Having Children & Baby Boost

Tips for successfully growing your little family

How do I get my couple to try to make a baby?

Make sure your little couple has a cozy place to snuggle (sofa or bed will work) and then drag the adult male onto the adult female or vice versa. With any luck, your little family will have a new addition soon!

My couple won't make a baby. As soon as it says "Trying to make a baby", one of the little people walks away to do something else.

This usually occurs because there is something blocking the path between your little person and where they need to go (bed, sofa, etc). The most likely cause is furniture or other decor items that you have placed in the house. Even if it looks clear to you, they might think it isn't. Our little family members can be pretty picky about what "clear" means! 

Some examples of how to correct the problem are: 

- If the little people suddenly change their mind about trying to make a baby, try moving the bed or couch away from any walls and try for a baby again.
- If it still gives you trouble, place the bed or couch on the front porch (or even in the yard). They shouldn't have any problems getting to the furniture then.
- Just make sure to put it back into the house afterward, so that the little people don't have to sleep outdoors and make themselves sick!

My couple always argue about having a baby, what do I do?

If they argue, just keep dropping them onto each other repeatedly until they try. There is no need to wait. Keep in mind that (just like real people) the more children they have, the less likely they are to want more children, which can cause them to argue about having another baby. This is especially true if one or both of the parents are showing "Not Really" or "No Way" for wanting children.

It is also recommended that you make sure they are happy, healthy and well fed, although we have had babies (and even multiples) when our little peeps were exhausted and hungry. 

My couple keeps saying "It's too soon" to make a baby, what do I do?

You can see the "too soon" message either after the mom stops nursing the baby or shortly after a previous attempt at baby making. How long a couple will want to wait after a baby is born before having another child, or between attempts to produce a baby, varies depending upon their desire to have children. For example, couples who "definitely" want children will be willing to try sooner than those who "no way" want children. The length of time you will need to wait between attempts can range from 15 to 45 minutes. Just keep trying. 

My couple won't make a baby. How do I adopt a child?

You can adopt children at any time by accessing the Special Upgrades category in the Store and tapping "Adoption Services." Each adoption costs 4000 coins (not real money). Your little family will then grow by one. 

What is the cutoff age for having children? When is a woman too old to have babies?

There is no set age at which couples can no longer produce a baby. As with real life, though, it will be rare to see a baby born to couples in their 50s and beyond, although they can still adopt a child.

What is baby boost? How does baby boost work? Can baby boost give me twins or triplets?

Baby boost simply increases the chances of having a baby. Because there is a small chance of having a multiple birth when you are successful at having a baby, then yes, it can increase the chance of a multiple birth (but only because it increases the chance of a birth). A doctor's consult will tell you if one or both of your little people need baby boost.

My couple just had a baby! How can I see what it is?

You can see what the new baby looks like, and his or her name, by viewing the "Family Tree" in the Family screen. Tap the “Menu” button at the bottom-left of the game play screen, tap “Family” and scroll down. The last child shown to the right of the parents is the new addition to your little family!

How long does it take to nurse a baby? How long until a baby grows up? How fast do my little people age?

From birth to two years of age takes the equivalent of 4 hours of our time. From two years of age until death our little people age at approximately one year every four hours. So from two years, until they leave home at the age of nineteen years, is a total of 68 hours of real life time.

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