Kenzie needed a quick escape from real-life pressures, and found "The Sims 4." She now enjoys playing, writing, and YouTubing the game.
Bring on the Babies
If playing The Sims 4 ever gets boring or monotonous, you can really shake up your game by trying the 100 Baby Challenge. This fan-created challenge will keep you on your toes!
You won't believe how hard this challenge can get, and just when you feel you have it under control something always happens to turn it upside down again. I've been following some peoples' games and started playing the challenge for myself, so here I've outlined what I think is a pretty strong strategy for success.
You Can Do This!
What Is the 100 Baby Challenge?
There is a lengthy list of rules that the creator of the challenge lists here, but in a nutshell, it is precisely what the name of it indicates: your Sim has to have 100 babies. Keep in mind, Sims don't age when they are pregnant, so this is entirely possible. It's just not easy, especially with the rules:
- You have to play on normal life span, which means your Sim, when not pregnant, will age rather quickly
- Your Sim must do it all herself— bring home the bacon, raise the children, take care of the house, etc.
- Your Sim can't use the same baby daddy twice, so she always has to be looking for love
- Kids must reach certain milestones before they are allowed to age up, which is necessary to do if you want to make room in the household for more babies
- You're not allowed to use any mods or cheats that would make the challenge easier
If your Sim dies or gets too old to reproduce, she can pass the torch to her youngest daughter. The goal is to have the 100 babies in as few generations as possible. It's a race against time!
Strategy #1: Chose Traits Wisely
Creating the perfect matriarch starts with picking the right set of traits. You get to start with three traits, and you should consider them carefully. I like to spend those slots like this:
- The romance trait, because flirty Sims are better at wooing the next baby daddy
- A family-oriented trait, because this will make your Sim more interested in getting pregnant and having children
- A trait that will help with career/earning money (more on that later)
Other traits that might be helpful include social traits (because they help your Sim increase charisma quickly, making it easier to meet new baby daddies) or wealth traits (because they help your Sim earn money).
Of course, you can always make things more challenging by picking traits like "hates children," "non-flirty," or "lazy," but honestly I feel the goals are challenging enough without making my Sim disagreeable to everything she needs to do.
Watch Me Play My 100 Baby Challenge
Strategy #2: Use Lot Traits to Your Advantage
Your Sim needs a home for her future family, so look for a lot that has no traits attached. The rules say if a lot has traits, you can't change them. If the lot does not have traits, you can assign it to any three traits you want. You can't change these for as long as your Sims live on that lot, but if you choose carefully, the traits can be a great advantage.
My favorite traits for this challenge are from The Sims 4: City Living expansion pack:
- Child's play (makes kids learn faster)
- Good schools (makes kids progress in school significantly faster)
Remember, it's just as important to age kids up and move them out quickly as it is to bring in more babies. These lot traits help with that tremendously.
Base the third slot on what you want your Sim to do for a living. It will help your Sim to progress with skills that will earn money more quickly. For example, if you plan to have your Sim earn money by gardening, choose the "great soil" lot trait. If your Sim will make money by computer programming, choose "fast internet."
Some lot traits I thought of but ruled out include:
- Ley line (which increases the odds of Sims having twins or triplets)
- Romantic aura (which creates an eternal romantic vibe on the lot)
I'll get to why I ruled out ley lines later, but I decided that having a romantic aura lot trait was superfluous. I can get items that will increase the romantic aura on my lot, and I can shut off romantic aura items whenever I want (you can't turn off the lot trait).
Strategy #3: Build and Decorate as Needed
In the beginning, your Sim is going to be tight on funds. It might be tempting to look for a big house that will hold the big family that is to come, however, it's unnecessary when she first begins popping out puppies. Start with a smaller house that the potential to let you add on more rooms or expand the size of rooms on an as-needed basis.
It also might be tempting to purchase things to make your home look cozy or pretty. Try to resist the temptation of wasting money on landscaping, toilet paper holders or wall art.
When your Sim is making more money, you can go nuts. In the beginning, though, it's best to hold onto some cash by spending money only on what will actually give you an advantage in the game: necessary furnishings and appliances, items that build skills, etc.
Your Home Will Get Nicer
Strategy #4: Invest in Good Beds
The cheapest beds can make your Sims uncomfortable, and they take more time to replenish your Sim's energy. I would personally rather have a good-quality bed than a carpet, or paint on the walls. Start by getting your matriarch the best bed she can afford. The money will be well spent.
Later, it will pay to get teens high-quality beds as well. Save money by getting teens double beds and making them share.
Strategy #5: Nix the Sinks
Don't pay for a sink. They really are useless. Your Sims don't get germs. When your matriarch has a work deadline, a crying baby and a hungry toddler, those 5 Sim-minutes it takes her to wash her dish or wash her hands after using the toilet could have been much better spent.
When your Sim is dirty, just send him to shower or bathe. When your Sim finishes a meal, just toss the dish in the trash. They're free, and there is no environmental impact. You can even get a recycling trash can that'll give you money for every plate you throw away.
Why spend simoleons on sinks that will just break down and make a mess every now and then when there is no actual benefit to having them?
Strategy #6: Get a Job
Your Sim has to earn money to support her family in this challenge, but the rules limit your options. Your Sim can't have a job that requires her to leave the home, so most careers (either active careers, in which you follow your Sim to work, or "rabbit hole" careers, in which your Sim disappears a few hours per day) are ruled out.
This leaves your Sim with three career type options:
- A job that allows her the option to work at home
- Becoming a freelancer (at this time, this option is limited to writer, programmer, artist or photographer)
- Earning money through odd jobs and creative endeavors (writing and publishing books, selling baked goods, scrounging for things to sell, etc.)
I think a work-at-home job is the best option because it gives your Sim family leave.
This means every time your Sim has a baby, she gets three paid days off. Sim pregnancy lasts three days, and if you have a baby every three or four days, you can pretty much earn a set income while barely going to work. To top it off, you keep earning vacation days when you're on family leave, so you get even more paid days off.
Strategy #7: Keep Her Pregnant All the Time
The rules require you to play on normal life span (that would be 48 days for a Sim to go through young adulthood and adulthood), but the catch is that Sims don't age when they are pregnant! Hence, if you keep your matriarch pregnant all the time, she would never age. Theoretically, this makes it possible to finish the challenge in a single generation, but I haven't yet met anyone who has done this.
I have my matriarch continually searching for new love interests. When I expect her to go into labor, I have her invite a love interest over so that he's there when she gives birth. Immediately after she has one baby, I send her to the bedroom to try for another. There are no gaps between pregnancies. Therefore there is no aging.
It's the Name of the Game
Strategy #8: Use Aspiration Points
There is no rule against jumping around to different aspirations in this challenge, so take advantage of those aspiration points. These points can buy you some valuable rewards, such as traits that decrease your need decay, traits that help you learn skills faster, or traits that make you more alluring so that you can lure your next baby daddy.
When your Sim goes out to meet people, switch to a popularity aspiration. When your Sim has to cook for her kids, use the food aspiration. Keep hopping aspirations throughout her day based on her activities so she racks up points, then use these points to purchase the trait rewards that make life easier.
Strategy #9: Don't Worry About Multiples
I didn't bother to choose the "ley line" lot trait, and I won't bother purchasing the "fertile" aspiration trait. It might seem that it's better to knock out two or three children at a time since your Sim is racing to have 100 babies, but ultimately I think slow and steady will win the race.
When you have twins or triplets, it's much harder to keep up with caring for babies and toddlers all at once.
More importantly, though, you're only allowed to have eight Sims living on one lot at any given time. If your Sim has twins or triplets to take up the last of those slots before she has teens ready to age up to young adult and move out, she can't get pregnant. This means she'll start aging.
I'd rather keep the ages staggered, with teens ready to age up and move out so she can be ready for the next pregnancy.
It's Not All It's Cracked up to Be
Strategy #10: Clubs
You need The Sims 4: Get Together expansion pack to use this strategy, but it is extremely helpful. When your Sim is in a club, some perks enable her to build skills and relationships more quickly.
Some club ideas that might help include:
- A singles club that will help your Sim summon and hook up with
- A domestic club to help your Sim with household chores and menial tasks
- A club to help your Sim (matriarch or children/teens) to build skills faster
You can easily go overboard with clubs to the point at which it could be considered cheating (for example, a club that helps your household get skill perks just for showering and sleeping might be going overboard). Be careful, but make use of this valuable resource.
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Questions & Answers
Question: Can you create a lot just for baby daddies?
Answer: Yes, I actually just look for households full of baby daddies in the user gallery and place them on random lots. I find you need to replenish donors occasionally because you start to run out of townies; many of them begin aging and dying before you get to them.
Question: How do you have 100 babies if you can only have 8 in the household?
Answer: You have to keep aging up the kids and moving them out so you can have more babies. There are also rules about when you can age kids up; once a baby's 1st birthday notice pops up, you can age him up to toddler. Once the toddler achieves level 3 (or higher) in all 5 toddler skills, you can age them up to a child. Children need to become an A student to age them to teens. Teens need to be A students and, if you have parenthood, have 1 character value trait to be aged up to adult. Once they're adults you can move them out to make room for a new baby. That's why it's so challenging; it's not enough just to give birth to 100 babies, you have to follow the rules in bringing them to adulthood and moving them out of the house.
© 2019 Kenzie Cartwright
Kenzie Cartwright (author) from San Myshuno on September 09, 2020:
Hey cool. I gotta get more vampires involved because her kids are always dying now and the household is always depressed lol.
Amelia on September 02, 2020:
I jsut started the challenge today she is still pregnat with her first child and is a vampire
Kenzie Cartwright (author) from San Myshuno on August 10, 2020:
Awesome, thanks for the tips! I'm still in the running for one generation.
Hala on August 09, 2020:
It took me a year to finish this challenge, but I finished it with 1 matriarch without cheating. The way I did it is I mastered getting through a child from baby to teen in a couple of days, finished all of the family aspirations for my matriarch throughout the challenge and made her help the children learn faster, got lucky with having a lot of twins and triplets, made sure to NEVER have a full house so my matriarch stays pregnant 24/7, made clubs and added male sims and flirted with them during pregnancy so that when she gives birth she gets pregnant again in a second.
Bella on June 22, 2020:
I have started the challenge but only have two packs, island living and cats and dogs. What packs should I aim to buy to help me with the challenge?
Skip on June 11, 2020:
"Theoretically, this makes it possible to finish the challenge in a single generation, but I haven't yet met anyone who has done this."
I currently trying the challenge with the mother's lifetime set to "long" to see if it's possible in one generation.
Anabel on December 30, 2019: