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10 Non-Awkward Baby Shower Games and Activities

By Lauren Hartmann |

Let’s face it, baby shower games are awkward.  That being said, they are also a necessary evil.  Baby showers (or really any type of shower for that matter) can get real awkward, real quick.  That’s why baby shower games and activities were invented – to help kill that uncomfortable silence that happens when guests don’t know each other very well.  Unfortunately most of these games suck.

I’m making a total judgement call here, but I’m going to venture to say that no mother wants her shower guests guessing her weight or how big around her belly is.  Am I right?  So, in an effort to banish awkward baby shower games for mothers-to-be everywhere, I have come up with ten alternatives to fill the void that are fun and non-embarrassing for all participants involved.  You’re welcome in advance.

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Non-Awkward Baby Shower Games and Activities

Wishes for Baby

This pretty little free printable list (you can get it here) is a place for guests to write out their wishes for baby. They would be great to put in a little album along with baby shower photos for the mommy-to-be.

 

slide #1: printable via {Lauren Makes}

slide #2: game via {Escape Concepts}

slide #3: art via Etsy {Christina Elizabeth D}

slide #4: photo by {Carlie Renee for Gabriel Ryan Photographers} for a baby shower via {On To Baby}

slide #5: photo by {Jackie Wonders Photography} of a {Posh Paperie} design via {On To Baby}

slide #6: quilt by {Cactus and Olive}

slide #7: advice book via {Amazon}

slide #8: photo by {Lauren Hartmann via The Little Things We Do…}

slide #9: photo by {Jennifer Young Photography} via {A Beautiful Mess}

slide #10: mini canvases via {Amazon}

 

Find more baby shower games recommendations at BabyZone.com!

For more ideas, check out: Best Baby Shower Games Guide!

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Lauren Hartmann

Lauren Hartmann is a wife, wardrobe stylist, and mama living in Portland, Oregon. She writes about her adventures in motherhood on Babble's Baby Channel. You can also find her blogging at The Little Things We Do or obsessively partaking in social media. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lauren's latest posts →

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10 thoughts on “10 Non-Awkward Baby Shower Games and Activities

  1. Barbara says:

    so the one I would love to do at my own shower or for someone else’s might definitely be bizarre, but that’s what I kind of love about it: Baby “poop” guessing game. You melt different popular candy bars into disposable diapers and guess which is what.
    I just love the idea of a super prim and proper shower going on and then BAM… you got your nose in chocolate. =D

  2. Kira says:

    Someone told me that she has been to multiple showers where they actually smear baby food into diapers and have people smell it to guess what kind of food it is. I have been to showers where you just have to guess by looking at an unmarked jar which isn’t very fun, but at least it’s not disgusting.

    For my Portland shower there are going to be no games since my sister-in-law and I both are not very fond of them. I’m not sure if there will be games at my other shower (what my mom says goes!) but I am positive there will be no weight guessing. A cupcake bar sounds good though :)

    -Kira

  3. Kim says:

    I liked at a shower I went to they gave everyone plain onesies and permanent fabric markers and everyone got to decorate a onesie for the baby. Women got SO creative and did some adorable ones!!!

  4. Marcie says:

    A few more ideas:
    1. Hand someone a gift at the beginning of the time when the mom opens presents. You can use different words, but anytime anyone says “aww”, pass the present to the right. Anytime someone says “cute,” pass the present to the left. Whoever ends up with the gift at the end of the present time gets the prize.
    2. Everyone gets a necklace at the beginning of the party with some sort of baby related thing on it. Anytime anyone hears you say “baby,” they can take your necklaces. Whoever ends up with the most necklaces at the end of the party wins a prize.
    3. This works for families that are religious – prayer time for baby. Pass out cards for people who are willing to pray out loud with various things to pray about for the baby- safe delivery, health, sleep, for the mom, etc. This takes up about 20 minutes and is a great way to lift up the mom and give her a little encouragement before the baby arrives.

  5. Becky says:

    I recently went to a shower where they had everyone tear off a piece of crepe paper that they thought was closest to the mom-to-be’s waist size. I thought it was horrible! I tore off a piece that was about 10 inches long!

    I love the fingerprint tree. You could also use that at a wedding shower.

  6. Alysun says:

    For my baby shower, they used diapers and clothespins for name tags. I got the diapers at the end of the shower. When my Charlee girl was born it was fun to use the diapers with different family’s names on them.

  7. Krista says:

    At a shower I hosted, I had paper each with a letter of the alphabet. Guests picked a letter and they drew an image corresponding to the letter (for example apple for A, lion for B) with the art supplies I provided. Each person then signed their page. After the shower I scanned each page into the computer and put together a alphabet book which I later gave to the mom to be. It was a really neat keepsake.

  8. melissa says:

    I agree, some of these baby games are so out dated and boring, especially if you’ve been to as many as I have!! That’s why I went outside the box for my second baby and had a baby bunco shower. No games except for bunco. The one who won each round got a funny hat with baby stuff glued to it (mostly funny stuff I never used with my first) It was so fun, my guests had a great time and we had a sit down brunch, it was fantastic. Oh and we had blackberry cobbler instead of the boring cake! Loved it!

  9. Connie says:

    The coolest game I saw at a baby shower recently was they passed around a big plastic bottle, and asked everyone to put in spare change for the baby, and then take a guess on how much money was collected. The winner won a prize, but it was a good idea because then the baby gets a good start on a piggy bank!

  10. Kristy Seibold says:

    Instead of games, and to reduce the angst of the mother-to-be who didn’t like the idea of everyone staring at her as she opened gifts for the better part of an hour, we changed the format to something that included everyone. When it was time to sit for the gift opening, we asked everyone to grab a gift from the gift table, just NOT the one they brought. Then, instead of the guest of honor opening them all, everyone opened one, all at the same time like Christmas morning! Next we went around and everyone showed and described what they opened, and the gift giver was recognized. It went MUCH faster, yet there was plenty of time to oooo, and ahahahah over all the presents!

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