Nameberry Style: Perfect Baby Shower Games & Gifts

Nameberry Style: Perfect Baby Shower Games & Gifts

Throwing a baby shower, for yourself or someone else?   Nameberry Style columnist
Elisabeth Wilborn of The Itsy Factor today suggests a name-themed shower game that’s a lot more modern and fun than covering the expectant mom’s bump with gift bows.  Plus ten fresh ideas for the perfect shower gift. And click here if you’re shopping for baby shower supplies.

Are you looking for an original group activity for your friend’s baby shower?  Registering for your own and don’t even know where to begin?

We’ve got you covered on both counts.

First of all, baby of course needs a name.  Liven up the party by having your guests play this baby name brainstorm shower game.

Names are crazier and more creative than ever these days.  Anything goes: Names from history, place names, last name names, animal names, hero names, even word names like Ever and Moxie.

To help come up with some fresh ideas, ask the guests to fill in the blanks with names of people, places, and things important in their own lives.  Remember: the more individual and meaningful, the better.  Feel free to improvise here, and please share your answers below!

A.) paternal great-grandmother’s first name + favorite tree

B.) place where you honeymooned + cartoon character

C.) favorite musician’s surname + father’s birth stone

D.) maternal grandmother’s maiden name + favorite color

E.) author of choice + favorite animal

F.) mother’s birth flower + father’s high school mascot

G.) favorite film character + mother’s alma mater

H.) your childhood nickname + grandfather’s occupation

I.) father’s middle name + street where you grew up

J.) children’s book character + paternal grandfather’s first name

Okay, so maybe you won’t really find the perfect name for the baby in this game, Jamaica Tweetybird and McNulty Orange not making it onto your short list.  But you’ll have a lot of fun and learn some new things about your friends in the process.   Plus, everybody loves to talk about names, and this is a non-threatening (to the expectant parents) way to let friends and family get into the baby naming act.

After you move on from the food and entertainment portion of the shower, it’s time for baby gifts!  There is so much stuff in the baby world it can be overwhelming to decide what’s best.  These choices all bear the seal of mother approval.  Here are our top 10 suggestions for every new parent:

1.)  Teething toy: Sophie the Giraffe has the same soothing effect on modern babies as it did in the 1960s.

2.)  Swaddle cloths: Aden + Anais blankets can be used for everything from swaddling to picnics to extra stroller coverage.  A must.

3.)  Portable changing pad: Skip Hop Pronto is so convenient for moms and dads on the go.  Throw this in your favorite satchel, and save on the brutal diaper bag.

4.)  Baby book: Mom’s One Line a Day minimizes pressure to write down every detail.  Devote time to just one line, you’ll be surprised how many memories you record.

5.)  Dress socks for every occasion: Trumpette makes Mary Jane, Sneaker, Ballet, and argyle, and vans.

6.)  Baby carrier: the Ergo’s name is apt: ergonomic design places weight on parent’s hips and saves the back.

7.)  Hand and foot prints: preserve the tiny with this kit from Seedling.

8.)  Changeable mobile: This Flensted mobile allows you to start with black and white cards and progess to color later.

9.)  Musical animal: I liked having several musical soothers.  Try the Sleep Sheep, Miyim owl, and Haba sheep.

10.) Teaching tools: the Happiest Baby on the Block demystifies babyhood.

One more thing: We’re giving away one copy of Mom’s One Line a Day over at The Itsy Factor this week!  Whether it’s for you or a friend, everyone could use one of these.  Come on over and try your luck.

About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten groundbreaking books on names, Redmond is an internationally-recognized baby name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNN, and the BBC. She has written about baby names for The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and People.

Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its sequel, Older. She has three new books in the works.