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Picked upload! Smarter Baby Care v3

by scumbumbo Posted 5th Jan 2015 at 7:11 AM - Updated 11th May 2015 at 2:03 AM by scumbumbo : Added version 3 for May 4 game patch
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Update: Version 3 of the mod has been updated for compatibility with the May 4 game patch. If you update the mod, be sure to remove the old version!

Description

Seems like everytime a baby in The Sims 4 needs attention, a child goes to it and starts annoying it while it cries it's little heart out effectively blocking an adult from getting to the baby and doing the right thing. Then, you get the child out of the way and the mother tries to feed the baby, bounce it up and down, talk to it, coo at it, or show it off to the neighbors even though it's obviously soiled it's diaper! I'm surprised they don't try sticking the bottle into the wrong end as stupid as they can be.

Some people like that. I don't, and if you don't either then this mod is for you.

This mod tunes the autonomy of baby care interactions to make sims treat their newborns much more intelligently. Like, WAY more intelligently. Possibly too intelligently for some tastes as, let's face it, in real life sometimes you really don't have any clue why a baby is crying. But this isn't real life, it's a freaking game.

The following changes are made to baby care autonomy:
  • If a baby is hungry or has a dirty diaper, a teen or adult will automatically take care of the problem.
  • If a baby is lonely, a sim will interact with it to build it's social statistic, UNLESS the baby has a more serious issue such as hunger or a soiled diaper in which case that will be taken care of first.
  • The social interactions (except for shushing it) with a baby will increase it's social score. A bug in all the interactions except cuddle and bounce made talking to a baby, cooing at it, etc. totally pointless.
  • The shush interaction is no longer used autonomously.
  • Sims will not (autonomously) wake up a sleeping baby to interact with it, even if it has needs. It's asleep, let it be! (Of course, you can still direct a sim to annoy a sleeping baby all you want.)
  • The "coo at" animation was replaced with a talking animation because it looked really stupid (IMHO) and would probably annoy the hell out of a baby (fact). There is also a _NoAnim version of the mod which doesn't replace the animation.
  • Sims will be drawn to interact autonomously with a baby if it's social needs have dropped to a medium level rather than waiting until it is crying,reducing the chance that it will get too lonely.
  • Sims will no longer autonomously try to feed a child that isn't hungry enough.
  • No changes were made to try to make baby care, even urgent needs, more desirable to a sim - they won't drop everything and still may ignore a baby for a while if they have other needs to attend to. However, they should get to it long before it becomes a case for a visit from a social worker / baby snatcher.

Installation Instructions

Just unzip the package file to your Mods folder as usual.

This mod requires The Sims 4 to be patched to at least version 1.0.732.20 (October 1, 2014).
Version 2 has been removed - it targeted the March 26 game patch, but anyone with that patch is likely keeping their game up-to-date anyway, so...
Version 3 is for games patched to version 1.6.69.1020 (May 4, 2015) or later.

This mod may cause conflicts with other mods which change these baby care interactions. Due to the wide variety of mods and sources for them, it is unlikely I will be able to help you with such a conflict.



Additional Credits:
Velocitygrass for the Sims4XmlExtractor
Kuree and all the others at Sims4Group who have put together the S4PE tool

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 4

This is a multi-part download:


Use only one version of the mod. Read the descriptions and be sure you use a version appropriate for your game patch level.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
SmarterBabyCare.zip | Description: For games that are not updated to the March 26 patch 16.7 KB 12,793 5th Jan 2015
SmarterBabyCare_NoAnim.zip | Description: For games that are not updated to the March 26 patch 16.7 KB 4,378 6th Jan 2015
SmarterBabyCare_v3.zip | Description: TS4 mod to increase the intelligence of baby care autonomy. 16.9 KB 21,661 11th May 2015
SmarterBabyCare_NoAnim_v3.zip | Description: Smarter baby care w/o the animation override for *Coo At* 16.9 KB 8,568 11th May 2015
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:
1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
Read the upload description for installation instructions. If nothing else is specified, do the following:
No Extraction Required (Script Mods):
1. Cut and paste the .zip file(s) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
Script mods need to be placed directly in \Mods or one level below that (e.g. \Mods\Scripts) – sub-folders nested any deeper won’t work.
Extraction Required (Everything Else):
1. Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
2. Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\


Need more information?
  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
  • Mod still not working? Make sure you have script mods enabled
 
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