Kenzie needed a quick escape from real-life pressures, and found "The Sims 4." She now enjoys playing, writing, and YouTubing the game.
One Word: Pandemonium
Ten babies in the house were bad, but 10 toddlers under one roof in a game of The Sims 4 is sheer madness.
Life for my Sims couple, Kinga and Elyse, is a never-ending stream of bubble baths, potty accidents, taming tantrums and trying to force-feed fruit to their children so the kids don't get taken away by child services.
For me, the additional struggle is in getting the adults to keep on top of the toddlers without pooping out from exhaustion, hunger, or a desperate need for some fun.
If you want to know how my Sims ended up with 10 babies at once, you can read their amazing story here. Pregnancy and infancy were interesting, but the toddlers are absolute insanity.
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7 Things I've Learned About Toddlers In "The Sims 4"
With The Sims 4: Parenthood game pack and The Sims 4: Toddler Stuff pack, the game makers have fleshed out the toddler age group to be fairly realistic. Just like real toddlers, Sims toddlers are extremely needy and adorable. They demand a lot of attention, throw tantrums and have meltdowns. They also make you laugh and melt your heart.
Allow me to share some things I've learned.
1. Forget High Chairs
If your Sims are planning a family and you have never helped Sims raise toddlers, you will no doubt be tempted to purchase a high chair. It might even seem like a reasonable decision . . . it's not.
- Sims tend to pick up and put toddlers in high chairs at random and take them out at random. It becomes a maddening dance that you will fail at controlling.
- When Sim parents aren't busy taking toddlers in and out of high chairs, they are forgetting them in the chairs.
- Toddlers don't actually eat in high chairs, they just throw their food around and overturn their bowls.
In a nutshell, my rule for high chairs is this: just don't do it.
2. You Have to Constantly Force-Feed Them
Toddlers—they're always hungry, but they never want to finish a meal. What's up with that?
Here is how it goes, step by step:
- The toddler is starving, hunger bar is in the red and Sims child services are sending threatening letters saying they're going to take the child away.
- You give the toddler food. He takes one bite, throws the plate aside and runs off to play or make a mess.
- Toddler's hunger bar is still in the orange or yellow, so it depletes back to red very quickly. Parents have barely had a moment to eat, pee or make more food.
- Repeat steps 1 - 4 until eternity.
My family gardens so I just keep fruit in every toddler's inventory and periodically force-feed them fruit throughout the day. This prevents them from being taken away, or from, you know . . . dying.
3. You'll Always Be Cooking
Of course, when you have to constantly feed 10 toddlers, and half the food ends up rotting before they finish it, you will find that your Sims are always cooking. It gets a bit maddening.
4. Potty All The Time
I have potty chairs stashed all over the apartment! You ready to usher those toddlers to the potty several times per day, and quickly (must be all that fruit).
Don't wait for them to ask. Don't wait for their bladder bar to go from green to yellow—the kids won't wait, they'll just do it in the diaper. Then they won't just need a potty; they'll need a bath.
Also, I've learned that The Sims 4 potty sounds are . . . disturbingly realistic. If you're squeamish, you might want to mute.
5. How to Keep Up With Toddlers in Sims
The desperation conundrum is what I call that vicious cycle that occurs when Sim toddlers have too many needs get low at the same time. After that, even when you try to help them, they are too fussy and resist.
Let's say a toddler has very desperate needs to eat, use the potty, and bathe.
- He'll fuss when you try to feed him because he has to pee and is too dirty.
- He'll fuss when you try to put him on the potty because he's hungry and is too dirty.
- He'll fuss when you try to bath him because he's hungry and has to potty.
What's the solution? Parents drinking lots and lots of sleep-replacement potion to try and help avoid the situation.
6. Teens Are Usually Useless
If your family has teens, don't count on them to be there for you helping with the little ones. Sure, some teens help out sometimes, but on school days most of them come home looking like death warmed over.
You'll be lucky if you can get them to do their homework and tend to their own basic needs on a good day.
7. Sims Are Basically Stupid
It never ceases to amaze me the level of sheer stupidity Sims will sometimes exhibit. Even the brightest and most responsible Sims will do the dumbest things:
- They will run outside in a severe thunderstorm to mop puddles on the sidewalk.
- They become obsessed with things like making drinks at the bar, playing with a lump of clay or making popcorn. Meanwhile, the kids are dying.
- They'll flirt and make out with their ex-boyfriends/girlfriends in front of their current boyfriend/girlfriend, spouse, or even children.
- Their fashion choices are questionable when they're left to their own devices.
You know what I'm talking about if you've ever played the game. Be it the programming, a glitch or what have you, I feel like my Sims couldn't be trusted to raise a kumquat without me—let alone 10 toddlers.
This is probably why, at the end of the day, I'm as exhausted and as exasperated as the Sim parents are.
Looking to the Future
Hopefully, things will get better when the 10 toddlers age up to children. That should be any day now, and undoubtedly it will be another adventure.
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© 2019 Kenzie Cartwright