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Raising Your Sims Right
In The Sims 4, there are many benefits to raising your Sims yourself. In this guide, I'm going to go over the basics of raising your Sim child through the Baby and Toddler Stage. We'll also talk about the features that are added through The Sims 4: Parenthood.
How to Make a Sim Baby
There's three ways you can have a child in The Sims 4:
- You can create them from the toddler stage in Create a Sim,
- you can create a couple and have them "Try for Baby" to become pregnant,
- or you can even make a single parent Sim and have them "Adopt" a child for 1000 simoleons from either a phone or a computer.
A pregnant Sim will go through three trimesters, the duration will be based on your life-span game settings. If your setting is on normal, the pregnancy will take 3 days. When you have The Sims 4: Get to Work expansion, you can actually visit the hospital to give birth. However, if you don't have it, you can just go to the bassinet and choose the option there.
Sims 4 Babies: What You'll Need
To care for your Sim baby, you really only need a bassinet. During this stage, you cannot take control of the Sim to check their needs. They have three basic needs: Attention, Hunger, and Hygiene. Feed your baby, interact with your baby, and when you see the green stinky cloud, change their diaper. Your baby should then be satisfied and sleep for a while soon.
During the baby phase, your adult Sims will gain Parenting Skill for interacting with your Sim baby if you have The Sims 4: Parenthood gamepack. They will also improve their relationship with their child. However, that's about all the benefits of this stage, so if you don't have the gamepack, there's really no point in having a baby very long.
How to Age Up a Baby:
The normal life-span is three days, however you can always use the "Age Up" interaction to speed things along if you're satisfied. I suggest getting some easy Parenting skill points before doing so.
Toddlers are easier to care for now that we can visually see their needs and control them as any other Sim. Instead of a Social bar, you'll find Attention—otherwise, their needs are the same as others'.
Note: Your toddler Sim cannot go up and down stairs until they've raised their Movement Skill. You will need your adult Sims to carry and place them on whichever floor you want them to be, otherwise you might be preventing them from accessing the object they want/need to interact with.
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- Toddler Bed: Toddlers can only use toddler beds so you'll want to make sure you have one of those along with an assortment of toys for them to play with. They do not refill their energy bar very quickly so you'll want your toddler in bed early or they'll be cranky the next day.
- Toys: Toys are the main source of skill building for toddler Sims. Different ones raise different skills, so make sure to check their descriptions while buying so you can cover all their needs.
- Potty Chair: You'll need a potty chair for potty training of course. While we're on the subject of bathrooms, make sure you also have a tub to bathe your toddler in.
- High Chair: High chairs are also available in the game and can be placed at the table so your Sim toddler can eat with the family!
Toddlers have multiple skills they can raise. When they grow to a child they will be replaced with an equivalent. Earning skills as a toddler will start you out with these skills slightly higher as a child depending on what level you have earned.
- Potty Training: As described, when you have successfully leveled this skill your Sim toddler will stop using the diaper automatically and start using the potty instead!
- Thinking: Progresses into Mental Skill for children Sims. The higher their skill level the less likely they are to throw tantrums, and sleep through the night. This skill also unlocks interactions such as "Ask Why." Toddlers will also take better care of their own needs.
- Communication: Turns into Social Skill during child life stage. Obviously, your toddler will learn how to talk and interact with other Sims. The higher their skill level the more interactions they can do!
- Imagination: Evolves into Creativity Skill for Children. Raising this skill will unlock new interactions for Toddlers such as naming their toys and the ability to read toddler books.
- Movement: The equivalent of Motor Skill for Child Sims. As a toddler, this skill will dictate their capabilities to get around, such as going up or down the stairs. With a higher skill, they will move faster, be able to dance, and build block towers.
Your toddler's mood affects their skill gains as well! The Energized mood gives increases to Movement. Happy boosts Thinking and Communication, and Playful boosts Imagination. This means that negative moods will also affect their progress.
Your Sim Toddler will gain skills in their respective categories based on your progress in this life stage. The maximum progress that can be earned is just under Skill level 3 if your Toddler reached skill level 5. So if you have Imagination level 5, you'll start the child stage with Creativity level 2 almost progressed all the way to level 3.
There are two bonus reward Traits available for Toddlers:
- Happy Toddler: Achieved by gaining skill level 3 for all skills as a toddler. Gives a 10% boost to all skill gains.
- Top Notch Toddler: Earned by raising all toddler skills to the max. This not only gives a 25% bonus to skills, but also career progress later on in life!
If you own The Sims 4: Parenthood, you'll notice under your toddlers Simology tab that 5 different circular bars have appeared. These are affected by your Sims choices and your Sim can earn one of either two traits, or no traits at all. These bars will remain and be effected throughout the child and teen life stages, traits to be awarded by becoming a young adult.
These bars are split in half and depending on how positive or negative your Sim is in each category, they have the possibility of earning a good or bad trait. If your Sim falls in the middle, they will be unaffected.
- Manners: Good Manners is a positive reward trait that gives a bonus to your Sims while raising relationships. They will never act gross and gain a special interaction, "Offer Gratitude" when visiting other Sims. Bad Manners is a negative reward trait that will result in many social failures for this Sim.
- Emotional Control: Uncontrollable Emotions is the negative reward trait associated, resulting in many bad mood swings for the user. The positive trait, Emotional Control, however, does not suffer nearly as often as usual and gets a bonus for certain interactions to help them calm down faster, such as listening to music.
- Empathy: Sims who gain the Compassionate trait are able to help other Sims calm down more successfully than usual. However, they're upset easily if they do something unkind themselves. Sims with the Insensitive trait will struggle to get along with Sims who are in a negative mood.
- Conflict Resolution: The positive trait for Conflict Resolution is Mediator. Sims with this trait can easily repair negative relationships and also help others do the same. They can also "Mediate the Forums" on a computer as a special interaction. Sims with the Argumentative trait, however, will have a really hard time making friends, and typically fail at apologizing.
- Responsibility: Responsible Sims are promoted faster in their careers, and can help influence younger Sims Character Values as well. Irresponsible Sims will have a harder time raising their career progress bars. They can also experience events that normal Sims would not.
Thank you for reading! I hope you learned a few things about raising Sims and look forward to my other guides!