Can young kids remember their dreams when they wake Up?

Philippines
July 18, 2012 4:17pm CST
I noticed my little girl get fussy why she's sleeping, sometimes she sleeptalks and sometimes she laughs hard. But, when I ask her in the morning when she wakes up about what her dream was, she can't describe it or would be dumbfounded. I don't think she can remember her dreams that well. Is it normal for toddlers not to remember their dreams well? How soon do kids wake up remembering their dreams?
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@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
11 Nov 12
All people are different. It seems like heavy sleepers have a harder time remembering their dreams. I believe it has to do with the individual's sleep cycles and what stage you are in your sleep. Some people go through their whole life without having much dream recollection, others remember at least one dream per night. I keep a dream journal. I have found that once I started recording my dreams,I've had a lot better luck at remembering. If you want your child to remember her dreams, then tell her when she goes to sleep to keep telling herself that she will remember her dream. This can work with some people.
• Philippines
12 Nov 12
Maybe that'll work, because she'd be expecting me to ask her about her dreams the next morning, and she'd be conscious about it.
@williamjisir (22905)
• China
31 Oct 12
My four-year-old can remember some of his dreams. But it is usually wolves that he dreams about. It is because his favorite animal is WOLF. He likes to listen to stories about wolves and have wolf toys as well. Thanks for the discussion.
• Philippines
1 Nov 12
Wow, it must be amazing to hear our kids talk about their dreams - good or bad. I really hope my daughter starts telling me about her dreams, so I can help her process it.
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
24 Oct 12
I think some kids has this ability to remember the dreams when they wake up but some kids not remember it is same like elders because some younger person also remember the dream and some are not.
• Philippines
25 Oct 12
I think you're right. My 4year old daughter just can't remember her dreams. She would cry or laugh or even scream while asleep but when i ask her the next morning what her dream was, she can't describe it.
• United States
23 Jul 12
It's something that just depends on the child sometimes. I know that from a time where I was extremely young, I could remember my dreams when I got up in the morning, but I think I was probably among the minority. I think it depends entirely on the child and there's no set age for when people really remember their dreams when they wake up. In fact, I believe that dream recall is like a muscle that needs to be exercised in order to work better. Some adults never get to the point where their dream recall is all that good. So for a child, I would say you never know.
• Philippines
23 Jul 12
That could be true, because if we don't really mind our dreams, they just fly away like vapor. But, if we are very conscious about what we dream about, and always give it meaning, then the more we do it, the more we get to remember our dreams in detail.
• United States
19 Jul 12
dear I am not sure.There is no way to tell really about these things. Its complety normal not to remember your dreams even as you get older. Its differant for everyone when we discuss dreams. Dreams are one of the things humans don't know much about so i can't really answer you question.
• Philippines
19 Jul 12
If you have kids, toddlers, that is, have they told you or shared to you about their dreams?
@ShyBear88 (17052)
• United States
20 Jul 12
Yes that is very normal even for adults. You don't always remember everything you dream about right? Children are the same way. Some people never remember what they dream there isn't anything wrong with that. Dreams are dreams they are meant to solve our issues and those dreams belong to your daughter. I wouldn't ask her about them. If she wants to talk about them then she will tell you about them.