The Sims 2 and The Sims 3
- Learn to speak: This can be taught by any teen, adult or elder controllable Sim clicking on the toddler and choosing Teach to Talk. In general, nothing in particular happens after a toddler learns this. However, in The Sims 2, if two toddlers playing together at a toy box[confirmation needed] or Teeny Tykes Activity Table[TS2:FT] have learned to talk, they can build relationships fairly quickly.
- Learn to walk: This can be taught by a teen, adult or elder controllable Sim clicking on the toddler and choosing Teach to Walk. After learning this skill, a toddler can stand and walk, which is faster than crawling, though they are still slower than older Sims. Toddlers who have learned to walk are able to escape their crib if their fun motive gets low[TS2]. In The Sims 2 and The Sims 3, they can get toys out of toy boxes themselves. In The Sims 3, toddlers that have been taught to walk will be standing when changing appearance" and planning outfit while in CAS.
- Potty train: This can be taught by a teen, adult or elder controllable Sim clicking on the Potty Chair and choosing "Potty Train <toddler name>." This cannot be done if the toddler's bladder need is all the way green. In The Sims 2, the option will not appear unless the potty chair is empty. If the potty chair is not empty, the Empty option will appear when the chair is clicked on. In The Sims 3, the potty chair must be emptied after each use, otherwise puddles will leak from it. The best time to attempt potty training is when a toddler's bladder meter is low; the longer the toddler has to sit on the potty chair, the more progress he or she will make in learning the skill. Once a toddler has been potty trained, he or she will be able to use the potty chair when their bladder meter is low, and without supervision, which can be quite helpful. However, if a toddler is left in their crib too long (which they can't leave of their own free will) and their bladder meter goes down to the very bottom, the Sim will fill their diaper, and will need to have it changed by a teen, young adult, adult or elder Sim.
Toddlers can also learn skills for later life by using certain toys. In The Sims 2, they can play with the rabbit head for charisma, the xylophone for creativity, and the block game for logic. Toddlers can use the activity table with the FreeTime expansion to draw or to play with blocks, allowing them to learn creativity and mechanical skills, respectively. FreeTime also allows toddlers to gain charisma by learning and singing the nursery rhyme.
In The Sims 3, toddlers and children can learn up to three skill points in a skill by using certain toys. These points don't appear until the child grows into a child/teenager (depends on the skill) and attempts something related to the skill (such as cooking a meal or reading a cookbook for the cooking skill).
The Sims 2
In The Sims 2, toddlers do not need to learn these skills to grow up well, as that depends on the level of the toddler's aspiration bar when he or she grows up. In fact, PlantSim toddlers[TS2:S] start out with all three basic skills already learned. However, toddlers will often roll high-value wants to learn each of their three basic skills, so learning them can help a toddler grow up well. Teaching these skills can also be high-value wants for parents, especially those with the Family or Knowledge aspirations. With FreeTime, learning the toddler skills gives the toddler lifetime aspiration points. A toddler will form a positive memory of learning the skill from whichever Sim did the last bit of teaching before the skill was learned, and that Sim will get a positive memory of having taught the skill. Not learning the three basic skills will not have any negative effect on a Sim's later life.
FreeTime also adds the Nursery Rhyme skill, which, unlike the three basic skills, can be taught by children as well as by older Sims. Learning this skill enables the toddler to sing the Nursery Rhyme, which will raise Music and Dance enthusiasm and charisma skill. Unlike other toddler skills in The Sims 2, the toddler will not get a memory of learning the Nursery Rhyme, but the older Sim will get a memory of having taught it. Also, while the toddler will not gain lifetime aspiration points for learning the Nursery Rhyme, learning it and teaching can be significant wants for toddlers and parents. Also, toddlers who have learned the Nursery Rhyme will frequently roll 500-point wants to sing it with a parent, and 500 points is significant for a toddler. This can be particularly important to PlantSim toddlers, as they do not start out with this skill.
The Smart Milk aspiration reward will make toddlers learn skills faster. If the Seasons expansion is installed, toddlers will learn skills faster in the fall. If the Sim doing the teaching is wearing a Thinking Cap, the toddler will learn faster.
The Sims 3
In The Sims 3, learning these skills can bring in lifetime happiness points. In The Sims 3, a toddler must learn these skills in order to age well. This will affect whether or not the player will be able to choose a new trait when the toddler grows up into a child.
The Sims 4
Toddlers in The Sims 4 can learn five skills:
- Communication: "Talking is a huge step for any Toddler. Communication skill teaches Toddlers advanced socials. Improve it by talking with others, and studying advanced Flash Cards." They can learn communication via Flash Cards (Taught by the parent or carer), Talking with Teddies or other Sims and using their Toddler Tablet watching Toddler Videos.
- Imagination: "Toddlers with Imagination play with their own world. Imagination skill teaches Toddlers to read and create fantastical worlds with their toys. Gain Imagination skill by playing with Toys and Dolls, listening to music, or looking at Toddler Books." They can learn Imagination by playing with doll houses, toys, using their Tablet playing Draw with Llama, watching the TV and reading with a parent or by themselves.
- Movement: "Toddlers who focus on Movement really get around. Movement skill helps toddlers walk faster, run, climb stairs and dance, dance, dance. Improve it by walking around, building with Nesting Blocks, dancing, or via Play wrestling with adults." They can learn this skill by walking around, playing with adults, dancing, playing with blocks, playing Blicblock Baby on their Toddler Tablet and climbing stairs.
- Thinking: "Thinking Skill helps toddlers throw fewer tantrums and be more capable of taking care of themselves. It reduces defiance, and helps to solve needs. Thinking Skill is improved by being curious, or by playing with Flash Cards, Nesting Blocks, or the Tablet." Toddlers enhance their thinking skill by using the Flashcards with a Sim, using ‘what’s this?’ on items, using the Blocks to make shapes and playing on the tablet game Play SimShape.
- Potty: "Toilet training makes dirty diapers a thing of the past. Potty skill teaches toddlers to use the Potty Chair. Improve it by having an adult Train the toddler."
Below is a matrix that summarises the interactions and abilities toddlers get when they advance to a particular skill level. Toddlers can attain other interactions depending on their traits.
|2||hugging and hitting interactions
learning animals via flash cards
|looking at pictures in toddler books
playing with the dollhouse with others
wrestling with adults
|learning shapes via nesting blocks
defying parents less often
|using the potty chair without supervision; however the toddler may still wet his/her diapers when bladder motive is low|
|3||talking about toys, trucks, nonsense and yell||naming toys, dolls, and stuffed animals||walking faster
dancing to music
|learning numbers through flash cards
sleeping better (fewer nightmares)
|using the potty chair automatically when bladder motive is low (unless full autonomy is disabled or there is no potty chair available)|
|4||talking about parties and favourite animals
telling knock knock jokes
|reading toddler books||running
|asking 'Why' to other Sims
stopping splashing at toilet
|5||telling (normal) stories and goofy stories
talking about dinosaurs
|viewing art||climbing stairs better||sleeping much better through night (almost no nightmares)
defying parents much less often
Toddler skills correspond to child skills. This means that if a toddler ages up with certain skill levels, it will result in improvements in the child skills they correspond to.
|Toddler Skill Level||Child Skill Level Completed (and % left to next level)|
|2||1 and 45% of next level (55% to level 2)|
|3||1 and 90% of next level (10% to level 2)|
|4||2 and 44% of next level (56% to level 3)|
|5||2 and 94% of next level (6% to level 3)|
|Toddler Skill||Child Skill|
For example, if a toddler ages up with a movement skill level 4, she will start her child life stage at motor skill level 2 and 44% of the current motor skill bar completed (consequently, she has 56% to go to get to motor skill level 3). If a toddler has reached at least level 3 in four skills, then (s)he will get a Happy Toddler bonus trait, which boosts all skill gains by 10%. If a toddler has reached the maximum level in all skills (except Potty), then (s)he will get a Top Notch Toddler bonus trait, which boosts all skill and career gains by 25%
- The Sims 4 Toddler Guide: Raising and Teaching Toddlers - http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/parenting/toddlers.php
- Level 3 is the maximum level a toddler can attain for the potty skill. Even at this level however, a toddler may still have an accident whilst using the potty chair. It will cause a sad moodlet that lasts for approximately four hours.