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How to pray with a newborn baby

How do you pray with a newborn? When you have a baby, lots of things in your life change. Maybe you’re on maternity leave and your whole schedule has changed. You can’t always do the things that you used to do so easily. Almost everything in your life revolves around this new baby. And it’s wonderful. But it can also be tricky to hold onto those things that are important to you.

As Christians, prayer is an important part of our lives. Of our relationship with God. So, even in this crazy whirlwind time, how can we find time for prayer?

My baby is now 3 months old (no, I cannot believe it). During this time, I have found a few different ways to pray. Little tips and tricks and ideas that have been helpful for me. So today I wanted to share them with you.

Use your bedtime routine

Whether you have a great routine down and sorted or not (I do not), there is likely to be some pattern to your days. This is mostly thanks to the fact that your baby will need to eat reasonably regularly!

But for me, even though Georgia’s routines and patterns changed SO frequently over these first few months, there was also a time as she was falling asleep where I would be holding her or bouncing her or rocking her. This was a peaceful time and a perfect opportunity to be focused on prayer.

Find that regular rhythm in your life right now, whatever it may look like. And use that time for prayer. Not only will this help to build prayer as a regular habit in your life. But it will also present a wonderful bonding experience for you and your baby.

You could pray about anything! Things that have happened that day, or that you have seen on the news. Your baby’s future. For them to get a good sleep and for tomorrow to be a great day.

Singing

Do you sing with your baby? I’ve found that baby Georgia is fascinated when we sing to her – no matter what it is that we’re singing!

Whether it’s lullabies as she falls asleep, or fun songs during her awake times. Songs can also be an opportunity for prayer. Find the songs that include lyrics that you want to pray over your child. And sing them.

A few that I love include:

Pre-written prayers

As a new parent, maybe prayer feels a little bit out of reach right now. Coming up with meaningful words to say. Working out what to pray about. So why not take advantage of pre-written prayers?

Many other people have taken the time to write prayers that you can use. Prayers about anything and everything. There is nothing wrong with using these prayers and praying them with and over your baby.

I have shared many pre-written prayers here on the blog including:

But there are many other places to find pre-written prayers too:

Plus, one of the most famous pre-written prayers is the one that Jesus teaches in the Bible. The Lord’s Prayer! This is a wonderful prayer to pray together with your child, building a habit and passing on a gift that they will hopefully have for many years to come.

At church

When we think of ways to pray, maybe we don’t always think about church. But hopefully, prayer is an integral part of church life. From prayers of confession to prayers of intercession. Going to church is a great way to pray with a newborn.

It may seem difficult at first but getting into this habit is a wonderful way to demonstrate Christian community to you child. Not only will it support your prayer life, but a good church will also surround you with love and support as well as continue to disciple you in your relationship with God.

Keep your eyes peeled (and subscribe to our channel on YouTube here) for a blog and video all about going to church with a newborn baby. Coming soon!

Whether you are struggling to pray with a newborn or just looking for some new ideas, just remember to keep it simple. God is with you in this crazy season and he hears all of your prayers. So just call out to him.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

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