At your typical baby shower, you've got the mother-to-be, her friends, and the relatives from both sides of the family. There is one really fun game that helps you bring the partner into the mix, without them having to be there (though this would totally be an awesome couples shower game). That game is called, "Dad Knows Best."
This takes some pre-planning, but could easily be done in an email or a fairly quick phone call. Start by writing out a list of questions. Before the baby shower, the host can contact the partner and ask a series of questions about the pregnancy, birth, and baby. The answers are written down and sealed for the party. For an added bonus, consider a short video or audio clip of the answer, particularly if it involves a funny story—that's another way to bring the partner into the mix.
At the Shower
When it's time to start the baby shower game, read the questions or pass them out to the audience, without the answers. Give everyone pens and paper and let them guess what the responses were to the questions. Then you have the mom answer and then read the partner’s answers. The winner is the person who had the most number of right answers. You can choose to have a prize or not.
Please note that if you have an audio or video clip, that would be played at the time of that answer.
While you may already know the questions you want to ask, there are some basic examples to help spur you on. Questions you could ask as a part of the game:
- Did mom-to-be have morning sickness or all day sickness?
- Did the mom-to-be actually throw up or just have trouble with nausea?
- What smells turned her stomach in pregnancy?
- Did she avoid certain foods in any part of pregnancy?
- What foods did she crave?
- Which grew faster, her belly or her behind?
- Would she say she’s carrying low or high?
- Who would she think is more likely to get up in the middle of the night with the baby?
- Who will be more nervous when labor has started?
- Did dad gain weight in pregnancy too? (If yes, how much?)
- Who will be stricter with the baby?
- Who gets to pick the baby’s name?
- Who is the baby most likely to look like?
- Is the baby more likely to see a ______ or ______ game? (Here you can insert names of teams or of various sports.)
- Who will hold the baby more?
- Who will cry with the baby more?
- How long will ______ take off work?
- How long will labor last?
- Who will ask for pain medication in labor first?
- Who was the first person you told about the pregnancy?
- Who was right about the sex of the baby? (If the couple knows the sex of the baby.)
- What will mom’s first post-baby meal be?
- The baby is most likely to look like ______.
- Which of you is more likely to forget the baby someplace?
- Who will enforce the rules of the house?
This game is meant to be funny and a bit silly, but you may want to be very careful about the questions that you ask. While a question in the above list might be fine for one family, it may not be appropriate for another—you will have to judge this for yourself. It’s best to keep your list of questions to about 10 to 15 minutes in length. Too much or more time and it becomes hard to manage.
While this is traditionally done between mom and dad, it could be translated to work well with nearly any family member. This would also make a really cute game to play using a sibling or other involved family member. You can totally move things around here and have fun with the questions and questioners.
Coed baby showers are very popular but this game can be played at either a traditional shower or done as a "he said, she said" at a coed baby shower. If you enjoyed this game you can also try the expecting parents' trivia game.