Baby dreams often indicate a change in your life – either one that you hope for, one that you fear, or one that you simply know is coming. Just as babies are a great responsibility for new parents, the change that you see coming may often be one with new responsibilities that you cannot fully understand until you have to undertake them. It is common to have baby dreams before a change in life circumstances, such as going away to college, graduating, getting a job, or getting married. Many people who have baby dreams prior to getting married take it as a sign that they are going to get pregnant quickly. While prophetic dreams are indeed possible, there is also the possibility that the dream simply indicates the new life that you are about to build together.
A baby dream may also indicate a fresh new start, such as moving to a new town. If you can introduce yourself to people as a completely new person, without carrying in any baggage from already being known in the town or social situation, it is like you are a new baby, free to define yourself in any way you want. Your feelings about this new start may be reflected in the circumstances and emotions surrounding the baby in your dream. For instance, if you dream of a crying baby, it may indicate fears that you will not succeed in your new location or life. You may need to take some care to nurture yourself and to calm these fears.
Your dream about a baby may also indicate something or someone you are nurturing or need to nurture. If you dream of another person being a baby, this may indicate that you see that person as being helpless or needing your support, or it may indicate a true weakness in the person that you are unaware of. This is especially true if you dream of someone as a baby who in waking life is a very strong and confident person. This person may be hiding insecurities or weaknesses which he or she is not willing to express to the world. Your subconscious may be tuning in to an aspect of this person which both your and their conscious minds do not realize is even present.
A baby often symbolizes a project or aspiration that you are nurturing. We often refer to our special projects as our “babies,” and this is true in our subconscious minds as well as in our waking speech. To dream about protecting a baby, giving birth to a baby, or rocking a baby may in this context indicate your feelings about your project or goal, while seeing a baby crib may mean your hope for a project or dream that has not yet been “born” or concretely begun. Dreaming about danger coming to your baby indicates fears for the future of your project, which you have begun to feel protective and motherly toward. Watching the baby grow, play, laugh, crawl, walk, or talk likewise signifies your hopes for the project. Of course, these dreams may also be prophetic, indicating the future outcome of your project and the success it is destined to have.
Just as a baby is completely dependent on others, a baby dream may indicate dependence, especially if you dream that you are the baby. You may feel vulnerable and at the mercy of others. The circumstances of this dream will indicate your feelings about this situation. Are you abandoned and afraid in the dream? This is an indication of a lack of trust on your part, or a lack of trustworthiness on theirs. If you feel safe and taken care of, this is an indication of the trust you have in the people you rely on. You clearly feel that you can be vulnerable around them and that they will not betray you. This is a relationship to nourish, but be careful about being too needy, or taking more than you give. Scientists speculate that baby animals and humans are cute as a biological defense mechanism, to ensure that their mothers will take care of them.
As an adult, you do not have that same defense mechanism, and if you are a “taker” or an energy leech in a relationship, you will be a burden on your friends and loved ones until they begin pushing you away. If you feel that your baby dream is telling you this about yourself, it is time to take positive action in your friendship or relationship and change this. Show interest in their affairs rather than only talking about your own, come with ideas for activities or games, pay for dinner, or even make some more friends so as to not rely on the same friends over and over again. Similarly, if you dream that your friend or loved one is a baby, this may indicate that you feel the power and energy of the relationship is unbalanced, and that the other person is dependent on you. You may feel overtaxed, similar to a mother with a small baby. Take some time for yourself and focus on your own self-care. You may want to talk to this friend and ask him or her to take a more active or contributory role in the relationship.
If you dream that you have a baby but cannot find him or her, or that you are hiding a baby, this often indicates that you have vulnerabilities which you are not willing to reveal to others. You may wish to examine the baby in the dream and find out what these vulnerabilities and insecurities are, because you might not even be aware of the fears inside you and the things that you are trying to hide.