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Dizzy2's Baby Sitter for OFB (EP3)

by FreakyRufus Posted 5th May 2006 at 2:51 AM - Updated 20th Jan 2007 at 5:58 PM by FreakyRufus : incomatible with EP4
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Warning: This mod does NOT work with the Pets expansion! Since I don't have the Pets expansion (and I didn't do the original work), if anyone has the skills, time, and inclination to try and get it working with Pets, then you have my thanks and my blessing.

This is simply an update to dizzy2's wonderful sitter service, to make it work under EP3. The original, which works with all other EPs except for OFB, can be found here.

Here's a brief summary of what this is: it replaces the nanny service (under phone "call/services") with a sitter service. You choose who the sitter is. When you make the call, a list of all available sims will be displayed, then you choose your sitter. The sitter immediately shows up on the lot, and is made selectable, so that you control them (unlike with the nanny). The sitter's icon is marked with the "at work" symbol. After their shift is over, they become unselectable and are just another visitor. There is a $50 set fee that you pay the sitter upon their arrival on the lot (although if the sitter is a playable sim, they don't get to keep the money when they go back home).

There are two versions of the original, and I only fixed the version that does not disable visits from the social worker.

Known Behavior
  • When a sitter is called, they will immediately show up on your lot. The sitter is selectable, and their icon shows that they are at work.
  • The sitter will stay on the lot for as long as all teen or older residents (we'll just call them "adults" from now on) of the lot are gone.
  • About one sim hour after any adult resident has returned, the sitter will become unselectable. They will now be a greeted guest, and will stay on the lot as long as it is before 2am and their needs are satisified. You can ask them to leave, etc.
  • If there is never a time when all adult residents have left the lot (for example, you called the sitter over to help out your harried sim take care of her 4 babies while everyone else is at work to make enough money to keep up the supply of milk) then the sitter will stay for several hours before their "shift" is over.
  • When the sitter's shift is over and they become unselectable, your family will be charged $50 for their services.
  • The nanny will show up in the list of available sitters. If you choose her, the normal nanny dialog will ask if you want her to come just for now or on your work schedule, but she will never come over.

Known Problems
  • Sometimes, the sitter will never become unselectable, and their "shift" will never end.
    Ways to get rid of a stuck sitter
    • use the "MoveObjects on" cheat, go into buy mode and delete the sitter. This will only delete them from the lot, not from the game.
    • make the sitter unselectable, using a mod such as INsiminator, Merola's mirror, etc., or using the testing cheats
    • use Inge Jones's teleporter bush to send them away from the lot
    • save the lot and exit (either the game or to the neighborhood), when you return to this lot, the sitter will be gone
  • If the sitter is on the lot at 6pm, they will age. This has always been a problem with this mod. If anyone has any suggestions on how to fix this, please PM me with it.
  • You cannot direct the sitter to feed a baby or toddler, but the sitter can autonomously feed them. This means that you will need a regular refrigerator and free will turned on for the lot.

Possible (unknown) Issues
  • The sitter becomes a contollable sim while "on duty". I'm not sure what will happen if you already have the max number of residents on the lot when you call the sim.
  • Since this mod effects the social worker code, it will most likely conflict with any other mode which modifies the social worker.

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

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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
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Test Subject
#2 Old 5th May 2006 at 2:58 AM
wow, this is marvelous! thank you :D
Top Secret Researcher
#3 Old 5th May 2006 at 3:09 AM
Thank You so very much. I have always wanted the Grandmother of the babies to be set by her or him. This makes it so great!!! Come on Grandma watch the kids I am going to party. LOL
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 5th May 2006 at 3:10 AM
Thank you!!

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Lab Assistant
#5 Old 5th May 2006 at 3:21 AM
Now ok, I must agree this is a great thing, but will this "sitter" do the job on their own like the nanny does? Will the feed the baby and put it int the crib and such on their own or will we have to do it ourselves

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Lab Assistant
#6 Old 5th May 2006 at 3:22 AM
Thank you! This will certainly help my sim out.
Test Subject
#7 Old 5th May 2006 at 3:24 AM
Sweet Jesus, thank you. I missed this thing like I miss cupcakes.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#8 Old 5th May 2006 at 3:28 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Onsimsnow
Now ok, I must agree this is a great thing, but will this "sitter" do the job on their own like the nanny does? Will the feed the baby and put it int the crib and such on their own or will we have to do it ourselves


No, the sitter won't do that on their own. The sitter will behave just like any other family member, and will autonomously take care of the babies/toddlers to the same extent that a family member would.

Many people (including me) get annoyed by the way the nanny behaves, and by the fact that you can't control the nanny. If you are one of those people, then the sitter is the mod for you. You (as the player) are completely in control of the sitter. There are mods out there (such as JMPescado's baby controller), which will make it very easy to take care of the kiddies, and which (in my opinion) do a better job of it than the default nanny behaviors.
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 5th May 2006 at 3:47 AM
This still is a great hack. And I love the idea of having grandma come over and watch the kids. This is brilliant! Thank you for this hack.

Take a look at a new sims2 chat site ran by Tease. There are mods and we are working to get teh site off of its feet. You can look around and if you feel like joining that would be great for the site. Thanks

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Field Researcher
#10 Old 5th May 2006 at 4:45 AM
Nanny's a nasty old wench, can't cook and starts a fire, leaves trash everywhere and walks around in her swimwear... eeek! Sometimes I want to pull my eyes out... Thanks for this, no more these scary pug-faced beings in my house )

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#11 Old 5th May 2006 at 4:50 AM
Oh my gosh, thank you! This is going to be a very useful mod - I've been avoiding Nannies like the Sim!Flu but will now get Aunts & Uncles and even Parents that live somewhere else to babysit. Yay!!!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#12 Old 5th May 2006 at 5:17 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by fanseelamb
I've been avoiding Nannies like the Sim!Flu but will now get Aunts & Uncles and even Parents that live somewhere else to babysit. Yay!!!


Yep, one of the great things about this is the sitter builds relationships with the children by doing things with them -- great for those kids whose parents don't live together: now dad can have a part in their life, too, before they get old enough to use the phone.
Inventor
#13 Old 5th May 2006 at 5:22 AM
Agreed! lol! This is a wounderful idea! And the nanny is a total bone head! lol! She is always trying to feed when she shouldn't and she seems to be incapable of caring for herself... Now at least we can make sure the sitter goes to the bathroom when they need to thank you BUT! Question how do you know how long the sitters shift is? And when they are finished? I'm confused And all that stuff? I'm sorry to bother you but I was just woundering if you could tell me?
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Test Subject
#14 Old 5th May 2006 at 5:36 AM
Thank You! Thank You! I was sooo hoping this would be updated!
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 5th May 2006 at 5:54 AM
Wow, I was just wishing there was a hack like this! My prayers have been answered! I've been using the Insimenator to summon my Sim!Grandma whenever the parents need to go to work, but this is much nicer!

Is there an easy way to make it so that if the Sim chosen as the sitter is family, they don't get paid? No big deal if there isn't, I don't want to be any trouble. Just a thought that popped into my empty head. :p

Thanks again!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#16 Old 5th May 2006 at 6:39 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlueIzumi
Question how do you know how long the sitters shift is? And when they are finished? I'm confused And all that stuff? I'm sorry to bother you but I was just woundering if you could tell me?
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I'm sorry, but I can't give you a definite answer (I didn't write the mod, just changed part of it to work with OFB, and I don't know simantics well enough to figure out the answer). What I can tell you is that the sitter will stay for at least a few hours, and will stay for as long as there is no teen or older family member on the lot.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#17 Old 5th May 2006 at 6:40 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by chapsticky
Is there an easy way to make it so that if the Sim chosen as the sitter is family, they don't get paid? No big deal if there isn't, I don't want to be any trouble. Just a thought that popped into my empty head. :p


I'm not sure. I'll take a look at it and see if I can figure it out.
Test Subject
#18 Old 5th May 2006 at 7:00 AM
Will i need the previous mod for this to work, like as a mesh?
Field Researcher
#19 Old 5th May 2006 at 7:17 AM
Woohoo! Thanks. Have you ever tried to get a nanny to look after 3 babies? DISASTER!! There was bottles and nappies everywhere, and still my babies were unhappy. The nanny is useless! Though she is good for looking after the child generation when her Young Adult mother goes to her classes or final exam. But not for my precious babies or toddlers. Thanks again ^_^

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#20 Old 5th May 2006 at 7:35 AM
Wow, this is so great! However, I don't necessarily want it to replace the nanny option. Is there a way to have them both?

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Lab Assistant
#21 Old 5th May 2006 at 8:05 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by FreakyRufus
I'm not sure. I'll take a look at it and see if I can figure it out.


Thanks so much! Cute avatar, by the way!
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 5th May 2006 at 9:00 AM
Aww wow brilliant Hack, cant wait to try this out later

Thank you Freaky!

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#23 Old 5th May 2006 at 9:03 AM
This is going to be so useful. Thank you so much!

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Test Subject
#24 Old 5th May 2006 at 9:04 AM
Thanks for this mod. No more Nannys of doom as I call the NPC Nannys.
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Lab Assistant
#25 Old 5th May 2006 at 9:36 AM
Thank you for making this Mod-Mod! I have missed the first one on and on and can`t stop crying! Now my Sims friends can hire their best friends for baby-sitting again. You`re sooo go(o)d to us!

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