Baby showers have become increasingly popular, and what baby shower is complete without games? Baby shower games are a great way of breaking the ice with groups of people who may not know each other very well, and to ensure a memorable baby shower for the mum-to-be.
The games can be simple and easy to organise. Games can be adapted to suit your budget, and most games don’t cost anything to put together.
Prizes can be simple inexpensive items such as chocolate bars or face masks. Or you can go all out and have bottles of bubbly.
Here are 21 baby shower games to get your planning started…
1 Decorate a onesie
Let the guests get creative with some fabric pens and some baby vests or onsies. Mummy-to-be gets a practical keep sake at the end that she can use. You can never have enough baby vests! You could even peg the onesies on a line once complete and create an additional decoration for your baby shower.
2 Baby predictions
Get the guests to write down their predictions. It can be date and time of birth, weight, even the gender if the parents have chosen not to find out. As host of the baby shower you keep these predictions until the baby is born, and the person with the closest guess wins a prize. In this case a voucher might be the best prize as it can be easily posted after the event.
If the parents have chosen not to find out the baby’s gender, you could test some old wives tales such as the ring trick to see if the baby is a boy or girl. Suspend a ring from a piece of string and hold above the pregnant belly. If the ring moves in circles it is said the baby will be a boy. If it moves from side to side, the baby is a girl. Not very scientific, but a bit of fun.
3 Who Knows Mummy Best?
Baby shower games don’t have to be all about the baby. You can do a quiz about the mum-to-be. This can be a great chance to unveil some funny childhood stories too. You may have to do your research and put a bit of time into this one, but it costs nothing to put together. You can add some fun facts such as what was the number one song on the day she was born, or how her and dad-to-be met.
Talking to family of the mum-to-be, work colleagues, and friends can help you put together a really fun quiz.
4 Change a nappy blindfolded
A great skill for any exhausted parent, and a fun baby shower game to play. Props required are a doll, a nappy, wipes, and a blindfold. You could add nutella to the nappy for added ick factor and giggles. Fastest time wins a prize.
A variation of this game is to change the nappy one handed. You could also try a mixture of disposable nappies and cloth nappies. Squirting the quests with a bit of water makes the game lots of fun and a very realistic nappy change! If you can borrow a doll that cries you get sound effects too!
5 What’s in the nappy bag?
Fill a bag with 10 items that you might expect to find in a change bag. Party guests get 30 seconds to feel inside the bag before they write down their guesses. Most correct answers win. You could always place something unexpected in the bag for some mischief and giggles.
6 Baby bingo
A lot of baby shower games are quick and simple to organise. Baby bingo is one of them. Print out some baby bingo squares. At the baby shower ask the guests to fill in their bingo sheets with gift’s the mum-to-be might receive. When mum-to-be opens her gifts the other guests play baby bingo. The winner is the first to get a full house.
7 Baby Food Taste Test
Can the guests identify what the baby food is? Are they even brave enough to try! This game can be played as individuals, or in teams. You can ask the guests to simply guess the flavour, or you ask them to match the samples to the jars and pouches.
8 The Price Is Right
Buy some everyday baby items such as wipes, nappy cream, breast pads. The baby shower guests have to predict a price and play higher or lower. At the end of the game the mum-to-be gets to keep the items.
If you are on a tighter budget this game can be played without the physical items. It can be a quiz with the items listed and guests write down their guess as to the retail price.
9 Guess the measurements
Using ribbon or string estimate how big mum-to-be’s bump is. See who is closest by wrapping your ribbon around the bump.
10 Pin the baby
Not as awful as the name suggests! It’s simply the baby shower version of pin the tail on the donkey. Except it’s pin the baby on the mummy. You can use anything from an outline of the mum-to-be, a poster of a woman, or go all out and get a life size cardboard cutout of mum-to-be!
11 Guess the baby photos
Baby shower games can be really personalised. Ask the guests to bring some photos of themselves when they were babies, but not to show them to any of the other guests. As the guests arrive, collect their photos and stick them to a board. Number each photo. Once the games get going, ask the guests to simply guess who is who in the baby photos.
If you are unable to get photographs you could create this game using celebrity baby photos instead, or in addition to.
12 Decorate building blocks
An alternative, or addition to the decorating onesies, decorate blank wooden building blocks. Again, mum-to-be gets a keepsake that the baby will be able to play with in years to come.
13 Baby lookalike
Print lots of headshots of mum-to-be and dad-to-be and give these to your guests along with some scissors and glue. Let them create their own masterpiece of what the baby will look like. Daddy’s eyes? Mummy’s nose? A Picasso painting!
14 Children’s book emoji quiz
These quizzes can be downloaded or you can create your own. Guests have to guess the childrens book title from the emoji’s used.
15 Fishing for Dummies
A great game if there are kids at the baby shower. Simply fill a baby bath or a washing up bowl with water and tip in some dummies. Guests can fish them out with plastic hooks, or with their teeth as if they were bobbing for apples.
An adult only version of this game would be fishing for nipples.
16 Mama said!
Get guests to write down things that were said to them as a child such as “eating your crusts will make your hair grow curly” or “Too much TV will give you square eyes”. Take it in turns to read out these sayings. You can either guess which guest wrote it, or see how many of the guests say them to their own kids now.
17 Melting Babies
Pick up some tiny dolls from a party store or pound shop and freeze them into ice cubes the night before. When guests arrive add the ice cubes to their drinks with the instruction that when their ice cube melts they shout a line of your choice such as “My waters have broken” or “The baby is crowning”.
18 Twister with a twist
Relive your childhood with a game of twister. Only the guests playing have to place an inflated balloon up their top to make it a pregnant twister!
19 Name Games
Baby name games are great baby shower games. You can get creative by writing the names of the parents-to-be and asking the guests to see how many names they can come up with using those letters. You never know, it might even inspire a name choice.
Another option is to play guess the celebrity parents by saying the slightly unusual or off beat names they chose for their kids.
20 Name That Tune
Play songs with baby in the title and see if guests can name the correct artist and song title by playing the first 20 seconds of the song. A quick google search will give you lots of songs if you are in need of inspiration.
21 Baby Wishes
There are many variants of this game, get guests to write their wishes for the baby, and these get given to mum-to-be to keep. Alternatively, you could write advice for mum-to-be, or even pledges, such as “I pledge to provide you with a hot meal in the first week of the baby being born.”
Baby shower games can be put together to suit any budget, and to fit your time constraints. But it’s simple to create some fun games for a memorable baby shower.