12 baby shower games that won't make you cringe

Baby shower games can be fun. Really. Give these ones a whirl at your next shower.

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1. And Bingo was his/her Name-o

What you’ll need: For this baby shower game, you’ll want a different baby bingo card per guest (there are printable Internet options, we like this one from Artisan Cake Company) and 15-20 card markers (cinnamon hearts work).
How to play: As the mom-to-be opens her presents, guests mark-off the corresponding gift pic (blanket, bib, book). Standard Bingo rules apply. Who says gift opening has to be a snooze?

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2. Bottle boat races

What you’ll need: Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink options, baby bottles for each guest.
How to play: It’s the same old game you remember (or would rather forget) from college only now the beer bottles have been replaced with baby bottles. Divide the party into two teams and may the best (tipsy) sailors win!

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3. Franken-baby

What you’ll need: Headshots of mom and pop, bristol board, a tech-savy host or helper.
How to play: Use one of the many “this is your baby” websites to create hypothetical spawn by swapping out the real dad/mom for famous folk like Obama, Tom Cruise or Angelina Jolie. Guests try to guess the mystery parent.

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4. Advice Book

What you’ll need: A nice journal or scrapbook, a few coloured pens.
How to play: Have each guest write down a piece of parenting advice for the mom-to-be, whether inspirational, heartfelt or funny. You can include quotes or photos. It’ll be a keepsake she can look back on down the road, and maybe even share with her little one.

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5. Rock’n… rattle

What you’ll need: Plain onesies, permanent markers, list of rock’n’roll phrases (Live and Let Diaper, Colic Me Maybe, Rage Against the Mashed Peas…).
How to play: Let your guests unleash their inner rock gods as they customize newborn-to-be-wild onesies. Why go cutesy when you can go cool?

Beyonce sits outside with daughter Blue Ivy in her lap.
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6. Celebri-baby

What you’ll need: Bristol board, cut-out pictures of A-list offspring.
How to play: Finally, a fun outlet for all your celeb gossip. Guests earn points for ID-ing celebrity tots and their famous parents. Know your Zumas from your Zaharas, or else!!!

the word Baby spelled out on top of cupcakes
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7. Don’t say baby

What you’ll need: A safety pin for each guest.
How to play: Hand each guest a safety pin to wear when they arrive. For the duration of the party, if you hear someone else say the word “baby,” you get to steal their pin and wear it. At the end of the shower, the person with the most pins wins a prize.

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8. Guess the baby

What you’ll need: A couple of large bristol boards, pens and paper.
How to play: Have each guest send the hostess a baby photo of themselves in advance of the party so she can print them. Fill the bristol board with photos and number each one. Hang them on the wall, and have everyone guess which baby photo belongs to which guest.

Dolls of characters from Disney's Frozen
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9. Character name game

What you’ll need: A couple of large bristol boards, pens and paper.
How to play: Have each guest send the hostess a baby photo of themselves in advance of the party so she can print them. Fill the bristol board with photos and number each one. Hang them on the wall, and have everyone guess which baby photo belongs to which guest.

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10. Time capsule

What you’ll need: A small chest or box.
How to play: It’s not so much a game as a cherished keepsake for the baby once she’s all grown up. Email guests in advance and tell them to bring a photo, trinket or souvenir of something big that happened that year. For example, a photo of the biggest chart-topping band of the year or the must-have toy of the year.

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11. Pin the sperm on the egg

What you’ll need: A blindfold, a board (you can make your own or order it straight from Etsy).
How to play: Same idea as the classic childhood favourite—spin the blindfolded guest round and round and watch them attempt to pin the sperm on the egg.

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12. Baby Top 40

What you’ll need: Paper, pens, a timer.
How to play: Set the timer on your phone (keep it short!) and see which guest can write down the most songs featuring the word “baby” in the title. Bonus: Prepare a “baby”-themed music list in advance to play throughout the party. See how well those guests were paying attention!

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