53 Fun Baby Shower Games You’ll Actually Want to Play

Awkward silences? Not at your party! We’ve got the best baby shower games to break the ice and show everyone a good time.
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Updated March 13, 2024
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As with any party, the best baby showers are those where the conversation is lively and time seems to fly. And nothing does that better than a few well-chosen baby shower games. We’ve rounded up our favorites, from funny baby shower games to get guests laughing, to easy baby shower activities you can pull off in a moment’s notice and even unique baby shower games that’ll impress the most jaded of guests. Scroll down for a roundup of fun baby shower games ideas, and get ready for some entertainment!

Unique Baby Shower Games

When it comes to baby shower games, you’re probably thinking, “I’ve seen them all before!” (And what you haven’t, Pinterest certainly has.) But there are still a few unexpected choices—especially if you’re having a themed baby shower. Scroll for a few of the most unique baby shower games.

Rubber Ducky Raffle

If you’re on the hunt for baby shower games ideas that are fun but don’t force guests to get overly interactive, we’ve got a good one for you. It’s cute, it’s quick and it involves a whole bunch of baby shower prizes.

What you need: Ten or so rubber duckies and an equal number of prizes, plus a roll of raffle tickets (you can make them or buy a roll online) and a large tub.

Before the party: Write the numbers of 10 raffle tickets on the underside of the rubber duckies. Right before the party, fill the tub with water and set the ducks afloat.

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How to play: As guests arrive, give each one a raffle ticket. Throughout the baby shower, select a rubber ducky from the tub and read off the winning number, and invite the guest with the corresponding ticket to come collect their prize.

Do You Know Your Disney Babies?

Whether you’re hosting a Disney-themed baby shower or you know the parents-to-be are just big Disney fans, this fun baby shower game will have guests rushing to recall their Disney trivia.

What you need: Paper, pens and a computer and printer or copy machine.

Before the party: On the left side of a piece of paper, make a list of the names of Disney mom characters (Sarabi, Kala, Perdita, Elastagirl) and leave the right side blank. Make enough copies for all your guests.

How to play: Ask your guests to write the correct kid’s name next to each mom (for example, Simba next to Sarabi). Whoever gets the most correct wins.

How Many Cuties Do You See?

There are endless ways to play this popular baby shower game, in which guests guess the number of objects in a container. You can make yours as unique as you want. (You don’t have to use cuties, but you can!)

What you need: A vessel filled with your object of choice: orange cuties, pacifiers, diapers or whatever you choose.

Before the party: Make sure that you, as the host, know the magic number.

How to play: Have guests write down how many objects they think are in the chosen container. Whoever guesses the number correctly—or, gets the closest to the number—wins.

What’s Mom Craving?

Pregnancy does more than just amp up women’s sense of smell—it can also spark the funniest food cravings. This baby shower game has guests guessing what’s been on Mom’s menu of late.

What you need: Paper and pen for each guest.

Before the party: No prep needed.

How to play: Mom-to-be describes all the strange things she’s been craving, one by one, without actually saying the name of the food. The guests write down what they think each one is. Whoever has the most right wins.

Funny Baby Shower Games

Who doesn’t love to laugh? After all, baby showers are for your nearest and dearest to get together and have a good time. And if it gets a little awkward (Aunt Ethel and your bestie from college have nothing in common, for example…), these hilarious games are sure to break the ice.

Baby Food Race

A race to see who can finish a jar of carrot puree first is a surefire recipe for laughs.

What you need: Pureed baby food, baby spoons, blindfolds, fun prizes

Before the party: Prep your supplies, and make sure you’re aware of guests’ allergies and food preferences.

How to play: “For my best friend’s baby shower, we had people pair up, both blindfolded, and one person had to feed the other baby food out of a jar with a spoon,” says Jennifer H. “Whichever pairing finished the jar first won a prize! It was hilarious—a little messy, but made for some great pics!”

My Water Broke!

This is a classic, and for good reason—it’s a fun baby shower game that’s easy enough to pull off and gets everyone at the party involved (and brings out people’s competitive streaks).

What you need: Tiny plastic baby dolls (one for each guest) and an ice cube tray (or other small containers).

Before the party: Put a plastic baby into each cube, then fill with water and freeze.

How to play: Give each guest a drink with a baby-filled ice cube in it. The object of this baby shower game is to melt the ice and get the plastic baby out—in whatever way guests can think of. Whoever gets their baby out first shouts “my water broke!” and is the winner.

Watch What You Say

If you’re a big Mad Libs fan, you’re going to love this cheeky baby shower game. Get ready for lots of laughs (and maybe even some blushing).

What you need: Paper and pen.

Before the party: No prep needed.

How to play: Write down the exclamations the mother-to-be says when opening her presents. (“Oh how cute!” “Look how tiny!”) Once she’s done, hold up the sheet of paper and announce: “This is what she said the night the baby was conceived.” Then have her read it aloud for all the guests to hear. It’s an especially fun baby shower game if the dad-to-be is present!

Hello, My Name Is…

While some baby shower games make a point of helping guests learn one another’s names, this one pretty much does the exact opposite—to hilarious effect. If you choose to penalize people a penny every time they slip up, baby might just end up with a little nest egg!

What you need: Name tags (one for each guest), a marker and a piggy bank.

Before the party: Mark each name tag with a baby-related word.

How to play: Have each guest put on a name tag when they arrive. During the shower, people can be called only by their name tag name. If a guest calls someone by their first name, they have to put coins into a piggy bank for the baby.

Active Baby Shower Games

These baby shower games will get your guests up and moving around.

Bobbing for Pacifiers

This baby shower game is not just active—it’s sure to get everyone laughing too. “At Halloween, you bob for apples; at baby showers, you bob for pacifiers!” says Maya Mahoney, owner of Honey & Lavender Events in Washington, DC.

What you need: Small plastic bowls (one for each participant), three to five pacifiers per bowl

Before the party: Prepare your supplies. You can enjoy this activity inside, but it’s great for outdoor baby showers too.

How to play: Fill each bowl with water and place the bowls in a row, says Mahoney. Add the pacifiers to the bowls and ask your guests to line up with their hands behind their backs. Blow a whistle or shake a rattle to start the game—whoever gets all their pacifiers first wins! “If you want, you can also buy some baby shower prizes and number them, and then number the pacifiers too,” Mahoney says.

Blind Diaper Changing Challenge

Put the skills of your crew to the test in this fast-paced baby shower diaper game.

What you need: Two life-size baby dolls, two blindfolds and one diaper for each guest, plus two extras.

Before the party: Place a diaper on each doll.

How to play: Have guests separate into teams. Each team gets a doll, blindfold and diapers. The first person in line for each team must put the blindfold on, remove the diaper on the doll and replace it with a new one. After the first team members are done, the next person in line goes, and so on. The first team to finish wins.

Baby Bump Balloon Pop

This is a team-based baby shower game that gets everyone up and moving—and gives new meaning to the phrase, “She’s about to pop.”

What you need: Balloons and pins for each guest.

Before the party: No prep needed.

How to play: Nothing feels more festive than baby shower games with balloons—especially when you’re making lots of noise. For this one, separate guests into teams and give each a balloon. When the host says “go!” the first person from each team must blow up their balloon and stick it under their shirt. Once they’re done, the second person on each team does the same, then the third, and so on. Once all team members have balloons under their shirts, the first person must pop their balloon, then the second, and third, etc. The team who blows up and pops their balloons the fastest wins.

Baby Shower Grab

Who can work quickly and carefully under pressure? You’ll find out in this fun baby shower game.

What you need: Baby clothes, hangers, baby clothes pins and a timer.

Before the party: Clip multiple baby clothes onto a hanger using the clothespins. Place the hanger, with clothes, on a hook. Have one hanger of clothes for each guest.

How to play: Have each guest place one hand behind their back as they try to remove as many pieces of clothing as possible without dropping the clothes or the clothes pins. Whoever can get the most off in under a minute wins.

Easy Baby Shower Games

As these easy baby shower games prove, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to have loads of fun.

Baby Shower Bingo

What you need: Baby shower bingo cards for each guest that have names of gifts printed on them. Remember, each person’s card has to be different! (You can make your own or grab a printable.)

Before the party: No prep needed.

How to play: Tell the guests to cross off items listed on their cards as Mom opens her gifts. The first guest to cross out a vertical, horizontal or diagonal line wins!

Don’t Say Baby!

Also known as the Clothes Pin Baby Shower Game, this game turns a well-used baby shower word taboo: Baby!

What you need: Clothespins for every guest.

Before the party: No prep needed.

How to play: As each guest arrives, have them clip the clothespin onto what they’re wearing. Whenever a guest is talking to someone who says “baby,” they take that person’s pin and puts it on themselves. Whoever has the most pins at the end of the party wins. (An alternative is to use pacifiers on a long string instead of clothespins.)

Diaper Raffle

The one thing new moms use the most? Diapers! This easy baby shower game lets guests go home with prizes in hand and the mom-to-be feel like she’s well-stocked.

What you need: Raffle tickets, a box or pail and a prize.

Before the party: When you send out the baby shower invitations, explain that anyone who brings a box of diapers to the shower can enter the raffle to win a prize.

How to play: As guests arrive, issue raffle tickets to those who brought diapers. Midway through the shower, pull a ticket (or two) and award that ticket holder a prize. Don’t forget to gather the diapers for the mom-to-be before she leaves (she’ll need all of them!).

The Left Right Game

In this popular and easy baby shower game, it’s not just the mom-to-be who gets presents! It’s fast-paced, exciting and ends in a fun prize for the lucky winner.

What you need: A story that heavily features the words “left” and “right” and a wrapped prize.

Before the party: Either write or download the Left Right story and print it out, then wrap up a prize that’s small and light enough to pass around.

How to play: Have your guests pull their chairs into a circle. Once they’re situated, give a guest the wrapped prize and start reading the story out loud. Every time you read the words “left” or “right” (and the story will have plenty of mentions), guests have to pass the prize either to their left or right. The person holding the prize when the story ends gets to keep it!

The Baby Bucket List

Having a baby opens up a world of fun firsts and new adventures. This game gets everyone thinking about a bucket list for the new parents. Best of all, you don’t have to do anything ahead of time, making it one of the easier baby shower games to pull off.

What you need: Pen and notecard for each guest, and a bucket.

Before the party: No prep needed.

How to play: Ask guests to write down at least one thing the new parents should do in baby’s first year. The suggestions could include things they wish they did with their kids, things they want to do if/when they have a baby or things they think the parents-to-be will enjoy doing with their child—for instance, trips to take, moments to remember, advice that’s often forgotten. Collect all the notecards and present them to Mom or parents-to-be by the end of the party.

Printable Baby Shower Games

Printable baby shower games are easy and super-popular, particularly with more parents-to-be choosing to host virtual baby showers these days. The ideas are practically endless—but here are a few of our favorites.

Emoji Pictionary

Looking for modern baby shower games? It doesn’t get more millennial than this. The baby shower emoji game takes the classic pictionary game and gives it an up-to-date twist, using emojis instead of words.

What you need: Printable pictionary games and a pen for each guest—they can be on baby-related topics like nursery rhymes, or whatever you think your guests would enjoy! The Bump e-commerce editor Martina Garvey says she made her own version. “Baby shower pictionary always goes down a storm!” she says.

Before the party: Print out or order emoji pictionary games for each guest.

How to play: Instruct guests to try and guess the (baby-related) words or phrases that are written out in emojis, and fill their answers out on the sheet. The person who gets the most correct wins.

Guess That Celebrity Baby!

One of Mahoney’s favorites, this activity lets guests match their favorite celebrities with their baby photos.

What you need: A printable from a site like Etsy will make this game super-easy to pull off: It includes numbered pics of (adorable!) celebrity babies, plus a list of their names. (Or, you can make your own so you can include your friends and family’s favorite celebrities!)

Before the party: Prep your supplies—don’t forget plenty of pens or pencils for guests.

How to play: Ask guests to write down their guesses. Whoever guesses the most can win a prize!

Animal Pregnancy Game

If you’re hosting a baby shower that’s all about animals, you’ll need some jungle-themed baby shower games. This pick, which tests guests’ knowledge of the animal kingdom, is super-cute!

What you need: A printable animal pregnancy game—there’s no shortage on Etsy—and pens or pencils.

Before the party: Make sure to find a printable that goes with your baby shower theme, and make a copy for each guest.

How to play: Ask guests to pair each animal with a length of gestation. Whoever matches the most correctly wins.

The Price Is Right Baby Shower Game

Everyone knows that having a baby is expensive, but how much do baby supplies really cost? See which guests are savvy shoppers with this printable spinoff of The Price is Right. It’s one of the most popular baby shower games around.

What you need: A printable—like this sweet nautical one—and pens or pencils

Before the party: Make sure to make enough copies for all your guests.

How to play: Have each guest write down what they think each item retails for, then have them total their guesses. Whoever gets closest to the correct total without going over wins.

What’s on Your Phone?

In this spinoff of the popular “What in Your Purse” baby shower game, guests take stock of the contents of their phones for a chance to win prizes.

What you need: A printable—this one from Etsy has items like “video with the mom-to-be,” “glittery phone case” and “10 unread messages.” Pens or pencils.

Before the party: Print out your list, making sure you have enough copies for each guest.

How to play: Give each guest a printable, and have them fill it out and then tally up their points. You know the drill: The guest with the most points wins!

Baby Shower Family Feud

It’s time for a game of Family Feud…baby shower style!

What you need: A printable—like this one from Etsy, which you can personalize and includes an answer key—and pens or pencils

Before the party: Make sure to make enough copies for all your guests.

How to play: Have each guest fill out their printout for a chance to win a fun prize!

Would Mommy Rather?

Is Mom more of a chocolate or vanilla person? Cat or dog? Give your guests a chance to prove they know you best with this fun printable baby shower game.

What you need: A printable, like this one from Etsy, and pens or pencils

Before the party: Grab enough copies for your guests.

How to play: Have guests circle what they think Mom’s preferences are and tally up their points for a chance to win prizes.

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Baby Shower Games for Men

Baby showers aren’t just for women, of course: You could throw a co-ed baby shower or one just for the guys. The following are some of our favorite baby shower games for men.

Diaper Pong

A baby shower twist on the college classic, diaper pong is an active game that’s sure to please a co-ed crowd.

What you need: A large piece of cardboard or wood that stands up, diapers, hot glue, a marker, ping-pong balls.

Before the party: Make a DIY diaper pong board—essentially a big piece of cardboard (or whatever you’d like to use!) with diapers in the shape of little “baskets” hot-glued to it. (One Sweet Nursery has directions.) Label each diaper; they should each be worth a certain amount of points.

How to play: Divide guests into teams and take turns throwing ping-pong balls. Each team or guest gets one shot before the next one does. Alternate taking turns until each team or guest has thrown a total of six ping-pong balls. The objective is to get the ping-pong balls in the diapers, and the team or guest with the highest score wins a prize! Beer optional.

Daddy Knows Best

This is a perfect baby shower game for men, since it puts all the attention on the dad-to-be and tests just how well his friends know him.

What you need: A smartphone and a computer (or a TV screen that hooks up to your computer).

Before the shower: For this baby shower game (crafted by Kris Jarrett of Driven by Decor), you’ll need to come up with a list of questions to ask the dad-to-be, and then capture the conversation with him on video. Some great ones are:

  • How many diapers do you think your baby will go through in the first year?
  • Will you or your partner more likely be the parent who says “no”?
  • What do you think baby’s first word will be?
  • What are you most looking forward to about being a dad?

How to play: At the baby shower, gather everyone around and play the video of the dad-to-be so all can see, but pause after each question so guests can guess the answer. “Talk about entertaining! We all got some great laughs out of this one. And the video makes a great memento for the couple to watch years down the road,” writes Jarrett.

The Baby Name Game

You might already have your baby name picked out—you’re just not telling anyone, yet. But you can still have your guests brainstorm some alternative options with this funny baby shower game.

What you need: Paper and pen for each guest and a timer.

Before the party: No prep needed.

How to play: Have each guest write any baby names they can think of in the allotted time. To make the game more difficult, you can also choose a particular letter the names should begin with. The person who comes up with the most names wins.

Bottle Race

You can’t go wrong with this funny baby shower game, also known as the Baby Shower Drinking Game. You can use any beverage, including beer.

What you need: A baby bottle and a beverage for each guest.

Before the party: Fill each bottle with the beverage.

How to play: Each guest takes a bottle and drinks as fast as possible. The one who finishes first wins a prize.

The Mommy or Daddy Game

Looking for the best baby shower games for a co-ed baby shower? This one might just top the list. Guests take a fun “Which partner?” quiz, and then the partners weigh in with their responses. You can prep a quiz sheet and have prizes at the ready, or just have people shout out their answers and keep things casual—whatever floats your boat.

What you need: A computer and printer or copy machine, and paper and pen for each guest.

Before the party: Type out a list of 10 to 20 questions that can be answered with “mom,” “dad” or the partner’s name (Who’s never changed a diaper before? Who has always gotten at least eight hours of sleep every night?). Print it out and have enough copies for all the guests.

How to play: Hand out the list of questions to each guest. Once everyone has jotted down their answers, invite the parents-to-be up front, read the questions out loud and have them give their responses. Whichever guest answers the most correctly gets a prize.

Do You Know What It Is?

Nope, we’re not talking about the sex of the baby—we’re talking about the items in the mystery grab bags. It’s a great co-ed baby shower game.

What you need: 10 paper bags, 10 baby items (pacifier, spoon, etc.) and paper and pen for each guest.

Before the party: Put one baby item into each bag and number them 1 to 10.

How to play: Give each guest a sheet of paper and a pen, then randomly pass the bags out. Guests have to write down what they think is in each bag without opening them. Once everyone has made a guess for each bag, the parent-to-be will open them one at a time and reveal what’s inside. Whoever guesses the most right is the winner.

Baby Shower Games for Large Groups

Having a large group gathering at your shower? The more, the merrier! Baby shower games that everyone can play simultaneously—like guessing games—are the most practical way to go.

The Baby Shower ABC’s

This classic baby shower game is fast-paced and exciting, and perfect for a big crowd. Plus, it calls for very little prep ahead of time!

What you need: Paper, pen, timer and a computer and printer or copy machine.

Before the party: Write the alphabet vertically down the left side of a sheet of paper. Make enough copies for all your guests.

How to play: Hand out a sheet to each guest and for each letter, have them write down a word that’s associated with babies (example: B is for bottle). Whoever writes the most words in one minute is the winner.

How Well Do You Know Your TV Children?

Calling all TV buffs! How many famous children from popular shows can you name? We’ve made this baby shower game extra easy for you, providing you with the questions (and answers) below.

What you need: Paper, a pen and a computer and printer.

Before the party: List the questions below on a sheet of paper, and make enough copies for your guests.

A. What was the name of Fred and Wilma’s child on The Flintstones?
B. What were the names of Ross Geller’s two children on Friends?
C. What were the names of the three kids on The Simpsons?
D. What were the names of the four children on Family Ties?
E. What were the names of the six kids on The Brady Bunch?

How to play: Hand out the questions and ask your guests to respond to as many as they can. Whoever answers the most correctly wins. (The answers are: a. Pebbles; b. Ben and Emma; c. Bart, Maggie and Lisa; d. Alex, Mallory, Jennifer, Andy; e. Marcia, Jan, Cindy, Greg, Peter and Bobby.)

Oh Baby, A Playlist!

There are a ton of songs out there that mention the word “baby”—but how fast is your recall? This is an easy baby shower game to play with a crowd, but it’s still high-energy and loads of fun.

What you need: Paper and pen for each guest.

Before the party: No prep needed.

How to play: Each guest must write down as many songs they can think of with the word “baby” in the title. Give the guests a time limit—five minutes max—and whoever has the most (real!) songs written down is the winner.

What’s in Your Purse?

A woman’s purse is a mysterious thing—but not for long! Here, guests reveal what’s in their bag for game points to win a prize. Since you don’t need any props to play, it’s an ideal baby shower game for large groups.

What you need: A computer and printer, and paper and pen for each guest.

Before the party: Make a list of things that people might (or might not) have in their purse and assign a number of points next to them. For instance, lipstick is one point. Hand sanitizer is three points. Print out enough lists for everyone.

How to play: Give each guest the list of objects. If a guest has it in her purse, she should circle the corresponding number of points. Then have guests count up their points, and whoever has the most wins.

Baby Shower Scramble

This baby shower game is a fan-favorite. After all, who doesn’t love solving a puzzle–especially when it’s baby-themed?

What you need: Paper, pens, a timer and a computer and printer or a copy machine.

Before the party: Decide on a few baby words, then jumble up the spelling on a sheet of paper to create anagrams. Make a copy for each guest.

How to play: Place a sheet of paper at every seat, and at some point during the party, put aside a minute to see how fast people can unscramble them. The person who figures out the most words in a minute wins.

Baby Shower Games for Kids

Many baby showers include kids on the invite list—and while many of the best baby shower games are kid-friendly, not all of them are totally appropriate. These fun, interactive picks make perfect baby shower games for kids.

Yum, Applesauce!

It’s not just toddlers who can’t get enough of applesauce—big kids love it too! They’ll get plenty of giggles out of this funny baby shower game that’s likely to get a bit messy.

What you need: Large plastic garbage bags, scissors, jars of applesauce, baby spoons and blindfolds.

Before the party: Cut holes in the bottom of the bags so they can be worn like a poncho.

How to play: Separate guests into teams of two. Have guests put trash bags over their clothes, then blindfold everyone. Give a jar of applesauce and two spoons to each team and have them feed each other. Whichever team finishes their applesauce first is the winner.

Pass The Pacifier

Here’s another high-energy, team-based baby shower game the kids are bound to get a kick out of.

What you need: Straws and pacifiers with handles.

Before the party: No prep needed.

How to play: Separate guests into teams of four or five and have them stand in a line with a straw in their mouths. The first person in line puts the pacifier onto their straw. When the host says “go!”, the first person passes the pacifier to the next person in line, straw to straw, no hands allowed. Have them continue down the line. Whichever team reaches the end of the line first wins.

Find the Socks!

This is one of the rare times when kids will actually want to help pair socks—so take full advantage!

What you need: 14 pairs of baby socks and a timer.

Before the party: No prep needed.

How to play: Put all the baby socks, unpaired, in a pile on the floor. Each guest must match as many socks as they can in one minute. The person who matches the most socks is the winner.

Pass the Dirty Diaper

This is hands-down one of the best baby shower games for kids. After all, this baby shower diaper game is actually a riff off the classic children’s game of hot potato.

What you need: Chocolate, a diaper and a music playlist.

Before the party: Melt the chocolate and pour onto the diaper.

How to play: Everyone sits in a circle and passes the “dirty” diaper around as the music plays. Then: hot potato! Whoever’s holding the diaper when the music stops is out of the game. Last guest standing is the winner.

Place the Pacifier In the Baby’s Mouth

Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a classic party game, but this modern take is the baby shower version. It’s a perfect baby shower game for kids and adults.

What you need: A picture of a baby, a blindfold, a picture of a pacifier, a copy machine and tape.

Before the party: Enlarge the baby picture if necessary and hang it up on the wall. Make enough copies of the pacifier picture so each guest has one (you might want to resize the pacifier so it fits the baby). Attach a piece of tape to each.

How to play: A la Pin the Tail on the Donkey, blindfold each guest and see how close they can place their pacifier picture to baby’s mouth. Whoever gets the closest wins!

Baby Shower Trivia Questions

There are plenty of baby shower trivia games to test your knowledge on how well you know Mom, and lots of other topics. Hint: Have prizes available to hand out!

Who Knows Mom Best?

This fun baby shower game has friends and family members vying to prove who knows the most about the mom-to-be. It calls for very little prep and is easy to play with a big crowd, making it one of the best baby shower games around. “Every once in a while, it’s nice to be the center of attention at your own party,” says Lauren Barth, associate content director at The Bump and mom of three.

What you need: Paper and pen for each guest.

Before the party: Find out as much as possible about the mother-to-be’s childhood. Write your questions and her answers down on a sheet of paper, and don’t show anyone.

How to play: Read your list of questions out loud and have guests write their answers down on paper. Whoever has the highest number of correct answers wins.

How Old Was She?

Here’s another baby shower game that shines a spotlight on Mom. This one does take a little bit of prep, but everyone is sure to get a kick out of seeing childhood photos of the guest of honor. (Awkward school pictures, anyone?)

What you need: Several pictures of the mother-to-be all at different ages, plus paper and a pen for each guest.

Before the party: Ask the guest of honor for past pictures of herself at different ages. Arrange them on a poster board or table with a number next to each.

How to play: Ask guests to write down how old they think the mom-to-be was in each picture. Whoever gets the most right wins.

Guess the Baby

Another take on the “how old was Mom?” game, in this activity you match guests with their baby photos.

What you need: A baby photo for each guest, blank numbered lists, pens

Before the party: “Ask guests to each bring a baby photo of theirs and then guests can guess whose baby photo is whose!” suggests Mahoney. Then, number each photo. You can also have guests send you a photo when they RSVP, notes Wyndi Kappes, associate editor at The Bump.

How to play: Ask guests to write down their guesses next to the corresponding number on the list. “Whoever got the most correct received a diaper stuffed with dollar bills!” Kappes remembers from a baby shower she attended.

Find the Guest!

The best baby shower games serve as ice-breakers and encourage your guests to mingle and get to know one another—and this one does just that!

What you need: A computer and printer, and paper and pen for each guest.

Before the party: Write up a list of various fun facts that could apply to many of your guest. For example, “Went to so-and-so college,” “owns a Volvo,” “has a child under 3,” etc. Have a copy of the list waiting on each guest’s seat.

How to play: Each guest will have to get to know each other quickly to find people who fall into the various categories. The person who meets enough guests to be able to tick off the most fun facts wins.

Name That Baby Tune

This is an upbeat and super-easy baby shower game that calls for zero prep!

What you need: A playlist of baby songs and pen and paper. (Spotify, anyone?)

Before the party: No prep needed.

How to play: Play one children’s song at a time and keep track of who can accurately guess each song name the fastest. Whoever has the most correct responses wins.

The Nursery Rhyme Quiz

The baby shower nursery rhyme game is a super-popular pick these days. Who doesn’t love a good dose of nostalgia?

What you need: Paper, pens and a computer and printer or copy machine.

Before the party: Type out a list of nursery rhyme snippets, leaving out key words and phrases, and make enough copies for all your guests.

How to play: Ask your guests to fill in the blanks. The person who completes the most correctly wins.

How Many Baby Items Can You Name?

Babies need a lot of stuff. This easy baby shower game (read: no prep) asks guests to think of as many baby items as they can off the top of their head before the timer buzzes.

What you need: Paper and pen for each guest and a timer.

Before the party: No prep needed.

How to play: Each guest must write down as many baby items (bottle, pacifier, blanket, etc.) as they can think of in one minute. The person who comes up with the most items wins.

Guess the Candy Bar

The “Guess the Candy Bar” baby shower game is renowned. Some people love it, some people would rather pass. Either way, it’s probably one of the funniest baby shower games ever conceived.

What you need: Diapers, a variety of mini-chocolate bars, and pen and paper for each guest.

Before the party: Melt different kinds of mini-chocolate bars and pour one kind on each of the diapers.

How you play: Have guests sniff (or even dip a finger to taste) the chocolates and guess which kind is on each diaper. The winner is whoever guesses the most chocolates correctly. Weird? A little bit. But then again, who can resist the power of chocolate?

Guess the Baby Food

Who has the most sensitive nose among you? (Our guess is the mom-to-be—pregnancy has a way of heightening your sense of smell.) Another fun baby shower game that gives guests an excuse (or a challenge, depending on your palate) to polish off yummy baby food, this activity puts people’s sniffers (and food knowledge) to the test.

What you need: Unlabeled jars, pureed baby food and paper and pen for each guest.

Before the party: Fill each of your unlabeled jars with a different kind of baby food (and make sure to keep track!).

How to play: Distribute paper and pens to guests, then ask them to smell each jar of puree and jot down which foods they think are inside. (If you want to make it especially tricky, have them do this blindfolded!)

Best Baby Shower Activities (That Aren’t Games)

These activities aren’t exactly games—many of them involve crafty keepsakes—but many guests will enjoy creating something special just for you and future baby.

One-of-a-Kind Baby Shower Onesies

If you’re looking for creative baby shower activities for your group, this one is bound to yield some unique results.

What you need: Plain onesies (and other articles of clothing, if you wish) in various colors, tacks, thick cardboard sheets, fabric markers, stencils and iron-on letters and graphics. (A lot of people swear by the Cricut machine to create vinyl and iron-on cutouts.)

Before the party: Tack each onesie to a piece of cardboard for support and prepare any iron-on and fabric fusion options you’re planning to offer guests.

How to play: Make the onesies (with attached cardboard) and decorating items available during the shower for everyone to use. This way, baby has a set of unique clothes, and mama will always remember the day.

Craft a Blanket for Mom

This is another crafty group baby shower activity that’s guaranteed to create meaningful memories.

What you need: Craft paint, washcloths, creativity

Before the party: Prep all your supplies, and make sure to cover all the areas you don’t want your guests to get paint on.

How to play: “I had everyone use craft paint and write a message or draw something on a baby washcloth,” shares Jennifer H., a mom of one. “I then had all the washcloths made into a blanket that I framed. It’s a special thing that I treasure.”

Stinky Messages

When you’re changing yet another diaper at 3 a.m., you’ll appreciate having something to laugh about. Mahoney recommends having your guests write funny or encouraging messages on diapers for you to read during those late-night changes.

What you need: Diapers of varying sizes and thick, nontoxic markers

Before the party: “Make a cute sign directing people to write a funny or cute message on as many diapers as they can,” says Mahoney. You can find a free printable sign here.

How to play: It’s time to get creative! A few ideas for messages from Mahoney: “I’m a Stinker,” “Oops I Did It Again,” “Dad’s Turn”…you get the idea!

Baby Shower Memory Book

Having your guests write notes for the future to you and baby is among the more fun and meaningful baby shower activities. “It’s a nice activity for the aunties and grandmas that are going to want to say those things anyway,” says Keri S., an aunt and godmother who’s enjoyed this activity before.

What you need: A keepsake book with blank pages or stationery—whatever you prefer to save and look back on! You’ll need nice pens or markers too. “You can buy the Dr. Seuss book Oh, Baby! Go, Baby! and ask everyone to write a note to the parents on a different page,” suggests Keri S. “A fun book to read to baby, but also to see notes from friends and family.”

Before the party: Prep your supplies. Decide on your time frame: Do you want your guests to write the note for when baby is 1 month old—or for five years in the future?

How to play: Have each guest write the parents and baby an encouraging note. Then, open all the notes in the future and enjoy them!

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