How to Teach Your Baby About Jesus: 5 Tips for Toddlers & Babies

The first time I saw our daughter in an ultrasound (basically a beating heart with T-Rex arms) the gravity of motherhood hit me. God had planned her life before she was even a desire in my heart, and he chose me to be the first person to introduce her to Him. No pressure, right? Learning how to teach your baby about Jesus is a fun–sometimes intimidating and thankless– process, but it’s so, so worth it.

In this post, I’m sharing some of the tips I wished I had known as a new mom. Hopefully, that way you feel confident in sharing Christ with your little one, and alleviate some of the pressure you might be feeling right now. It’s SO easy to teach your baby about Jesus and quite a bit of fun. Below are just a few of my favorite resources, tips, and daily habits that I think have been essential for us.

Easy Ways to Teach Your Baby About Jesus


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8 Easy Ways to Introduce Your Baby to God

Make Prayer a Daily Routine

Hands down, my favorite strategy for teaching my baby about Jesus. Simply praying with her.

We pray every night before bed. It’s always the same routine: wash up, jammy time, cuddle, and pray. At first, prayer time could definitely be translated as “squirmy time.” This child could sit on my lap all day and night, but at the beginning of a prayer she had a sudden case of ants in the pants. Now, our goodnight prayer is a treasured quiet time for all three of us.

Don’t sweat it if you can’t get in more than a couple sentences at first.

Our prayers started pretty short. We just thanked God for all of our blessings, asked for “Daddy’s protection when he drives to work tomorrow” and for the health and happiness of our direct family members.

Over time, I began to ask my daughter if she wanted to pray. I think this is an important step for you and for your little one. It gives your child an opportunity to pray for whatever is on their mind (my youngest is three and she thinks of some pretty deep requests), but it also encourages you.

The important thing is to make your prayers as sincere as possible. Your kiddo may not understand what you’re saying at first, but eventually she will see that when you pray, you’re actually talking to God, not just rehearsing words.

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Read Bible Stories and Christian Books

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Do you have any favorite Christian books? When I first became a mom, I only had the recommendations of others. Slowly, I built up my own favorite library. Here’s a couple of our favorites.

Reading Bible stories to your baby from a young age can teach them about the Christian faith, but also provide a wealth of cognitive and learning benefits as well! Reading our “Jesus stories” is now a part of our every day routine and my daughter LOVES it.

Here are just a few of my favorite books:

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Speaking of worship… I don’t mean to brag, but I have the kind of voice that is the envy of every alley cat on the block. Or maybe you’ve seen those screaming goat videos on Youtube. It’s something like that.

If you haven’t tried singing to your baby yet, you should! She’ll listen to you sing about anything. Even before she can understand your sentences, she listens to the nuances in your voice. In addition, singing  can help your baby regulate stress, memorize concepts, and bond with you. It makes sense that worshiping can be an easy, fun way to introduce your baby to Jesus.

My favorite hymn is Amazing Grace. Not only are the words applicable to my personal testimony, but it serves as a soothing lullaby.

 If you’re absolutely anti-singing, check out scripture lullabies on Youtube. The songs are so gentle. Perfect for a bedtime routine! If you prefer the CD or downloadable version, you can grab it Amazon.com.

Relate Bible Stories to Daily Life

When you’re trying to learn how to teach toddlers about God, sometimes you need to get creative. Especially when you have a squirmy one that will not sit for reading time!

I’m going to be honest, this one was a little awkward at first. Reading is easy because I’m a bookworm. But randomly sharing Bible stories? Not so much.

But my daughter loves it!

Dig into your inner child and transform mundane activities into story time. When you give your baby a bath, tell him about how John baptized Jesus. When you see a cat, talk to your kiddo about how God saved Daniel from the really big cats in the lion’s den.

Not only will this make you feel like an awesome mom for five minutes, it also makes Christianity tangible and real to your child.

I have a theory about this particular type of discipleship. If we can help our babies relate Bible stories to silly real life examples now, how much easier will it be for them to do so later, when the situations are much more important?

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Go to Church

Still trying to make it to church? Don’t feel bad. It took us 6 weeks before we walked through the doors. Between the night feedings, stress over germs, and the fact that babies have a perpetual cold, I’m surprised the building was still standing by the time we made it.

Making that first trip is a very personal decision for you and your family. Still, try to make it a priority.

Babies are blank slates and they only learn what you teach them. While the nursery may not be able to teach your baby about Jesus now, it can at least set the foundation for Bible school when they are older. Plus, the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to get your baby accustomed to church later.

If you’re concerned about taking your newborn to the nursery, try taking him into the chapel with you. Before I gathered enough courage to drop my daughter off at the nursery, I fed her in the parking lot and designated the sermon as nap time. It worked out perfectly. She happily fell asleep in her car seat during the worship service.

Teach Scripture

The Bible is crystal clear about discipling your children:

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (ESV)

Your baby’s knowledge of the Word has the potential to make or break his or her faith.

Recent studies indicate that babies can piece together actual words as early 6 months. That means the time to start is now!

Let’s be honest, though. If you’re up to your eyeballs in diapers and running on three hours of sleep, penciling in devotions for your 6 month old is probably the last thing on your mind. Luckily, you don’t have to. There are so many ways to introduce your baby to scripture!

If you’re a movie buff and your baby is older than 18 months, try out a few Christian children videos, like Veggie Tales, Storybook (my daughter’s fave!), or Boz the Green Bear. All of these are available for FREE on RightNow Media!

Aside from TV, just try reading your own scripture verses. I’ve gotten into the habit of reading my devotionals aloud while my daughter is happily playing. A friend of mine reads Psalms to her baby while they’re doing tummy time!

You might not feel like you’re making an impact in these situations, but trust me. You are!

Play Inspirational Music

Every morning I fire up Alexa and play some contemporary Christian. It’s soothing, has great meaning, and is always appropriate for little ears. Plus, the benefits of listening to music is well-documented. Studies have shown that music can enhance fine motor skills, pattern recognition, and speech development. In other words, you’re teaching your baby about Jesus and assisting with her development!

Once again, I can’t recommend Scripture Lullabies enough. My mother-in-law got me into this series and it’s now an integral part of our wind-down routine.

Lead by Example

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My firstborn daughter here (age 3) and my newborn. We started out small–listening to scripture songs, reading bible stories at bedtime, and praying together throughout the day. But these small, seemingly insignificant activities made a big impact!

This might be the last item on the list, but make no mistake, it’s one of the most important. You can introduce your child to Jesus with stories and songs, but it means nothing if you yourself are not a good example of Christ.

I was raised in the church, yet when I gained my first taste of independence, I ran from it as fast as I could. Why? Hypocrisy. I believed in God but the Christians in my life made religion stale.

If you teach your baby in the Word yet fail to lead by example, you create a gaping hole in your child’s faith.

Babies are always watching. If we speak truth but act in bitterness or anger around our babies, they will never seek God. This entails everything you do, every day. How do you react when you’re cut off in traffic? Do you shake your fist and yell out, “You turkey!” (Very specific, I know…) or do you accept the rude behavior and move on?

How do you greet your husband? With open arms and love or is he treated as another interruption to your routine?

Honestly, I struggle with this aspect the most. From the way I treat my husband to how I deal with stress, I am blatantly flawed. If you’re like me and worry that you’ll never measure up, all I’ve got to say is have some grace for yourself. You’re not going to always get it right, no matter how hard you try.

But that’s the beauty of it. When your child sees you mess up and turn to God, he will see the  greatest example of all: how Jesus transforms.

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 Even the Small Things Matter

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I ask Jesus to reveal himself in everyday life. When you do this, the little lessons He provides tend to shock you! My toddler is petting the cows and her calf. She asked me why the mommy cow gives her baby milk. Which segued into a great conversation about how God created all the animals uniquely and gave them all the skills they need to survive.

Ask the Lord to reveal himself in your everyday life and in creation. Over time, your little one will have a lot of questions. I’ve found that God reveals Himself the most in nature–with how he’s created plants, mountains, and animals.

Some of these activities might seem insignificant, but remember, this is where it all begins. Teach your baby about Jesus now to create the foundation for a wonderful relationship later.

The other day, my daughter asked about black holes, of all things. What they are, if they really exist, and why God created them. This lead us to a long, surprisingly philosophical discussion.

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Gradually, you’ll start to see that relationship develop. It starts with a random prayer or comment. Then, you’ll start to see a true love develop that makes all of this effort worth it.

Alright, those are my best tips for teaching babies and toddlers about Jesus. Hopefully you have a few good ideas now!

Do you have any fun ways to teach your baby about Jesus? Share them below!


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  1. Erin,

    I love this! As a momma of seven kids, ranging in ages.
    Yep, seven! I can truly account for the importance of instilling God’s truth in the hearts of your children.
    My oldest is 28 and my youngest 4! I know, I’m a nut but that’s another topic.
    I’ve seen my children stray and struggle with developing their own identity in Jesus. It’s the hardest experience a Mother’s can endure. Besides the death of a child, a child denying Jesus is heart breaking.
    We have to instill HIS promises in their heart and they will come back to the only truth!
    Thanks again,
    Habibi House

    1. Wow, seven– that’s incredible! It sounds like you’re really intentional with teaching your children about Jesus. Thank you so much for sharing your insight…especially with older kids. These are little things that I’ve been using to teach my daughter about the Lord as a young baby. When she finally said “Jesus” for the first time I about cried my eyes out 🙂 Hopefully it translates into a fruitful relationship later

  2. Erin, this is a BEAUTIFUL post. I am so glad you’re thinking about these things.. your tips are so simple & practical, and yet so intentional. I love the ways that you’re already sharing Christ with your baby! Keep it up. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Sarah! I’m really glad you liked it. Those little hearts are so important!! 🙂

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