My 6 month old DD has woken twice this week with screams. And I don't mean the "I'm bored come see me" screams, it's totally terrified. Last night my DH actually thought she'd hurt herself. I went in there, and she was panicking, so I held her and she was breathing heavily, staring over my shoulder. I culddled her for a while then put her back down and she was fully awake, but went back to sleep ok.
I don't want her to think that waking up = hugs, but I don't want to leave her to scream either. What's the right thing to do , and do babies have nightmares?
My DS (DC1) is nearly 6 months and DH and I are sure had nightmare last week too. Watched him in bed once realised was still asleep and we were sure of it. He did not wake so no huggs our end . But waited around for a while just incase - making the most of the huggs whilst he is young enough to want them !!
My 6 month old woke-up twice in back-to-back nights screaming like I had never seen before. After holding him for 5 minutes he calmed down and went back to sleep. I was really worried, I had never seen him like that.He looked like he had just seen a ghost and for those first 5 minutes he was unconsolable. I have to come to the conclusion that he had nightmares, or that he bumped his head on one of the bars. But I have to say that those first two nights are the same two first days he started drinking formula. I don't know if the two are related. Try to make a note of that and check if it's also the case for you. Hope he'll sleep better tomorrow night.