I’ve attended a lot of baby showers, including my own, where fellow party guests and I have played all sorts of baby shower games. I’ve guessed the baby’s weight and arrival date, I’ve ooh’d and aah’d over the cute baby items from my friend or family member’s registry (tiny clothes are really so cute), and I’ve even smelled diapers full of melted candy bars to guess their contents.
At the most recent baby shower I attended, we had to attempt a baby-themed word scramble and word search. Through the process, some fellow moms sitting at the table with me discussed how we could make a more modern version. We’d remove outdated words like “Baby Powder” and add terms like “Paid Parental Leave” and “Pumping at Work.”
So, our team created a word scramble for the modern mom, along with a few other free printable games for your next baby shower. Plus, we’ve rounded up a few other baby shower games and activities that don’t require you to sniff any faux doody-filled diapers. None of us need any more of those—fake or not.
All of these games are low-effort to make and easy to facilitate (all guests need is a pen). Trust us, your baby shower guests will thank you.
Keep scrolling for the best baby shower game ideas, plus plenty of free printables to go with them!
Baby Shower Word Scramble
Don’t worry, this baby shower word scramble comes with the answer key. Yeah, we even had a hard time cracking some of these and we made them! Download the free baby shower printable below.
Name That Song with Baby in the Title
Test your friends’ musical knowledge with this low key mad-lib style game that lets guests complete the title of a song with the word baby in it. Also serves pretty quality playlist inspo!
Children’s Book Emoji Pictionary
Let’s face it, emojis bring a smile to everyone’s face. This fun game lets guests have fun on their own time by “reading” the emojis to create a book–it can get really creative, and funny!
Wishes & Hopes for Baby
The baby wishes game is a classic for a reason–parents leave with a sweet memory they can look back on for years. It’s also keeps guests engaged with minimal effort, and they often come up with some great answers. Consider printing on card stock for a longer-lasting keepsake.
Guess the Celebrity Baby
This is easy to execute with a quick Google search and a printer. The photos could be displayed as part of the baby shower decor or simply collaged to create your own printable worksheet. Number each image and let the guests loose to have fun guessing.
Create a Nursery Keepsake
A quick Pinterest search will turn up ideas for this alternative baby shower activity. My personal favorite finds are creating the baby’s first alphabet book and making wall art for the nursery. For the book, each guest can design a page for their assigned letter of the alphabet. The hosts can then collect and bind the finished pages in a special book for baby.
For the wall art, have each guest stamp their thumbprint in a pattern on canvas or cardstock, like a bouquet of balloons. Just make sure to have a pack of baby wipes nearby for guests to clean their thumbs.
Baby Shower Scattegories
Would She Rather
Baby Shower Version of ‘Cards Against Humanity’
The Everymom baby shower games and graphics created by: Leigh Ryan.
This article was originally published in January 2020. It has been updated for timeliness.