My 3.5 week old was sleeping soundly last night and she started whimpering in his sleep. I rubbed his chest like I usually do to calm him and he stopped. A minute later he started screaming...I've never heard him scream like that. he was still asleep but woke himself up. After that he just cried. He wouldn't let me go and as soon as started dozing again he would start crying again. The whole night. He's sleeping well now because he was exhausted but. It worried me.
I had really bad nightmares when I was a kid (and even today) and my husband said the way he woke himself up crying is the way I usually wake up screaming as well.
But I didn't think a baby could have a bad dream. I checked him for bites (like a spider or bug) or to see if he was too cold/hot or being pinched or anything...all was fine. He just wanted me.