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Fun Baby Shower Game Ideas

11 Types of Fun Baby Shower Games

April 25, 2018
16 min read

Celebrating the impending arrival of a baby is a great reason for friends, family, and colleagues to get together. Take a look at our inspiring baby shower game ideas to make the shower one to remember. Check out our tool to learn more about what you'll need and how to play each game.

If your shower has a theme, you’re on the right track. But if you’re still in the early planning stages, some of these ideas might help you choose your party's personality. Click on a game type below to discover fun game ideas.

What's in this article:

1. Icebreaker Games 2. Funny Games 3. Lively Games 4. Printable Baby Shower Games 5. Guessing Games 6. Layette Design Games 7. Word Games 8. Trivia Games 9. Diaper Games 10. Preparing for Parenthood Games 11. Animal Games

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1. Icebreaker Games

Guess Who?

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 everyone to bring a baby photo. 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 with 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 back. 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.

Find the Guest!

What you'll need:

  • Pen and paper for each guest
  • Computer and printer, or photocopier

How to play:

Before the party, look through your list of guests, and make a note of any fun facts about each guest. Then, type up a list of each fact without saying who it belongs to, print copies of the list, and leave one in each guest's seat. When everyone arrives at your baby shower, guests will have to get to know each other quickly to find out which fact belongs to which guest. The guest with the most correct answers wins.

What Am I?

What you'll need:

  • Plain note cards
  • A pen
  • Safety pins for each guest

How to play:

Make a card for each guest, and write a baby item on each card  for example, dirty diaper, baby pacifier, and other themed items. As guests arrive, pin a card on their back, and have them mingle, asking one another other a series of yes or no questions to try to identify the item on their back. After someone has correctly guessed, the card can be pinned on the front or taken off.

Don’t Say Baby

What you'll need:

  • 5 clothespins per guest

How to play:

When your guests arrive, pin five clothespins onto them and offer a single instruction: Don’t say “baby.” Have your guests keep their ears open, and if they hear anyone say the word “baby,” they get to take away one of that person's clothespins. The guest with the most clothespins at the end of the baby shower is the winner. This simple baby shower game is fun, and it encourages guests to interact in an interesting way.

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2. Funny Games

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 no one draws her own saying). Have fun guessing who wrote each saying, and whether 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” on 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!

Ice Ice Baby!

What you'll need:

  • An ice cube tray
  • Small plastic babies, one for each guest (you can get these from a party store)

How to play:

For a unique baby shower game, place the plastic babies in the ice tray, pour water over them, and freeze the night before. When the guests arrive, remove the babies from the ice tray and put an ice baby in each person's drink. Your guests will need to pay attention to the melting baby, and shout the words “My water broke!” when the baby completely melts out of the ice cube. The first who calls it wins.

Play Dough Babies

What you'll need:

  • Play dough (purchased or homemade) in different colors
  • Baking cups

How to play:

Get your guests’ creative juices going with play dough. Give everyone a baking cup and a few different colored pieces of dough, and set a timer for 15 minutes. The aim of the game is to see who can create the cutest dough baby in the given time. You can make things fun by adding plastic knives, pencils, or anything else that can help your guests get artistic. Of course, mom decides the winner.

We’re Having a Baby!

What you'll need:

  • Balloons
  • Pins

How to play:

Split the guests up into teams of four or five, and give each guest a balloon. When you say “go,” someone from each team must blow up the balloon and stick it under her shirt. Then, the second person must blow up a balloon and stick it under her shirt and so on until all the team members have balloons under their shirts. Then, using a pin, the first person must pop her own balloon through her shirt, and then the second person does the same, and so on. The first team to pop all the balloons wins the game. Or if you prefer not to use pins, you can try to bump your "bellies” against each other to burst the balloons.

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3. Lively Games

Diaper Change Relay Race

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

  • 1 pack of newborn diapers
  • 1 tub of baby wipes
  • 1 receiving blanket
  • 1 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.

Hang the Diaper

What you'll need (for each team):

  • 1-2 packs of newborn diapers
  • Mini clothespins
  • Pieces of string two to three yards long

How to play:

Make two or three little clotheslines – you can either prop them up on sticks or have one or two members of each team hold the ends of the string. Split your guests into competing teams, set a timer, and have them hang up as many diapers as possible. The team with the most diapers on the line wins.

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4. Printable Baby Shower Games

Cut down on the baby shower prep by downloading and printing our games here, but read on for more inspiration.

Baby Shower Bingo

What you'll need:

  • Bingo cards (with 3x3 squares)
  • Small stickers or pens

How to play:

Before the party, print out our baby bingo sheet and give one to each guest. Hand each guest a card, which should be unique for everyone with a different combination of gifts. Then, as the mom-to-be opens her gifts, guests can mark off any items received with a sticker or cross it out with a pen. The first guest to complete a row, column, or diagonal wins!

The Price Is Right

What you'll need:

  • Pictures of baby items cut from a catalogue or printed out — they can even be from the mom-to-be's registry wish list
  • Small gifts for the winners
  • Pen and paper for the guests

How to play:

Lay out the pictures of the baby-related items, and give your guests a pen and paper. You can pick up each item and give a description and have your guests write down a price as a guess. The guest to get the closest price without going over gets a gift. You can download and print our “The Price Is Right” game here!

Who Said What?

What you'll need:

How to play:

Give copies of the questions to the mom-to-be and her partner before the party, and ask them to write down their answers. During the shower, give copies of the questions to all the guests, and have them use their imagination to fill in the blanks with what they think mom or dad said in answer to each question. The guest who guesses the answers closest to what mom or dad said wins the game.

Wishes for Baby

What you'll need:

How to play:

Hand your guests a sheet and a pen, and have them fill in the blanks with wishes and predictions about the baby’s future (for example: “Your parents will be proud of you because…”). Let them know they can make their answers as funny or as sentimental as they'd like. Once finished, have people read out their answers to the first question, and vote for the best answer. The winner gets a point, and then you can move on to the next item on the list. The person with the highest score wins a prize.

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5. Guessing Games

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 write their prediction on the paper or calendar. You can promise to give a prize to each person who picks the correct 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 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 it may help guests who aren’t acquainted find some common ground.

Do You Know What It Is?

What you'll need:

  • 10 paper bags
  • 10 baby items (like a diaper, pacifier, etc.)
  • Pen and paper for each guest

How to play:

Before the party, put a baby item into each bag, and number the bags. At the party, hand out the sheets of paper and pens to the guests, then start passing the bags out one by one. The guest must take a guess what they think is in each bag without opening it, and write it down; however, shaking and feeling the bag is allowed. After the guesses have been scribbled on the paper, ask the mom-to-be to do the great reveal; the guest with the most correct guesses is the winner.

How Old Was Mom?

What you'll need:

  • Photos of the mom-to-be at different ages
  • Pen and paper for each guest

How to play:

Arrange the pictures of the mom-to-be on a board or a table, and place a number next to each picture. Ask the guests to write the numbers in the order of age, and see who gets the most correct.

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6. Layette Design Games

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, then 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.

Diaper Notes

What you'll need:

  • A large box of newborn diapers
  • Different colored permanent markers

How to play:

Give each guest a diaper and a marker pen, and have her write a funny quote, joke, words of encouragement, or anything creative on the back of the diaper. Then, give the box of personalized diapers to the parents-to-be for inspiration during a late-night diaper change!

Art for the Baby

What you'll need:

  • Mini canvases or paper
  • Paint
  • Markers
  • Decorative craft items, like stickers or glitter

How to play:

Put the supplies out on the table, and have some old newspaper handy to put under the paintings to make cleaning up easier. Have all your guests create art for the baby’s nursery. Encourage imaginations to run wild — they can produce drawings, inspirational quotes, or anything that they think would be great for the nursery.

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7. Word Games

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. 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 expecting parents (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.

ABC Blocks

What you'll need:

  • Blank wooden blocks (you can get these from a craft store)
  • Permanent markers

How to play:

Give each guest a block (or more) and ask her to decorate it with different letters of the alphabet. Just make sure everyone does something different until you have a range from A to Z. This not only lets your guests get creative, but it makes a cute keepsake for the mom-to-be and her little one.

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8. Trivia Games

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. Designate one person to be 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.

Nursery Rhyme Knowledge

What you'll need:

  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Computer and printer, or a photocopier

How to play:

Type out snippets from well-known nursery rhymes, but leave the end off, or leave parts of it blank, and print enough copies for your baby shower guests. When your guests arrive, distribute the worksheets and ask them to fill in the blanks of the missing nursery rhymes. Give them five minutes to complete the sheet; whoever gets the most right wins the game.

Name the Baby Tune

What you'll need:

  • A playlist of baby songs
  • Pens
  • Paper

How to play:

There is no prep work needed for this simple game; just press play once everyone is ready. Have the guests shout out the name of the song, and make a note of who gets it right the fastest. The person who guesses the most correct answers wins the game.

Do You Know Your Cartoon Babies?

What you'll need:

  • Paper
  • Pens
  • A computer and printer, or a photocopier

How to play:

Test your guests on the cartoons they used to love as kids. Draw a line down the middle of a sheet of paper, and write the names of some cartoon/animated feature moms on one side, leaving the baby side blank. Make copies for your guests, and hand them out at the party. Ask guests to fill in the name of the cartoon babies on the right-hand side.

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9. Diaper Games

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.

Diaper Raffle

What you'll need:

  • Raffle tickets
  • Prizes for the draw

How to play:

When you invite your guests to the baby shower, ask them to bring at least one package of diapers, letting them know that the more packs of diapers they bring, the more raffle tickets they will get to participate in the game! At the shower, give your guests one ticket for each pack they bring, and then do a raffle draw where guests are in for the chance to win some small prizes, and the lucky parents end up with the packs of diapers.

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10. Preparing for Parenthood 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

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 – You can download or print our game sheet for this baby animal game
  • 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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