Kenzie needed a quick escape from real-life pressures, and found "The Sims 4." She now enjoys playing, writing, and YouTubing the game.
Can You Have Too Many Babies in Sims?
I don't know about you, but I've had trouble helping my Sims raise one nooboo (the Simlish word for baby).
I'm fairly new to The Sims 4, so it was only a couple of months ago that I experienced my first Sims giving birth. With my gaming inexperience, that one nooboo gave me a real run for my money.
Since then I've raised several Sims families, but nothing prepared me for this challenge. I feel like my past games were just training for a marathon I didn't know I was going to run.
This is my shining moment to prove myself in Sim parenthood. I'm determined to help Kinga and Elyse succeed.
I Swear, It Was an Accident
I was trying to help my adult Sim couple conceive twins or triplets, and totally overshot my target. Basically, I was using mods I didn't understand, and my couple— two females— impregnated each other at the same time . . . with quintuplets!
If you want to read about the couple and the amazing dual pregnancy, and see lots of pictures (they were adorable), check out my account here.
I have to admit, life got a bit crazy there with 10 infants in the household, but they did it! Not one baby was taken away by child services, and the proud mammas managed to maintain their sanity during the whole debacle.
It Was Pandemonium That First Night
Immediately after giving birth, Kinga and Elyse had 10 crying babies scattered about the house in need of feeding.... unfortunately, both of them were too busy running around the house in a panic because their partner had given birth. I had a heck of a time redirecting them, and I admit it . . . I panicked, too.
The dedicated pair finally settled down and began the long, arduous task of nursing each baby.
"[Name] is very hungry, feed him soon or he might get taken away," read threatening messages pouring in as the mothers raced to get to each and every child.
The babies who were already fed were crying for diaper changes before their siblings got their first meal.
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But They Started Taking It In Stride
Chaos ensued for five Sim-hours, but things finally settled down and the two new moms were able to knock out the babies' needs one at a time and get them all to sleep.
Then, Kinga and Elyse slipped away for a little woohoo before going to sleep. Because I have mods, they do this autonomously . . . a lot.
I was just amazed they had the energy, I was too tired to even properly shut down my PC. I just left it on and went to bed.
Once that first night was over, I decided that the best defense was a good offense:
- Have the mamas jump on feeding the babies every four hours, before they start crying..
- the babies got cuddled (daytime) or rocked (nighttime) after every feeding so they wouldn't be as fussy for attention.
- Elyse moved her desk next to the nursery so she could jump up when diapers needed changing and get it done.
It was working like a charm . . . at first.
My Bright Idea—Not
Kinga's family leave ran out, so she had to go back to work. Elyse, who works at home, was responsible for the babies. She kept up with the schedule of feeding every four hours or so, but it took her over two hours to feed the babies alone.
I thought hiring a nanny would be a good idea. I was so wrong.
Elyse would be trying to work and I'd hear the babies crying. Then I'd find the nanny
- watching TV
- relaxing in the hot tub
- cleaning surfaces that don't get dirty
- cooking unneeded food
When he did pay attention to the babies, he would automatically stick a bottle in their mouths . . . even if they needed a diaper change or attention.
But It All Worked Out
The nanny was promptly fired. I've never had luck with them, I don't know what possessed me to think they'd work out for this family.
Thankfully, Elyse and Kinga are pretty well off. Elyse was able to ease up on work and focus on the nooboos. If Elyse was having a tough time, Elyse would just take a vacation day.
The babies, and the mommies, survived— and the game option was set to long lifespan, so that's saying something!
The Babies Aged Up to Toddlers!
I was so focused on keeping babies and the mommies happy, I almost forgot it was coming . . . but come it did. One day, the nooboos all simultaneously sprang out of their bassinets and started toddling around.
Again, chaos ensued . . . but that's another story for another day.
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