After all the gifts are opened and the food is eaten, you may want another activity to entertain your baby shower guests. If “pin the pacifier on the baby” isn’t your speed, consider playing a game of Jeopardy. You can introduce your guests to an array of fun baby-related trivia to hype up the arrival of the newborn-to-be. Whether your guests are young or old, close friends or strangers, a game of Baby Shower Jeopardy can bring everyone at the party together!
How Do You Play Baby Shower Jeopardy?
Jeopardy for your baby shower ought to be conducted similarly to any Jeopardy game played for fun—a host reads questions; guests call in to give their answer in the form of a question (though that formality need not apply—extra pressure isn’t needed!). The main difference between any old Jeopardy game and Baby Shower Jeopardy is that the categories should be baby or family-themed in some way.
Make your game of Jeopardy as personal or general as you like. You could always create your own categories to make the game specific to the growing family in question.
We’ve included thirty options for potential categories for you to choose from. Typically, there are five categories per round of Jeopardy, so you can choose your five favorites to create your board. If you have ten categories in mind, consider including a Double Jeopardy round, too.
How Do You Create a Jeopardy Game on PowerPoint?
A great way to project your Jeopardy board for all to see is by using a PowerPoint presentation to show questions on a big screen. You can make your own by creating a table on PowerPoint and adding hyperlinks to the question and answer slides that each square on the table corresponds to. If you’re not a PowerPoint expert, JeopardyLabs can help you create a template that you can fill in with any and all questions you desire.
Don’t want to create your own Jeopardy board? Not to worry! There are plenty of templates available to purchase for cheap online. Check out Etsy for a wide array of options geared specifically towards baby showers.
Popular Baby Names Today
Let’s start off with something self-explanatory. Use this category to quiz guests on the most popular baby names of today. Is your future baby’s name on the list?
Question: Name one of two three-letter names that are currently within the top ten U.S. girls’ names list.
Answer: Ava or Mia.
Question: This four-letter boys’ name was the most popular boys’ name from 2017 to 2020.
Popular Baby Names Throughout the Years
This one might be easier for the older folks in the crowd. Does anyone at your party remember the top names of 1960? What about 1930? And you don’t have to stop just there!
Question: In 1980, this three-syllable moniker was the most popular name for girls in the United States.
Question: Name the three “J” names that were included in the top ten boys’ names of 1890.
Answer: John, James, Joseph.
Gender-Neutral Baby Names
Plenty of parents these days are opting to give their babies’ names that aren’t overtly masculine or feminine. See if you like the sound of any of these gender-neutral monikers.
Question: This five-letter gender-neutral name may have seen an increase in popularity after being featured on the hit show Glee.
Question: While this city name has worked its way up the top girls’ name list in recent years, it’s also given as a boys’ name.
There’s always some big baby-related trend going around that parents love to impose on their kids—some are advisable, others not so much. Do your guests know about the baby fads of yesteryear and today?
Question: Maybe don’t let your baby have a sip of your oat milk! Some parents are (inadvisably!) opting to feed their kids according to these of their own from birth.
Answer: Dietary restrictions.
Question: In the early 20th century, some parents allowed their kids to suck on a rag soaked in this type of alcohol to soothe their teething mouths.
Celebrity Baby Names
Ah, celebrities! There’s little they seem to love more than taking creative license when naming their kids. And though they make for some fun ones, it’s also hard to believe these kids wouldn’t get made fun of at school if they didn’t have famous parents. There are plenty of outlandish names to choose from for this category, so have fun with it.
Question: Ex-partners Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin famously named their firstborn child after this fruit.
Question: British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is known for giving his kids multiple cutesy names—name one word of any of his children’s names.
Answer: Any words from the following: Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, Buddy Bear, Petal Blossom Rainbow.
Unless you’re choosing to raise your kid screen-free (no shame either way!), chances are you’re going to be watching a lot of television shows for infants very soon. Familiarize yourself with the classics while researching questions for this category.
Question: Name the television show for infants whose theme song is as follows: “We’re going on a trip in our favorite rocketship, zooming through the sky…”
Answer: Little Einsteins.
Question: This show features a wide array of famous puppets, including Big Bird, the Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch.
Answer: Sesame Street.
…And “Baby” Movies
Let’s be honest—there are a lot of films with “baby” in the title! Whether or not these films actually are about infants remains to be seen, though we’ve listed a couple of examples about movies with main or featured baby characters.
Question: This animated franchise features the voice of Alex Baldwin as an infant CEO.
Answer: Boss Baby.
Question: This 2016 sequel was preceded by a modern-day take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Answer: Bridget Jones’s Baby.
Pregnancy remains a spectacle in our society, and celebrities often take advantage of this to reveal their baby bumps (or just their babies!). Compile a list of your favorite celebrity pregnancy reveals to quiz your guests on.
Question: This chart-topping female rapper confirmed pregnancy rumors during her first SNL performance.
Answer: Cardi B.
Question: This alliterative reality television star opted to forgo a formal pregnancy announcement, choosing instead to “break Instagram” with a post about the arrival of her baby, Stormi.
Answer: Kylie Jenner.
Classic Baby Books
Plenty of books for babies have stood the test of time and remained bestsellers for years and years. Perhaps some of the books your parents read to you will be favorites of your future child! Take a look at your (probably growing) collection of picture books to draw from for this category.
Question: This colorful Eric Carle book features an arthropod with a big appetite.
Answer: The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Question: This book, that takes place in a bunny’s green room, is best read before bed.
Answer: Goodnight Moon.
Finish the Nursery Rhyme
This is pretty self-explanatory. Think back to preschool and get rhyming!
Question: “Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?” “Yes, sir, yes, sir…”
Question: “Hey, diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the …”
Though pregnancy definitely comes with risks and unwanted side effects, there are plenty of perks to this special stage of life. If your guests know about your personal feelings about pregnancy, all the better—you can include talking points that you’ve previously discussed together in your questions of choice.
Question: Getting pregnant puts this female bodily function on hold for nine months or more.
Answer: Menstrual periods.
Question: An increased amount of blood in a mother’s body during pregnancy can lead to skin brightness, which is often referred to as the following.
Answer: Pregnancy glow.
This is a not-so-fun alternative to the previous category. It’s your day, Mama, and if you want to complain, by all means go ahead and use this topic as an opportunity to do so.
Question: Queasiness in the early hours of the day, most commonly experienced during the first trimester, is called this.
Answer: Morning sickness.
Question: As the fetus grows and a mother’s belly gets bigger, she may experience pain in this area from the carrying an increasingly heavy weight.
Answer: Lower back pain.
Everyone knows that pregnant people get weird and funky cravings due to hormonal changes (and their fetus’s needs!). Anyone in the room who has ever been pregnant will have no issues responding to these funny questions.
Question: Pregnant people often have a hankering for this briny preserved food.
Question: A lack of calcium may compel someone pregnant to deeply crave the following foods.
Answer: Ice cream, dairy, cheese, etc.
Ways to Give Birth
Though most families opt to head to the hospital, there are plenty of parents who wish to bring their babies into the world elsewhere. No matter how you plan to give birth yourself, this is an interesting category that may educate your guests on all of the possible options.
Question: Parents who want to bring their child into the world without immediately exposing them to a brand new, airy atmosphere, may do so using this birthing method.
Answer: Water birth, or birthing pool.
Question: While a midwife provides professional medical care during a baby’s birth, this similar type of professional will guide families through the emotional side of the birthing transition.
Answer: A doula.
If you’re about to have a kid, your house is about to be overrun with toys—chances are, you’ve been gifted quite a few of them during your shower.
A fun way to incorporate this category would be to encourage guests to bring a toy for the baby and ask the future baby’s mom a Jeopardy question they’ve written about the toy before she opens it. Let Mom have some fun with Jeopardy, too!
Question: Though they might not be able to make castles and fortresses with these just yet, babies love to stack these up.
Question: These circular and often colorful toys are often chewed upon by babies growing brand new pearly whites.
Answer: Teething rings.
Supplies for Baby
In the same vein as the last category, these household items are probably materializing around your family’s house as the shower continues.
Question: Some might say this glorified trash bin magically masks the scent of dirt diapers.
Answer: Diaper Genie.
Question: Are your arms tired from holding your baby yet? Don’t put them in a backpack—instead, opt for the opposite with this cloth device.
Answer: Baby sling.
Hi MTV, Welcome to Baby’s Crib
Have you painted and decorated baby’s nursery yet? Use this fun category to quiz guests on stereotypical nursery features—or ones of baby’s own, if the room is furnished!
Question: Wall decals, decorative quilts, and no pillows in the crib are common features of this room for baby.
Question: Don’t want to put your newborn in a crib? Then opt for this smaller, rocking sleeper.
Answer: Baby bassinet.
Baby Animal Names
If you get tired of talking about human babies, why not switch your sights to the animal kingdom? Include adorable photos of baby animals to make this a visual round, if you like.
Question: A baby fox is called this.
Answer: A kit.
Question: A baby alligator is called this.
Answer: A hatchling.
Baby food has a reputation for being less than appetizing, but there’s still plenty to learn about how to feed a baby. Perhaps encourage a snack break upon arriving at this category.
Question: Instead of eating whole fruits and veggies, babies will instead consume these blended mixes instead, which are much easier to eat and digest.
Question: This puffed breakfast product is often recommended to be a baby’s first solid food.
Answer: Rice cereal.
Your Baby’s Body
They may be human, but they do have 300 bones—sounds pretty alien, in our opinion! Use this category to educate your guests on unique baby anatomy.
Question: Amazingly, babies are born without these protective leg bones.
Answer: Knee caps.
Question: Until they are six or seven months old, babies have the ability to perform these two bodily functions at once, making feeding easy.
Answer: Breathing and swallowing.
Famous Family Shows
There are a myriad of family-related TV shows, whether they’re based in reality or entirely fictional. Choose your favorite fun shows to share with your guests!
Question: This TLC show followed a supermom raising her twins and sextuplets.
Answer: Kate Plus Eight.
Question: This show about an unconventional and enormous blended family featured twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen playing the same infant.
Answer: Full House.
All About Baby
This is a completely personalized category, so we’re forgoing sample questions. What do your guests know about your baby-to-be? Do they know their due date? Their sex? The color of their nursery? Think about what your guests know about the almost-newborn, then write your questions.
All About Mom
Similarly to the previous category, use this one as an opportunity to see how much your guests know the new mom. What are her top baby name picks? How has she been enjoying her pregnancy? Does she want another kid after this one? You could always ask questions not geared towards motherhood, too.
Who’s That Baby?
This is a fun visual round to incorporate into your Jeopardy game. Enjoy looking at pictures of these cute and famous infants!
Answer: Prince George of Cambridge.
Answer: Blue Ivy Carter.
Famous Baby Dolls
Though they may be virtually universal in nurseries and playrooms around the world, there’s something a little off about baby dolls. You know how it goes—kiddos practice their paternal instincts on a doll, mimicking behaviors they’ve seen their parents model. Feels a little early to be pushing parenthood, doesn’t it? But, gosh, those dolls sure are cute.
Question: Mattel’s American Girl Doll franchise sells these infant dolls intended for littler kids.
Answer: Bitty Babies.
Question: These garden-loving kiddos, who hit their peak popularity in the 1990s, had soft and huggable bodies with hard plastic faces.
Answer: Cabbage Patch Kids.
Cute babies and memes are two fun entities beloved by most, so it’s no surprise that there have been many viral memes featuring infants throughout the years. This category will be sure to be a favorite amongst millennials and Gen Z-ers who spend too much time online.
Question: An image of this baby, who appears on a beach with a clenched fist and a funny facial expression, is circulated online to show a “win” or victory.
Answer: Success kid.
Question: This small infant, who sits at a picnic table next to a beer, is known for their sleepy, amused expression and somewhat incoherent remarks.
Answer: Drunk Baby.
Music for Babies…
To introduce this category, here’s a babysitter’s fitting quote from Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles: “I also brought Mozart to play while [the baby] sleeps to make him smarter because leading experts say Mozart makes babies smarter.” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
Question: Studies show that fetuses can recognize music in the womb during and after this trimester.
Answer: The third trimester.
Question: Traditionally, babies are played classical music or lullabies to help them regulate the following unusual bodily function.
Answer: Their high heart rates.
…And Music for “Baby”
“Baby” is such a popular pet name in our culture—perhaps the foremost one—and clearly it makes its way into a lot of well-known media. Come up with your favorite songs with “baby” in the title or lyrics to compose your questions.
Question: The music video for this classic 1990s song portrayed Britney Spears as a scantily clad school girl.
Answer: “Baby One More Time”
Question: The lyrics to this Supremes hit read as follows: “I need you, oh how I need you, but all you do is treat me bad, break my heart and leave me sad.”
Answer: “Baby Love.”
New parents are going to have to get used to diapers at some point, so why not receive a primer during this category? Veteran parents and grandparents will excel at this one.
Question: The logo of this diaper bestseller shows a yellow heart doodle with sunrays emerging from it.
Question: This loving brand boasts that their diapers have “triple” or “ultra leakguards.”
Baby’s Birth Month
This one’s another personalized category. These questions should be modified depending on your baby’s due date—feel free to ask about as many fun facts about your baby’s expected birth month as you can find!
Question: Traditionally, an ancient festival was held on the first day of this late spring month.
Answer: May (May Day).
Question: Babies born in July have one of these two Zodiac sun signs.
Answer: Cancer or Leo.
Yet another reason that everyone loves babies: they’re so darn cute to dress up! Quiz your guests on the most adorable baby fashions here.
Question: This garment acts as a glorified napkin to protect a baby’s clothes from food spills.
Question: This one piece for baby is often made out of warm fleece or Sherpa and sometimes has a hood.
You can even make these rounds feel more “official” with the use of buzzers. And don’t forget to come up with some fun invitations and unique snack ideas for this special event. For more party ideas, check out our list of Birthday Jeopardy categories.
Have a lovely baby shower! And let us know your favorite category in the comments below.