Can toddlers have nightmares? I knew that little ones often have night terrors, we have experienced that with a child or two. But my little 2 year old girl had a vivid nightmare that she was able to articulate to me. She told me that we were falling, falling, falling, falling. And we were in the van and we couldn't get out. And that she was vewy scared. Daddy and I talked with her about it for a bit and she and daddy came up with a happy ending for her dream. She said she was a leedy (lady) butterfly and she flew down and rescued all of us. I wasn't sure what Daddy was doing when he started asking her leading questions like, "Then did you save us?" I thought he was messing with the memory of the dream she was explaining to us. But when I thought about it, I realized how wonderful it was that he gave her an empowering resolution to a dream of helplessness.
I still feel awful that she had such a scary dream, it would have scared me too.