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The Sims 3 Guide to Having Kids

Pregnancy, Twins, Adoption, and Choosing Boy or Girl

Raising Kids in the Sims 3
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This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.

In this The Sims 3 Guide to Raising Children, I hope to teach players about many aspects of being a parent and caring for children in the game. What you'll learn about raising kids from this guide is not only for Pc and Mac owners, but also serves the console Simmers who own an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. Sim parents have responsibilities to their kids, to give them a good life and raise them to be successful. I'll help with information on the multiple ways to have a baby in the game, how to adopt, and woohoo to get pregnant successfully.

You'll find tips for every stage of childhood in the Sims 3, from baby, on to toddler and finally a child growing into a teenager. The different gameplay mechanics that determine how successful your Sims are as parents are explained, to help their kids make good grades in school, make friends, and study hard. Children raised carefully from babies all the way to adults will be the most successful Sims, because they can have a massive jump start on life, learning skills, and later choose a career and lifetime wish. They'll likely accomplish reaching the pinnacle spot in their chosen career, and completion of the lifetime wish in a shorter life span than any adult made with Create-a-Sim.

This first page deals with getting a kid in the first place, and your various options for doing so. Caring for babies and allowing trait selection is also a highlight. Look to the other sections of this guide for specific articles on raising kids from babies and toddlers, children, and finally as teens.

How to get a Baby: Getting Pregnant with The WooHoo! Method

This is the first and most obvious option for having a child in the Sims 3. Keep in mind that this will make an infant, and they can be time consuming to care for. It is better, much like in life, to have a planned pregnancy that is preceded by some money saving, career advancements and goal fulfillment by the parents. Some players might prefer to adopt an older child instead to skip these tough early life stages.

To make Sims woohoo and get pregnant, they must really like each other. To try for a baby, and expect a pregnancy, you must specifically use the try for baby action. Sims will rarely get pregnant by simply using Woohoo. The relationship bar will need to be very close to full for the action to succeed. Failing at a woohoo attempt can cause Sims' relationships to drop a touch, so trying to put the moves on too early can cause it to be harder to do later. To make Sims WooHoo for a baby, get them feeling into it, and find the action under the romance section. This will also appear as an option when two Sims are relaxing on a bed together.

If you want a greater chance at making babies with the woohoo try for baby action, take the fertility treatment lifetime reward. This will also boost the chances that your Sims have triplets and twins. This is not a good thing if you're a first time parent in the Sims. It can seriously ruin the game. Be sure you've tried the experience of parenting first before taking this route.

Cheating to Have Twin and Triplet Babies
There are no pregnancy cheats to help you have twins or triplets, but a gameplay mechanic does influence this. If you want your Sim to get a high chance of getting pregnant with twins or triplets, as stated above, the first step is likely to get the fertility treatment. If both the mother and father Sims have it, this will help increase the chance for multiples even more. Additionally, having the mother Sim read pregnancy books, watch KidZ Zone TV and listening to children's music on the stereo will boost your chances of multiples. Pam had great luck getting twins and triplets by doing a combination of all these things.

A Simple Cheat for Choosing the Gender of the Baby: For Having a Boy Eat Apples or Eat Watermelons to Have a Girl
The second 'pregnancy cheat'. Before a Sim is visibly pregnant, you should have them eat one of two fruit in order to have the baby be a boy or girl. If you want to have a boy, eat apples. For having a girl baby, eat watermelons. Head to the supermarket and buy the chosen fruit. Buy about ten, that should do the trick. Have your pregnant Sim eat all 10 of them (click the little arrow on the apple icon to queue up individual apples). This is the only way to choose between boy or girl, as there are no console cheats to affect pregnancy.

Being Pregnant in the Sims 3

Sims 3 Parenting: Kiss the baby How to tell if the Sim is Pregnant
Sometimes, but not always, when Sims try for a baby a "Rock-a-Bye-Baby" tune will play. The way you'll know for sure your Sim is pregnant is when she starts running to the toilet with morning sickness. If that's cropped up, the woohoo has definitely made her pregnant. It is during this phase that you should decide: boy or girl?


Sims 3 Parenting: Third TrimesterVisibly and Officially Pregnant
After about a day, your mommy Sim to be will begin wearing maternity clothes. A Sim in the World Renowned Surgeon position of the Medical Career Track can see the gender using the 'Determine Gender of Baby' action at this stage of the pregnancy. If you do this, it will lock the gender in place and cannot be changed. You can use the apples and watermelons up to the day before birth (third trimester) to change the gender of the baby.

Maternity Leave
At this point the Pregnant Sim will be on Maternity leave, and will get paid for days she's supposed to work. This will give the new mom a relaxed pregnancy and a few days to tend to the baby before getting back into the work routine.

The Third Trimester
When your baby's a day away from birth, the mom will be in the third trimester of pregnancy and can't really do much. Focus on keeping her happy to ensure a healthy pregnancy and give baby good traits.

Infant Trait Selection: Keep Mommy Happy!
Some people have said that you should read pregnancy books to allow for the baby's trait selection. From my experience it didn't really matter. The baby gets to choose two traits with or without reading them. What does matter is the mother Sim's mood. She needs to keep her needs met, stress down and stay happy (keep that mood bar high). If you fail at this, the baby's trait selection will be out of your hands. The traits you choose will carry on until moving up to the third life stage from toddler to child.

Sims 3 Parenting: A Sim in ContractionsGiving Birth
Sims prefer to have babies at a hospital. My Sims have had them at home. They just popped up out of nowhere. Other times, it's treated more like an emergency and both parents will want to be at the hospital. At this point, you'll get to name the baby then, if Mom was happy, you'll get to pick the little boy or girl's traits.


For Single Sims: Or How Men Can Steal Child Custody from Women
Here's some help for if your Sim just wants to continue their bloodline, and stay single without moving in any Sims other than a new baby. When two Sims who live separately make a baby, the woman will always have "custody" of the child. So for female Sims, this is no problem. Males will need to convince the female to move in with the baby, then you'll need to take control of the female Sim and make her move out using the cell phone. Wicked Sims might want to make the female do all the work, and move the kid in after it has grown to toddler or childhood phases of life, but you can guarantee good development by taking control.

How to Adopt a Baby, Toddler or Child in The Sims 3: The Adoption Method
The second option for having a baby in the Sims 3 is to use the adoption service. Use your Sim's cell phone to 'call for services', and select the Adoption service. A social worker will come to your Sim's house shortly, where you'll be given the option to choose the gender and age of the child you wish to adopt. You do not, however, get to choose the ethnicity of the child or their traits. You never know how the adopted child will start out. However, you can control whether they later get good or bad traits dependent upon how well taken care of they are, and whether they learned to walk and talk before advancing to childhood.

The third option: starting a family with a toddler in Sims 3's Create a Sim
Sims 3 Parenting: A Hired Baby SitterThis last option for getting a kid in the Sims 3 is to make the child when you start the family in Create-a-Sim mode. You do get to select several traits, and determine the looks of a toddler as well as pick their favorite food and music. Once you've created the first child, or even adult in create a Sim you can make them a twin by clicking the ... next to their portrait. However, starting a game with a child can be very challenging. Early in a game, Sims are usually quite poor and it's harder to advance in careers and skills while caring for the kid. Think you're going to get a promotion the next day at work? Nope. The baby was up all night and your Sim had to go to work in a rotten mood. Planning to go to the gym? Single parents will usually need to shell out $75 simoleons for a baby sitter.

Planned Pregnancy
As you can see, the best options for having a baby in the Sims 3 are the first two. You will have control and will be able to decide when the Sims are ready to have the baby. You can even skip the hardest stages of childhood, baby and toddler, by going out and adopting a child. To prepare for the baby, have your Sims work on some skills they know they'll need, save up some money for a crib, high chair and some toys. You may even need to add a room to the house so the kid can have their own room.

I find the best time to have a child is to WooHoo once a Sim has made it to the pinnacle of their career. The work hours are usually very much relaxed compared to lower-ranked jobs, and the salary will provide plenty of money for raising the family. Single Sims will have the hardest time raising a child, while married Sims will have a much easier go at caring for the children.

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Lunatic says...
Hey guys,is it possible to get twins boy-girl?if yh,can u plz tell me how?
thnx
Admin:
Ever since the Pets patch, it's more likely than to get two of the same gender.  Just don't eat apples or watermelons while the mother is pregnant.    For more information, check out the link below to a thread on our forum.

http://www.carls-sims-3-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,3407.0.html
15th June 2013 3:24pm
Izzy says...
Actually, yes. It will turn out randomly, But it does help to get the fertility treatment for both parents.
4th July 2014 10:14am
Gillenar says...
My sim had triplets and 2 were boys and 1 was a girl. My sim watched about an hour of kidz zone (she is childish and I stopped this as soon as I saw this) and no fertility treatment. Not fun when your sims are poor and you have taxes doubled and set to monday, wednesday and friday.
7th July 2014 6:01pm
vanessa ng says...
how do i play
12th October 2013 7:05pm
Rocky says...
Getting sims 3 tomorrow any ideas on which one
8th May 2013 8:52am
AllySimmer says...
You have to get the base game first for any of the expansions/stuffs will work.
29th June 2014 5:55pm
yoyoyobro says...
My sim has five kids, and one of those huge houses with four floors. and it's saying I can't have anymore kids?
Admin:
Sims are limited by the amount of Sims you can have in a household, not the house size.  There is a limit of eight active Sims (without mods) so if you have eight people in your house, including roommates then that is all you can have.   If you have the Pets expansion, pets also take up household slots.  With pets, you can only have a max of ten Sims in the household So if you have 1 Sim with 5 kids and 4 dogs then you would not be able to add any one else.
2nd June 2013 5:01pm
HaruNaeil says...
Are we able to split up the household? I have 8 sim's in one home, but I see no way of giving each couple their own place. 4 girls and 4 boys. I have empty homes set up for them but when I try to move, EVERYONE moves.
26th June 2014 4:59pm
Macy says...
You need to sell the houses and then have the sims you'd like to move repurchase the house that you don't own.
27th June 2014 2:20pm
Kit says...
OMG I need help! I really want to use this on sims, But it wont let me even play it without all this sign into origin and update origin. But the thing is, I updated origin, still says it. but now it wont let me log in!!! PLZ HELP!!!
31st July 2013 5:50pm
Hi says...
I just had an adorable baby boy. And now I want a girl but no matter how much I try I can't get her pregnant again. And yes I use the try for baby option but I have tried this a lot like for 3 sim days straight and nothing. Is there a glitch or something because I really want another kid.
21st April 2014 10:32pm
Simmylala says...
When your Sim finds out she is pregnant, eat 10 watermelons from your garden or the supermarket.

For twins, watch the Kidz Zone on TV while pregnant up to 1 Sim hours, or buy the Fertility Treatment Lifetime Rewards, which increases your chances of triplets.

Note: when buying the Fertility Treatment Lifetime Reward, buy it BEFORE your Sim Tries for a Baby, otherwise it doesn't work.

Hopefully this helped :)
15th July 2014 1:33am
Simmylala says...
It helps to Try for a Baby until you hear a jingle, or you could buy the Fertility Treatment before you Try for a Baby, and it helps to have Sims with a Family-Oriented trait, and you could be pregnant on the first go!
16th July 2014 7:07am
MeganC says...
Something happened that was a little puzzling, but rather hilarious. My brother was playing sims and made his female pregnant. He was really bad at the game, and she was MISERABLE the entire pregnancy. When it came time to have the baby, she had it at home. Instead of spinning around and the baby appearing in her arms like usual, it appeared on the floor in a puddle. It was pretty funny.
15th September 2013 8:38pm
Somaye says...
I'm from Iran it's so interesting for me to meet your site!I'll come back again...
29th July 2013 4:44pm
Brittney says...
Ok hey everyone! I'm getting ultra frustrated! I have all the expansion packs and no mods.

I have this family where the husband and wife are both werewolves and I built them this huge house with the intent on having them have twins or triplets and to fill the house! Both of them have the fertility treatment ltr
The first pregnancy
I had both of them drink the procreation elixer and then I had them try for baby and they read pregnancy books and only had one daughter.
Second pregnancy
Again procreation elixer and pregnancy books but this time she read the books and listened to kids music and watched kids tv for the entire pregnancy! She only left the room twice to throw up! And again she only had one daughter!!!

I want multiples!!!!
17th October 2013 12:57pm
Brittney says...
Ok hey everyone! I'm getting ultra frustrated! I have all the expansion packs and no mods.

I have this family where the husband and wife are both werewolves and I built them this huge house with the intent on having them have twins or triplets and to fill the house! Both of them have the fertility treatment ltr
The first pregnancy
I had both of them drink the procreation elixer and then I had them try for baby and they read pregnancy books and only had one daughter.
Second pregnancy
Again procreation elixer and pregnancy books but this time she read the books and listened to kids music and watched kids tv for the entire pregnancy! She only left the room twice to throw up! And again she only had one daughter!!!

I want multiples!!!!
17th October 2013 12:40pm
Claire says...
One way you can get around this is to use the apples/watermelons trick. If you want two or three girls, then have your sim eat the desired amount of watermelons - and the same goes for the boys. I'm not sure if you can eat one of each and get one of each but you can try. Hope that helps!
1st July 2014 11:17am
linda says...
how do i play it
12th September 2013 6:30pm
AMC says...
One thing that I've done that I found helpful with children: befriend an elder (or use a relation). They don't have school and usually don't need to climb the ladder at work. Ask them to move in and if they're working have them quit. If you keep your free will high, you don't have to play them. They will take care of the babies' basic needs for you!!
9th September 2013 11:11pm
Aria says...
in create a sim make two adults young or otherwise of the opposite gender click on the pic of your sim at bottom of screen a genetic tab should appear from there you can make a baby or toddler (i can't remember) with your choice of gender and customization you failed to mention this hope i could help- Aria
1st September 2013 11:14pm
Kristina says...
WOW! I had my sims try for baby with hopes of twins. I had KidZone on the TV, kids music playing, and fertility for both sims...had twins the first pregnancy and just had quads. I am excited. This was a first for me.
23rd October 2013 3:34pm
Rici-Rose says...
My game has a glitch that everytime the female has a baby to a male ghost the baby is completely invisable and there for non of the needs can be met what do i do to fix this.
19th September 2013 12:53am
Sims3GenerationsExpansionPack says...
I'm about to go buy the Sims 3 Generations for PC/MAC, and I was wondering, if you had twins, can you have a one boy and one girl? Or any other Sims 3 games? I have SIms 3 on my X-Box 360, and I never got two genders. I had always two girls, or two boys! And I've seen Generations, I believe it's worth buying...but do they have them for the X-Box...because now I have to buy a better laptop because mine is too slow and old...
Admin:
The only games available for Xbox to my knowledge is just Sims 3 and Sims: Pets.   Before you get Generations, don't forget that you will need to own the base game version of The Sims 3 to run it.  As for mixed gender twins, as long as you are completely patched up, they will happen naturally.  There is actually a way to force them as well but since Pets came out on computer I haven't needed to do that method.

To read more about forcing mixed gender twins, you can go to our forums and check out this thread.

http://www.carls-sims-3-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,3407.0.html
4th June 2013 12:40am
Julia says...
My sim had triplet girls after having twins! I got the Fertility Treatment for both parents and had them try for a baby. Then I had the mom eat a lot of watermelons during her pregnancy, watch the Kidz Zone and listen to children's music all while reading a book on pregnancy.
The thing I find weird is that one of my daughters, Makenzie, got 'thinner' while she was still a toddler. The game said she worked out very hard and was able to lose weight.... how can that happen to a toddler?
Admin:
It's a glitch with the memory system.  The game is registering that your toddler inherited one of it's parents body types and of course that makes it a memory.   I've had infants and toddlers suddenly become stronger, too.
3rd June 2013 7:01am
Madison says...
I don't think you can but maternity clothes only last 3 days so it'll be fine.I hope I could help
Admin:
I don't know who you were replying to but Maternity clothes can be chosen after the try for baby chimes but before the pregnancy moodlet appears.  After that it's exactly 48 hours from the "twirl" into maternity wear/apperance of the moodlet until the time you give birth.
5th June 2013 2:26pm
Tommy says...
What does it mean by fertility treatment to have twins/triplets? Where or how do you get it? Also do have to do the other things like reading books or watching Kidzone plus the fertility treatment or can you just do those things alone?
Admin:
Fertility treatment is a Lifetime Reward that you buy with Lifetime Happiness Points.  If both parents have the fertlility treatment, you may not need the tv or radio.
23rd June 2013 7:27pm
Me says...
How can you choose a baby's favourite colour??
Admin:
You can't.  It's randomized but when they get older there is a LTR that allows you to change all the favorites.  Or you can use the Edit in CAS cheat when they are a toddler.
26th June 2013 2:58am
Me says...
How can I choose my baby's favourite colour food and music?
Admin:
You can't until they are at least a toddler. As a toddler you can use the Edit in CAS cheat to change it. Or you can wait until they are a child and buy the LTR to change favorites.
28th June 2013 2:59am
mariah says...
I have a sim who decided to adopt but was really lazy and didnt want to take care of it so my sim took care of the baby and the baby still hasnt grown into toddler yet and it is like the fourth day is it cuz the mother isnt taking care of nor has seen the child?
Admin:
It all depends on what your life stage settings are. If you have aging off or you're on epic lifespan, then it will take several days for them to age up. When in game, check the settings under Options. Or buy a birthday cake and age them up manually.
30th June 2013 6:43pm
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