As Baby Grows
It is exciting to watch babies grow, isn’t it? So much happens during their first years of life. They learn to lift their heads, turn over, sit up, crawl, stand and eventually walk and talk. And as they grow, we continue to have a wonderful opportunity as mothers to spiritually nurture our little ones at home.
On a previous blog post, “Bible Time with Baby” we looked at the most important thing a mom can do to spiritually nurture her new born baby. What is the most important thing a mom can choose to do? She can choose to personally spend time with Jesus every day to spiritually nurture herself. She can also choose to read the Bible out loud for baby to hear, she can pray in baby’s hearing, she can review her memory verses and can sing praises to the Lord in baby’s presence.
As baby grows, mom can also begin to develop an intentional time of day that is set aside specifically for Bible Time with baby.
Time that we spend with our little one, singing to the Lord, spending time in God’s Word the Bible, and talking to the Lord in prayer. Let’s take a look at each of these areas with “growing babies” in mind.
I will share some simple ideas that will be appropriate for a variety of abilities as baby grows.
If you are a mom with a little one, and you are interested in having intentional Bible Time with your baby, I would encourage you to pick just one new thing from the list below to do with your baby this week. Then, next week, you may like to add another idea as you continue to do the idea from last week, and so on. Over time, you may want to purpose to do one idea from each of the three key elements of Bible Time with baby each day.
These ideas will be listed under the three key elements of Bible Time, singing, the Bible, and prayer.
1. Encourage baby to shake a rattle, nod the head, tap the table, clap, or march while you sing.
2. If possible, purchase a children’s hymnbook. With baby on your lap, open the songbook and point to the pictures or words as you sing.
3. Use a family hymnbook of your choice, and sing, sing, sing! When baby is able, encourage her to sing along with you.
1. Read short sections of Scripture out loud in baby’s hearing. When baby is old enough to sit up, give her something to do with her hands as you read. Perhaps a few blocks to play with, or some beads, or a crayon and paper if appropriate.
2. Invest in some simple books for baby that share the truth of God’s Word. Look for books with pictures that honor the Lord. Read them to your baby. Talk simply about the Bible truths that are shared.
3. Write a Bible memory verse on a card to share with baby. Decorate it with a sticker. Cover it with contact plastic or laminate it for durability. Let baby handle it and look at it while you read it out loud. Over time, you can add more cards to read to baby each day. As you consistently do this, the exciting day will come when baby will begin to say these Bible memory verses out loud with you. (If you would like some suggestions of memory verses for your little ones, see the download provided with this post.)
1. Purpose to pray with baby each day. Keep your prayer time with baby simple. Speak clearly and slowly so that baby can hear clearly what you are saying.
2. When baby can say a few words, give your baby the opportunity to talk to God as well. For example if she can say “daddy,” you could pray, “Thank-you, God, for Daddy. In Jesus name, Amen,” encouraging baby to say “daddy” with you when you pray this.
3. Begin simple “Thank-you” prayers with baby. Collect photos of your family, and pictures of things to be thankful for. Look at one picture at a time with baby. You could begin like this using three pictures: “Dear Heavenly Father, (show the picture of Daddy) Thank-you for Daddy, (show the picture of Mommy) thank-you for Mommy, (show the picture of your baby) and thank-you for baby (using your child’s name). In Jesus name, Amen.” The photos and pictures you collect could be glued onto paper and collated into a simple picture book to be used over and over again. If you collate them into a three ring binder, you can add more pages of pictures as baby grows!
Thanks for joining me! Have you seen something from the list above that you would like to do with your baby this week? I’d love to hear about it! Feel free to send a comment anytime.
May you sense the Lord’s love for you as you love your precious little one today.