Baby shower games

What’s a baby shower without a baby shower game or two? While it’s always lovely to catch up with friends and celebrate your impending birth, your baby shower is a great opportunity to have a little fun and laughter too. So here are our favourite baby shower games:

  • Baby Find-a-word scrambler

    Create your own letter puzzle on the computer and fill it with baby-related words hidden throughout. Guests have 3 minutes to find as many words as they can.

  • Guess the baby name

    Prepare a list of 20 boys and 20 girls names (including the ones you like best and are likely to use in naming your baby) and promise a prize to whoever guesses the name correctly once your baby’s born.

  • Put a face to the name

    Ask guests to supply you with their own baby photos, spread them all out on a table and get everyone to guess who’s who.

  • The forbidden word

    As your guests arrive, give each one a bracelet (this could simply be a piece of knotted thread) and tell them that the word ‘baby’ is now off-limits. Each time they hear the word, they can claim the bracelet from the person who uttered the word. The guest who ends up with the most bracelets wins.

  • How big is your belly?

    Using a ball of string or wool, have each guest pull out a length that they believe would perfectly fit around your pregnant belly. After they have cut their string to the appropriate length, compare the results to your actual tummy.

  • How many clothes pegs?

    Fill a jar with clothes pegs (or any other smallish baby-related item) and ask each guest to guess how many are in the jar. It helps with this game to count the items as they go into the jar, as opposed to trying to tally them up at the party!

  • Baby product madness

    Giving each guest a pen and paper, ask them to list as many baby products as they can in 3 minutes. These lists start easily enough but most people will have to start digging deep to keep writing for the full 3 minutes. Award a prize to either the guest with the most products, or the most questionable product!

  • Baby food blues

    Buy 10 different varieties of jarred baby food and set out in unmarked bowls. Ask your guests to participate in a taste test – the guest who guesses the most different flavours correctly wins. A good tip for playing this game is to write the baby food flavour on a post-it pad and stick on the underside of the bowl before you begin playing the game – you don’t want to mix up your carrots and sweet potato!

  • A drinking game of a very different sort

    Using baby bottles and teats, fill baby bottles with milk (or alternative drink). Each participant must drink the bottle as a baby would and the guest who drinks the most in the allotted time wins.

  • The ultimate baby song list

    Give each guest a pen and paper and ask them to write down every song they can think of with the word ‘baby’ in the title in 5 minutes. It sometimes helps with this game to play this as a team event – pairing guests up often gets the song name juices flowing.

  • Baby shower memory game.

    Test your pregnancy brain with the classic memory game with a baby theme. On a large tray collect together baby-related items – bib, talcum powder, nappy, rattle, nail clippers, baby sock and the like – and cover with a tea towel. Give each guest a pen and paper and show them the contents of the tray for one minute. Remove the tray from the room and give them three minutes to write down as many items from the tray as they can remember. To make this game a little trickier, include large and small items on the tray.

  • Letters to the baby

    This is less a game, and more a lovely activity that all guests will want to participate in. After supplying them with notepaper and a pen, ask each guest to write a short note to your baby. This may be something they want to think about while they enjoy the festivities of your baby shower, but ask each of them to place their note into an envelope you have handy before they leave. These notes are a wonderful keepsake and will give you the warm-and-fuzzies long after your guests have left the party.

  • Bobbing for cotton balls

    Fill a bowl with cotton balls and give your participant a tablespoon. After blindfolding them, ask them to scoop up as many cotton balls as they can using only the spoon and deposit them into an empty bowl. Sounds simple but this is actually quite tricky and guests are usually surprised by how few they have been able to scoop up.

  • New parent questionnaire

    This game needs to be organised by a friend rather than the mother-to-be. The day before the baby shower, ask the dad-to-be a series of questions about parenting. Examples are:

    • How many nappies do you think a baby needs each day?
    • How many times will your baby feed each day?
    • How many hours does a baby sleep each day?
    • At what age does a baby start eating solid food?
    • Do you think that your baby will be born with a lot of hair?
    • How many kids do you want to have?
    • Who will be the disciplinarian in your household?

With your dad-to-be’s answers at hand, ask the mother-to-be how she thinks her partner will have answered each question. The results can be hilarious!

Baby shower prizes

While baby shower prizes are definitely not a mandatory part of your day, awarding a small prize to the winner of each game will lend your baby shower that extra lair of festivity.

Our top picks for baby shower prizes are:

  • Dummy medals. Purchase some dummies and thread each one with a short length of ribbon and a nappy pin to create a ‘medal’.
  • Chocolates. You can never go wrong with a couple of Lindt balls
  • Bath treats. Delicious smelling soaps, bath oils and bath bombs are always popular
  • Gourmet jelly beans. Considering they come in a million different flavours, everyone will love this prize.

Get baby shower planning tips from other mums at Kidspot Social.

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This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot, New Zealand’s leading pregnancy resource.

9 Comments

  1. MuddledUpMolly 28/02/2018 at 10:46 pm

    I love the sound of the baby shower memory game as that would be very challenging, particularly for all those with baby or mummy brain! Los of these games are tried and tested which is great, and a few new potential favourites that I would love to try for my next baby shower 🙂

  2. Shelz69 28/02/2018 at 11:40 am

    What a lot of great idea. I like the put a face to the name game. I think that would be really fun to do at birthday parties too

  3. danielle2211 28/02/2018 at 10:46 am

    So many great baby shower games makes it fun for everyone attending. I have played alot of these game always good laugh going on. The most rememable was the baby food game but instead of bowls the put the baby food in nappies and you had to smell it to guess the flavor! Such a laugh. Also another was freezing jelly babies in water say using a water Balloon so you had a ice ball with a baby in the middle and who ever got their baby out the fasted wins.

  4. Alezandra 27/02/2018 at 11:12 pm

    Another fun baby shower game we did was to mix and match baby socks. The fastest one wins. It’s just one of those things that every mom would be definitely doing after loads of laundry. LOL.

  5. Kjgee 27/02/2018 at 9:38 pm

    Such fun games here! I have only had one baby shower, and that was for my eldest 11 years ago and don’t remember what games we played. Such a great reference list here though if I was to throw a shower for a friend!

  6. kymmage 26/02/2018 at 7:26 pm

    We did gift bingo. So everyone had a card of various things I might receive and if you got them all marked off you got a prize. We also did the melted chocolate in a nappy, and guess which bar it is. But I didn’t want any measuring tummies going on. I’m a bigger mum anyway, and I always felt that game could go sideways really quickly. Especially if you already feel like a whale.

  7. Mands1980 22/02/2018 at 12:35 pm

    I love some of these ideas it’s great to see more things we can do. Put a face to the name could be really interesting to see what people come up with. Guess the baby name is a cool idea as well. We have done the baby shower memory game as well it’s not that easy to remember everything.

  8. Bevik1971 22/02/2018 at 12:22 pm

    I remember my last baby shower was quite funny, did the chocolate in the nappy thing and some silly games. My sisters also wrote a silly poem about the pregnancy and birth and left describing words out and went around the room getting words from everyone, then filled in the blanks. Honestly had everyone in stitches was soooo funny 🙂

  9. felicity beets 15/02/2018 at 6:29 pm

    love the ‘put a face to the name’ game – i think would be lots of fun and would be a great starter to hear funny baby stories about everyone. also had not heard of the forbidden word game and this sounds like lots of fun.

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