20 of the best baby shower games

Baby showers are known for their fun games. Regardless of whether you are attending an office party for a co-worker or an intimate party for a close friend, you can guarantee a few hands-on baby shower games will be played. And while the sky's the limit on the number of games you play, traditionally three or four will be scheduled, so there is still time for socializing, eating, and other activities as well. However, if you’re hosting a virtual shower, you may want to include additional games in the timeline because there is less time for socializing and small talk.

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BABY SHOWER GAME IDEAS

1

CELEBRITY BABY NAME GAME

Duration: 10 minutes

How to Play: Put your guests’ pop culture knowledge to the test and see how well they do matching celebrities with their babies. You can find customizable PDFs of this game online and also personalize the look to match the theme of your shower. The only materials you will need for this game are printed versions of the name worksheets and a pen for each guest. Once distributed, ask guests to match each celebrity (in one column) with a baby name (in the other column). Give guests a few minutes to match and then read the answers aloud. The guest with the most correct answers is the winner. Because this baby shower game is relatively quick, it is a great option for a fun icebreaker.

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DON’T SAY “BABY”

Duration: Entire Shower

How to Play: While the previous game can be used as an icebreaker, this game can be used throughout the shower. When guests arrive, have a sign explaining the word that is “forbidden” during the shower (e.g. baby, pregnant, labor) and a basket of clothespins. If the mom is having a girl, buy pink pins. If it’s a boy, buy blue pins for an extra decorative touch. Everyone takes a clothespin at the beginning of the shower and attaches it to their clothing. If you hear the forbidden word used, you take that guest’s clothespin. At the end of the shower, the person with the most clothespins wins. Active baby shower games like this one keep people engaged, mingling, and listening closely to each other in conversation.

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BECAUSE I SAID SO!

Duration: 15 minutes

How to Play: Ask guests to write down a piece of parenting advice they got from their parents on a slip of paper. Put all of the slips in a bowl, mix them up, and let everyone draw one. Have each guest read the piece of advice they drew and have fun guessing who wrote it down, and whether it’s something the mom-to-be would say to her own child. It’s also a game that would work great at a co-ed shower. The supplies needed are minimal. Choose to just play for fun or make it competitive and keep track of the guest that correctly guesses the most submissions.

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WHO’S THAT BABY?

Duration: Throughout the shower or 15 minutes

How to Play: In your baby shower invitation, ask each guest to bring a photo of themself as an infant or young child. These can be displayed in a frame, on a corkboard, or creatively like this picture. Throughout the shower, guests can write down which guest is associated with each baby photo. Near the end of the shower, reveal who is who. The person with the most right answers wins. If you’re looking to make this game a little more formal, designate 15 minutes for everyone to submit their guesses. Supplies needed include a board or presentation piece of some kind to hang photos on, numbered photos of each guest, a blank numbered list for each guest, and pens or pencils.

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WHAT WILL BABY LOOK LIKE?

Duration: 20 minutes

How to Play: Everyone wants to know what baby is going to look like, so play unique shower games like this one for some insight and some laughs. While we can’t make an actual prediction, we can have some fun, so in advance of the shower ask the parents-to-be to send you a series of photos of each of them making a variety of facial expressions. Print these photos out in advance and cut the photos into horizontal strips that showcase their foreheads, eyes, cheeks, nose, mouth, chin, and neck. Set up a table at the shower that has a collection of all these photo strips and feature a sign asking guests to glue together strips to form a human face of what the baby will look like. Have guests tape their final product to a wall or tack to a corkboard. After the last guest is done, everyone can vote for their favorite face and that person will win a prize. Typically it all ends in hilarity! Supplies needed include photos of the parents, scissors, glue, plain paper, and tape for the wall.

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LATE-NIGHT DIAPERS

Duration: Throughout the shower

How to Play: We all know new parents are sleep-deprived and changing a lot of diapers. So why not use the shower as a chance to provide them with some inspirational diapers they can use during future late nights? This activity is designed for just that! Have a spot at the shower where you lay out diapers and a sign inviting guests to write funny sayings on the front of a diaper. In the end, those sayings will help the parents out when they are half-awake changing a diaper. This game doesn’t have a winner and instead is more of an activity that can be enjoyed throughout the party. Supplies that will be needed are diapers, sharpies, a sign explaining the game, and a basket to put the finished diapers in.

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THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Duration: 15 minutes

How to Play: Purchase a bunch of baby items and display all of them on a table. In front of all the items, randomly put out the prices of the items on cards. Ask guests to write on their own paper what they think each item costs. Once everyone is done, see who had the closest matches. To organize this game you will need price tag printouts, pens or pencils, a custom shopping list/worksheet for your guests to complete, and an assortment of baby products. Ideas for items include baby shampoo, baby soap, a box of diapers, a pack of wipes, a swaddle blanket, a onesie, baby shoes, a hat, diaper cream, a pacifier, and socks.

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8

TERRIBLE BABY ADVICE

Duration: 15 minutes

How to Play: Every expecting mother has tons of questions, so hopefully she doesn’t take this advice! Funny baby shower games like this one will have people in stitches, including the mom-to-be. Distribute notecards and pens to each guest and have them write down a question the mom might have, such as “when should I transition my child to solid food?” Then, have everyone turn the card over and pass it to the guest on her left. Have each person write down a comedic answer to the original question on the back of her new card. Guests can then take turns reading the Q&A cards out loud. The guest whose Q&A gets the loudest laughs wins.

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9

Baby Gift Bingo

Duration: 20-25 minutes

How to play: This baby shower game will keep guests engaged, entertained, and on the edge of their seats as the mother-to-be or couple is opening gifts. Distribute bingo cards to each guest (like the one above) and have them write down popular baby shower gift items in each vacant bingo square. As gifts are unwrapped, players can mark off the appropriate squares on their boards until they have five in a row.

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BABY GIFT BINGO

BABY GIFT BINGO by Paper Sun Studio

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WHAT’S THAT SMELL?

Duration: 20 minutes

How to play: You may get a little messy with this baby shower game idea but it is well worth it! Gather as many kinds of chocolate bars as you can and melt each one onto a different diaper. Have guests take turns smelling each diaper to try and guess what kind of candy bar it is. The guest who guesses the most amount of correct diapers wins. Supplies needed for this game of scent superiority are diapers, candy bars, pens or pencils, and paper for guests to write down their guesses.

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BABY SHOWER CHARADES

Duration: 15 minutes

How to Play: Divide your guests into two teams and have them take turns acting out funny baby-related actions or concepts such as sleepless nights, teething, rubber duck, and cutting the umbilical cord. The team with the most correct guesses wins. If you are having a hard time coming up with ideas to act out, a quick internet search will yield plenty of templates you can download. A fun prize to hand out to the team that wins is movie tickets since they have proven they are such great actors.

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FINISH THAT NURSERY RHYME

Duration: 15-20 minutes

How to play: Most of us remember some of the nur