15 Baby Shower Activities (that are not Games) in 2024

A baby shower wouldn’t be complete without arranging some fun activities to try during your baby shower planning sesh. While most parents choose to play baby shower games, don’t feel like that’s your only option.

There are plenty of baby shower activities that are not games. These may be appealing if you don’t have a competitive streak or want fun ways to entertain your guests that are more “lowkey” than your average baby shower game.

Keep reading to discover some unique baby shower activities that aren’t lame. These fun activities will help your guests enjoy your special day.

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Build a Baby’s First Library

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Help new parents create lasting memories with their new little ones by building a baby’s first library! Encourage shower guests to bring a favorite children’s book with a heartfelt written message inside to replace traditional cards. 

Hosts can stick with a baby shower theme while still including a dedicated space at the event to display these books as guests arrive. Use matching colors or designs to decorate the book table and showcase a sonogram photo or pregnancy announcement as the focal point. 

This way, attendees can explore the many books others have brought and share in their own childhood reading experiences. 

Wishes for Baby Cards

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Another terrific baby shower activity for all ages and genders is creating wishes for baby cards! These sentiments can range from simple blessings to more specific hopes for the future. Guests can be as elaborate as they wish, customizing their well-wishes for a timeless keepsake.  

Hosts can set up a card station with index cards matching the colors or theme of the baby shower. Attendees are free to fill out their wishes for the baby throughout the event, which will be collected at the end. These cards can be bundled into a cherished memory of the shower for both mom and baby. 

Baby Bucket List

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Building a baby bucket list is an excellent way to welcome a new little one into the world! Rather than a list of items a person wants to do as an adult, guests will create a list of things they hope the baby can do or experience throughout their lifetime. 

Hosts can create an attractive baby bucket station with index cards, Post-it notes or slips of paper for attendees to fill out during the event. Use a large bucket to collect these sentimental ideas for the new little one and present them to the mom-to-be. This activity also suits a beach-themed baby shower!

Design a Nursery Artwork

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Take some pressure off the new mom by helping her decorate the nursery for her new baby! Custom artwork made by guests at the baby shower will surely be a hit with everyone, especially parents looking for decor assistance.

Some ideas for unique artwork pieces can include: 

  • Paintings
  • Favorite Photographs
  • Hand-drawn items
  • Crafted messages to frame in the nursery
  • Photo collages

This baby shower activity is perfect for everyone, regardless of age or artistic skill. Hosts can set up an artwork table and encourage guests to bring some supplies they have or use the ones provided to create memorable nursery artwork. 

Group Quilt-Making

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Another excellent baby shower activity that anyone can participate in is group quilt-making! Guests don’t have to know how to work a sewing machine or be overly handy with a needle and thread, either. With this activity, attendees will decorate a quilt square during the event and later, all the squares will be sewn into a memorable keepsake for the baby. 

Some things to consider when setting up a group quilt-making station. 

  • Stick with at least two primary colors, with one being light that will match the nursery or theme
  • Cut enough 6” squares to measure the desired quilt size
  • Include extra squares if guests need to redo their square
  • Encourage guests to draw their designs on paper first before applying it to the fabric square
  • Have cardboard handy to place under the squares to avoid ink leaking through the fabric
  • Include baby-related stencils
  • Remind guests to leave an edge to their square for the sewing edges so their design doesn’t get covered up. 

Once the event is done, these squares can be sent off to a company to create the perfect baby shower keepsake quilt or have someone close to the mom-to-be quilt it for her!

Decorate Onesies

This fun activity will help your guests bring out their inner fashion designer! Set up a craft station with white onesies and fabric markers or paints. Then, ask your guests to decorate their onesies with cute designs or sweet phrases. Whenever your little one wears these onesies, you’ll be reminded of the loved one who made it, making this a meaningful baby shower activity (that’s also a lot of fun).

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Diaper Cake Making

Your guests won’t need sugar or flour to make a diaper cake. Instead, they’ll need diapers – and lots of them! Ask your guests to supply the diapers. You can provide the rubber bands, ribbon, and cardboard tubes required to make the cakes. This activity is a lot of fun and creates a practical gift that’s heartfelt and looks good too.

Create a Scrapbook

Creating a scrapbook for the baby is a meaningful baby shower activity your family will enjoy for years to come. Ask your guests to bring photos of themselves to your shower. They can put their pictures on a designated page, along with their name and a cute message for the baby. You can read the messages to your baby once they are born, so they know just how loved they are.

Advice Jar

This baby shower activity is great for large groups. All you need are some slips of paper, pens, and a jar. Ask your guests to write down words of wisdom or inspirational messages for the parents-to-be. The future parents can read the slips during the baby shower or later in a moment of need.

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Baby Clothespin Art

Give your guests mini clothespins and a canvas or cardboard to create baby clothespin art. Guests can attach the clothespins in different patterns to create a cool design. For an added challenge, give them a theme, such as “baby-related items” or “baby animals.” This baby shower activity is ideal for smaller groups who enjoy art.

Baby Food Tasting

Put your guests’ palates to the test by setting up a blind baby food taste test. Guests can try to guess the flavors and vote for their favorites. If you’re looking for baby shower activities that aren’t lame and ideal for small groups, the baby food tasting will surely be a hit.

Onesie Decorating Contest

Do you have a competitive steak? Then, consider the onesie decorating contest, where guests will compete to create the cutest designs on white onesies. The parents-to-be will judge to determine the winners and hand out prizes.

Milestone Letter Writing

This sentimental baby shower activity will continue to bring you joy for years to come. Ask your guests to write a letter for the baby to celebrate future milestones, such as their first birthday, high school graduation, or wedding day. Give your child the messages when they reach the milestone to show just how far they’ve come.

Create a Time Capsule

Do you ever wish you could travel to the past? With this time capsule, you can do just that! Ask your guests to bring items that represent the time, such as newspapers or popular toys of the era. Seal the time capsule to be opened at a future date.Your kid will love looking at all of the items from the past!

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Mommy Advice Book

For this baby shower activity, set out a notebook where guests can write advice or inspirational tips for the parents-to-be. This will be a valuable resource for the parents to reference as they raise their little one.

Break the Ice through Baby Shower Games 

It’s up to the parents-to-be to decide what baby shower activities they want to do and whether or not they want to play baby shower games. While baby shower games are not required, they are a great way to break the ice and help guests get to know each other. Here are some excellent baby shower games to choose from.

webbabyshower writer cheryl wozny
Cheryl Wozny is a freelance writer in Alberta, Canada, a wife, and mother of four wonderful children. She is a published author of several books, including mental health resources for children, titled, Why Is My Mommy So Sad? and Why Is My Daddy So Sick? Writing has become her way of healing and helping others
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