Don’t Say "Baby"
I think we had a rule like this in a drinking game once but the basic idea is that at a baby shower, decked out in Welcome Baby! balloons and streamers, where guests bring all these baby gifts, you cant say well, Im not even going to say it. Why? Because those are the rules. And Im a winner.
Guess the Baby Item
This premise is pretty straightforward: You stick your hands in a bag, feel around for some bottles and pacifiers, and tell everyone what you think is inside. While it might be good practice for when Mom has to dig around a dark diaper bag for a rattle while balancing baby, cellphone, and purse with one hand, isn't she allowed a little baby product-free time? Perhaps a more realistic game would be to have everyone take off their shoes and see which baby products would hurt the most to step on now that's something (unfortunately) all parents will have to get used to.
How many diapers does a single baby use in a year? Don't tell me. Really, don't.
Breaking the Ice
One game suggests that you freeze some tiny plastic babies (Don't know where to find them? At the plastic baby-buying, er, craft store, naturally) in ice cubes and hand one in a cup to each guest. The idea is to have them hold it during the party, and the first with an ice-free baby to call out, "My water broke!" is the winner. So this is what labor will be like: Warming up an ice cube in my hands in hopes of freeing my poor, trapped plastic child inside. What do people need epidurals for?
Sniffing Baby Diapers
Why would you ruin a perfectly good chocolate bar by melting it in the microwave, smearing it on a disposable diaper, and forcing your guests to stick their nose in baby poop in the name of woman-to-woman bonding? Moreover, why would you ruin a perfectly good diaper? Mom and Dad are going to be needing those and they are expensive!
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39 Baby Shower Games Your Guests Will Actually Want To Play, Plus Virtual Options
Being pregnant is no easy task — but it isn’t always hard work! Sometimes you get to have fun too, like when you go on a babymoon or have your baby shower.
In this post, the baby experts at Mustela will help you prepare for your special party by sharing 39 ideas for fun baby shower games, including some virtual ones to keep you, your family, and your growing bundle of joy safe for the celebration!
Printable Baby Shower Games
Word games and puzzles played on paper are a staple of any American baby shower. If you’ve been to one, you know the drill: the host passes around game sheets and tiny pencils, and each guest has a certain amount of time to fill out their sheet before the answers are given and someone wins a prize.
Just because your baby shower has moved online doesn’t mean you should feel the need to forgo this tradition. Below are four downloadable and printable games, made by Babylist just for you, that can be played even across great distances.
WISHES FOR BABY
If guests have special wishes and hopes for your new baby, here’s where they can write them down so you (and eventually baby, too) can treasure them for life.
BABY WORD UNSCRAMBLE
Babies need so many things! Here’s a list of baby products (most of which are probably on your registry) for guests to unscrambled and reveal something a baby might use.
EMOJI BABY PICTIONARY
Welcome to a baby shower game for the 21st century. Guests are shown a series of emojis that translates to a baby-related word or phrase, and they’ll have to make their best guess. It works exactly like pictionary, just using all the cute (and weird) little icons you can find in your phone.
BABY ANIMAL MATCH UP
Did you know that all animals have special names for their offspring? In this game, guests are given two lists: names of adult animals and the name of their babies. They’ll have to match them up to create the correct associations.
How to download and use these printable games
Click Download Game Sheet below the image of the game you want, then (in the new browser tab that opens to show the game) click the download icon on the right side of the upper tool bar. You can share the game with your guests and have them download it to their own devices by copy-pasting the URL in the image tab and sending it to either in an emailed invite or toward the beginning of the party. After that, the games work just like they would in real life!
If your guests have printers at home, they can print out the game sheet and write their answers there. If a guest doesn’t have a printer, they can still write their answers down on a separate sheet of paper while viewing the game on their screen. Once everyone is ready, have guests show their answers on camera so you can see.
The answer sheets are available for you to download, too. Just click the Download Answer Sheet link underneath the image of the game on this page. (And be sure not to send that link to your guests by accident!)
Traditional Games For Zoom Baby Shower
Who's That Baby?
Before the shower, ask guests to send in a photo of themselves now and when they were a baby. Create a page with all of the guests' current photos and names and send it to everyone to use during a slide show presentation of everyone's baby pictures. Guests have to match or guess who's who, and whoever gets the most answers correct wins.
Don't Say "Baby"
This is about as classic as it gets when it comes to baby shower games. Have everyone be on alert to call each other out if they say the word "baby." The host (or a host-helper) will keep score for the guests, and whoever caught people saying "baby" the most gets a prize.
The Price Is Right
Unfortunately, there's no Plinko game here, but this game is still full of the spirit of The Price Is Right. Come up with a list of baby essentials, like a car seat, diapers, formula, and a pack of onesies, and have guests guess what they think the average price of each item is. The person who gets the most correct, or closest to correct without going over, is declared the winner.
Trending Baby Names
This came can be played two ways, using either the top 20 baby names from the year mom-to-be was born or the top 20 baby names from the prior year. Either way, have guests rank the names based on what they think was most popular. Whoever's list is closest to correct wins.
Guess How Many
Since the Guess How Many game is visual anyway, it can still be done virtually. Fill a vase or container with an object or candy and have guests guess how many are in there. Whatever you choose, make sure it's small enough to make the game a challenge.
When Should You Throw The Baby Bash?
Our advice when settling on a date for the party is don’t wait! Even if your best friend only just found out she’s pregnant a week ago, get started planning the shower now. And don’t be afraid to hold the shower early in the second trimester, rather than waiting until the third trimester.
We recommend that for two very important reasons:
- It gives the prospective parents plenty of time to buy any essentials they still need after the shower.
- It ensures that the mommy-to-be has plenty of energy to enjoy her party.
1. Acknowledge how lucky, as parents, you are. Smile, as you gaze into your newborn’s eyes. Soak in the joy of having a baby and appreciate your life’s biggest prize. Wishing you two (almost three) all the best.
2. A new baby makes love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, savings smaller and homes happier.
3. Congratulations! Wish you endless love and boundless patience for making your new role as super parents a grand success!
4. Don’t forget to pamper yourself a little after putting on the pampers.
5. Funny how such a tiny thing can take up so much space in our hearts. Congratulations on the little one.
6. Looking forward to being a part of the new journey. I can’t wait to meet your little bundle of joy. Congratulations!
7. May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon. May you grow up with love and gracious hearts and people who care. Welcome to the world little one, it has been waiting for you.
8. Precious one, so small, so sweet, dancing in on Angel’s feet, straight from heaven’s brightest star, what a blessing you truly are.
9. Sleepless nights are more than worth it with your little one. Their bright eyes and glowing hearts make the best night lights.
10. Some call them little bundles of joy. They’re also little bundles of diapers, tantrums, and sleep deprivation! Good thing they’re little bundles of love too. Congratulations on your greatest love yet.
11. The littlest feet make the biggest footprints in our hearts. Enjoy this love.
12. Whether it’s a boy or a girl, I hope that it will fill up your life with abundant happiness.
13. Your home will soon be filled with toys and will never be quiet again. Your house will often be a mess, and you’ll frequently be tired. But there will always be love and laughter. All the best and many happy memories.
Choose a Theme and Decor
Baby showers are synonymous with themes. Some parents-to-be choose to go all pink, all blue or stick with gender-neutral colors for their theme, while others use the decor in their baby's nursery to help inspire the look of their baby shower. Shower decorations can be homemade or store-bought, and they can be simple or extremely elaborate. Showers can take on a storybook theme, centering around books and literature, or they can be religious in nature or anywhere in between.
Choosing a name for your child is no easy task. You may want to select a name with a significant meaning or one that reflects your cultural heritage. Perhaps you're looking for a name that is slightly unique -- yet not so unusual that your child is teased by his or her peers. Review our Top 10 Baby Names slideshow for a few suggestions to help get you started choosing the perfect name for the newest addition to your family.
When you bring your baby home from the hospital, you'll want to have a safe and happy room for him or her to sleep in. Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to spend a ton of money to make an adorable nursery. All you need to do is be creative with your product selections.
LoveToKnow Baby has several ideas for decorating your child's nursery, including:
Mail-in Baby Shower
A mail-in baby shower combines aspects of the virtual and drive-by options. Set a date and time for a video call where people share their gifts. Both the games and presents are then mailed (or dropped off) to the mom-to-be. This option is a simple, cost-effective way of organizing a baby shower, especially with various video apps available. However, some apps have a maximum number of participants, and mailing in the games means you only have a few activity options.
Games for a Mail-in Baby Shower
Mail-in baby shower games are limited to print-outs or written responses. You can send these documents to your guests by email and have them print them out at home. Some popular options include the following:Baby word search
The Best Virtual Baby Shower Games to Play
1. Who&rsquos That Baby?
2. Who&rsquos Who in the Family?
Another photo-focused game that lends itself well to this virtual setup. Ask the mama-to-be to round up a selection of photos of relatives on both her side of the family and her spouse&rsquos. Then, cue the slideshow. The goal is for everyone to guess which relative has a face that resembles the mom&rsquos side or the dad&rsquos side. The guest with the most correct answers wins a virtual prize!
3. Baby Shower Gift Bingo
Yep, this baby shower classic is still one you can play virtually. You simply need to mock-up the template (or use one that you pulled online) and email it to everyone ahead of the occasion. That way, they can print it out themselves and play along. The person who calls out Bingo first has to hold up their card so that the host can cross-check their work.
4. How Well Do You Know the Mama-to-Be?
Virtual or not, it&rsquos tough to beat a round of trivia that you can all play as a group. Teams for this aren&rsquot as easy to pull off when you&rsquore all in separate places, but everyone can still play for themselves. You&rsquoll need a series of questions about the mom-to-be (perhaps sectioned off into periods of her life like, &ldquothe college years&rdquo or &ldquoworking woman&rdquo), then the host will call them out. Guests can jot down their responses and then the host will have to trust their word that they are keeping an honest tally of their score. (Or you could have everyone email their answers so you can tally them up while everyone sips homemade mimosas&mdashyour call.)
5. Celeb Baby Name Game
Jennifer Garner. Gwyneth Paltrow. Michelle Obama. All moms. But can your guests recall the names of their kids? Again, present your screen with a series of celeb images, then have everyone wager guesses as to the correct names of their kids. (Bonus points if they can recall their ages, too.)
6. Baby Shower Charades
Just because you&rsquore not all together in person doesn&rsquot mean you can&rsquot play a physical game or two. You can divide everyone into two teams, then assign each person a baby-related action. (Say, burping a baby, changing a diaper or just being a sleep-deprived parent in general.) Then, as one team member acts out their assignment, their team will wager guesses with a time limit set in place by the host. (To minimize someone on the wrong team shouting out, the host can mute those who aren&rsquot participating in that particular round.) The team with the most correct answers at the end wins.
7. Baby Song Roulette
Whether you cue up a 10-second clip of &ldquoBaby, Baby&rdquo by the Supremes or &ldquoHit Me Baby One More Time&rdquo by Britney Spears, the goal is for guests to name that baby-themed tune. The person with the most correct answers wins. To keep things more organized, you could have people write their guesses and hold them up to the screen, since video platforms have a tendency of prioritizing the first person to talk.
8. Virtual Scavenger Hunt
The host can make a list of fun (and baby-themed) objects that may or may not be lying around everyone&rsquos house, then see which of the guests can produce the most items. Some example objects: milk, a diaper, a baby pic. Set a timer for how long everyone has to search and let the virtual race begin.
9. Advice for the Parents &ndash A Live Reading
OK, this is less of a game and more of a sentimental surprise. But, given that in-person baby showers often ask guests to share sweet sentiments&mdashsay, advice for the mom-to-be&mdashwhy not utilize one of the best features of these video chatting services? The option to record your live chat. Give each guest a head&rsquos up that they&rsquoll be put on the spot to read a piece of advice about child rearing and then hit record during the party as you go around the &ldquoroom&rdquo calling on people for their turn to talk. At the end, the parents will have a beautiful time capsule of the day&mdashand a memento to call up when they&rsquore in need of extra support on a sleep-deprived night.