your sense of stability or security.
A dream like this can act as a warning to make sure you’re not trying to ignore or repress your emotions, as this can cause you a lot of trouble that could otherwise be avoided.
Dreaming Of Being A Baby
A dream where you are the baby denotes a wish to return to your childhood, to when you didn’t have any responsibilities, when life was magical and maybe everything made more sense than it does now.
If you dream of your parents looking after you as a baby, this suggests that you’re deeply unsatisfied with the way things are going in life, and you want things to be simple, and to return to a time when you had all the love in the world. No problem would go ignored.
Or, a dream where you are a baby implies that there is some trauma lurking in your past, and you would do well to find a way to heal from it. This is especially true if you feel scared during this dream, and it feels very wrong.
A baby in your dream is usually a positive symbol, signifying a wealth of new beginnings, but as you can see, it largely depends on the context of the dream.
A baby in your dream may also reveal where your life is going wrong or reflect fears that are getting in the way of enjoying your life. Dreams of this type can be a call to face the reality of your situation, and figure out what you can do about it.
If you are still unsure what your dream is trying to tell you, it’s worth paying attention to all the details you can remember, especially your emotions during the dream, as this will dictate whether the baby in your dream is a positive or negative signifier.