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The Sims 4: A Month of Toddlers

If you’d asked pretty much any Simmer a month ago what the main thing missing from The Sims 4 was, it would most likely have been a unanimous voice screaming a word which had become something of a taboo within the community.

Playing toddler

Thankfully two years down the line the developers finally graced us with something most guessed would never come, and others guessed would be a paid DLC, of course I’m talking about toddlers. They were part of a free update to The Sims 4 base game, and they were definitely worth the wait.

Throughout the time between the release of the game and the eventual update the Guru’s kept very tight lipped about the development of toddlers, although there were quite a few hints in the game code and a few mentions in interviews and on the forums it was widely believed that after two years they wouldn’t be adding them, oh how that was wrong! Since the update the Guru’s have clarified why it took so long, due to obviously needing to allocate time and effort into creating packs for The Sims 4, as you can guess adding in a whole new life state¬†into an already released game isn’t something to take lightly.

Toddler onesie

Today marks the one month anniversary of toddlers being added to the game and I can honestly say that I still love them, in my opinion this is the best iteration of the life state we’ve had, each game had its perks but the developers truly hit the ball out of the park on this one and everyone should give them a well deserved pat on the back for it.

If you’ve not updated your game yet to play with toddlers then please, go and do it! You’ll fall in love with these little guys, they have such character and are of course absolutely adorable. I think what makes them better is that they are actually supposed to be older than in previous games, this is something I definitely appreciate, no more having to teach your toddler how to do everything and having to spend so much time assisting them, they can do almost everything on their own!

It’s not all good though, due to the fact they have only just been released there’s practically no content from any of the previous packs for toddlers, thankfully they added the ability to have alien toddlers which is a great addition. CAS items for toddlers are also slightly scarce, there is enough to create some great Sims but in comparison to the other ages it’s definitely lacking. Luckily the build/buy items make up for this with loads of choices and swatches for each object.

So that’s it, it’s been a whole month since the toddlers were added to the game, what do you think? Has this changed your view on The Sims 4 as a whole? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Hello, I'm Mike and I'm a Sims addict. I've been playing The Sims since I was 5 years old, most of my early memories of the game revolve around building the perfect houses and burning it down. Since those good days I've played every iteration and most of the spin-offs and have loved every single moment, hope you enjoy my articles!


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  • I’ll admit, I HATED toddlers is every previous iteration. They were basically little daemons that scooted around on their butts, get trapped in a closet and NEVER. STOP. CRYING. The Sims 3 was the worst offender to this, especially since Toddlers do absolutely nothing in that game besides cry and refuse to use the skills that I spent a day each teaching them. Now, when a toddler doesn’t do what I want, it feels more like defiance than stupidity.

    Also, TS3 Toddlers were hideous.

    • I have to agree, they were always useless, although in TS2 at least teaching them to potty, walk and talk actually affected their future, but not enough. I just think it’s great how you can fully control them now, before it felt like you had to have your sim constantly at their back and call and it was exhausting, you’d spend all day teaching them all this stuff for no reason.

      You’re right, toddlers in TS3 were truly terrible.

  • At least in this case, absence DOES make the heart grow fonder. I loved toddlers in Sims 2 (then again, I loved everything about Sims 2), but hated them in Sims 3 (don’t really remember why) and couldn’t wait for them to grow up….And for a long time, I was glad they weren’t in 4. I didn’t want to have to deal with them.

    As time went by, I changed my mind, and ended up being just as ecstatic and shrieky and jumping-up-and-down as everybody else. In fact, I almost wonder how we ever managed without this lifestage.

    But I definitely agree that their CAS content is lacking, and am upset that the developers haven’t yet addressed that problem. Also, they aren’t able to interact much with each other. And maybe I’m wrong, but interacting with Child Sims doesn’t seem to fulfill their Attention need—why?