What’s new in The Sims 4 Toddler Update? Everything you need to know
The latest Sims 4 base game update adds a ton of new features, objects and even a whole new life stage to the Sims world. Here’s everything you’ll find in The Sims 4 Infants Update, now live for all PC, Mac and Console players.
More realistic newborns
Before the update, there was only one stage of life before toddlers – babies. This life stage is now called “Newborns” and the developers have made many quality of life updates for this time in each Sim’s life.
Newborns now have a full range of skin tones (from just three) and eye colors (from just one), making them more realistic and genetically similar to their Sim parents.
Caring for newborns is now much smoother and more realistic. Sims will no longer pick up and put down newborns between each grooming action. Once a Sim picks up a newborn, they will hold it until they are done caring for it. Caregiver Sims also have to clean up diaper trash and empty bottles. And kids can now connect with their newborn siblings with the “Entertain” interaction on the bassinet.
If you have the Seasons EP installed, your newborns will now respond to the weather. That means you can’t throw the baby outside because you don’t want to hear him cry anymore. wait what I didn’t… I mean… who would do that? This is wrong…
The Infants update adds an exciting new feature – Science Babies. Sims can now have science babies with other Sims regardless of whether they are in a romantic relationship. When two Sims are on friendly terms, they can “Ask for Science Baby” with the other Sim.
If they agree, the Sims will travel to the hospital to get their science baby for §1,200. You will return with a newborn that is genetically related to both Sims, pregnancy is not necessary! This means Sims can have surrogacy stories, sperm donor relationships, and even platonic co-parenting families.
New life phase for infants
After a day of play, newborn Sims age into the brand new life stage – toddlers. These young members of the Sim family have the same needs as older Sims, and their caregivers are responsible for meeting them.
Not only are these toddlers incredibly cute, but they add a whole new level of play to the world of Sims. Sims of all ages can interact with them in new ways such as B. Play cuckoo and snuggle them to sleep on the couch while scrolling their phones.
Before this update, babies were pretty much all the same. They occasionally cried when they needed to be fed or changed, and as long as you clicked everything on their social menu a few times a day, they were happy.
Babies are much more complex and unique thanks to their new characteristics. Infant Sims can be Cautious, Sensitive, Calm, Intense, Shaky, or Sunny, and the trait you choose (or randomly select) affects how they interact with the world. For example, sensitive infants may need more frequent diaper changes or they may develop a skin rash, while intense infants have particularly high emotions, whether they are happy or sad.
New CAS adjustments
The CAS catalog is now full of tons of new baby items. Of course, toddlers get some adorable outfits, including cloth diapers, cute rompers, cozy pajamas, and even jumpsuits.
Infant Sims can also wear goggles and helmets, both of which have lots of fun color patterns. Her hairstyles are impressively realistic, with natural hair textures, thin cuts and precious ponytails. And you can give them stork bites, special birthmarks that fade as the Sims age.
But toddlers aren’t the only ones getting new CAS features. Older Sims can now also have birthmarks, as well as other signs of age and life experiences like stretch marks and cesarean scars.
Newborns now have a shorter lifespan than before, lasting only one sim day before aging on their own. But all other Sim life stages have been extended and even play with normal lifespan.
This means older Sims have more time to interact and connect with their children, watch them grow up and have children of their own.
A working high chair
A working high chair might not seem like much, but it definitely deserves a subheading of its own. High chairs are no longer broken and are now functional furniture pieces that Sims can use with toddler and infant Sims.
However, unlike toddlers, infant Sims still get most of their nutritional needs from breast or bottle feeding. For them, the high chair is another way to see the world and try new foods. Depending on their traits, they may love a variety of things, or they may be more cautious and reluctant to enjoy baby food.
New objects in build/buy mode
The youngest members of the Sim family are no longer limited to a plain, boring bassinet. There are now additional bassinet styles and patterns for newborn Sims to match more furniture in your home.
Once newborns hit infancy, they can sleep in one of several new cribs. These cribs can be upgraded with mobiles and even converted into toddler beds by skilled Sims as toddlers outgrow their cribs. Each crib is designed to complement the Sims’ other children’s furniture, allowing them to complement your existing nursery designs, and the portable crib can be dragged around your Sims’ home or placed in their inventory to travel around town.
There are also three new sensory toys for toddlers, as well as toy baskets, bookshelves, baby stuff and lots of rugs.
The Build/Buy catalog has a new baby fence, but Sims can now baby-guard any door or gate in the game. This means they can keep all infant and toddler Sims out of places they don’t belong or keep them in designated play areas so your adult Sims can pee in peace.
The interactions between caregivers and infants are more than just a cute gameplay feature – they have a lasting impact on an infant Sim’s personality thanks to the new bonding mechanic. Toddlers whose parents and caregivers are attentive will feel cared for, while less concerned parents have toddlers who feel neglected.
Depending on how well or poorly cared for a toddler is, they may be given certain reward traits that affect how confident and secure they feel in the world as they grow. Neglected infants may receive the Unhappy Infant trait, while better cared for infants may receive the Happy Infant or First-Class Care trait.
What’s your favorite new feature in the Sims 4 Infants update, now live on PC, Mac and consoles? Let us know in the comments! And before you go, be sure to check out our other Sims 4 content via the links below.
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