A baby in a dream symbolizes innocence, newness and potential. The birth of a baby can mean the origination of an new idea or new circumstance. Or, to paraphrase Freud, sometimes a baby is just a baby
A baby is small, helpless and needs love, nurturing and attention. The love a parent feels for a baby is the greatest of all loves. The parents from the moment of conception, and then later the birth, are transformed into protectors, nurturers, providers and teachers. These roles ignite the most basic of instincts within the mother and father. Their primarily goal is now to care for their baby.
How do you perceive the baby, in your dream? This is essential. Is the baby peaceful and sleeping? Is he or she crying, and in need of feeding or changing? Are you able to care for and comfort the baby? Are you somehow unable to do so? This all relates your feelings about a situation. Does the baby belong to you or someone else? If the baby is yours, the situation is related to your life. If the baby belongs to someone else, ask yourself, why do you need to care for this baby? Are you taking on board a problem or getting involved with a situation that doesn’t belong to you? Are you the baby? What needs do you have that are not being met?
To dream of the joyful birth of a baby, means a new situation that you have been anticipating, has now come to fruition and will be successful. If you dream of a difficult or complicated birth, or one with extended labor, it means that you will have to wait longer, and there may be some obstacles, before your new endeavor will succeed. To dream of losing a baby, means that even though you have gone through all or part of the pregnancy, in other words, done the preparation, you believe you will not be successful.
When you dream of your own baby, many times it is brought about by your own hopes and fears as a parent for the well-being of your child. Dreaming that the baby is doing well, means you have settled comfortably in the role of parent and you are happy with your efforts. Dreaming your baby is sick may be focusing on your fear about your competence as a parent. All parents from time to time fear they are inadequate or feel that they could do a better job. The dream is a way to address this fear in sleep time.
Dreams take place in the mystery of our subconscious. Within that realm, we do have predictive powers. If you dream your baby will become ill or will come to harm, don’t dismiss it readily. If you have reason to believe that your baby may be sick, by all means go to the doctor. If you believe that your baby is in any danger, trust your instincts. The parent, baby bond is there for a reason.