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Baby Shower Games that are Actually Fun

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We’ve almost come to expect it: attending a baby shower = being forced to play an awkward baby shower game. But if it’s your turn to host the baby shower, you get to be in control! Which means this is your chance to organize a game or two that won’t make your guests cringe.

 

Baby Shower Games | Guide to planning a baby shower

 A few helpful guidelines:

Don’t:

  • Limit your guests’ conversation (I’ve never understood not being allowed to say a completely relevant word like “baby” at a baby shower)
  • Don’t force your guests to consume mystery items out of a diaper or drink out of baby bottles (file that under sentences I never thought I would write).
  • Actually, don’t force your guests to do anything. Playing should always be optional.

Do:

  • Be sensitive to childless guests: if winning the game relies on your knowledge of baby products/prices, your friends without kids might feel left out.
  • Keep the game short and simple: if it takes more than 2 minutes to explain, or more than 15 minutes to play, pass! Your guests will lose interest.
  • Give the winner a prize! Think of small items that anyone would enjoy: a cute mug, stationary set, or candle all work well.
  • Have fun with it! All of the games on this list have a more relaxed, festive feel that allow guests to participate or pass, with zero pressure.

Bonus:

All of the games on this list are a perfect fit for a traditional baby shower or a trendy co-ed shower, and they don’t require a ton of time or money to set up. So without further ado, on to the list!

 

Fun Baby Shower Games | Baby Shower Game Printables

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#1: Baby Shower Name That Tune

Before the party, make a playlist on iTunes or Spotify with songs that all contain the word “baby,” or “child” in the title (add songs with “boy,” or “girl” if you know the baby’s gender). Play a few seconds of the beginning of each song, and give guests a chance to fill in the title and artist name! Need some song ideas? I’ve got you covered!

 

Cute Baby Shower Games | Baby Shower Playlist | Coed Baby Shower Games

 

Play these songs in their entirety as background music for a fun “soundtrack” to the shower!

 

Baby Shower Activities | Late Night Diaper Game | Notes for Mom and Dad

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#2: Late Night Diapers

Display a few stacks of newborn diapers with this adorable printable sign, inviting guests to leave encouraging or funny messages for mom and dad as they’re up in the wee hours of the night! Examples: “You’re doing great, mom and dad! Keep up the good work!” Or, “Isn’t it dad’s turn?” and, “Only a few thousand more to go until I’m potty trained!”

 

 Late Night Diaper Game | Notes for Mom and Dad | Coed baby shower games

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Children’s Book Emoji Pictionary | Coed baby shower games

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#3: Children’s Book Emoji Pictionary

A fun twist on traditional Pictionary, guests must correctly decipher popular children’s books using emojis. I love that this game combines the nostalgia of favorite childhood books with the modern fun of emojis!

 

#4: Baby Shower Instagram Contest

I imagine that the generation of couples that were the first to use wedding hashtags is now having kids—hence, the baby shower hashtag! I love that this trend has trickled down, and I’m sure guests will have a blast creating the perfect Instagram shot for not only “likes,” but a chance to win a prize!

 

Match the animal baby shower game | Animal baby shower theme

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#5: Baby Animal Matching

Co-ed baby showers are a big trend, and I think this baby animal game would be a perfect fit!

 

Who will baby look like? game | Coed baby shower games

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#6: Baby Face

Ridiculous? Yes. Frightening? Maybe. Hilarious? Definitely! I recently attended a shower where each table was given an envelope with a two pictures of the mom-and-dad-to-be, cut into strips. It was our job to assemble or best prediction of what their baby would look like: would he have mommy’s eyes and daddy’s nose? And whose hair? The mom-to-be picked her favorite among the groups, and we all agreed our baby faces were ones only a mother could love!

Want more?

So now that you’ve got the games ready to go, it’s time to plan the rest of the baby shower! RegistryFinder’s GiveIt blog is the perfect resource for baby shower menus and theme inspiration, plus plenty of baby gift ideas and baby registry tips (new moms, you’ll want to read this and this)!

 

Baby Shower Invitations | Neutral Baby Shower Invitation

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One simple tip that works no matter the theme or style of your baby shower: direct guests to RegistryFinder.com, where they can easily find all of your registries in one place! The best way to do that? Put it on the invite! Find lots of cute baby shower invitations here!

May the next baby shower you host be all fun and games!

 

 

Christina PetersonWritten by Christina Peterson, who is secretly competitive when it comes to baby shower games.

 

 

5 Responses to Baby Shower Games that are Actually Fun

  1. Heather May 28, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    Informative article, exactly what I was looking for.

  2. Jennifer Baker June 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

    This is great. My friends did the late night diapers and they really did make me laugh during some of those not so fun diaper changing moments!

  3. Haley July 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

    Great post! Loving your suggestions, they’ve really helped me plan my sisters shower

  4. A Mendez December 11, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

    Thank you so much! I will be using some of these for my niece’s shower.

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