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Baby Shower Games

Baby shower games can be traditional and simple or may rely on an assortment of materials.

Baby shower games can be a great way to add a little fun to the party.[©Shutterstock, 2010]
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Baby shower games can be a great way to add a little fun to the party.

Baby Shower Games

Baby shower games make fun and interactive party activities. Find some ideas for creative and entertaining baby shower games at websites like Baby Shower 101 and Creative Baby Shower Ideas.

The purpose of a baby shower is to celebrate the upcoming or recent birth of a newborn. Family and friends gather to make sure that the new parents have all of the infant equipment and supplies they will need. Baby showers can be a lot of fun, especially when creative baby shower games are planned. Interactive games get guests involved in the fun and excitement that come along with celebrating the joy of new life.

Don't Say Baby

Materials: safety pins

Instructions: As each guest arrives at the party, give her a safety pin to attach to her clothing. When all the guests are assembled, let them know that the challenge in this game is to avoid saying the word baby throughout the shower. If Guest A hears Guest B use the word, Guest A should take Guest B's safety pin. The guest with the most safety pins at the end of the shower is the winner.

Dirty Diaper Game

Materials: 10 diapers, 10 different types of chocolate candy or candy bars, plastic container, microwave, paper, pencils or pens

Preparation: Place half of a candy bar in a plastic container, then microwave at 15-second intervals until the chocolate is soft. Spoon the chocolate into a diaper to create a dirty diaper. Repeat the process for the other nine types of chocolate candy. Be sure to number the outside of the diaper and make a corresponding numbered list with the name of the candy.

Instructions: Have shower attendees form two groups, and give each group a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. Ask them to make a list from 1 to 10 on the paper. Then give each group five of the dirty diapers. The object is for each team to identify, by smell or sight, the name of the candy bar in each diaper. Have the teams switch sets of diapers halfway through.

Tip: Try chocolate bars that have other candy or filling inside, such as nuts, caramel, coconut, peanut butter or peppermint.

Diaper Races

Materials: dolls, diapers, clothing

Instructions: Give each guest a doll, a diaper, and an outfit for her baby. Once everyone is settled, give them two minutes to see who can dress the baby correctly in the shortest time.

Variation: If the guests are mostly experienced mothers, try blindfolding them before the race begins.

Tip: At coed showers, have dads and the dad-to-be race with each other.

Circumnavigation

Materials: yarn or string, scissors

Preparation: Wrap a length of yarn or string around the mother-to-be's waist; cut the string to indicate the correct circumference.

Instructions: Have each guest cut a length of yarn or string to give their best estimation of the size of the mother-to-be's waist. Once the strings are cut, compare with the pre-cut string to determine the winner.

Baby Food Taste Test

Materials: 10 different types of baby food, permanent marker, paper, pencils or pens

Preparation: On a sheet of paper, make a list from one to 10. Peel the label off of a jar of baby food. Use the marker to number the jar, and write the name of the food on the list. Repeat for the other nine types of baby food.

Instructions: Guests can either form teams or play individually. Give each team or individual a piece of paper and a writing implement. The object is for the guests to identify, by taste and smell, the type of baby food in each jar. Have guests pass the jars around the room until everyone has had a chance to sample each type of food.

Tip: To increase the difficulty, choose two different foods of the same color (i.e. green beans and peas).

Pin the Umbilical Cord on the Baby

Materials: picture of a baby, pin, length of cord or string, blindfold

Preparation: Hang the picture of the baby on a wall. Insert the pin into the end of the cord.

Instructions: This game is a variation of the children's classic Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Guests are blindfolded, one by one, spun around, and given the chance to correctly pin the umbilical cord to the navel of the baby in the picture. The guest who is closest wins.

Picture This

Materials: photos, sticky notes, pens or pencils, paper

Preparation: Before the shower, ask each guest to bring a baby picture of herself. As guests arrive, collect the pictures, and then put a numbered sticky note on each one. Be sure to keep a corresponding list for yourself.

Instructions: Ask each guest to look at the baby pictures at some point throughout the shower and try to identify as many of the guests from their baby pictures as possible. The guest who gets the most right at the end of the shower is the winner.

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