This morning I’m reminiscing about how much fun I had planning the games for my BFF’s baby shower back in 2008 (I can’t believe little peanut is 5 now!). I was in charge of the shower games. I remember scouring the website at the time looking for free baby shower games. Most of them were super cheesy and not really any fun. That simply wouldn’t do!
If you are going to be hosting a shower, or perhaps you have going to have a shower thrown for yourself, here are 2 games we played at the shower, and they were both big hits. Maybe they will give you some ideas! And if you need ideas for baby shower food, I’ve got you covered there, too!
Free Baby Shower Games
When Mommy was Little
This is a multiple choice set of questions. You can either give every guest a piece of paper with all the questions and the possible answers listed, or you can call them out one by one and simply have guests write down their answers. You will likely need to get answers to your questions from either the expecting mom or from her mother. Here are the questions I asked about my friend, Leslie. Feel free to alter your questions to best suit your guest of honor!
1. How long was Leslie’s mom in labor with her?
Here’s an example of the 4 possible answers
a. no labor – she was born by c-section
b. 9 hours and 37 minutes
c.Somewhere around 12 hours
d. She lost count after the first 24 hours
2. How much did Leslie weigh when she was born?
3. How long was Leslie at birth?
4. Was Leslie born with hair?
5. On which day of the week was Leslie born?
6. How old was Leslie when she started sleeping through the night?
7. What was Leslie’s first word?
8. What was Leslie’s favorite baby food?
9. How old was Leslie when she was potty trained?
10. What was Leslie’s favorite book as a small child?
11. In which state did Leslie attend preschool?
13. How old was Leslie when she got her first dog?
Tie-breaker question: Whose birthday is closest to Peanut’s due date? You win!
The Price is Right
At first glance, this baby shower game might not seem free at all, as you need to purchase items to play it. I simply included these items as part of my baby shower gift to my friend, though (remember to include the receipt!). Practical gifts are always winners at a shower!
For the game we played, I purchased 7 items that new parents need. I wrote up little blurbs about each product as if I was showcasing it on The Price is Right. I showed each item, one at a time, and had guests write down their best guess for the retail price of that item. The object of the game is to come as close as possible to the retail price of the item shown. In my version of the game, it was ok to guess a price that is higher than the retail price, but you can decide if you want to allow that or not in your version.
After the retail price of each item is revealed, each guest needs to calculate the amount by which they were off. It might be wise to bring a few calculators, though most people have calculators on their phones now. The person with the lowest overall total by which they were off at the end of the game wins the prize (I gave out yummy scented lotions from Bath & Body Works).
Here’s an example of how I showcased an item:
Our fourth item is a jumbo pack of Huggies Gentle Care diapers. These are specially designed for a newborn, with a curve in the front of the diaper to prevent the irritation of the umbillical cord. This package contains 40 diapers, which means it will last approximately 4 days…maybe! Please write down your guesses.
Actual retail price: $9.54
If you need ideas about the things I purchased, here’s my list. I will say that now that I am a mom and better understand what parents need (more diapers and wipes) and what they don’t need (crib shoes), I probably would have purchased a few different things.
- Set of hangers
- crib shoes
- travel pack of baby shampoo, wash, lotion, powder, etc.
- set of bottles
- crib mattress protector
I hope that you enjoy these free baby shower games. We certainly had a lot of fun playing them!
Bonus: I also found this image online, and folks on pinterest seem to be LOVING it! Check out this totally free, totally fun baby due date guessing game!
Are you hosting a shower this year? Are you the guest of honor at a shower this year? Do you have any especially memorable games that were played at a shower you hosted or attended in the past? I’d love to hear about it!
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