Baby Shower Activities Instead of Baby Shower Games?
Baby shower activities are a good alternative to baby shower games. And the nice thing about baby shower activities is that many times the mommy-to-be goes home with a keepsake such as a blanket, decorated baby clothes or birth beads.
If you chose not to play games, you may still want some type of activities to occupy guests and help break the ice. Depending upon the time and the type of activity, you may only need to have one activity for your guests.
Like playing games, whether you should have some sort of baby shower activities depends on a couple of things.First, if most of the guests aren’t acquainted with each other, an activity makes a good ice breaker. Secondly, do you WANT to have baby shower activities? You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do at your shower. If you’d rather not have games or activities, then don’t have them.
In the invitation, ask you guest to bring something that can be put in a time capsule, such as a newspaper, a popular CD, or something very trendy to represent our present day. Put all the items in a pretty hat box or box covered with pretty paper and give to the mommy-to-be. On the baby’s eighteenth birthday, the box will be opened to see what was in style when baby was born. This is one of the baby shower activities that will pay off in years to come.
Designer Baby Onesies
This is one of the baby shower activities that I think is fun. Buy a plain white onesies for each guest and several tubes of fabric paint (the puffy paint is fun). Have each guest create a work of art on her onesie. They can write their name, a wish, draw a picture, or anything to express their feelings toward the baby. Guests have lots of fun and baby gets lots of wacky onesies to wear around the house.
Wishes Do Come True
Give each guest a pen, a pretty little piece of paper, and a birthday candle. Have the guest write down a birthday wish for the new baby. Wrap the paper around the candle and tape in place. Place all the candles in a pretty little box or bag and give to the mommy-to-be. One candle is placed on baby’s birthday cake every year and the wish is read. If you have 12 guests, you’ll have a birthday wish for 12 years.
Buy a pretty journal and a few colored pens. Pass the book around and let guests write words of wisdom on labor, childbirth, and child rearing to the new mommy-to-be. Some of the best advice isn’t learned in a class but from those that have been there and done that.
The journal is also a good place to write down the gifts and who gave them so the mommy-to-be will have a record when it comes time to write thank you cards.
In addition, as a fun thing to do you could have everyone write down their predictions as to date of birth, weight, length, color of hair, sex of baby, etc.
It would be a good idea to use a sticky note in the journal to show the guests where to write each thing. One could be labeled “Advice” and one could be “Predictions.”
Opening the Seventh Gift
This is one of the baby shower activities that has been around for a long time. There is an old tradition that says that the giver of the seventh present opened by the mommy-to-be will be the next to have a baby.
As the hostess, keep count of the gifts as they are opened and as the seventh is opened, tell this tradition and give the gift-giver a pair of baby booties or other small baby item. It’s ok if the “winner” decides to give the item to the new mommy-to-be.
This is one of the most meaningful of the baby shower activities in my opinion.
You’ve heard of worry beads? How about birth beads? Birth beads are an African tribal tradition. Those close to the mother make a wish for the baby and another wish for the labor. Each wish is represented by a bead. The mommy-to-be will find comfort in wearing the necklace or bracelet during labor. It reminds her that she is not alone and there are many people projecting good thoughts at this time.
If you are a person who does a lot of beading for a hobby, you’ll more than likely have all the supplies for this activity. Even if you don’t do beading, beads are very inexpensive and come in a wide variety. Here’s a good place to order beads for your baby shower activities.
Have lots of different beads for the guests to select from, something to string the beads on, a journal and a pen. Each guest selects a bead and makes a wish for the baby or for the mommy-to-be while she is in labor. She then writes the wish in the journal and puts the bead on the string. A person can make more than one wish and put on more beads if they want. During labor the mommy-to-be can take comfort in reading the wishes and being reminded by the beads she is wearing. A lovely tradition.
What’s In a Name
This is one of the baby shower activities that can be done only if you know the baby’s name.
Write the baby’s name vertically. In other words, down the left side of the paper. The guests will write down advice to the new mom beginning with the letter. For example if the child’s name is Barbara, the first letter will be B and you can say something like “Be careful to keep pan handles turned inward on the stove.” And for A you might say, “Always tell your child you love them everyday.”
Once you have the baby’s name down the side of a page, you can just photocopy it and hand it out to the guests.
If you are a sewer, or know someone willing to do the sewing, this is of the baby shower activities that will leave the mother with a useful keepsake of the shower. You can also find some more sewing tips at Grand home designs.
When I adopted my daughter, this was done for me. This quilt was my daughter’s blankie that she carried everywhere. When my daughter had her first baby, I gave her the quilt and guess what? My granddaughter loves it too!
Cut blocks of plain colored or white fabric into squares about six inches by six inches. You can do smaller or larger if you wish. Have plenty of fabric paint, ribbons, embroidery thread and needles, and whatever else you think would make a good embellishments. Just remember that buttons and small objects could come loose and baby could swallow or choke on them.
Each guest creates a block for a quilt and signs it. After the shower, the seamstress sews the quilt together for the mother.