Love 'em or loathe 'em, baby shower games and activities are a staple of the modern, American baby shower. We asked Mom365 readers for their favorites to inspire you--here they are, complete with our explanations. Did you have these at your shower? Or have you played them at others? See what's big in showerland!
Break My Water :
Everyone is handed a Dixie cup or an ice cube with a tiny plastic baby frozen inside.The winner is the the first to get her baby out of the ice using any body part but her mouth.Small paper cups, mini plastic baby, ice. Or, you can buy a kit .
Dirty Diaper :
You all examine "dirty" diapers to discover what kind of melted chocolate bar is the "poop."You take about six chocolate bars of various consistencies and melt each one in a clean diaper in the microwave. The winner is the person who guesses the most chocolate bars correctly--Kit Kat! Almond Joy! Snickers!Disposable diapers, chocolate bars, microwave, strong stomach. Or you can buy a kit from It's gross but oddly amusing to watch your friends intently sniff, taste, and examine diapers.
Don't Say "Baby" :
A contest to see who can say "baby" the least.Upon entry to the party, each guest receives a clothespin (plain or decorated), that they wear. If another guest gets them to say "baby" at any point during the party, they get to keep the "baby"-sayer's pin. The person who has the most pins at the end of the party wins a prize.It's pretty challenging and funny to keep from saying that word at a baby shower. See? I just lost my pin!
Guess Her Belly Size :
A game to see who can guess the size of the mama's belly.The party planner takes a string of yarn and measures it around the mom-to-be's belly like a tape measurer, then cuts the yarn. Other pieces of yarn are then cut at random lengths. They're passed around the group, and the first to choose the correct string wins.Yarn, scissors, unselfconscious mom-to-be.
The object is to see how many articles of baby clothing you can hang on a clothesline while holding a "baby" in one hand and talking on the phone. Each guest gets 30 seconds if there are many people playing, or 60 seconds for just a few folks.A rope for a line (and something to tie it to), clothespins, basket full of baby clothes, baby doll, and a cell phone or cordless phone.
Name the Baby :
A fun way to play with words and baby names. Hand everyone a piece of paper with the mom-to-be's name and/or the father's name. Use first and last if the names are short. Then using letters from the name, ask guests to anonymously write a name for the baby. The object is to come up with something funny or odd. The mom-to-be picks her favorite as the winner. One Mom 365 reader says, "For us the winner was 'Binary.' It was perfect since my husband is a computer programmer."
Write a Birthday Letter :
A super-sweet way to keep giving to the child--for years to come.Randomly distribute to each guest a birthday card and envelope, with an age written on the outside. Have each one write an age-appropriate birthday greeting and/or wish.Enough cards and envelopes for each guest, including the mom-to-be, pens, and markers.It's plain old heart-melting to think about the child opening her shower card every year, for a long time--depending on the number of guests.