Learn how to make the most of infant poses!
If you’re a pose creator or an avid user of custom poses, posing infants in The Sims 4 might present a bit of a challenge. You may have noticed that infants disappear completely inside some objects, making them unclickable so you can’t assign them a pose. Or you teleport an infant and they don’t do the pose you assigned them. Maybe you can’t even pose your infants at all!
The good news is that posing infants really isn’t too difficult. They just have some unique quirks you need to be aware of and know how to get around. We’re going to show you how to successfully use custom poses with your infants in The Sims 4 for beautiful screenshots and family portraits!
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Posing Infants in The Sims 4
First and foremost, posing infants in The Sims 4 works exactly the same way as posing any other Sim or pet. Teleport your infant where you want them to pose, click them and select Pose By Pack, then scroll through your list of poses and find an infant pose to assign to them. If you are new to using custom poses and need more help with this, check out our beginner’s guide to using custom poses.
However, players might run into several issues when trying to pose their infants this way. There are a few different reasons for this. We’re going to break down all the different issues you might be having and show you how to fix them!
Update the Pose Player
If your infants do not have a Pose Player option on them when you click them, or they are not available in the list of Sims when you teleport them, you probably have an outdated Pose Player. The Pose Player mod was updated following the infants patch. You will need to download the newest version of the mod to make it compatible with infants. Make sure you delete the old Pose Player files when you download the new version.
If you’re new to installing mods and need more help with this, check out our beginner’s guide to mods and CC.
Infants Don’t Pose! The Action Drops!
This is a common problem when posing infants in The Sims 4, particularly infants who have not reached the Sit Up milestone yet. The reason this happens is infants who can’t sit up will do a cute little flop down animation when they are teleported somewhere. If you assign a pose to an infant while they’re in the middle of this animation, the action drops and the infant does not do the pose.
To get around this, all you need to do is wait for the infant to finish this animation after you teleport them somewhere. Once they’re done flopping backwards onto their back, you can assign a pose to them and the action won’t drop. Another solution is to have your infant reach the Sit Up milestone before you start posing with them. Infants who can sit up on their own will not do this animation when they are teleported.
Also, infants will not be available to select in the Sim teleporter menu if they are in the middle of this animation. If you have updated the Pose Player and you still don’t see your infant in the teleport menu, this is likely the reason. Again, just wait for them to finish this animation. Then they can be teleported.
My Infant Disappears Inside Objects! I Can’t Click Them!
Some infant poses that use large objects can present another challenge to players. When you teleport an infant inside of a large object, they can completely disappear inside the object. This makes it impossible to click on the infant to assign a pose to them. There are a few different ways to deal with this problem posing infants in The Sims 4, both with and without mods.
The easiest way to deal with this problem is to just avoid using objects with no space underneath. Then you can tilt the camera lower to click on the infant in the space between the object and the floor. However, this isn’t always possible depending on the pose. Some poses only work well with a very specific item.
Another option for posing infants in The Sims 4 is to pan the camera very close to the infant so the object fades out, leaving the infant visible. It can be finnicky to get the camera just right in order to do this, but it is doable.
If you’re having a lot of problems manipulating the camera for the above methods, we recommend installing the Live Mode and Tab Mode Camera Mod by Buckley. It will eliminate drift, camera bouncing, and allow you to tilt the camera very close to the ground. Posing infants in The Sims 4 is much easier with this mod.
Another solution for posing infants in The Sims 4 is to move the object out of the way, teleport the infant and assign their pose, first, then move the object back. However, most avid pose users know that doing this often breaks the pose. This is where the TOOL mod by TwistedMexi comes in handy. Moving objects in Live Mode using the TOOL mod does not break poses. It can even move posed Sims without breaking their pose! You can use TOOL to either move an object in place after posing Sims, or move posed Sims to an object. This mod is a real lifesaver for posing infants in The Sims 4.
The TOOL mod does have a learning curve, so make sure to watch TwistedMexi’s walkthrough of the mod. We’ve linked to the exact part of the video you’ll need to use for moving posed Sims around.
My Infant Stretches When I Pose Them!
If your infant looks stretched out and scary when posing infants in The Sims 4, make sure you are using a pose designed for an infant. Infants are an entirely new life stage with their own unique rig. You cannot use toddler poses for infants and vice versa. Toddlers are larger than infants so if you assign a toddler pose to an infant, the infant will look stretched out and bizarre.
Try looking on CurseForge or ts4-poses for infant poses! Make sure the creator specifically says the pose is for infants. Once you have poses designed specifically for infants, you’ll have no trouble posing infants in The Sims 4!
Now that you’re a pro at posing infants in The Sims 4, why not be extra ambitious and learn how to make poses?