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Fun, Unique Baby Shower Games

My sister-in law's mother is throwing her a baby shower in Mid-End March. Most of the people she is inviting has just recently had their first child, thus their own baby showers. Her mother is looking for unique, fun games. ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE HELPFUL! The baby is going to be a girl!

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Not so much a game, but it's really funny to do baby related madlibs. Just write a story about the mother to be, what she does, etc...you can even end it with some funny way of her going into labor. Then you go through and take out words in each sentence. So you end up with like "There once was a ----- named Shannon." And then at the end "And the doctor said 'Congratulations! It's a ------!'"
Then without reading the story, you ask the guests for a word to fill in the blank. ("I need a feeling word" or "I need a 'thing" or a "place"). They shout out words and you put them in. Then when everything is filled in, you read back the story. It's really funny. My friend was a pen that gave birth to a rainbow. I wrote guests in to the story...like the mother to be goes into labor at the shower and all the guests have to help. One guest says "quick! Someone get the -----" and another tells the mommy to be "It might help if you -------". Those are always really fun sentences because the guests feel really involved and it's fun to hear what they "said" to the mom to help...like "It might help if you.....bake a cake!"

Have fun!

Couple of the most unique baby games that I have seen played was, "Guess that baby food". You number the lid and the bottle and take the label off and make a list of what each is as a key. Then it is up to the group to guess which on is which by site and smell. It was a lot of fun.

The other is melting candy bars into diapers, looks just like poop! Then you guess which candy bar is which.

Hi J.,

My mom threw my shower and had one of the best games, it's called the diaper game. When she sent out invitations she also mailed a diaper to everyone as well asking them to decorate it with something that I had done with that person and then bring it to the shower. She then displayed all the diapers up on a closeline and I had to guess who made which diaper I would then be allowed to open the gift that that person brought.
It was a blast and a fun way to open gifts and people got really creative. Enjoy!!

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I threw a shower for my sister-in-law. I get tired of all the "regular" games. So I did TONS of research.

First, (this works for a bridal shower, too) hand everyone a 3x5 card. Ask them to think of a mothering question they wished they had the answer to before the actual birth. You know kinda an "If I'd only known then what I know now" kinda thing. Pick all the cards up, turn them face down. Now pass them out again and each person has to put the answer to the question they asked on the back of the new card. (E.g. if you asked "How do I wash a baby" on the back of your new card, put the answer to the wash the baby question.) No turning the cards over to peek - no answering the question on front. Answer your own question. Once again, collect all the cards and have Mom-to-be read the question and then the answer on the back. It's kinda funny. Did this for my sister's bridal shower. One lady's question was "How do I get my money?" And the answer was something like "on the corner of 5th and Prince".

Have the guests break into pairs. Provide each pair with a baby doll and diaper. The pair must diaper the baby with each person using only one hand. First pair done and done right (when you hold the doll up, the diaper should stay on!) wins.

For the next game, write one baby word per person on each 3x5 card. Seal them in envelopes. Hand the envelopes to the guests. They msut open the envelope and draw their word. (E.g. the word is bottle - the guest must draw a bottle in some set time - say a minute) When the time is up, each guest is to put their card back in the envelope and put their name on the envelope. These are collected and handed to Mom-to-be. She then looks at the envelopes and chooses who opened the envelope the neatest. Has nothing to do with the cards.

Get around 10 small brown paper bags - like people used to take their lunches in. Number them, place one baby item in each and seal them. Then pass a page with lines numbered on it. The guests have 5ish minuted to figure out what is in each bag. They can squish, shake - whatever other than opening. If your group is mostly newish mothers, you will have multiple winners. Mom-to-be gets the things in the bags.

And last - this is great. This looks like a traditional game. Get a tray and place 15ish baby related items on it. (Booties, nail clippers, etc.) Have Mom-to-be stroll around the room making sure each guest gets a real good look at the tray. Then, have Mom-to-be take the tray and leave the room. At this point, some cheaters may be frantically writing down the things from the tray. Tell them "Ok - you now have (some time - maybe 2 minutes) to write down everything Mom-to-be was wearing. Person who gets the most accurate number is the winner and Mom-to-be gest the items on the tray.

Hope those help. I don't mind showers, but I HATE the traditional games. And these are kinda fun as no one expects them.

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More of an activity than a game, but at my 2nd shower, the hostesses provided onesies in various sizes and fabric paint. Each guest was asked to paint a onesie for the baby. It was really special to me!

I have also been a part of a shower where we made a scrapbook for the baby. It was not well received. You have to be a scrapbooker for this to work, and most ladies did not get involved. It was disappointing!

At my cousin's baby shower they requested instead of a card, you give a book and you write your message in the inside cover. It was a great way to start the child's library and the sentiments and well wishes for the baby are remembered every time the book is opened. It is fun and meaningful because everyone has a childhood favorite book that brings back happy memmories and this gives them the opportunity to share with the mother-to-be a memory from the heart.

My all time favorite baby shower game is poopy diapers. Buy 6 or so different candy bars (almond joy and mounds are a must). Break off a half dollar size piece of each kind and place one kind in each diaper. Microwave for 15-30 sec., just enough to melt it. Give it a squeeze to smear it. Now the fun begins. The guest have to guess what candy bar is in each one. Be sure to number the diapers and write down the answers when making the diapers up. Have a blast!!!! And be sure to take pictures of everyones faces as they are trying to figure it out.

My favorite game at my baby shower was where is the head? Everyone got a little picture of a baby with a piece of tape. Then I had to stand at the front of the room while each person came up and felt my belly. They had to place their baby on my belly where they thought the head was. The person who got the closest won!

For my daughter's family baby shower we had a neighbor that the guests didn't know show up acting all flustered, looking for a baby shower. We acted like we didn't know her either. Then she started going through her purse, setting the contents on the table as she's "looking" for her invitation to see if she's at the right place. When she found it, she acted all embarrased that she was at the wrong shower, shoved everything back in her purse and ran out. Then we told everyone who she really was and had them write down everything she had taken out of her purse. She had given us a list previously. It's really fun to watch the guests reaction to this set-up.

Another one is to cut baby bodies out of magazines minus the head. Then cut out famous people's heads and glue them onto the babies' bodies, glue it all to a sheet of paper, number them and pass them around to see if guests can name the famous person.

Melt mini-candy bars in small diapers. Pass them around and have each person guess what candy bar is in each. You can tell them to taste it or just look. The more unique candy bar the better it gets.....

I recently went to a baby shower and they had two games. one was an animal trivia game. There was a list of animals with a line next to each. You had to write down as many of the baby animal names you could think of in a given time. The other was pretty funny. You start it at the beginning and it can last the whole party. They had these little plastic babies, (I've seen them before but don't remember where) frozen in an ice cube. Each ice cube is placed in a cup, You guess how long it will take for your baby to be born. (free from the ice cube) you cant touch the ice cube or add anything to the cup. you can blow on it, giggle the cup or just set it down and watch it. somebody has to write down guesses, and the person closes to their guess wins.
This was the only shower I've been to in like the past five years, so I dont know how common they are, but I did think they were fun!
Have fun planning.

My family did the funnest game for my shower. One person dresses up like in a robe, airnet,etc. And you get a small suitcase. Fill it with an arrangement of baby things. Give everyone a pen and paper. Out of nowhere come out dressed up with the partially zipped suitcase like you are in labor. The louder and goofier the better!! Just walk around in a crazy manor while talking about having to get to hospital, etc. Be creative. Let stuff fall out of case and put it back in.
Object of the game....See who can write down the most things that you had in your case after you have finished with your craziness!! It was hysterical and alot of fun.

Wrap up a box of flowers several times with different wrapping paper. Then play "hot potato" with it by turning on the music and turning the music off. When the music is off then the lady holding the box has to open one of the wrappings. Of course they are hesitant because you have told them that they are the honored guests grandma's bloomers, and that whoever opens the box will have to wear them. Decide how many times you want to have them unwrap the present and then finally someone opens up a box of flowers! They will have a blast!

Hi J.,

My mom threw my shower and had one of the best games, it's called the diaper game. When she sent out invitations she also mailed a diaper to everyone as well asking them to decorate it with something that I had done with that person and then bring it to the shower. She then displayed all the diapers up on a closeline and I had to guess who made which diaper I would then be allowed to open the gift that that person brought.
It was a blast and a fun way to open gifts and people got really creative. Enjoy!!

In one year all of my close girl friends (4), all 3 of my sisters and 4 of my cousin all had babies. Needless to say, we were all stuggling with new shower game ideas. Here is a list of the various games we used. You can find most the stuff you need on the internet.

-Baby mad libs

-Make baby names out of the letters from the parent's names

-Have everyone bring a baby pic of themselves and then guess who is who

-Melted candy bars in diapers (some people will be offended)

-Take the labels off of the baby food jars and guess what they are. Do not open the jar and the new mom can keep them for when her baby gets older.

-Ask the mom a series of questions ahead of time and then hand out a questionaire to see who knows her best.

-Copy and cut out the various features of the parents & grandparents of the expected child and then let the guest compose a picture of the new child.

-Look up celebrities on the internet and let people match their celebrity name with their real name.

-Look up the meaning of the expected childs name and others and let the guests match the names with the meanings.

-The Multi-Tasking game, pick several mom things to do at once and time each guest doing them...like hold the baby while on the phone and hanging out laundry. (The pictures will be hilarious!)

-Print out the alphabet, each letter large enough to have the guests decorate and write a messege them. You can give each guest several if you have less then 26 people. Then put the letters all in a binder for the mother to teach her child the alphabet when she gets older.

-Baby Malarky, Find several unusual baby things or words and let the guests make up uses and definitions for them. Then everyone votes for which one they think is right. The guest will the most votes wins.

Good Luck and Have Fun : )

Not so much a game, but it's really funny to do baby related madlibs. Just write a story about the mother to be, what she does, etc...you can even end it with some funny way of her going into labor. Then you go through and take out words in each sentence. So you end up with like "There once was a ----- named Shannon." And then at the end "And the doctor said 'Congratulations! It's a ------!'"
Then without reading the story, you ask the guests for a word to fill in the blank. ("I need a feeling word" or "I need a 'thing" or a "place"). They shout out words and you put them in. Then when everything is filled in, you read back the story. It's really funny. My friend was a pen that gave birth to a rainbow. I wrote guests in to the story...like the mother to be goes into labor at the shower and all the guests have to help. One guest says "quick! Someone get the -----" and another tells the mommy to be "It might help if you -------". Those are always really fun sentences because the guests feel really involved and it's fun to hear what they "said" to the mom to help...like "It might help if you.....bake a cake!"

Have fun!

I didn't read through all of your suggestions, so I don't know if you've already gotten either of these ideas...

This one sounds gross, but is really fun. Melt/partially melt a bite-size chocolate candy bar in a disposible diaper. Use several different candy bars in several different diapers. Number the outside of the diapers. Guests have to guess what candy bar is in each diaper. The person with the most correct guesses wins!

Bring a close-to-lifesize baby doll and a newborn diaper. Guests have to correctly diaper the baby blindfolded. This is good practice for those middle of the night diaper changes! The person with the fastest time (and the most accurate diaper change) wins!

Buy little tiny plastic babies and freeze them individually into ice cubes. Place the ice cubes into drinks at the beginning of the baby shower. The first baby to be born (melt out of it's ice cube) indicates the winner!

Try to look on-line. I attended a shower where pull tabs were given to all guests and one person was a winner. For example a pull tab with an oven was given to everyone. If you had the "bun in the oven" you were the winner. There was another with a scratch-n-sniff diaper and the stinky diaper was the winner. I am not sure of the website. There was not the typical jumbled letters, crosswords, etc. This gave people an opportunity to talk and have fun. Good luck.

Looks like you have gotten some really cute ideas already, so I don't know if you even need this. I always play this candy matching game when I throw showers. I buy like 15 candy bars, and then try to relate them to a baby or mom theme. For example one card would say, "Baby's Laugh" then the match to it would be the candy answer "Snickers" I just put it all on a poster board and number all the cards and then each guest gets to pick two cards at a time. If they get a match, they get that candy. Some other candys were, "The Doctor's Bill" and "100 Grand", "Baby's Poop" and "Hershey's Kisses", "Baby's Daddy" and "Big Hunk". People are really entertained trying to figure out what clues you are going to give because you can be really creative and goofy. Good Luck.

Couple of the most unique baby games that I have seen played was, "Guess that baby food". You number the lid and the bottle and take the label off and make a list of what each is as a key. Then it is up to the group to guess which on is which by site and smell. It was a lot of fun.

The other is melting candy bars into diapers, looks just like poop! Then you guess which candy bar is which.

Hi J.,

You've received great ideas so far (I may steal a few for the future!). Just had to give a couple more.

For my sister's shower, I did a 'famous kids' game. You could really do it however you want. If I remember right, I would name a tv show, and the guests would have to write down the tv names of the kids on that show. You could vary it by having them name the parents. If you want to be really fancy, you could print out pictures of the cast and tape one to the back of each guest (without them seeing). They then have to circulate and ask questions about who they have on their back. The first one to figure out who they have is the winner.

Another thing I did was to buy a package of diapers and have some out of the package on a table with a sharpie. I asked guests to write a message on the diaper some time before they left. It was funny to know that a while after the shower and the baby is born, the parents would see a message from a loved one. Some were sweet and encouraging, like "you're doing a great job mom and dad", some were funny- "what's that smell?" or "I'll be doing this again in a couple of hours". Easy and cheap.

Have fun!!

I suggest you Google "blessingway" and see if that give you some ideas. I have three chidren and my friends gave me a blessingway for my second and third and I just loved them. It's not at all religious and it's only as hippy-dippy as you want it to be--the idea is based on Navajo rite-of-passage ceremonies, but it's not pretending to be a Native American thing. Anyway, at my blessingways, everyone introduced themselves according to the mothers in their life, like "I'm the grandma of so-and-so, the mother of so-and-so, the aunt of so-and-so, the sister of so-and-so, and the mother of so-and-so. I'm Jane." It was rather touching and very inclusive because even women there who were not mothers HAVE a mother or a sister or a grandma to mention. Then, we passed around a pretty dish of beads and each guest added two beads to a bracelet string while they said two wishes, one for me as I became a mom (again) and one for the baby as he came to our family and grew up. My bracelets are wonderful tokens of all the good wishes I received, and made the event so personal. My guests also wrote down their wishes as the arrival activity, and they were put in a little photo album for me to look at and share with my kids as they get older. I think this would be a less-common activity that the new moms on your guest list could enthusiastically participate in because their fresh perspective would probably made for insightful wish-giving. There's usually a pampering part of a blessingway, when soemone give the mother-to-be a massage or a pedicure or some other treat while people offer wishes or just visit. It is a wonderful, supportive tradition that goes beyond just collecting stuff for the baby, although there's no reason you couldn't also have gifts AND share wishes.
Best wishes!

I found fab ideas at babyshower101.com when I threw one for my friend

I also wanted to do the onesie painting, but didn't have the money. Instead we got socks in both newborn & 0-3 months. This way there were 20 pairs of socks and everybody got a chance to decorate something. It was so cool to see how creative people were and you can always use socks. (They only decorated the ankle bit.)

I bought a "deck of cards" from WalMart a few years ago. Each card has a different idea. One of the better ones was to look up birthing rituals around the world. There are some crazy ones out there. Write the rituals and countries down and have people try to guess which one comes from where, or make up a few of your own and have people try to guess which ones are true and which ones are false. I also have a little trivia game that has multiple choice questions such as: How many diapers does the average baby go through in a year? How much does the average baby weigh at birth? Of these 4 celebrities, which one was a preemie? Anyway, the trivia one has been a hit at every baby shower I've done. Good luck!

What's that Smell...

Melt (using a Microwave) different types of candy bars in a diaper (1 candy bar per diaper) and squish the melted candy so the shape is not identifiable. Have the guests smell each diaper to figure out what type of candy has been melted - or name the prominent ingredients.

We played this game at my sister-in-laws shower. It was the MOST fun. AND we had all the husbands/brothers present and playing too.

Hi! A fun game we recently played was the "Price is Right". You have different baby items, wet wipes, blankets, onesies the sky is the limit on this one. Then depending how many people you have them grouped in 4's and hold up an item and they guess and the one who is closest without going over wins. We ended with a showcase showdown with the people who were closest in price in it and you have like ten items and they guess the price and then win a prize. Obviously the items in the showcase and all items bid on go to the new mom and baby. We had a lot of fun and laughs with this one. If you need any more ideas let me know I have a lot of them.

Hi J.-
This really isn't a game, but at one of my friend's shower, they had plain white onesies in different sizes and then puff paint (etc) for fabric. Each guest designed a onesy for the new baby. Very cute and very useful... :-) It was fun even for those of us that are not creative!

Also, at my sister's shower (which was co-ed) we played Pictionary with baby words. At hers, it was boys against girls and the boys drew keigel (sp?) excercize - - that was pretty funny!

For my baby shower (over 10 years ago now lol) the friend throwing the shower bought a collection of gerber stage 1 baby food. She took all the labels off and wrote a number of the lid of each. We tried to guess what each baby food was by looking at them(she passed them around and we wrote down our guesses). I guess you could do tastes too, but I don't know how well that would go over <grin>. They were all 'standard' foods like carrots, peas, pears, bananas, etc (I think there were about 10). Afterwards, I got to take home the baby food for my little one in a few months (I also got a list so I knew what I was feeding her).

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