- Read gospel-related board books. They are short and introduce common scripture stories in a very simple manner.
- Read the scriptures. Elder Bednar said, "Youth of all ages, even infants, can and do respond to the distinctive spirit of the Book of Mormon. Children may not understand all of the words and stories, but they certainly can feel the 'familiar spirit' described by Isaiah (Isaiah 29:4; see also 2 Nephi 26:16)."
- Sing Primary songs together. There is no better way to invite the Spirit, teach basic gospel principles, and prepare your baby for Nursery and Primary. Sing interactive songs to get wiggles out and then move to reverent ones. Sing the same ones week after week so your baby will learn them through the repetition.
- Hold a picture of Jesus and talk about Him. Hang the picture in the baby's room. You can also do this with a picture of the prophet, temple, or your family, including relatives who live far away.
- Tell simple stories using a flannel board or finger puppets.
- Take the baby on a nature walk and sing "My Heavenly Father Loves Me" or "All Things Bright and Beautiful."
- Color pictures, make hand prints, or take photos to send to grandparents, sick ward members, and missionaries.
- Skype/Facetime with friends or family, or send them video messages.
- Play or go to the park, zoo, or other fun place. Family home evening is about family time. It doesn't always have to have a gospel lesson (though it is best to include a spiritual thought).
Elder Bednar shared from his own parenting experiences:
"Sometimes Sister Bednar and I wondered if our efforts to do these spiritually essential things were worthwhile. Now and then verses of scripture were read amid outbursts such as “He’s touching me!” “Make him stop looking at me!” “Mom, he’s breathing my air!” Sincere prayers occasionally were interrupted with giggling and poking. And with active, rambunctious boys, family home evening lessons did not always produce high levels of edification. At times Sister Bednar and I were exasperated because the righteous habits we worked so hard to foster did not seem to yield immediately the spiritual results we wanted and expected."Today if you could ask our adult sons what they remember about family prayer, scripture study, and family home evening, I believe I know how they would answer. They likely would not identify a particular prayer or a specific instance of scripture study or an especially meaningful family home evening lesson as the defining moment in their spiritual development. What they would say they remember is that as a family we were consistent."Sister Bednar and I thought helping our sons understand the content of a particular lesson or a specific scripture was the ultimate outcome. But such a result does not occur each time we study or pray or learn together. The consistency of our intent and work was perhaps the greatest lesson—a lesson we did not fully appreciate at the time."
Sharing Time: What are some other good FHE lessons for babies?