Bedtime Prayer With Toddlers
7 Good Bedtime Prayers for Toddlers
Teaching your children some bedtime prayers is a great way to get them to enjoy this quiet time speaking with the Lord before nighttime. Here is a look at some of the most popular and simple bedtime prayers for toddlers that rhyme.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
“Our Father, Who art in Heaven Hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven Give us this day our daily bread And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil
“Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray to God my soul to take. If I should live for other days,
I pray the Lord to guide my ways.
Father, unto thee I pray, Thou hast guarded me all day; Safe I am while in thy sight, Safely let me sleep tonight. Bless my friends, the whole world bless; Help me to learn helpfulness; Keep me every in thy sight;
So to all I say good night.”
“How we praise and thank You for the precious little lives of all new-born babies, little toddlers and young children, knowing that each one is special to You and was known in Your heart, even before conception.
Thank You that You have scheduled every day of each little life.. and we praise and thank You for the special plans and purposes You have for every single new-born child – for all babies and infants.
We pray Your loving protection over all babies and their families and pray that many may be brought up to know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. Give parents and grandparents and all those that are in any way connected with young babies the wisdom and grace to care for them in a loving and secure environment.
Guard and protect, guide and provide for each innocent little baby and protect their the hearts and minds from a society that has grown far from the God Who created them and sent His Son to die – so that they might life – this we ask in Jesus name,
“How we praise and thank You for our precious little baby and all the joy that he/she has brought us, and so Father, into Your hands we commit our precious little one and pray that You grace and love would surround him/her and that You would keep him in good health and strength and protect from him from the diseases and illnesses that can be so troubling for a young child
We pray not only for physical health and strength and a strong, healthy body but also for mental well-being and emotional stability.
But also Father we bring before You the spiritual well-being of our precious child. We pray that he would grow up learn to know and love the Lord Jesus personally and come to accept Him as Saviour.
Lord we pray that You would endow this little one with health in every area of his development and thank You for what You are going to do in his life – and we will give You all the praise and glory. This we ask in Jesus name,
You made me, To jump for joy, To sing happy songs, To run fast, To climb high,
To spin and twirl.
You made me To dance with excitement, To clap with thanks, To laugh lots, To shout loud,
To be a brilliant me!”
Here is a great lullaby of bedtime prayers. This is a great collection of prayers that will help encourage your child to give thanks to Him and receive blessings before bedtime.
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10 Popular Bedtime Prayers for Children
Saying bedtime prayers every night can help a child develop a habit of praying regularly and to self-reflect on his thoughts, behaviour, and actions of the day.
Teaching bedtime prayers to your child can be extremely beneficial for him.
Read this article to find out how bedtime prayers can benefit your child and we have 10 popular bedtime prayers for children that you can teach your dear child.
Bedtime prayers are very beneficial for children. Some of the benefits include:
Studies have shown that spending some time each night on self-reflection and prayer reduces stress levels in both adults and children. Praying increases feelings of calmness and wellness, thus reducing the ill-effects of stress. Prayers can also nullify the negative effects on physical health that are caused by stress.
2. Praying Helps with Self-control
Research has found that people who pray regularly have better discipline and self-control than people who do not pray. Studies have also shown that children who pray regularly are less prone to throwing tantrums and are more disciplined.
Praying makes people more kind and compassionate. This is a value you definitely want to inculcate in your child.Studies have shown that regular prayer can reduce aggressive behaviour and prevent angry outbursts in both adults and children.
Praying for the needs of other people makes children more empathetic and sensitive to the feelings of people around them. Overall, praying makes kids nicer.
4. Praying Helps Develop Trust
Praying with your child improves the bond of trust between you and your child and strengthens the unity between you two. Praying with family members can help your child get closer to them.
Adults and children who pray regularly have been found to be more willing to forgive others and are less inclined to hold grudges.
Simple Night Time Prayers for Kids
Here are some simple bedtime prayers for toddlers and young children:
This prayer is in the form of a rhyme and can be remembered by children easily. This prayer is very simple and can be understood by children without difficulty. This prayer is about Thanking God for all the good things he has provided and you should definitely teach it to your child. The prayer goes as follows:
“Thank you God for the world so sweet,Thank you God for the food we eat,Thank you, God for the birds that sing,
Thank you, God, for everything!”
This is a very popular prayer that has several variations. Here are 2 versions of this prayer:
“Now I lay me down to sleep.I pray the Lord my soul to keep.If I should live for other days,I pray the Lord to guide my ways.Lord, unto thee I pray, thou hast guarded me all day;safe I am while in thy sight.Safely let me sleep tonight.Bless my friends; the whole world blesses;Help me to learn helpfulness.Keep me ever in thy sight,
so to all, I say good night.”
“Now I lay me down to sleep;I pray the Lord my soul to keep.May God guard me through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.”
3. Hi, It’s Me!
This beautiful rhyme is a child’s bedtime prayer and can be easily understood even by toddlers.
“Hi, it’s me, just come to prayAnd thank you for a fun-filled day!You’ve been with me, so I know you’ve seenAll the great exciting things.But also when I’m sad or crossI know you love me, no matter what!So help me rest and go to sleep
And feel the peace of your love for me.”
4. Dear God
This is a prayer for young children of school-going age and is suitable for a child who has had a bad day or is feeling sad or troubled.
“Dear God,I’ve felt a bit sad today.Sometimes people say things that upset me.Sometimes I feel lonely at school.Sometimes I feel misunderstood by my mum and dad.Sometimes my feelings are all mixed up inside.Please make me feel better.Please make me sleep with good dreams.
Please make a happier day tomorrow.”
5. Father, We Thank Thee
Children should say this bedtime prayer to show gratitude to God for showering his blessings on them. This prayer is ideal for making your child understand that it is important to be thankful for the good things in life and to be kind and loving.
“Father, We thank thee for the night,And for the pleasant morning light;For rest and food and loving care,And all that makes the day so fair.Help us to do the things we should,To be to others kind and good;In all we do, in work or play,
To grow more loving every day.”
6. Angels Bless
This prayer asks angels to watch over your child.
“Angels bless, and angels keepAngels guard me while I sleepBless my heart and bless my homeBless my spirit as I roamGuide and guard me through the night
and wake me with the morning’s light.”
7. Lord in Heaven
This prayer asks for God’s care and guidance. It also asks God to bless all the people who love you.
“Lord in heaven, hear my prayer,Keep me in your loving care.Be my guide in all I do.
Bless all those who love me, too.”
8. When I See the Moon
This is an ancient prayer that praises God for his kindness.
“When I see the moon in the night sky,I speak my evening prayer;Praise be to the being of life,
For his kindness and his goodness.”
9. Lord Be Beside Us
This prayer asks God to guide and protect the whole family.
“Lord be beside us, all every dayGuiding and leading us gently always.Lord be above us, help us to seeThe hope of the future, of all we could be.Lord be beneath us, carry us whenWe’re too shattered or tired to really have strength.
Lord be ahead of us, smoothing our pathsProtecting and blessing the places we pass.Lord be behind us, healing our wounds,Forgiving our mistakes and making us new.Lord, be within us, this family is yours
Now and forever, you are our Lord.
10. God, Grant Me the Serenity
This prayer is for slightly older children and asks God for serenity, wisdom, and courage.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.”
Making your child say a bedtime prayer every night will give you a chance to bond with him. You can also talk to your child about the things that might be troubling him and give a solution to his problem.
After the prayer session, teach him values kindness and truthfulness. A bedtime prayer habit will also help your child calm down and sleep restfully.
So, teach these bedtime prayers to your little child and raise a happy child.
Also Read: Interesting Bedtime Stories for Children
A Great Toddler Bedtime Routine
If you don’t already have a sleepy-time routine in place for your toddler, now’s the time to create one. Here’s what to do.
The Pre-Bed Routine (30-60 Minutes)
As the evening is drawing, give your tot a few signals that bedtime is approaching:
- Dim the lights in the house.
- Do quiet play (not roughhousing).
- Turn off the TV.
- Put on white noise in the background.
- If you think your child has teething pain, ask your doctor if some medicine might help.
The “Get in Bed” Routine (20-30 Minutes)
Each family picks a slightly different bedtime routine. The key is to make your routine pleasant, loving, calming and consistent. Philadelphia researchers found that parents who started a 3-step bedtime routine (bath, massage and quiet cuddling or singing a lullaby) saw success within 2 weeks. Their children (7-36 months old) fell asleep faster…and slept longer!
And, as an extra bonus, the toddlers were less ly to call out to their parents or get their crib or bed.
Besides baths and massage, here are other routines many parents opt for.
When it’s time to start your routine, don’t invite resistance by asking, “Are you ready for bed?” Rather, start with an enthusiastic “Okay, all kids! Time for bed!” Make a hand sign for “bedtime” and begin a countdown before you start to sing a sleepy-time song. (Just make up a little ditty with words , “It’s sleepy-time!” or “Time to go to bed!”—perhaps to a familiar tune “Happy Birthday.”)
As you sing, make a simple “let’s sleep” gesture—perhaps putting your hands together a pillow and resting your head on them.
Right before you start your bedtime, make your princess’s room perfect by:
- Dimming the lights.
- Keeping it cool (66°F-72°F is best).
- Warming the sheets (use a hot water bottle or little microwaveable wheat bag that’s removed when you tuck your munchkin in).
- Using a pleasant smell (a drop of lavender oil on the mattress or headboard is nice).
- Plugging in a small night-light.
- Putting up a dream catcher or a picture of Mommy and Daddy to “protect” your sweetie all night.
Loveys & Other Tips for Your Toddler’s Bedtime Routine
All kids enjoy saying “Good night!” to their toys. Prayers, lullabies and bedtime stories are wonderful sleep steps, too, and a pacifier or a last sip of water can also help bring a sandman.
(Offer water or caffeine-free mint or chamomile tea, but avoid cavity-promoting juices or sugary drinks at bedtime.
Also, limit pre-sleep breastfeeding or sucking on a bottle to about 30 minutes, because milk and formula also create cavity-producing bacteria.)
Loveys a blankie or a teddy bear are great allies in your bedtime routine. Think of them as stepping stones to maturity and independence. These faithful friends are called transitional objects because they give kids the courage to take steps away from their mama and daddy and transition away from the family into the great big world.If your tot doesn’t have a favorite lovey, you can pick a soft, cuddly one to carry around with you all day. Within a few weeks, your tot may start to get interested—associating the toy with your sweet cuddling—and a friendship with the lovey may begin.
Make sure your lovey has no bits or buttons attached to it that might cause choking. And make sure you have a spare, just in case the first is lost or needs to be cleaned. Never remove a lovey as punishment. Far from making kids behave better, it can trigger resentment and insecurity.
And don’t forget that old familiar sleep cue, white noise.
But, as your toddler’s mind gets more active, you may find that softer sounds just don’t work and you need a rougher white noise, that on The Happiest Baby CD, which includes specially filtered womb or rain sound containing a mix of both shushy high-pitch and rumbly low-pitch frequencies.
White noise is an even better sleep cue than a teddy bear, because it’s easy to replace if you lose it, and it’s easier to wean later.
Other nice ideas for your bedtime routine might include:
- A warm bath (with the lights dimmed low).
- A coconut oil or cocoa butter massage (stroke the forehead from the eyebrows up to the scalp, slightly pulling your child’s eyes open with each stroke…this will make her want to close her eyes).
- Sprinkling a little “magic dust” around the room (sounds crazy, but it really works).
And last, but certainly not least is my favorite Happiest Toddler bedtime routine, bedtime sweet talk.
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