The 12th stuff pack for The Sims 4 is here, and this time it’s all about toddlers. The toddlers themselves were added in a free update in January, but this is the first paid pack focused solely on this age group. The release of Toddler Stuff has been somewhat overshadowed by the announcement of the next expansion pack, Cats & Dogs, and by the inclusion of the new ball pit object, but more on that later.
Where this pack really shines is in CAS. Toddlers got a good collection of hairstyle clothing items when they released, but have received nothing since. Toddler Stuff adds a range of adorable new outfits for toddlers. If the name of the pack wasn’t a giveaway, there are no CAS items for other age groups. Here’s a breakdown of the new CAS content:
- 6 new hairstyles, including a really cool curly hairdo
- 6 tops
- 10 outfits
- 6 bottoms
- 3 shoes
Each item comes with a variety of different colours and patterns, and there are quite a few pre-made styles to give your toddlers an instant makeover. As seems to be the case with every Sims pack, there’s far more content in the ‘feminine’ category than the ‘masculine’ one. There are only 2 hairstyles that look decidedly boyish, and most of the clothing is girly, adorable though it may be. To be fair to the Sims team though, when I’ve gone shopping for toddler clothes for friends’ toddlers, I’ve noticed that girls get a vast array of cute outfits while boys really only have a handful of (rather uninteresting) options.
Toddler Stuff comes with 22 new objects plus a new fence and matching gate. Four of these objects are strange animal-themed wooden stumps, while another two are a string of lights and a pole to hold up the end. There’s a new picnic table, a decorative table item and a couple of rugs, all available in a range of colours and patterns. Some of the more interesting new items include a pile of cushions that serves as a chair, a cooler box that doubles as a toddler chair, and a big shade-giving object.
Then there are the new gameplay objects. There’s a mushroom tree type-thing that looks pretty cool but turned out to be another dollhouse. There’s a toddler-sized slide and tunnel jungle gym like the kind you’d see in a McDonald’s play area. Strangely these items are for toddlers only, so once they grow up into children, you’ll have to make do with the other playground equipment already in the game. Toddlers can play in these new objects, their caregivers can help them, and they can play make-believe as well, levelling up their movement or imagination skills while having fun. Finally, there’s a jungle gym that incorporates the tunnels, the slide and… the ball pit.
The ball pit is an… interesting new object. While it’s understandable that filling it with actual balls would cause performance issues, it’s not so understandable why the object is a rectangle with a flat surface and a few balls popping out. If that wasn’t bad enough, the texture applied to that flat surface has a rather low resolution, making it stand out from other objects in the game, and not in a good way. The animations while toddlers are using the ball pit are pretty cute, and they look okay from a distance, but they feel a little off when you look closely. Some Simmers have suggested that the object was originally meant to be something else. We may never know, but I am hoping that the object will be patched to have a better-looking texture.
In addition to the new gameplay objects, your Sims can now host play dates. These require you to actually know some other toddlers, of course, but you can invite them to your home or a park and watch their caregivers spend the day running after hordes of toddlers.
Like all stuff packs, whether you’ll want this one depends on whether you like the items that are included. Personally, I love the new hairstyles and clothing items. Ignoring the ball pit, the other new items are pretty cute. It’s nice to finally have new playground equipment, though it is disappointing that most of it is accessible only to toddlers. Overall, I’d say Toddler Stuff is a great pack if you love toddlers. If they’re not a life stage you’re that interested in, there’s probably not enough here to make it worth your money.
Check out the trailer below: