Strictly Baby Shower Activities, Not Games
Fun Baby Shower Activities For Your Guests
Baby showers are about marking the transition from pregnancy to parenthood, but they are also a wonderful opportunity to create mementos of the occasion for the new parents and child to treasure. Below are several baby shower activities that may help preserve this momentous day.
Create a Time Capsule for Baby
A time capsule is a gift that is not high in financial value, but it is high in sentimental value. It is a one-of-a-kind gift for mom-to-be, to pass on to her baby.
You can involve your guests in making a time capsule to open on one of baby’s later birthdays.
Not sure what to put inside your time capsule? Check out this post titled: Top Ideas Of What To Include In Your Baby Time Capsule & First Birthday Capsule
Create Birthday Cards for Baby from 1-18 Years
All the guests could make birthday cards for the baby, or they could sign birthday cards for the new baby. This is a sweet idea because then at every birthday, baby would be receiving a card that was signed by all who attended.
Baby Shower Bib Decorating, Onesie Decorating & Burp Cloths too
Decorate white burp cloths, baby bibs, onesies. This is a really popular baby shower activity because you’d be doing something that the new mom and baby can use later. All you will need are the white bibs or onesies or burp cloths, and fabric markers or fabric paint. For guests who are not too artistic, you could use baby stencils or letter stamps.
Decorated white burp cloths are easy to make and very useful.
A slight deviation is for decorating bibs with bowties.
This is a fun and easy baby shower activity because you don’t need to be an artist to do this. It’s also really easy for the host to set up.
Create an ABC Book For Baby
This is a wonderful and popular baby shower color activity.
Baby shower coloring is the new thing for various reasons. Coloring is relaxing for many people, it’s a peaceful activity that the new mom and her friends can participate in, and what they are coloring, can be used for the baby. Therefore, it’s a gift that will live long after the baby shower.
Create Baby Shower Blocks
Create your own DIY baby shower blocks. It is not very hard to do, and you can find complete instructions here. These baby shower blocks can be kept for the new baby, when he/she is older and able to play with the blocks.
In the image below, there are DIY alphabet blocks but you definitely do not need to feel limited to the alphabet and numbers. The designs are glued to unfinished wooden blocks, so you could decorate the blocks however you like.
Write Funny Diaper Messages
This one is also known as the “late night diaper game,” and it’s a fun activity for sure. It’s the game that keeps on giving because the new mom and dad will be reading your messages weeks after, and hopefully laughing. Here are 83 funny diaper messages, just to get the creative juices flowing.
In this activity, each guest gets a newborn diaper and a marker. They are to write a message for the parents-to-be. Messages are usually funny and relevant to diaper changing. These messages will be read while changing the baby during the early hours of the morning.
Here’s the free “Funny Diaper Messages” downloadable poem that goes with it.
Parents will likely keep these diapers separate – reserved for late night diaper changes because they offer a good laugh at 3am in the morning, when there is really no reason to laugh. Below are some examples but for lots more, check out – 83 Funny Diaper Messages for Late Night Diaper Changes.
Create a Fingerprint Tree Canvas For Baby
Instead of a traditional baby shower guest book, get a baby shower fingerprint tree canvas.
A fingerprint tree is a wonderful idea because unlike a book that goes onto a bookshelf, your fingerprint tree canvas can be hung to decorate the nursery. It will be like a memory book that can be enjoyed every day.
Growing the fingerprint tree is an awful lot of fun. The canvas starts out as a tree with no leaves. As your guests leave their fingerprints, the tree starts to fill up until it looks like the tree below. It’s a fun and interactive activity for your guests, plus it’s a beautiful keepsake and decor.
The host decides beforehand if she wants the guest to only leave fingerprints, or leave fingerprints and their names, like the image below.
Baby Prediction Cards Game
This activity is great if the baby’s gender is unknown to the guests. The guests guess the new baby’s gender, hair color, birth weight, etc. The new mom can keep these cards and it will be fun to look at them months after her baby is born.
Here’s the free download of our Baby Prediction Cards.
Baby Shower Disposable Camera ‘Snap Photography’
As an informal baby shower activity, guests could take photos to commemorate the day. Disposable cameras may be placed around the room so that the visitors could take random photos of the event as it unfolds.
Baby Shower Blessings
Create Blessing Stones for Baby. These are relatively easy to make. All you need are permanent markers and river rocks.
These are called ‘baby shower blessing stones” but guests can add any kind of message or quote or advice that they like.
Wishes for Baby Cards
This is one of the more popular baby shower activities. Preprinted cards are given to the guests, wherein they fill in their wishes for the new baby. Mom-to-be will keep the cards, and if she would like, responses could also be read out loud.
Click here for your Free Download of “Wishes for Baby”.
Wishes For Baby Line
Create animal or shape outlines where people can write their wishes for the new baby.
This is really easy to do! Print free animal outlines onto cardstock paper, cut them out, and hang them on a line.
Create Dreamcatchers for Baby’s Nursery
This is the most relevant baby shower activity if you are attending a dreamcatcher baby shower. Making a dreamcatcher is not too hard to do and your guests will enjoy the activity. You can also use it to decorate baby’s room afterward. See the video below for complete instructions.
Guess the Baby Name
This is a great mingling activity at baby showers! People love it because they get to connect with others on a different level because they have to look at the baby photos, and then match it with one of the adults in the room.
This activity is quite easy to set up too. When you send out the invitations, ask all the guests to bring a photograph of themselves, when they were a baby. Once you have the photos, assign a number to each photo and post it up on the wall.
Guests have to guess which photograph corresponds to each guest. The person who matched up the most photos, win a prize.
Name the Baby
In this baby shower activity, the guests write down names that they think you should name your baby. This is an activity enjoyed by many.
Once everyone is done, the mom-to-be can pull the names out of a bowl and share them with everyone.
This activity is especially good and helpful if the mom-to-be is uncertain about what to name her baby.
Set Up a DIY Baby Headbands Station
This is a fun activity that everyone can do. There is NO SEWING involved. Here is a helpful ‘how to make headband for babies’ tutorial.
Baby Shower Guest Book
Everyone can participate in filling out a baby shower guest book. Guests could write messages, poems or include pictures.
Advice Cards For The Mother To Be
Other moms are a wealth of advice. Guests can complete advice on regular note cards, or you could use pre-printed advice cards. As the image below indicates, you could also share mother traditions.
Create a New Parent Survival Kit
Guests can plan ahead of time and decide what kind of kit they want to prepare for the new parents. You could create a hospital kit, a survival kit for when they get home from the hospital, or a daddy doody kit like the one below. Everyone can pitch in to create and decorate it.
Photos With Future Messages For Baby
Create beautiful photos messages for baby.
Need diapers? This is a great way to get your guests to actually bring some. All you need to do is include raffle tickets in their invitations. That way, you’re not asking them to buy raffle tickets because bringing diapers is your ticket to being included in the raffle.
Here is a helpful resource titled: Diaper raffle tickets: The highly effective strategy to getting more diapers, guaranteed.
Click here to get your own Free Printable Diaper Raffle Tickets.
Diaper Raffle – The Modern Baby Shower Game Version
Diaper raffles are very typical. This diaper raffle activity has a twist to it. This is not just any diaper raffle – there’s fun involved with this one. This game will only work if the baby shower is being held at the home of the parents-to-be.
There are two parts of the activity – the diaper raffle part, and the actual activity part. For the diaper raffle part – when you send out the invitations, ask guests to bring diapers. The guest who brings the most diapers gets the most raffle tickets.
During the course of the shower, you will draw the winning raffle. Here are some awesome raffle ideas.
The fun activity is that once the guests get to the party, they have to hide diapers around the house, into any nook and cranny. Long after the festivities, the grateful parents will still be finding diapers, but do not hide diapers in places that are so obscure that the diapers would never be found – like the attic.
Click here for your Free Downloadable Diaper Raffle Tickets.
Don’t Say Baby!
“Don’t Say Baby” can be considered a game, or an activity. I include it here because it is a popular activity that starts as your guests arrive.
As they walk through the door, everyone gets a clothespin to wear on their shirts/ dresses. Whenever you hear someone says “baby”, you are allowed to take their clothespin. The guest with the most clothespins wins.
This activity is easy to set up. All you need is the printout like the one below – letting people know that they will be participating. You will also need a pack of clothespins from a craft store (like Michaels) or a local store (like Walmart). If you want to be really fancy, you can get blue or pink colored pins.
Click here to get your Don’t Say Baby Free printout.
The Difference Between Baby Shower Activities & Baby Shower Games
There seems to be confusion between baby shower activities and baby shower games. To clarify:
- Baby shower games. are fun games that are played competitively. Baby shower prizes are expected.
- Baby shower activities are fun activities you do at a baby shower, which are not competitive. With baby shower activities, prizes are not expected.
What can you do instead of baby shower games?
Instead of baby shower games, there are lots of fun baby shower activities your guests may enjoy. A few examples are:
- Decorating baby onesies;
- Making headbands for a baby girl;
- Coloring pages to create a unique Alphabet book for baby;
- Decorating bibs or burp cloths;
- Creating a time capsule for baby;
- Writing future birthday cards;
- Creating funny diaper messages, etc.
How many activities to have at a baby shower
Traditionally, you would have 2-3 baby shower activities. Keep in mind, some activities go much faster than others. Writing funny diaper messages or creating a fingerprint canvas will go much faster than decorating bibs, for example. Carefully choose two short and one long activity.
How to include grandma in baby shower activities
Choose baby shower activities she would enjoy. If she's an artist, she may enjoy coloring pages to a unique alphabet book for baby. If she's funny, she may enjoy writing funny diaper messages. If she is good with her hands, she may like decorating onesies or burp cloths.
Note From The Author
I trust you enjoyed this post. I have to admit – I created it out of frustration because I’d look for baby shower activities, and find games! I figured if I’m frustrated, maybe you are also frustrated.
I think I put together a comprehensive list but if I missed anything, definitely let me know, please. I’ll be happy to add in.
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