Although I've had some training in Dream analysis, I'm also a fervently orthodox (little o) Catholic.
My first inclination after reading your dream was a religious one, and one which is very clear to me, so I would encourage you to take it seriously and ask the Lord, in prayer, about this. Was the child one with blond curly hair? The reason that I ask, and not that it matters too much, was that the young Christ child is often depicted as a boy with blond curly hair and blue eyes. At first reading of your dream this was exactly the child that I pictured. Also, it has been said, that the Christ child has appeared to people, in this way, as a way of asking them to consider some sort of "act of mercy" for children.
Now, to approach this from the Psychological training that I've had in this area. I was a Psych major and I took a class on Sleep and Dreams as part of my curriculum. (just so you are aware that it wasn't some crazy book I read.) Typically when we dream, since we are the dreamer, we control everything that happens in the dream. Because of this, only the dreamer can truly analyze the dream; but I can help you by giving some guidance. For one thing, it sounds like this dream was very short and very real to you. (the real part and the fact that you slept walked, doesn't relate to the meaning of the dream.) The shortness of the dream, only means that we have less to deal with. Ask yourself, did you know the child? If yes, how well? If you knew the child well then generally you are dreaming about something you are feeling about that particular child. If you knew the child, but not well, then chances are the child represents something to you. He may represent someone that you know (ie. another child with similar features or actions, or even an adult that acts "child-like" that you could envision like that child, when they were young, etc.) The next question that you should ask yourself is, "Do I feel like I am neglecting a child or a "child-like" adult in someway? (this would be someone that you've been thinking about LATELY. It may be someone that you have thought about A LOT, or it could even be some child that you DON'T know, but that you saw on a commercial for hungry needy children recently. Psychologically, this dream would say that you are subconsciously feeling that you are neglecting someone, probably a child, or children, in some fashion. (It's possible, that it's not even a hungry child, as in hungry for food; but a child that is hungry for attention.) Generally if you find that is the case, then you've solved the meaning of the dream. :thumbsup:
I caution you to not dismiss the dream too quickly if you can't find a reasonable cause of it. This is because it is entirely possible that Christ is trying to reach you through your mothering instincts. He may be calling you to Serve HIM! Christ often calls us through His basic needs in terms of, "I thirst", "I am Hungry", when in reality He is trying to tell you that He thirsts for YOU, He is hungry for YOU'RE LOVE, etc. I strongly urge you to take time to pray and ask the Christ child if that was Him calling you? Ask Mary, mother to all of us, to pray for you and to ask her son on your behalf, if He was calling you to serve Him in some capacity and to ask Her son what that capacity is. (Of course always be sure to go to Him on your own as well, as she is only our powerful helper in prayer to Him.) Then be sure to ask Him to show you how you are to serve Him? Afterward, you can also ask Him to show you the meaning of your dream, and if it is someone in your dream that He needs you to serve and how you're to serve them. In this way, all of your basis will be covered. :clapping:
I'll be happy to pray that He guides you in finding your answer.
His now and for eternity,