Read in 2 mins Leader Resources » Teacher Tips » Learning Styles Tips » Nursery Tips Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email 12 Tips for Baby and Toddler Spiritual Growth Published: December 9, 2019 Use these 12 tips for baby spiritual growth. Are babies and toddlers too young to learn about God and grow spiritually? Should children’s ministry include children this young? According to the Bible, we are never too young to learn about God. Babies and Toddlers: Faith-Filled Environments Not long ago a children’s ministry volunteer said to me that little ones just can’t learn and understand spiritual concepts like older children. Perhaps others in your church agree with her impression of babies’ learning abilities. The truth is, though, that this stage of infancy may seem simplistic to adults; however, it’s a vital first step in spiritual growth. Relationships are central to healthy spiritual growth in the lives of the very youngest. Infants and toddlers bond with the parents, grandparents, teachers, and other caregivers who look after their physical and emotional needs. Because adults care for their needs, infants develop a sense of trust. According to the psychologist Erik Erikson, infants who successfully learn to trust develop hope. And Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” In the first two years of life, the foundational concepts of spiritual formation-trust and hope-grow. Additionally, while caring for the physical and emotional needs of infants and toddlers, adults teach them the language of faith. When soothing a crying infant, for instance, a teacher sings a song about Jesus. In the toddler room, children hear about Noah and the Ark. Parents talk about God and Jesus in their daily conversations with babies and toddlers. That’s where growth comes from. Ministry to Babies and Toddlers to Increase Their Spiritual Growth You can support infants and toddlers’ spiritual growth using these tips. Read to little ones about God and Jesus. Simple Bibles for toddlers such as board books about God’s creation, animals, and family are great choices. Talk often about God and Jesus. Tell children constantly that Jesus loves them. Use teachable moments to highlight spiritual truths. As children learn to talk, help instill words of our faith such as God, Jesus, Bible, and pray in their vocabulary. Include infants and toddlers in spiritual activities such as worship and prayer. Know that infants and toddlers really do learn at church. Invite little ones to special worship occasions such as Christmas Eve. Encourage parents to have their youngest children present during prayer times at home. Pray with infants and toddlers. Explain that prayer is talking to God. Make prayer a part of the routine in your classroom. Remember that children discover God from infancy. Paul wrote to Timothy “from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures” (2 Timothy 3:15). Joyce Meyers holds a Ph.D. in early childhood education. She teaches classes on early childhood education at Dallas Baptist University. Looking for more nursery ideas? Check out these posts! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!