Parenting is something that you learn as you go along. Unfortunately there really are no courses or degrees that ensure that you will excel at it. It is all about loving, giving and caring… and for some reason lots of cleaning! This game is great fun especially if you have childless guests in the group. Guests with kids have an unfair advantage but hey! Give them a break. They deserve it.
You’ll need 1 baby doll for each player, a diaper bag (or something similar) and a paper grocer bag filled with random items (a laundry basket with clothes would work, too), basically the items any new mom would be carrying on a day to day basis that would have her arms full. Create racing lanes for each player to have a race. In each lane drop 5-10 baby objects like bottles, pacifiers, small toys and bibs randomly from start to finish.
Each player will gather at one end of their racing lane holding their baby in one arm, the diaper bag over their shoulder, and the grocery bag or laundry basket in the other arm. The objective of the game is for each player to run down the lane, bend and pick up the objects on the ground, putting them in the diaper bag, all while carrying their “baby” and laundry/groceries. The person who collects all the baby items and get to the end of their lane first wins.
For larger parties you can have teams. The first person runs and picks up one item, runs to the end, then returns to the start. They then pass the baby, the groceries, and the diaper bag to the second team member to run the race and pick up one item, etc, until all the team members have gone. First team to pick up all their items and finish the race wins.
While it may sound easy, every person who has ever had a child knows this not to be the case. Don’t be surprised when you see some women trying to put the baby in the grocery bag! This is against the rules, but it is hillarious to watch the craziness. This game can be a little bit of a workout so make sure your guests are up to the action.