Everyone loves a bouncing baby, but not everyone loves run-of-the-mill baby shower games. We certainly don’t! So if you’re like us and are looking for games that are decidedly fresh and fun, we’ve put together some seriously unstuffy options for you to choose from.
- 1 Don’t Say Baby
- 2 Race to Water Break
- 3 Guess the Baby Game
- 4 Gender Reveal Voting
- 5 Baby Items in the Bag
- 6 Mommy and Daddy’s Secrets
- 7 Name the Baby Animal
- 8 Baby Sketch Artists
- 9 Name That Poo
- 10 Guess the Baby Food
- 11 Guess the Mother’s Measurements
- 12 Drink Up, Baby!
- 13 Pin the Sperm on the Egg
- 14 Diaper Derby
- 15 Feed the Daddy
- 16 Late-Night Diaper Notes
- 17 Baby Shower Price is Right
Don’t Say Baby
Mum’s the word when it comes to saying ‘baby’! Get this great icebreaker started the moment your guests walk through the door. As you greet each guest, give each a diaper pin to wear on his or her shirt. Once all of your guests have arrived, tell everyone that they can’t say ‘baby’ for the duration of the shower (or until it’s time to open presents). If anyone hears someone else saying the forbidden word, he or she can steal the rule breaker’s pin. At the end of the game, the person with the most pins wins a gift.
Race to Water Break
Everyone puts one of these baby-filled ice cubes in their drink. Whoever’s melts first, wins!
Guess the Baby Game
Pink cheeks and rosy memories abound when you play this game at your baby shower. You’ll need to set the wheels in motion as you send out invitations to the shower. With each invite, include a note instructing guests to bring along a picture of themselves as babies. As each guest arrives, assign a number to each picture and post it up on the wall. Have each guest guess which picture corresponds to each guest. After everyone is finished cooing over the photos, give a prize to the person with the most matches that matched up!
Gender Reveal Voting
Instant conversation starter: have your guests vote when they walk in.
Baby Items in the Bag
Keep guests guessing with this practical game. Put at least ten common, useful baby items inside a diaper bag; a bib, teething ring, rattle, bottle and diaper are just a few goodies that are also fairly inexpensive. Give each guest a pen and paper before passing the diaper bag around. Without looking, each person should stick a hand inside the bag and identify as many items as possible. Give each two minutes to feel around and make their guesses before moving the bag to the next person. Once everyone has had a turn, find out who had the most correct answers. The winner gets a prize and the parents-to-be get the diaper bag filled with baby essentials!
Mommy and Daddy’s Secrets
If you’re looking for a fun, yet touching, baby shower game for your coed baby shower, you’re in luck (though you can always adjust the game to fit a shower just for the girls). Ask the mom and dad for answers to twenty questions-make sure to do this with the significant other nowhere in sight! Some great questions include, “Where were you when you heard the news?” “Do you want a girl or boy?” and “If you could have your way, what would you want your child to be when he or she grows up?” After you quiz each and record their answers, bring both into the room and put the future parents on the hot spot one at a time. Ask each to guess the answer their partner gave to each question-before polling the audience to see who thinks the answer is correct. Everyone’s a winner with this lively game!
Name the Baby Animal
Write down a list of animals and see who can guess the terms used for their young. Did you know a baby kangaroo is a joey?
Baby Sketch Artists
Who knew paper plates could be this much fun? Pass out sturdy paper plates and markers to all of your guests. Let them know they’ll be drawing a picture of the baby, and the best sketch will win. The catch is that everyone has to draw with the paper plate on her or his head! It’s a hilarious sight-and the finished drawings are guaranteed to have everyone in stitches.
Name That Poo
Nasty, but a classic. Melt different types of chocolate bars (caramel, nuts, etc) in baby diapers and have guests guess which is which- or have them race to devour their diaper first.
Guess the Baby Food
If you’ve ever thought that baby food in jars looks less like the ‘peas’ or ‘carrots’ they purport to be and more like miscellaneous mush, this is the game for you. Gather seven to ten unique flavors of baby food jars, number each lid and tear off the labels. Ask each guest to grab a spoon and start sampling! The guest with the keenest taste buds wins a prize for getting the most correct.
Guess the Mother’s Measurements
Pregnancy is perhaps the only time in life that it’s socially acceptable to go up to a woman, rub her belly and comment on the expanding size of her waistline. So why not have fun with it? Pass around a ball of yarn and a pair of scissors. Tell each guest to cut off a length of string that they think corresponds to the size of the honoree’s belly (make sure no one is cheating by measuring their own or a friend’s waist!). When everyone has a piece of string, invite each person up to try his or her luck measuring the mom-to-be’s belly. Whoever has a string that comes closest to being a perfect measurement, wins.
Drink Up, Baby!
Whether you’re planning a daring couple’s shower or a tame for-all-ages party, this game is always a hilarious hit. Fill baby bottles with the beverage of your choice-beer for the guys at a grown-ups’ party and apple juice for the kids at a family baby shower. Then, give everyone a bottle and on the count of three they must suck the bottles dry as quickly as possible. The first person to down the contents of his or her bottle wins.
Pin the Sperm on the Egg
Set up this version of the childhood classic, or make your own board.
On your mark, get set, go! Divide your guests into teams and hand each team a roll of toilet paper. Give the teams five minutes to wrap a team member up in a mock diaper. The team with the most creatively diapered ‘baby’ wins. There’s something so outrageously funny about grown adults in hastily assembled toilet paper diapers-your guests won’t be able to stop laughing!
Feed the Daddy
How to play: If you’re having a mixed shower, blindfold the ladies and have them feed their partners baby food. Seems simple enough? Think again—when there’s music, laughing and you can’t exactly get your aim right, we bet hubs is going to end up with mushy peas on his nose.
Why they’ll play it: It’s interactive and fun—plus, it makes the men part of the fun, too!
Late-Night Diaper Notes
How to play: Buy a mega box of diapers. Have guests write funny quotes, words of encouragement, inside jokes—anything!—on the back of the diapers. (Permanent marker is just fine and won’t bleed through to Baby’s tushy, don’t worry!)
Why they’ll play it: When mom and dad are up at all hours of the night once their newborn arrives, it’ll make their 3 a.m. call a little more bearable when they see a note from a friend or family member. Plus, how hard is it to write on a nappy?
Baby Shower Price is Right
How to play: Lay out some of the gifts off of her registry and some common everyday baby items, like diapers, cream, etc. Have guest come up and try to guess the price. The person who gets the closest—without going over!—wins!
Why they’ll play it: Bob Barker fan or not, a little challenge is enough to get anyone to compete!