"The Sims 4" 100 Baby Challenge Tips: 10 Winning Strategies
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 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, that 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?
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.
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.
Get "The Sims 4: Get Together"
Clubs are just the beginning of all the great ways "Get Together" can help you in the 100 baby challenge. You'll have access to the beautiful world of Windenburg, which is chock full of places to socialize. You also gain access to new places to woohoo for when your matriarch is in a rush.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Kenzie Cartwright