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What's Your Favorite Baby Shower Game Idea?

Can't think of one? Here are some super, and free, Baby Shower Game Ideas to jog your memory.

Everybody knows that games make any party fun. And Baby Showers are no exception. As the baby shower hostess, I know you are trying to find the perfect games to break the ice and hopefully get in some good belly laughs (no pun intended for Mom-to-Be).

Choosing a Baby Shower Game

baby shower momFiguring out which games to play at a baby shower is sometimes a hard decision, but there are a few things to keep in mind before choosing:

  • number of guests - some games are better suited for smaller or larger crowds
  • personalities of the guests - believe me, there are some people who do not enjoy playing games
  • time constraints - determine if you have time or one or more games; also some showers are set up to have guests drop in and out at their convenience, so games may not be a good idea
  • the supplies you'll need - paper and pens are almost always needed; some require you to purchase items or have them on hand
  • the location of the shower - noisy locations, such as restaurants, may not be suitable for game-playing; also look at the amount of space and seating arrangements so you can determine which games are appropriate

Baby Shower Game Prize Ideas

The winners of the baby shower games typically receive a small prize. I've been to showers where the Mom-To-Be receives the prize and not the guest. Still, others give a prize to both the winner and the Mom-To-Be. It's up to you. Here are some ideas for the prizes, but you can also visit Baby Shower Favor Ideas for more prize ideas:

  • Lotions
  • Candles
  • Bath soaps or salts
  • Picture frames
  • Small plants
  • Refrigerator magnets
  • Gourmet chocolates
  • Potpourri wrapped in tulle
  • Stationery
  • Address books
  • Gift basket with nail polish and pampering items
  • Inexpensive jewelry
  • Gift certificates

Printable Baby Shower Games

Printable Baby Shower Games

If you don't want to write or type up your own baby shower games, or if you want something much better-looking than what you can create yourself, Printable Baby Shower Games are the way for you to go.

Here Are Some Great Baby Shower Game Ideas - On to the Games!

My Fondest Memory - This is not really a game, but it's a nice thing to do at the shower. One by one, have each guests recall a memory about the Mom-to-Be. Make sure someone videotapes these special memories.

Mystery Baby Food Tasting- Buy several jars of baby food and cover the labels. Have each guest smell and taste the food and write down what they think it is. You can pass around one jar at a time or number the jars and have them all going around in different directions at once. You can also provide hints or write down all of the answers in random order if the flavors are too similar. The one with the most correct answers wins.

Baby Songs - A game that I play at all my showers is "BABY SONGS".
You record 2 cd's or cassette tapes with songs with the word "BABY" in
it. ex:BABY LOVE-DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES.Play the music during the shower. Turn the music off towards the end of the shower(THIS COULD BE YOUR LAST GAME). Have your guest list all the songs by artist and title. The person who list the most songs WINS. its so much fun to
watch,because during the shower everyone is just singing along;now a couple of hours later they can't re-call not one song. ---Submitted by Patricia M.

Mystery Baby Diaper Tasting- Buy several different types of candy bars, melt each one, and put them in separate diapers. Have guests taste and smell the diaper and write down their answers. The one with the most correct answers wins.

Baby Bottle Drinking Race - Fill several baby bottles (maybe one for each guest?) with your beverage of choice and have a race to see who drinks the whole bottle through the nipple first. I've heard you can do this with couples showers and fill the bottles with beer for the guys to drink.

Baby Shower BINGO - There are several ways to play this. You can make blank cards with BINGO or STORK across the top. Have the guests write down in the squares the gifts that they think will be opened later. When one of those gifts is opened, the guest marks that spot. Whoever gets 5 marks in a row wins. You could also already have these cards filled out in a random fashion.

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Can't Say "Baby" - At the beginning of the shower give each guest 1 or 2 baby pins or clothes pins to pin to their shirt. If someone is caught saying the word "baby" by another guest, she must forfeit a pin to the guest who caught her. You can use this for other words, like "cute" or "precious". The one with the most pins at the end of the shower wins.

Baby Diaper Name Tag Surprise - Before the shower, make little diaper name tags (cut out a triangle, fold the corners in, and fasten with a safety pin). On the inside of one, put a little brown spot with a crayon or brown marker. When the guests arrive, randomly pass out the tags for them to write their names on. At the end of the shower, everyone checks the inside of their diaper tag, and the guest with the brown spot wins.

Guess the Number of Diaper Pins - Fill a baby bottle with diaper pins and have each guest guess the amount. The one closest to the actual number without going over wins. You can also fill the bottle with jelly beans, pennies, or just about anything. Don't forget that you actually have to count them.

Find the Safety Pins - The smaller the safety pin you use for this game, the better. Make some oatmeal and hide about 15 pins in it. One at a time, blindfold each guest and see how many she can find in one minute with her hands. For a less messy version of this game, use a bowl of uncooked rice instead of oatmeal.

Closest Birthday - The guest with closest birthday to the new baby's birthday wins.

Baby Picture Guess - Have guests bring baby pictures of themselves and post them on a board. Try to match up who's who. You can also send a self-address envelope along with the invitation for guests to mail their photos to you.

Blindfolded Task - One at a time, blindfold each guest and time them at performing Mommy tasks, such as dressing or diapering a baby doll, strapping a doll in a car seat, or breaking down a stroller. You could also have teams doing this all at once.

Mom's Circumference - Guess how many inches around the waist Mom-To-Be is. The one who's closest without going over wins.

Memory Game - For about 30 seconds, walk around the room with a tray full of small baby items (bottle, booties, rash cream, diaper, diaper pin, teether, pacifier, baby thermometer, nail clippers, shampoo, etc.). After you leave, have guests write down as many of the items that they can remember. The one with the most correct answers wins. Cute Variation: Trick your guests - Have the Mom-To-Be walk around with the tray and go into a back room with the items. Instead of guests guessing what was on the tray, inform them that they have to answer questions about the Mom (what is she wearing, what color are her shoes, how is her hair fixed, is she wearing earrings, etc.). Of course, Mom gets all of the items at the end of the game.

Baby Word Unscramble - First guest to unscramble your list of baby words wins. Examples are ABBY TOBLET = baby bottle; SPIDEAR = diapers, CERPFAII = pacifier, MARLFUO = formula; BRIC = crib, RELROLTS = stroller, TARELT = rattle, DRECAL = cradle, PYLA ENP = play pen, ESTIOOB = booties, LICOC = colic, NORNWEB = newborn

Name Meanings - Write a list of names and have guests try to match their meanings. You can get these from a baby name book. You can use common names, uncommon names, possible names for the new baby (if Mom-to-Be hasn't already picked one out), the names of the guests. Examples are Matthew = Gift of the Lord; Susan = Lily; Carol = Melody, Song; Gregory = Vigilant Watch; Angelo = Heavenly Messenger; Barbara = Exotic, Mysterious, Christy = Of Christ; Linda = Pretty; Anthony = Priceless; Keith = Wood-dweller.

Bottom of the Plate Surprise - Secretly place a sticker or cute drawing on the bottom of one or more paper plates or cups and randomly stack them back. Guests with these marks on the bottom win a door prize.

Name That Tune - Sing or play snippets of nursery rhymes or baby songs and have guests write down what they think they are. The one with most correct answers wins.

Fill in the Nursery Rhyme Words - Take portions of nursery rhymes and leave a blank for guests to fill in their answers. Examples are "Jack fell down and broke his ___________" (crown); "the little dog laughed to see such _________" (sport); "when the __________ (bough) breaks, the cradle will fall". "one, two, ___________ my shoe" (buckle); "merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, ________ is but a dream" (life); "the wheels on the bus go _________ and __________" ('round, 'round); "Jack Sprat ate no _________ (fat), his wife would eat no __________ "(lean); "the owl and the ___________ went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat" (pussycat);

Name the Nursery Rhyme - This is similar to the one above, except you give a line or phrase from the nursery rhyme and the guests have to guess the title. Examples are "they all ran after the farmer's wife" (Three Blind Mice); "kits, cats, sacks, wives,....." (As I was Going to St. Ives); "One for the master, And one for the dame, And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane" (Baa Baa Black Sheep); "with silver bells and cockleshells, and pretty maids all in a row" (Mary, Mary, quite contrary); "one a penney, two a penney" (Hot Cross Buns); "his is the dog, that worried the cat, that killed the rat, that ate the malt" (This is the House that Jack Built); "If that mockingbird don't sing, mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring" (Hush Little Baby); "all the king's horses and all the king's men" (Humpty Dumpty); "this ole man came rolling home" (Knick Knack Paddy Wack); "kissed the girls and made them cry" (Georgie Porgie).

Baby Animal Names - Write down an adult animal and have guests guess what its baby is called. Examples are COW = calf; RABBIT = bunny; CROW = chick; COYOTE = pup; DEER = fawn; EAGLE = fledgling or eaglet; CAMEL = calf; FERRET = kit; FISH = fry or fingerling, FLY = maggot; FROG = tadpole, polliwog, or froglet; GORILLA = infant; GOOSE = gosling; GOAT = kid or billy; HORSE = foal or colt (male) or filly (female); KANGAROO = joey; LEOPARD = cub; MOUSE = pup, pinkie, or kitten; PIG = piglet, shoat, or farrow; SHARK = pup; SHEEP = lamb, lambkin, or cosset; SPIDER = spiderling, TOAD = tadpole; WHALE = calf.

Baby Word Fill in the Blank - Have guests try to come up with as many phrases as possible from baby words. Or have guests try to guess the one answer Mom-To-Be wrote down. Examples and possible answers are "Baby _________" (stroller, wipes, bed, blues, food); "Diaper ________" (pins, pail, bag, change, rash); "_________ Chair" (high, baby, rocking); "Bottle of ________" (milk, juice, formula); "________ Bed" (baby, portable); "Play ________" (pen, date, time); Toy ________ (soldiers, trucks, box); "Shower ________" (games, decorations, gifts, favors).

Celebrity Parents - Match the celebrity parent to their child. Examples are CHER - Chastity and Elijah Blue; NAOMI JUDD - Wynonna and Ashley; JUDY GARLAND - Liza Minelli; DONALD SUTHERLAND - Kiefer; DEBBIE REYNOLDS = Carrie Fisher; GOLDIE HAWN - Kate Hudson; MARTIN SHEEN - Emilio Estevez and Charlie; MADONNA - Lourdes and Rocco; FRANK ZAPPA - Moon Unit and Dweezil.

Name the Price - Guests guess the prices of common baby items. Either write down the list or have a "Price is Right" game with actual items. Examples are pacifier, stroller, box of diapers, booties, jar of baby food, diaper bag, formula, baby wipes, tube of ointment, blanket, and layette.Of course, the Mom-to-Be gets all of the items at the end.

Baby in the Ice - Before the shower, freeze tiny plastic babies in ice trays. Each guest receives one ice cube in her drink. The winner is the one whose baby unfreezes and floats to the top first.

Pin Drop - Open up a baby bottle and place it on the floor. Hand a participant 5 diaper pins and see if they can drop all 5 into the bottle from a height no lower than their chest. The one with the most pins in the bottle wins.

Name the TV Kids - Have your guests write down the names of TV Show Children. Examples are The Brady Bunch = Greg, Peter, Bobby, Marcia, Jan, and Cindy; Married With Children = Kelly and Bud; Leave it to Beaver = Wally and Beaver; The Adam's Family = Wednesday and Pugsly; My Three Sons = Mike, Robbie, Chip, Ernie, and Dodie; The Waltons = John Boy, Jason, Mary Ellen, Ben, Erin, Jim Bob, and Elizabeth; Home Improvement = Randy, Brad, and Mark; The Simpsons = Bart, Lisa, and Maggie; Full House = DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle; The Cosby Show = Theo, Denise, Sondra, Venessa, and Rudy.

Pin the Diaper on the Baby - This game is the same as Pin the Tail on the Donkey, but make or buy a baby and multiple diapers. The guest closest to the baby's bottom wins. Note: there are many ideas you can use here, Pin the Baby on the Stork, Pin the Bottle on the Baby, Pin the Baby on the High Chair, etc.

Balloon Race - Divide the guests into 2 even teams. Half of each team is on one end of the room and the other half of each team is on the other end. Each team gets one balloon. The first player on each team puts the balloon between her legs and waddles to her team member across the room where they will make the balloon switch. The second player waddles across the room to hand off to her team player. This continues until each team member gets to waddle with the balloon. The team who does this the fastest wins.

Name Extraction - Write down the first and last name of the Baby-to-Be, Mom-to-Be, or Parents-to-Be, whichever one you like. See how many first names can be made from that name combination. Example: MICHELLE & BOB JOHNSON: Lee, John, Joelle, Ben, Bill, Belle, Jim, Nellie, etc.

What She Said on Conception Night - This is not really a game, but is pretty funny to do. Have someone write down all the phrases that the Mom-to-Be says while opening up her gifts. At the end, read out the list and tell everyone that these are the things she said in the bedroom the night the baby was conceived. Possible examples are "Oh, this is lovely", "I don't have one of these", "I can't believe how tiny it is."

Clothes Pin Grab - Players will see how many clothes pins they can hold in one hand. To play, line up clothes pins on the bottom of a clothes hanger. A player will remove one clothes pin at a time and hold it in her hand without dropping the others. Count how many pins she removes from the hanger before dropping them.

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