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 really are 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 We’d remove outdated words like “Baby Powder” and add terms like “Paid Parental Leave” and “Pumping at Work.”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. Trust us, your baby shower guests will thank you. Keep scrolling for 20 ofb the best baby shower games and printables!
Our Favorite Baby Shower Games and Printables
Don’t worry, this baby shower word scramble comes with the answer key. Don’t feel bad, we even had a hard time cracking some of these and we made them! Download the free baby shower printable below.
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!
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!
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 cardstock for a longer-lasting keepsake.
Printable Games for Purchase
5. 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. Not into the DIY? Purchase a digital download ‘Guess the Celebrity Baby’ game from the Etsy link below!
6. Baby Shower Scattergories
This question and answer game is a fun race against a timer—with a twist! When the host says “Go!” baby shower guests will answer prompts including “popular baby name,” “baby brand name,” “pregnancy complaint,” and “children’s TV show” but the answers must start with the first and last letters of the mama-to-be’s name.
7. Would She Rather
How well do you know the mom-to-be at the baby shower you’re attending? This game will test just that by asking guests to check the choice they think the expectant mama would choose. For example, would she rather sleep in late or get up early? How about watch or horror film or watch a click flick? The guest with the most correct answers wins!
8. Mommy or Daddy Guess Who
A great option for a co-ed couples baby shower, this “Mommy or Daddy Guess Who” game is fun for everyone. Guests can earn one point for every correct answer to questions like “who will change more diapers,” “who will spoil the baby most,” and “who will read to the baby more?” So cute!
9. Name a Baby Item
Another race against the clock, this time to think of a baby item that begins with each letter of the alphabet. Generally, the winner will be whoever has the most same answers as the mom to be, who fills the card out beforehand. Other times, people will play until one person gets the entire card completed.
10. How Old Were the Parents-to-Be
This fun game will incorporate photos of mom and dad throughout the years, which can be extra special for friends and family to look back on. Either print out photos, have them printed right on the page, or have them on a slide show and have guests guess the age of the parents in each photograph.
11. Baby Family Feud
Just like your favorite game show! This game will have guests try to guess the number one answer on baby related questions. Whoever gets the most right wins a prize!
13. Baby Trivia
Test attendees’ knowledge of babies with this fun trivia game. With questions like “When does a baby get its finger prints?”, even seasoned moms may be stumped on some questions. And don’t worry, they come with an answer key included!
14. Create an ABC Book for Baby
One of our favorite alternative activities for a baby shower is having guests put together an ABC book for baby. 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.
15. Make a Piece of Nursery Wall Art
Similarly, guests can create a memorable keepsake wall art piece for baby’s nursery. 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.
16. Paint Onesies or Bibs
With all of the inevitable outfit changes the new baby will have, parents can never have too many onesies and clean bibs on hand. This activity can be super simple and fun, just purchase a pack of plain white onesies and/or bibs and have some fabric markers or paint set out for use.
17. Pacifier Hunt
The rules are simple and the game is reminiscent of a nostalgic Easter egg hunt! Hide pacifiers throughout the room and have guests search for as many as they can. Whoever comes out with the most wins a prize.
18. Words of Wisdom Cards
While more of an activity than an actual game, the parents-to-be are sure to appreciate reading advice and words of encouragement from those closest to them. Have cards available for guests to write on, pens, and a jar to put them in.
19. Guess How Many Items are in the Jar
Another easy, low effort game that still gets the competitive juices flowing is having a guessing game. Fill a jar with small like items such as one type of candy and have guests write down there guess of how many of that item are in the jar. Whoever guesses the closest, wins! The best part about this game is that it can be customized to the theme.
20. Baby Predictions
Keep the fun going even after the day ends by having guests make predictions on thee newborn baby. They’ll guess things like date of birth, height, weight, and more! Go all out and have a special gift on hand for when the time comes, or simply let the winner have bragging right.