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7 Most Awkward Baby Shower Games

By babblejillian |

Even the stork isn't having fun.

As a mom-to-be, you’re going to need a lot of stuff. You also probably want to celebrate this crazy new time in your life — and teach your unborn little one the proper way to get down with family and friends right from the start. Hence, the baby shower. But somewhere along the way, oohing and ahhing over baby gear and clinking some nonalcoholic sparkling cider got pushed aside for … sniffing melted chocolate in diapers? We take a look at the most straight-up awkward baby shower games we’ve been forced to play after the jump. — Jillian Capewell


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Why'd we ever play these awkward baby shower games?

Guess mom’s tummy size

Beyond the general discomfort I feel saying the word “tummy” to people over age 10, I’m not sure the mom-to-be will be super excited to let party guests bet on the size of her bump. The idea is for guests to cut off amounts of string they think will be long enough to wrap around her midsection. While a big bump is a beautiful thing, this woman already has strangers telling her she’s about to pop approximately every five minutes.
And that woman who cut enough string to hand-crochet a tent? Totally not getting a thank-you card.
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About babblejillian



Jillian Capewell is an editor and graduate of SUNY Geneseo in upstate New York, where she was an editor for the college newspaper. Jillian started at Babble as an intern and returned after spending a year teaching Beatles songs to French children. She has wanted to write for a living since completing the construction-paper classic Penguin Surprise Do Stuff at age four with the help of her mom, who had to spell all the words. Aside from Babble, Jillian’s work has also appeared on xoJane and Nerve.

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8 thoughts on “7 Most Awkward Baby Shower Games

  1. Nadia says:

    We played the “measure my bump” game at my shower. I didn’t think it was that bad…until my rude cousin’s turn came up! Her piece of string was literally twice as big as mine was. She is also the woman who comes up to me and says, “Hey Chubby!” So I guess the game can be fun, depending on who you play it with.

  2. lea says:

    I like all these games thanks for the ideas! now im gonna read the “non awkard” gamea

  3. Rachel says:

    I think that the whole point of games, is to get people to relax, and all of the new Mama’s friends and family to get to know each other. Unless you are just an extremly outgoing person, sitting in a room with 20 other people you don’t know is uncomfortable….but being stupid with 20 others, kind of bonds you!!

  4. April says:

    Yep my MIL did the whole let’s make me feel really fat when we played the measure the bump game too. Her piece was 5 times longer than anyone else’s. I think it would have gone from head to toe on me and back. Plus the game didn’t work very well when the first person had it measured perfectly. So then what was the point of even continuing!?

    I am not a fan of baby shower games. I didn’t do any at the baby shower I hosted. I would rather just mingle and talk.

  5. Cec says:

    how funny that the baby ice cube game is in both the awkward games and the non awkward games slide shows?

    we did a game SIMILAR to the “dont say baby” game at the babyshower i hosted for my friend. Everyone was given a name tag with a baby-related item written on it as they walked in the door and a clothes pin. For the whole shower, your name becomes whatever is written on your name tag. and if someone says your REAL name, you take their clothes pin. So Mom-to-be was Baby. I was Socks. Her sisters were Diaper and Booties. Her MIL was Burp Rag. and etc. it was cute, but kinda hard since we all knew each other, but good for the ones who didnt know anyone’s names since they just looked at nametags. …..and naturally the 8 year old at the party won the game. lol

  6. Angie says:

    I don’t like babyshower games at all, so that is why I opted to have a Sip and See after my daughter is born in Decemember. I like the more casual nature of the Sip and See then all the stress of the big babyshower. I already have most of everything our baby will need and this way my friends and family can just come and meet her without worrying about a gift or being bored.

  7. ashley says:

    i did the measure the bump game, and the poopy diaper game. The trick with the poopy diaper is to only mess one diaper. then your not wasting them. we messed one diaper with mr goodbar and the rest we put butterscotch candies in to represent pee. the one who got the messy diaper won the game. they were both fun and not awkward at all!!

  8. Julie Patterson says:

    Baby shower games are horrendous! They aren’t beneficial for Mom-to-be first of all, second they’re a big time suck and involve “planning and timing”. Oh, and ofcourse, there’s always that one rude/ignorant/way too competetive chic getting loud and causing a scene if she doesn’t win. Just skip the games, for the love of Pete! If you just have to have group participation ask each lady to tell her favorite “Mom” story. Guests without children can tell a story about a niece/nephew/friend’s child or some lesson from their own childhood. The purpose of a baby shower should be to uplift and encourage Mommy-to-be, not make her feel like a whale or stress over who’s winning more games, her Mom or MIL.

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