Fun Baby Shower Game Ideas

Fun Baby Shower Game Ideas

Celebrating the impending arrival of a baby is a great reason for friends, family, and colleagues to get together. Keep party spirits high with some of our inspiring ideas for baby shower games. Check out our tool to learn more about what you'll need and how to play.

If your shower already has a theme, then you’re on the right track. But if you’re still in the early planning stage, some of these ideas might help you settle on your party's personality. Click on a game type to read more.

Ice Breaker Games

Funny Games

Lively Games

Baby Shower Bingo

Guessing Games

Layette Design Games

Word Games

Trivia Games

Diaper Games

Preparing for Parenthood Games

Animal Games

1. Icebreaker Games

Remember, your guests may not be well acquainted, so your games can inspire introductions and even new friendships. Kick things off with these icebreaker games to help people get talking.

Baby Photo Game

What you'll need:

  • Baby photo of each guest, numbered

  • Numbered blank lists, one for each guest

  • Pens or pencils

How to play:

When you send invitations to your baby shower guests, ask them to bring a picture of themselves as babies. Collect all the photos at the beginning of the shower. Later on, post the pictures around the party room with a number attached to each one. Distribute numbered blank lists and have each guest guess who is pictured in each photo.

Bobbing for Pacifiers

What you'll need:

  • Large plastic tub

  • 10-15 pacifiers

How to play:

Fill a large tub of water and place it in the kitchen or outside. Fill the tub with pacifiers, and let the guests try their luck at bobbing for pacifiers with their hands behind their backs. If you want, you can buy some small prizes and number them, and have the pacifiers numbered, too. Afterward, you can carefully wash and sterilize the pacifiers, place them in a box with a ribbon, and give it to the mom-to-be.

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2. Funny Games

Laughter is the best ice breaker, and with these funny games you’re guaranteed to make some lasting memories.

Because I Said So!

What you'll need:

  • Pens and paper slips for each guest

  • Bowl to collect the slips

How to play:

Ask guests to write down a parenting saying or piece of advice that they associate with their mom or dad on a slip of paper. It should be short. Then, put all the slips in a bowl, mix them up, and let everyone draw one (making sure they don't get their own). Have fun guessing who wrote each saying, and whether he or she would say it to her own child.

Don't Drop the (Egg) Baby

What you'll need:

  • 1 egg for each guest

  • Paints, food coloring, markers, etc.

  • Large wooden spoon for each guest

How to play:

Ask your shower guests to decorate an egg to look like a baby, using paints, food coloring, or other decorations. Then organize a race in which each guest carries the egg “baby” in a spoon. The spoon can be held by hand or between the teeth, and the race can be a standard point to point race or a relay race. This game may be best for outdoor baby showers, but can be done indoors if you have a large indoor area that tolerates spills. Play with hardboiled eggs to avoid messy breaks!

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3. Lively Games

Get everyone moving with a high-energy game. These games encourage guests to mix and mingle while keeping everyone on their toes.

Diaper Change Relay Race

What you'll need (1 for each team):

  • 2 packages of newborn diapers

  • 2 tubs of baby wipes

  • 2 receiving blankets

  • 2 baby dolls

How to play:

Assemble your baby shower guests in teams of the same number, and have each team stand in line. Each team should begin with its baby doll wearing a diaper and wrapped in a receiving blanket. When you give the word to start, the first person in line in each team changes the diaper, removing the blanket and diaper, wiping the doll's bottom with a baby wipe, putting another diaper on, and rewrapping the doll in the blanket. Then the doll is handed to the next team member for changing and the diaper changer goes to the back of the line. When everyone on a team has changed the doll's diaper once, that team has won.

Balloon Baby Twister

What you'll need:

  • Balloons

  • Twister game (mat and spinner)

How to play:

Have each participant blow up at least one balloon and place it under her shirt to make the "baby." Then play a hilariously awkward game of Twister. You can give prizes for the most twisted pose, most balloons carried under the shirt, and the least number of popped or dropped balloons. Let the mom-to-be sit in a chair and be the judge while enjoying the fun.

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4. Baby Shower Bingo

What you'll need:

  • Blank bingo cards (with 5x5 squares)

  • Small stickers

  • Pens or pencils

How to play:

Before the party, prepare blank bingo cards for each guest. There should be five squares across and five squares down, with the middle square filled in as a “free space.” Ask each guest to write baby items in each square — these can be items the mom-to-be has on her baby registry. Then, as the mom-to-be opens her gifts, guests can mark off any items received with a sticker. The first guest to complete a row, column, or diagonal wins!

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5. Guessing Games

Have some fun with the unknown, and keep your guests guessing with these games of chance and trivia.

Baby Birthday Pool

What you'll need:

  • Pens and paper for each guest, or

  • 1 printed calendar of the expected birth month to pass around

How to play:

This baby shower standby is always a hit. Before beginning the game, ask the mom-to-be to reveal her anticipated due date. Remind everyone that only 5 percent of babies are born exactly on their due date! Then, ask each guest to predict the day and the time the baby will be born, and to write their prediction on the paper or calendar. You can promise to give a prize to each person who picks the accurate day, and also to the person who most closely picks the time. Don't forget to send those prizes out after the baby is born.

Guess the Famous Mom

What you'll need:

  • Name tags with the names of famous mothers printed on each

How to play:

Before your guests arrive, write or print the names of some famous mothers onto name tags for each guest. You could even choose a category like mothers in fiction, mothers from current or classic TV shows or movies, or anything you wish. When your guests arrive, attach a name tag to the back of each guest, without letting the guest see the name. Ask everyone to walk around and ask “Yes” or “No” questions of the other guests to figure out whose name is on her back. It’s a great icebreaker, and may help guests who aren’t acquainted find some common ground.

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6. Layette Design Games

Not every game needs to have a winner. Flex your creativity and create a lasting memento for the new baby and mom-to-be. The mom-to-be will be grateful for all the extra (and adorable!) outfits.

Decorate the T-shirt

What you'll need:

  • Plain T-shirts or baby bodysuits for each guest

  • Fabric markers or non-toxic fabric paints

How to play:

Ask each guest to decorate an outfit for the new baby. If you like, have the mom-to-be relax in another room during the decorating time. When everyone is finished, spread the finished products out on a table and ask the mom-to-be to guess which guest decorated each one.

Make a Baby Quilt

What you'll need:

  • Pre-cut squares of light-colored fabric

  • Fabric markers or non-toxic fabric paints

How to play:

A baby blanket makes a great keepsake, so why not get friends and family involved in making one? Give each guest a square of fabric to decorate for the new baby. You can decorate the squares at the party, or send guests their square in advance, and ask them to bring their decorated square to the shower. If you decide to do the decorating beforehand, at the party you can ask the group to arrange the squares (you'll need to have some extra squares, perhaps in a patterned fabric or contrasting plain color) and make a quilt pattern. After the party, you can assemble the quilt yourself (you'll need extra fabric, of course, for the quilt backing, and also batting - the "stuffing" for the quilt) or send it to an expert quilter to put together. Remember this memento is intended for decoration only, and shouldn't be placed in the crib.

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7. Word Games

These unique, brain-teasing word games will reveal the wordsmiths at the party. Set a timer for added fun!

Baby Word Unscramble

What you'll need:

  • Scrambled word lists (one for each guest)

  • Pens or pencils

  • Timer

How to play:

Choose between 10 and 20 common words associated with babies — stroller, cradle, spit-up, etc. Then, make a list of these words with their letters all mixed up — teslorlr, edclra, utspip. Hand out copies of the scrambled word list to all the guests, and ask them to unscramble the letters and write down the real words as quickly as they can. Set a timer for 5 minutes and see who can unscramble the most words during that time.

Baby Name Maker

What you'll need:

  • Pens and paper for each guest

  • Timer

How to play:

Write down the names of the mom- and dad-to-be (first and last names) on a sheet of paper and distribute to each guest. Then, set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes. Ask guests to see how many names for the new baby they can make using only the letters in the parents' names. You’ll definitely get some unique combinations, but if mom-to-be still needs inspiration, suggest the Pampers Baby Name Generator for even more ideas.

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8. Trivia Games

Encourage participation and interaction with these fun question-answer baby shower games. These are especially great for getting guests acquainted and breaking the ice!

All About Mom

What you'll need:

  • Prepared list of trivia questions

  • Notepad and pen for recording answers and results

How to play:

Before the baby shower, prepare a list of questions about the mom-to-be, with her help, of course. The questions can focus on fun facts from her babyhood/childhood, or her present life, or both. Examples of questions:

  • What time of day was she born?

  • What is the name of her favorite childhood pet?

  • What's the name of her elementary school?

  • Where did the expectant parents meet?

At the baby shower, read the questions out loud (or ask the mom-to-be to read them) and have the guests call out the answers. Have one person in charge of noting who guesses correctly. The guest with the most correct answers wins.

Firstborn Children of Famous People

What you'll need:

  • List of famous parents (copies for each guest)

  • 1 answer key

  • Pens or pencils

How to play:

Think of at least 10 famous parents from American history, pop culture, or a category of your choice. Then do some research and write down the name of the eldest child of each parent (this is your answer key). Distribute a list of the parents' names to your guests. Ask everyone to write down the name of the eldest child next to the parent's name. See who can correctly name the greatest number of children.

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9. Diaper Games

Who knew playing with diapers could be a fun party game? Here are a few creative ideas for diaper games to keep your guests guessing.

What's in a Diaper?

What you'll need:

  • Variety of small baby items (socks, sun hat, thermometer, bottle, etc.)

  • 1 package of disposable diapers

  • Tape

  • Marker

How to play:

Before the shower, gather a selection of small baby items. Then take some disposable diapers and tape them securely around each item so the item can't be seen, and write a number on each diaper. (Keep a master list of the numbers and what's in each the diaper bundle.) At the shower, line up the diaper bundles, and have guests try to guess what's inside each one by feeling it. Of course, the thicker the diaper layer the harder it is to guess. The guest with the greatest number of correct guesses wins.

Diaper Surprise

What you'll need:

  • A few different kinds of candy bars containing chocolate

  • 1 packages of diapers

  • Pen and paper

How to play:

Before your shower guests arrive, heat each candy bar in the microwave and smear the gooey mess onto a diaper, keeping track of which candy bar goes on which diaper. After your guests arrive, have them do a "sniff" test of each diaper and guess which kind of candy is on each one, writing down their guesses on a sheet of paper. The winning "nose" is the one with the greatest number of correct guesses.

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10. Preparing for Parenthood Games

Baby brain is real! See which of your guests has super-parenting powers with fun, yet practical, parenting games.

Mommy Brain Teaser

What you'll need:

  • Basket or tray

  • At least 20 baby-related items

  • Paper and pens for each guest

How to play:

Fill a basket or tray with small baby-related objects before the shower. During the shower, ask the mom-to-be to quickly walk around the room and show everyone the basket/tray. After the quick viewing, hide the basket in another room and distribute paper and pens. Ask everyone to write down all of the items they saw in the basket. See who has the best memory and can recall the most items.

Supermom in Training

What you'll need:

  • Cordless or cell phone

  • Approximately 8 pairs of unmatched baby socks

  • Stack of diapers

  • Baby doll

  • Timer

How to play:

Each of your guests will have a turn trying to be Supermom. When you say “Go,” the Supermom candidate has to pick up the phone and cradle it between her ear and her shoulder. At the same time, she must correctly sort the socks into matched piles and change the baby's diaper. She cannot put down the phone while she is doing this. Before the next guest begins her turn, mix up the socks again. Time each guest to see how long it takes to complete the tasks − no mistakes allowed, of course.

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11. Animal Games

Everyone loves baby animals, so have some fun testing your guests’ animal kingdom knowledge. You might just inspire some sweet new pet names!

Pick a Duck

What you'll need:

  • 1 toy duck for each guest

  • Baby bathtub

How to play:

Fill a baby bathtub with water and put the ducks in it. On the bottom of one duck, make a distinctive, special marking. Ask each guest to pick a duck, and the one who picks the special duck wins a door prize. After the shower, donate at least a few ducks to the mom-to-be for all those baths to come.

Baby Animal Names

What you'll need:

  • Master list of animals

  • Answer key with the baby names of each animal

  • Pens and paper for guests

How to play:

Here's a chance to test your guests' knowledge of the animal kingdom. Make a list of 10 to 20 animals, and ask your guests to write down the word for that animal's baby. Do your research beforehand so you have an answer key. Some unusual ones include:

  • Dolphin (baby is a calf);

  • Alligator (baby is a hatchling);

  • Swan (baby is a cygnet).

When everyone is finished, read the correct words out loud, and have guests score themselves. Give a prize to the guest with the highest score.

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