A baby shower is a fun event to celebrate the upcoming birth of a new baby and the goal is to fill the room with laughter and smiles. Everyone eats delightful snacks and then they watch as the gifts are opened. But why should the mother-to-be have all the fun at this party? With a few well-chosen baby shower games, you can help your guests have fun, too.
Games are the perfect ice breakers for parties like this because it's likely that not everyone knows each other. Even if the guests are close, games can create a few unexpected memories.
Choosing the Best Baby Shower Games
When choosing your games, remember that you shouldn't do anything that will make the guest-of-honor or guests feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or self-conscious. You don't need a lot of games, either. Pick out a couple of games and use one to break the ice, save one for later in the shower, and have a game as back up just in case the conversation starts to wane. Award prizes or favors for the game winners. Consider the following ideas:
- Candy bars
- Boxes of note cards
- Refrigerator magnets
Here are 11 ideas for baby shower games where winners are welcome.
1. Don't Say Baby!
Start the games the moment guests walk into the door. This is a fun game involving a keyword, such as "baby." Everyone has to avoid saying the chosen keyword at a shower. Here's how to play:
- Give each guest a diaper pin to pin onto her shirt when she arrives at the shower.
- When you're ready to begin the game, tell everyone they aren't allowed to say the word "baby," or they will forfeit their pin to the person who catches the mistake.
- The winner wears the greatest number of pins at the end of the party.
2. Do You Know Your Baby Food?
This is a multi-sensory baby shower game and not for the squeamish. Here's what to do:
- Purchase a dozen or so baby food jars. Include meats, vegetables, fruits, and mixed varieties for extra fun.
- Cover the labels on the jars with a piece of opaque paper and write numbers on each.
- When you're ready to begin, give each guest a sheet of paper and a pencil.
- Open the jars and let guests examine each jar of food.
- Guests guess what type of food it is.
- The guest with the most correct answers wins.
3. Delivery Statistics
Guests can have fun guessing what the baby's stats might be upon delivery. Create a large poster with columns and space for guesses. Or, create individual prediction cards for every guest. It's a fun gift for the parents-to-be, too. Categories can include:
- Weight and length
- Day and time of birth
- Color of hair
- Color of eyes
- Will have dad's (blank)
- Will have mom's (blank)
4. Mommy and Daddy Trivia Game
This trivia game is ideal to play during a co-ed baby shower. Questions can focus on the baby and the couple. Prepare at least 20 questions. Sample questions include:
- How did the couple meet?
- Who will be more nervous during labor?
- What was the first item the couple bought for the baby?
- Who decorated the nursery and what's the theme?
5. Mad Libs
Put a funny spin on reality by creating a baby shower Mad Lib. A Mad Lib is a short story about the expecting parents with blanks filled with random words provided by guests. Its silliness results in laughs, and the finished stories make memorable gifts for the expectant mom. Play two ways:
- The hostess asks for a type of word (noun, verb), guests shout out words, and the hostess fills the empty slots in the story. After the words are plugged into the blank spaces, the story is read out loud.
- Or, the hostess hands out sheet number one to each guest. That sheet asks guests for a list of various words. When everyone is done with sheet number one, the hostess hands out sheet number two with the story. Guests fill in the blanks on sheet number two using their words from sheet number one. Everyone reads their story out loud.
6. Mommies and Babies
Do your guests know the correct names for animal babies? Gather a list of names for animal babies, scramble the words, and give a list to each guest to decipher. Whoever figures out all the correct answers first will win.
7. Baby Bingo
This fun and interactive game is played on printable cards that take almost no work to make. Play this game while the mom-to-be is opening gifts.
- Each bingo card typically has five squares across and five squares down for a total of 25 squares. The middle one is a "free" square that can be any gift.
- The cards are randomly filled with baby gift ideas printed in each square.
- The hostess hands out cards to guests right before gift opening time.
- Guests check off the bingo card squares with gifts the mom-to-be receives.
- Whoever gets five squares checked off in a row in any direction wins.
8. Baby World Scramble
Turn this word scramble into a team race. Pick 15 to 20 words and phrases that relate to babies and parenthood. Scramble them up so they are unreadable, and type them as a list. Put a blank space next to the scrambled word or phrase so guests can write the correct one. The first one done wins. Here are some scrambled ideas:
- prbu = burp
- ketlanb = blanket
- dnmiitgh fdginese = midnight feedings
9. Baby Picture Guessing Game
Have guests bring their baby pictures. Either put them all up on a board or a wall and have everyone leave their guesses on colorful sticky notes as to who's who under each one or do one baby picture at a time and have guests shout out guesses. The one who guesses the most correct answers wins.
10. Guess the Number of M&M's
This simple guessing game has a sweet reward at the end. Place counted candies inside a pretty jar. A 32-ounce jar holds about 1,000 M&M's while a 16-ounce jar holds around 500. Guests guess how many are inside. The person closest wins the jar. Find pink, blue, or gender-neutral yellow M&M's at party retailers.
11. Can You Change a Baby?
This hilarious game is a timed contest ideal for co-ed showers. Have male guests go first as a group, then females. Each person grabs a baby doll and diapers. The first person to do the fastest and best-looking diapering job wins. You can also do this with swaddling blankets as round two. The fastest swaddled and perfect-looking little burrito wins.