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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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Comments (148)

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Hannah says...
My two sims are married and Iv made them woo hoo for ages but nothings happend I'm so confused how do u get higher help please?!
7th October 2012 9:45pm
Scout says...
You have to do "try for baby" to get pregnant. "woohoo" is like with protection, so it provides fun but no baby. Hope I could help.
17th November 2012 8:59pm
Miranda says...
Excuse me, but how do I get this game? Please help me
29th March 2013 7:06pm
Lala says...
You can get it on origin or at a video game store.
14th April 2013 5:44pm
candylover746 says...
hey girl how to have a baby is to click relax then click try for baby and read two baby book and then watch the kidszone and listen to the kid stereo I got 10 babyes and 5 were boys and 5 wrer girls
26th May 2013 6:50pm
Jessica says...
That is Impossible you can only have 8 people in your household
You can with mods but you're right. The game will only all 8 Sims total in a household.

There was a glitch in the game a long time ago that would cause a Sim to have a lot of babies on a loop but it was fixed.
20th June 2013 9:31am
susie says...
actually you can get your sims pregnant with woohoo theres just a really small chance
According to the game coding that I've seen there is absolutely no chance of this happening without a mod.
2nd August 2013 3:21pm
Sarah says...
Hi, I tried it many times and it worked but you have to do it every single day.
5th November 2013 7:16pm
bweh says...
why bother doing woohoo a gazillion times when you can get pregnant by choosing try for a baby? but i doubt doing woohoo many times gives you a baby.
21st December 2013 10:46am
mozzer says...
to make the there be a higher rate o getting a sim pregnant then you have to make sure your sim has a family orianted trait, that there is room for another sim or sims, or make sure your pressing the try for baby button.
hope i helped
21st December 2012 12:22am
Han says...
you have to "try for a baby" not just "WooHoo"
27th December 2012 11:14pm
April yay says...
I have a pregnet women but I think the baby is going to be death.hrlp what can I do?
11th July 2013 5:31pm
meg says...
you have to press try for baby instaed... woohoo doesn't do anything
Woohoo has a slim chance of causing a pregnancy, I believe.
29th December 2012 5:39am
Marsha says...
i think in Sims 3 can make a baby but,my sims in the sims2 always going to toilet and you know? coughing and throw it out to the baby just in one week at my time >:OOO
18th February 2013 3:52am
Olivia says...
this may be wierd but how do u exactly adopt? or maybe get a chance of haveing a baby once your in a lesbian marrige (no judge please)
30th October 2013 6:48pm
Olivia says...
please please help!
4th November 2013 3:38pm
Libby says...
As far as I've seen on this game it isn't possible. I have tried to make a lesibain couple have a baby but it doesn't work. so just try to adopt. to adopt go to ur phone and then services then adopt!!! Good Luck!!!
5th November 2013 9:18pm
simslover687 says...
u have to try for baby. which means get the sims to relaxed and click one of the sims or the bed (your choice), and it should have try for baby. and the lullaby will play after. but if you have family orential trait it can be seen easily. hope this help
3rd January 2013 12:36am
calypso says...
u should do" try for baby"
19th February 2013 1:33pm
hazz rickard says...
keep on trying it aalways works
27th February 2013 4:05pm
Emilie says...
What you do is make sure they are married next kiss as man times until it says make out when it says make out do it three or two times until it says try for baby click it and at the end of the the woohoo you should hear a music noise with twinkling in it
9th March 2013 11:58am
Mcb says...
Hey. Just go to and make an account. Then once you get your account made just click on exchange. Then click on households. Then go to the search right where you selected household. Then type "pregnant" and choose the sekemoto family. It works!!!
16th April 2013 7:16pm
Ashley says...
you have to make them flirt a lot, and then you will see an icon that says try for baby.
28th June 2013 11:14pm
Ali says...
All you have to do is get both the male sim and female sim to relax on the bed and then play the male or female then click on the other and it will have the option to "Try for Baby".
10th November 2013 12:56am
catherine says...
U should put try fr a baby and then if u want a boy eat at least 10 apples and if u want a girl eat at least 10 watermelons and thats about it hope it works
7th April 2014 8:14pm
Carolina says...
He said that there was a lesser chance of the mom being pregnant with WooHoo, you should try the try for baby interaction.
15th April 2014 9:53pm
Cat says...
Hey heres something i've found out. If you want your mother to hurry up and have the child make her work out. I randomly tried it and both times I've done this she's always gone into labor right then and there give it a shot see if I'm not the only one
15th October 2012 5:21am
Lucy says...
I can't work out when my sim is pregnant. It just says this is not available for a pregnant sim or something like that...
28th March 2013 10:46am
Revenwyn says...
You can work out with the stereo or TV when mother is pregnant. However, you can't run on the treadmill or lift weights, or use the chin up bar. I believe the mother can also go jogging or swimming for exercise.
28th May 2013 4:30pm
Jazmine says...
That definitely works I tried it and hey presto the baby poped out
1st July 2013 11:14am
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