The baby dream sparks many questions. Dreams are among the least understood phenomena that every human experience while sleeping. There are many theories as to the reason we dream and what they mean. However, the mystery about the baby dream is far more fascinating. We have many questions on this topic.
Do babies dream? If they do, what is it they see? Today we will try to answer to few questions regarding the phenomenon of the dream in babies. As parents, you are also probably excited to know more about what goes on behind those calm-looking eyes as they sleep. Let’s find out more.
Entering Baby Dream World
The first question that we need to address is whether or not babies dream. In an average adult human being, 25% of the entire sleeping time includes REM. However, when it comes to babies, this figure shoots up to 50%. So, some might say that babies definitely dream. However, the problem is in perception and understanding of the world and the average sleeping hours of babies.
In the case of a newborn baby, the average daily sleep time is about 15 hours to 16 hours. Now, considering the REM activity percentage, it will be about 8 hours of dreaming. But, the baby does not have enough visual input to have dreams that long.
So, the question arises, does REM mean that the baby is dreaming? As per many experts, REM does not necessarily mean that your baby is dreaming. Though, we cannot completely rule out any chance of dreaming either.
What Does Your Baby Dream About?
Now the question remains, what does your baby dream about? Before we get into that, let’s remember how our babies sleep. They generally sleep in multiple intervals and get up time and again when they feel hungry.
So, every bout of sleep initially contains REM for about half of the time. Since we are unable to ask the little one what they are dreaming. Hence we need to depend upon assumptions.
Scientists believe that during the initial few months, the baby simply assimilates all the memories in their dreams. This allows them to learn languages and from various experiences. Some will say that it is not mere dreaming, as we experience as adults. This is the process of development of the brain as more neurological connections are formed.
From Your Baby’s Perspective
Finally, you need to understand that when you are thinking about dreams. For a baby, there is no perception of self, till about the age of 18 months. However, this lack of perception of self will not change the content of the dreams much. Babies see the same things in their dreams that they experience when they are awake. But, they will not dream about themselves.
The world of the dream remains full of mysteries. And, when it concerns the baby dream, it becomes even more intriguing. It is unclear when we will unravel this mystery. So, as of now, we have to rely on assumptions only!