How to Make Your Baby Grow Up Quickly on "The Sims"


Age progression occurs automatically in "The Sims 3" virtual life game as the game runs. When two Sims have a child, it starts off as an infant, then ages into a toddler. The frequent feedings, diaper changes and potty training of the infant and toddler stages can be hectic, especially for two working parents, so you may want to get that child out of this high-maintenance stage more quickly than game clock dictates. You can trigger the aging up process with a birthday cake object, or with a cheat code that forces the Sim baby to have a birthday immediately.

Age Up With a Birthday Cake

  • Click the "Buy Mode" icon on your Sims 3 control panel in the lower left corner of the game screen.

  • Click the button for "Sort by Function."

  • Click the "Entertainment" category, which has the image of a football on it.

  • Click the tab with the balloons icon to access the "Parties" category.

  • Click and drag the "Birthday Inferno Birthday Cake" object to a counter or table in your Sim's home.

  • Click the "Live Mode" icon on the control panel to return to the active game.

  • Click the birthday cake in your Sim's home and choose the pop-up command "Blow Out Candles."

  • Click on the baby's name in the list of family members eligible to have a birthday, and click the check mark icon to confirm your choice. This will trigger a private birthday celebration, and the baby or toddler will age up to the next stage of development.

Age Up With a Cheat Code

  • Click the "Live Mode" button on your Sims control panel to verify you're in the live action mode.

  • Press the "Shift," "Ctrl" and "C" keys at the same time to bring up the command line for "The Sims" application.

  • Type in the command (without quotes) "testingCheatsEnabled true" and press the "Enter" key.

  • Hold down the "Shift" key and click on the baby you want to age up.

  • Click the pop-up command "Trigger Age Transition" and the baby will immediately move up to the next age category. If any adult Sims are nearby when you execute this command on the baby, they will cheer and spin noisemakers as if a party is going on.

Tips & Warnings

  • To turn off the cheat mode, press the "Shift," "Ctrl" and "C" keys again and type "testingCheatsEnabled false" onto the command line and press the "Enter" key.
  • If you age up an infant, it will become a toddler. If you age up a toddler, it will become a child in the elementary school age range.
  • In Sims 2 you can use the "boolprop" cheat to force your Sim baby to age up to toddler. Press the "Ctrl," "Shift" and "C" keys on the keyboard simultaneously to bring up the command line in The Sims 2 application. Type the command (without quotes) "boolprop testingcheatsenabled true" and hit the "Enter" key. Hold down the "Shift" key and click on the baby. From the pop up menu, choose "More," then "Set to Birthday." That will make the next day baby's birthday, where she'll go from infant to toddler or toddler to elementary school child, depending on her initial state.

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