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Shorter Toddler Stage, Longer Child Stage

by rmrm Posted 6th Mar 2010 at 10:34 PM
17 Comments / replies (Who?) - 15 Feedback Posts, 1 Thanks Posts
Hello! I was reading this thread here on Mod the Sims about how boring toddlers are and completely agreed. Someone mentioned that it would be easy to make an XML tuning mod to shorten the toddler lifespan, so I did. However, I didn't like just cutting the days out of my Sims' lives, so I added the amount taken away to the child stage.

The default length for both the toddler stage and child stage was the value of "1", so I simply made nine mods which change this. They include 0.1 for the toddler stage length and 1.1 for the child stage length, 0.2 for the toddler stage length and 1.2 for the child stage length, all the way up to 0.9 for the toddler stage length and 1.1 for the child stage length.

If what this means isn't clear to you, here is an example. On the normal aging settings, both the toddler and child stages are 7 days. If you use the 0.6 Toddler/1.4 Child mod, you just multiply each by the unmodded length, making it 5 days for toddlers and 10 days for children. The game rounds up, as 0.6 x 7 is 4.2. This can result in an extra day in your Sim's life, but you can age them up using the birthday cake if you'd like.

So, which mod should you use? This depends on how much you dislike toddlers (or like children) and what aging settings you typically use. Those who use longer aging settings should probably use the ones which reduce the toddler stage the most, while if you use the shorter aging settings you probably don't want to reduce the toddler stage too much. I play on the default aging settings and use the 0.6 Toddler/1.4 Child and this is perfect for me. To find out exactly how long the life stages will be with each mod for each life stage, just multiply! You may want to experiment a bit to get the best fit.

This mod should not conflict with anything except any other XML tuning mods which edit the length of any life stage. Be sure to only install one at a time. It would be a good idea to download several versions and change them when you change your lifespan settings, though. If you have any problems, conflicts, or questions, just ask! I feel like this explanation wasn't very clear, but I don't think it's very difficult to understand anyway. I hope you enjoy having your Sims be toddlers for a shorter time!

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Built with Game Version: 2.5.12.004
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0.9Toddler1.1Child.rar | 0.9 x Toddler, 1.1 x Child

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0.8Toddler1.2Child.rar | 0.8 x Toddler, 1.2 x Toddler

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0.7Toddler1.3Child.rar | 0.7 x Toddler, 1.3 x Child

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0.6Toddler1.4Child.rar | 0.6 x Toddler, 1.4 x Child

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0.5Toddler1.5Child.rar | 0.5 x Toddler, 1.5 x Child

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0.4Toddler1.6Child.rar | 0.4 x Toddler, 1.6 x Child

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0.3Toddler1.7Child.rar | 0.3 x Toddler, 1.7 x Child

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0.2Toddler1.8Child.rar | 0.2 x Toddler, 1.8 x Child

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0.1Toddler1.9Child.rar | 0.1 x Toddler, 1.9 x Child

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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 7th Mar 2010 at 4:39 PM
I wouldn't call toddlers boring, I would call them ANNOYING AS ALL HELL; this is great, thank you!
Test Subject
#3 Old 7th Mar 2010 at 7:42 PM
You can just buy them a birthday cake and let them blow out the candles whenever you want...
Test Subject
#4 Old 8th Mar 2010 at 12:14 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Schimmig
You can just buy them a birthday cake and let them blow out the candles whenever you want...


Yeah, but then you are cutting time out of their total lifespans, this way the time is just allotted differently. So instead of robbing them of a few days of life, you're just transferring those days to a different age group.
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 8th Mar 2010 at 1:41 AM
I love that the extra days are added onto their childhood! I've seen other mods that just shorten both, but I love playing children and I always thought the childhood should be longer than toddlerhood and teenhood, anyway. (People are really only toddlers for a couple years, whereas they should be in grade school for longer than they are in high school, right?) I love this, it's wonderful!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#6 Old 8th Mar 2010 at 2:30 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by captain_oates
Yeah, but then you are cutting time out of their total lifespans, this way the time is just allotted differently. So instead of robbing them of a few days of life, you're just transferring those days to a different age group.


Yep. This affects Sims who you don't actually play as, too.
Test Subject
#7 Old 10th Mar 2010 at 12:34 AM Last edited by StaticDrifter : 10th Mar 2010 at 12:46 AM. Reason: added thoughts
This is terrific, Thanks!

I wonder if it would be doable to make a change to the entire age structure to mimic an "average" human life of 75 years where baby is 2 years, toddler is 3, child is 7, teen is 7, young adult is 5, adult is 31, and elder is at least 20.

The multipliers based on 75 years are:

B .026
t .04
C .093
T .093
Y .066
A .413
E .266

The resulting stages (with rounding up) would be:

Span 25 50 90 190 960
Stage
B 1 2 3 5 25
t 1 2 4 8 39
C 3 5 9 18 90
T 3 5 9 18 90
Y 2 4 6 13 64
A 11 21 38 79 397
E 7 14 23 51 256
Ttl 28 53 92 192 961

The rounding up gives 1 to 3 extra days, but since elder is an 'at least' figure, the result could be modifies on that stage only... or give the elderly a bit more time!
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 10th Mar 2010 at 2:07 AM
I am so thankful you created this! I have been looking for this for a while now. I love the child age and it is way to short! One week? No way, I dont have enough time to play around and have fun before teenage and worrying about skills and boy/girlfriends. I literally have checked every aging mod out there, and they all do the same thing..shorten the childhood! Thank you thank you thank you!
Field Researcher
#9 Old 10th Mar 2010 at 8:39 PM
Thats awesome. I Hate toddlers and was upset when Maxis added them. I personally liked back in sims 1 where they went from infant to child. now I just need a mod to lengthen my teen sims or Maxis needs to give me my college sims back. Totally miss my collage simmies. ;.;
Test Subject
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Test Subject
#10 Old 1st Jun 2010 at 6:10 PM
i use cheats to age them up, birthday cakes are dangerous, my kid sim was on fire while using the cake, she could die, or worser, a social worker could take her o_o, and i hate toddlers, there cute but hard to live with, i want to give my toddler food, but she don't want it so she pushed it till it falls on the floor, the toddler al happy, my sim cleaning the kitchen :S that spoiled kid.
Forum Resident
#11 Old 2nd Jun 2010 at 7:27 PM
Is this compatible with the latest patch and Ambitions?

It's been great so far, I don't want to lose it!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#12 Old 25th Jun 2010 at 12:17 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by StaticDrifter
This is terrific, Thanks!

I wonder if it would be doable to make a change to the entire age structure to mimic an "average" human life of 75 years where baby is 2 years, toddler is 3, child is 7, teen is 7, young adult is 5, adult is 31, and elder is at least 20.

The multipliers based on 75 years are:

B .026
t .04
C .093
T .093
Y .066
A .413
E .266

The resulting stages (with rounding up) would be:

Span 25 50 90 190 960
Stage
B 1 2 3 5 25
t 1 2 4 8 39
C 3 5 9 18 90
T 3 5 9 18 90
Y 2 4 6 13 64
A 11 21 38 79 397
E 7 14 23 51 256
Ttl 28 53 92 192 961

The rounding up gives 1 to 3 extra days, but since elder is an 'at least' figure, the result could be modifies on that stage only... or give the elderly a bit more time!


This is actually a pretty good idea... Maybe I'll make this for myself. I always imagined young adults being into their early 30s or so, though.

Quote:
Originally Posted by KittyCarey
Is this compatible with the latest patch and Ambitions?

It's been great so far, I don't want to lose it!


I have Ambitions but not the latest patch and works fine for me. I would bet nearly anything that it works with the lastest patch too, though.
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 26th Jun 2010 at 11:34 PM
Can you tell me what XML file you changed?
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#14 Old 29th Jun 2011 at 5:10 AM
I just went into options and shortened my toddlers to 2days and left the children at 7...
Test Subject
#15 Old 23rd Nov 2011 at 7:44 PM
I'm awful at math and it's really confusing to calculate the different choices. If I wanted the toddler stage to be roughly 3 days...which one do I choose?
Test Subject
#16 Old 7th Jan 2012 at 4:56 AM
Why not just use the Maxis options panel?
Test Subject
#17 Old 25th Feb 2013 at 7:59 PM
No offense, but you do realize that in the options panel you can use the sliders to change the length of any life stage? So if you want to shorten the toddler stage you can, and add those days to the child stage....

I'm not sure if this is just a Generations thing but this MOD is really unnecessary.