Author Topic: Rug Rats: Surviving a Toddler Run Household  (Read 11031 times)

Offline christinal3106

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Re: Rug Rats: Surviving a Toddler Run Household
« Reply #250 on: March 07, 2018, 08:59:51 AM »
@SueDenim The best way to get the hunger thing for the toddlers was to just have a grill.  Then the parents are forced to have to cook family meals.  Then, you can put the food in family inventory, bring it out for toddlers.  Then, the parents are forced to cook group meals every time they are hungry themselves.  I also bought one of those refrigerated cases that came with get to work.  If there was a lot of food in inventory, you can put food in there.  It keeps it cold like a fridge, but doesn't have the functionality of one.  Also, toddlers can get food from it. 

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Re: Rug Rats: Surviving a Toddler Run Household
« Reply #251 on: March 07, 2018, 10:23:38 AM »
@christinal3106, the refrigerated case was a genius idea! How did you figure out a toddler could use it?

I went with a grill as well because in my testing, my parents never touched the stove. The one thing I forgot, which ended up doing me in, was the smoke detector. My lot burned to the ground.

How did everyone deal with things breaking? I feel like an idiot because I hadnít ever realized what the Gnomes trait did until i had already started my file (although, now that I think about it, thereís nothing in the rules about changing lot traits as you go, is there?). I hated the gnomes that popped around in Sims 3 so Iíve avoided that lot trait because I didnít read it and just assumed it would make random gnomes appear. Again, Iím an idiot and that trait would have saved me a lot of grief and money since the only thing I could think to do when something broke was to have the toddler click Replace. (Ouch.)



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Re: Rug Rats: Surviving a Toddler Run Household
« Reply #252 on: March 07, 2018, 12:11:40 PM »
@xyliajames As far as the refrigerated case goes, I found it out by reading toddler threads here on the forum.

I had no problems with fire, I just picked lot traits homey and chef's kitchen.  Every meal they cooked was excellent.  As far as the repairing, I just clicked on it and replaced it.  I had plenty of money from plates alone.

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Re: Rug Rats: Surviving a Toddler Run Household
« Reply #253 on: March 07, 2018, 12:50:12 PM »
For things breaking I used the gnomes trait, but it only works when everyone is asleep by a certain time in the night, or maybe for a couple hours, so I had to rely on replacing the items at times. It worked a dream when my house was packed full of toddlers because I could send them all to bed and the parents were usually exhausted enough to go to bed soon after, if they weren't there already. It didn't work so well when the house was packed full of children though, as they tended to go to bed immediately after school and then were awake again by midnight.

What I'm curious about is how people dealt with the monsters under the bed for children. I gave them nightlights but it seemed every single night the monster would appear (sometimes more than once) and all I could do to get rid of it was sell the bed and buy a new one. When the kids wake the parents, the parents never actually seem to deal with the monster autonomously, unless there's something I'm missing? This was a big pain for me as money was something I struggled with (I had no idea about the can and my working sim never got past level 2 in her career, so I made money by gradually demolishing the house around them haha).

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Re: Rug Rats: Surviving a Toddler Run Household
« Reply #254 on: March 07, 2018, 01:11:48 PM »
@simemie I only used double beds to avoid the monsters. Siblings will sleep in the same bed or in bed with a parent.

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Re: Rug Rats: Surviving a Toddler Run Household
« Reply #255 on: March 08, 2018, 02:21:35 PM »
Disappointed that I didn't get to participate in this challenge as I got sick and didn't finish. But, Wow! So many good tips and tricks. I just love reading the strategies at the end of challenges.
@cyclonenic - klepto trait for added income - So clever. I finally thought to use the nanocan after about the 5th test run. @reggikko - using the grill for family meals - genius. I hated always having to use the highchair and stopped buying the stove after the 2nd test run. @GlazeyLady - Using the highchair for sleep - pure brilliance. The time it took to get completely rested in a toddler bed was outrageous and I spent way too much time trying to insure happy moods through that aspect along with the nightlight.

I did learn a good bit through the test runs: No need for sinks, stoves, tv's, radios, bookcases (sim parents will still read to the toddlers without one), most skilling items, and the nanocan is as good as a job.  Congrats to everyone that participated. This was a tough one but so many good strategies came out of it!

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Re: Rug Rats: Surviving a Toddler Run Household
« Reply #256 on: March 08, 2018, 03:22:47 PM »
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all for sharing their strategies.
@reggikko - your tip about double beds was news to me! I placed a double bed in my legacy twins' bedroom in your honor (and for the twins, as well).



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Re: Rug Rats: Surviving a Toddler Run Household
« Reply #257 on: March 08, 2018, 03:27:29 PM »
To clarify that tip: I think the siblings must also be friends, but they pretty much always are.

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Re: Rug Rats: Surviving a Toddler Run Household
« Reply #258 on: March 09, 2018, 12:50:15 AM »
I know the official challenge has ended, but I think I might do this just for fun!  It feels like it'd make a good YouTube series.  XD I'd still score myself, of course.  I ADORE toddlers in Sims 4.  I think the hardest thing will be their character values, since I can't control the parent couple or older kids.  I may end up with some rather unpleasant teen sims!
Back in a minute-just need to refill my cup.

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Re: Rug Rats: Surviving a Toddler Run Household
« Reply #259 on: March 09, 2018, 01:24:23 AM »
I know the official challenge has ended, but I think I might do this just for fun!  It feels like it'd make a good YouTube series.  XD I'd still score myself, of course.  I ADORE toddlers in Sims 4.  I think the hardest thing will be their character values, since I can't control the parent couple or older kids.  I may end up with some rather unpleasant teen sims!

You can move 'em out when they're teens. :) And hey, no rules to say you can't play a challenge just for fun after it's ended! I spotted some from previous years that looked really interesting that I might play just for fun too. :)

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Re: Rug Rats: Surviving a Toddler Run Household
« Reply #260 on: March 18, 2018, 07:12:18 AM »
Finally back home.

Congrats GlazeyLady for the win and than you all for posting strategies. I did not know of the nano can as in my games I automatically go for the cheapest garbage bin and never bothered to look at the others, and it never occurred to me to use a grill so I had a stove & fridge, which caused the stove to break twice and I had to replace it.

Lot traits: Penny Pixies, Child's play, Private Dwelling - that is because in my test Vlad came several times and feasted on one of the parents and I didn't want that to happen.
I had the dad working as Scientist (Nerd Brain/ genius, family oriented, cheerful) as in my mind that was the highest paid job in the lower levels and mom (Super parent/ family oriented, neat, cheerful) stayed at home.

I chose Pebble Borrow as it was the cheapest lot. Had 2 potty chairs, 2 feeding chairs, nesting blocks, teddy's, the bookcase, and a radio (now I see the error of my way) and as soon as I finished building the house I sent the sims to adopt another toddler. After that was 2, 2 and as many I could afford later on. I chose to only move out one teen and keep the other around until the other household was full. That was helpful as the teen helped with the toddlers and the adults took turns at being exhausted  ;D

I didn't focused on getting all skills to lvl 4 as in my error I also trained potty, and I spammed as many whims as could. For some reason the play a game on tablet & watch TV were coming up over and over again even though I didn't have any of them

I wish I wasn't as busy at work as I was and had more time to micromanage the toddlers.

Cheers,
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