Baby shower games serve two purposes. One is to get your guests mingling, participating, and laughing with each other. Many of the baby shower guests may not know each other, especially the mom-to-be’s friends and her relatives. It also gives the guest of honor some fun time with her friends and family before she goes into sleep deprivation mode.
When choosing games keep it simple. You don’t want to have to explain the directions 10 times, or have the game interrupted because the guests don’t understand. Also, you’re going to have your hands full with the shower preparation, decorating and food planning.
There are a variety of games to choose from, anything from co-ed games that include men, to pencil and paper games to full out relay race type games. Determine what will fit your shower best. If you have an indoor shower in a fairly small area, stay away from relays or games that require a lot of movement. If you are having an outdoor shower, mix it up…some games specifically for outdoor activity and some sit down games. Try to keep the mother-to-be in mind. If she can't participate in the games because they are too strenuous, she’ll feel left out. Below are some ideas for games that will let everyone (including the mom-to-be and the hostess) have fun.
This is a spelling bee but you spell the words backwards. The first round calls for 4 letter baby related words, like "baby". One at a time, give a word to each guest. If they spell it wrong, they're out and the next person gets to spell their word. They have to spell it backwards!
Second round is 5 letter baby related words for anyone who made it past the first round, the third round is 6 letter words and so on. Keep going until you have a winner.
Guests compete to drop diaper pins into a baby bottle - but they have to hold the diaper pin near their chin when they drop it. For multiple rounds, start at the height of their knee, then waist, then chin until there is only one winner.
Hang a clothesline across the room with baby outfits hanging from it. Have guests compete to see who can get the most clothes off the clothesline in 30 seconds. The catch is, they have to get the clothes off the clothesline while holding a baby doll and talking on a cordless phone.
Pass the Box
Wrap a gift in layers and layers of gift wrap, the more layers the better. Like Hot Potato, guests will pass the box until the music stops. The person holding it when the music stops unwraps only one layer.
When the music starts again, the gift gets passed around again and again until the last layer of wrapping is taken off. Whoever removes the last layer of wrap gets to keep the gift.
Pin the Baby in the Mommy
This is exactly like pin the tail on the donkey, but you'll make a mommy and babies for guest to put into the right place.
Another variation is to pin the pacifier on the baby, the one who gets the pacifier closest to the baby's mouth wins.
Needle in A Haystack
This game involves diaper pins in a bowl of uncooked rice. Guests compete to find the most diaper pins in one minute, while blindfolded.
Diaper the Baby
Set up as a relay race, teams compete to have each team member rush to a table, take off the baby's diaper, then wipe, powder and put the diaper back on. The first team to have all members diaper the baby wins. The diaper must stay on the baby when holding it above the table.
One word baby items of complete phrases can be used. The words or phrases have to be baby related.
Guess the Baby Food
Take the labels off of the baby food jars and have the guests guess the food (carrots, peas, sweet potato). Use 8-10 jars of different kinds of foods. If there is a tie, blindfold the remaining two and have them taste one of the jars and guess the right flavor to win their prize.
Name the White Stuff
Fill 10 Ziploc bags with powdered goods like baby detergent, formula, flour, powdered sugar, baking soda, etc. Number the bags 1 to 10 each containing one of ten white powders. All of the baby shower guests pass the bags around writing down on a piece of paper what they thought the "white stuff" was. Whoever guesses the most correct wins.