7 of the best games to play at a baby shower

A baby shower is a wonderful gift for a mum-to-be. It’s a chance to see her friends and be distracted from the discomforts and worries of pregnancy.

It’s also the beginning of the baby’s ‘village’ – a gathering of much-loved people who will hopefully become the baby’s extended family.

Many of these people won’t have met before as they all come from the mum-to-be’s various social and work circles, including colleagues and family friends. Organising fun baby shower games is a great way for guests to get to know each other and have a fantastic time.

Here are seven of the best games to play at a baby shower:

The baby-change game

You’ll need a life-sized baby doll in a nappy, another nappy, a baby onesie (the more complicated the better!) and a bib. Set the clock and see who can change and dress baby in less than 60 seconds. The ensuing chaos can make this among the funniest baby shower games ever.

Who’s that baby?

This is a fun way to break the ice and have people introduce each other. Ask everyone to submit a baby photo in advance. Print them all out to hang on the wall. Throughout the party people can try and match the right baby photo to the right guest.

Nappy pass-the-parcel

Fill some newborn nappies with treats – lollies, potpourri and, of course, chocolate (any kids attending the shower will especially enjoy this). Wrap them into a big pile and gather everyone in a circle for pass-the-parcel.

Organising fun baby shower games lets your guests relax, laugh, and get to know each other. Best of all it provides a fun, memorable, and special day for the expectant mother.

Baby fortune teller

Have your guests write the following on different slips of paper:

Boy or Girl (if the gender is still secret)
First name
Middle name
Hobby/Special talent
Place to live

Mix and match the answers, then draw one from each category. Read out the different combinations and enjoy the fun – the names may even provide inspiration if nothing has been decided!

Baby food Master-chef

Divide guests into small teams for the challenge of who can make the best baby cuisine. Select easy to mash food that won’t need cooking first – bananas, pears and berries, avocado, yoghurt, rice cereal. The mum-to-be does a blind taste test at the end to decide the winner!

Hickory Dickory What?!

We all know Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but do you remember all the words to Sing a Song of Sixpence? Can you still perform the correct actions to I’m a little teapot? Another take on this is to try and remember the original stories behind classic fairy tales – not just the Disney film versions (hello, The Little Mermaid!).

Baby haute couture

Let your guests get in touch with their inner fashion-designer. Purchase some plain white baby clothes – t-shirts, singlets, socks – and provide fabric paint and markers for decorating. Remember to get a range of different sizes – 0000 to 0 so baby has a chance to wear them.