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Baby Bag – Guess How Many

Materials Needed

  • A small baby bag
  • Diapers, a bottle, and other baby items
  • Candy to fill the bag
  • A bowl
  • Slips of paper
  • Pens
  • Challenge your shower guests to guess the number of items in a baby bag. In most Guess How Many games the winner is awarded the contents of a jar(usually candy). With Baby Bag – Guess How Many the winner still gets a haul of candy and the parents to be get a useful bag full of helpful baby stuff.

    The Setup: In a small baby bag put a few diapers, a baby bottle, a pacifier, a raffle, a baby safe toy, and whatever other small useful baby related items you choose, but be sure to leave a lot of empty space. After you have added the baby items, fill in all of the available space with candy bars and other wrapped candies until the bag is overflowing while keeping track of exactly how many items are in the bag.

    At your baby shower, place the bag on a table with a bowl, slips of paper and some pens.

    The Rules: Each shower guest can examine the bag to try to best estimate the number of items, but not touch it. When they are ready to guess they write their name and best guess on a slip of paper, fold it and put it in the bowl. The person who comes the closest to actual number of items in the baby bag is the winner and gets to keep all of the candy.

    A Gift for the Parents: Once you have given the candy to the winner, give the bag and its contents to the soon-to-be parents as a gift from the baby shower.

    Baby Bottle Chug-a-lug

    Materials Needed

  • A baby bottle for each guest
  • Have your guests channel their inner baby as they race to see who can drink a baby bottle the quickest. This whimsical game is a great choice to play early in your baby shower as it allows the guests act a little silly and get in the party spirit. Depending on what beverage they choose to but in their bottle, they might also be getting into some other spirits.

    The Setup: Buy a baby bottle for each party guest. When you are ready to play the game give each shower guest a bottle and allow them to fill it with any beverage they choose. Just make sure that all bottles are filled to the top line and the nipples are securely attracted.

    The Rules: Let the guests know that unscrewing the top or forcing the opening in the nipple larger is not allowed. Then countdown, 1-2-3-GO! and let the sipping commence. The first guest to completely empty their bottle is the winner.

    A Gift for the Parents (optional): After the baby shower sterilize all of the bottles and give them to the soon to be parents as a bonus gift.

    “Tell Your Baby…” Memory Game

    Materials Needed

  • A good memory
  • If you have a sharp and focused group of players this game can last a surprisingly long time. Try to keep the pace of play rapid, sometimes guests will take forever trying to get it right.

    The Set Up: Have your guests sit in a circle in a large open area and select a random player to start.

    The Rules: The first player will say, “ Be sure to tell your baby __________” filling in the blank with whatever advice they choose. It can be realistic like “that they are very special” or a bit silly like “to please sleep so you can finally rest”. For purposes of example the first person said ” that they are very special”. The person to the left of the starter(clockwise) goes next. They will say, ” Be sure to tell your baby that they are very special and __________” filling in the blank with whatever they choose. The third person would say the entire phrase including both of the previous answers(in order) and add a third.

    This continues moving left around the circle with each person repeating what the previous person said and adding an additional piece of baby advice until someone forgets a previous answer, messes up the order or in some way makes a mistake. That person is out and leaves the circle. The person to the left of the person that is now out starts the game over again from scratch. Continue playing and eliminating players until only one person remains. That person is a very deserving winner.

    If the Game is Taking Too Long: Sometimes this game can bog down with guests taking long turns. If your game starts to slow down or even from the very beginning you can add a five second rule. So if any player on their turn goes for more than 5 seconds without adding to the list they are eliminated.

    Don’t Say Baby (Taboos and Tokens)

    Materials Needed

  • A taboo word
  • A token for each guest
  • This game is an excellent choice to lead off your baby shower. Since you play it passively throughout the event, it is a good idea to start it as soon as possible.

    The Set Up: The first thing to do is to select a taboo word, meaning a word(or short phrase) your guests are not allowed to say. The most obvious choice is “Baby” which will work just fine, but if you wish you can choose another word like mom, birth, diapers, or anything you wish that is likely to be said frequently at your party. Now you need tokens. Clothespins are commonly used since they are easy to clip onto and remove from clothing without doing any damage. For a baby shower, a pacifier on a string to be worn around the neck is an excellent choice.

    The Rules: To start the game inform all of your guests of the taboo word. Give them each a token and explain to them that whenever they say the taboo word they will lose their token to the first player to call them out. Now start the game. If Aunt Sue accidently says the taboo word and Cousin Sarah is the first to point out her mistake, then Aunt Sue must give Cousin Sarah her token. Now Sue has no tokens and Sarah has two tokens. The only way for Aunt Sue to get a token back is to be the first to call out someone else when they say the taboo word.

    The game continues throughout the party until a predetermined time close to the end when the game is called to a halt. The person who has the most tokens at the close of the game is declared the winner and gets a prize.

    Craft Option: You can add pink or blue ribbons, stickers, paint or anything else you can imagine to your tokens. Since guests will be wearing them throughout the party , many people choose to fancy them up.