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“Little Sister” crib – Update 2014-08-27, Pets version available

by plasticbox Posted 5th Feb 2010 at 12:21 AM - Updated 2nd Sep 2014 at 5:18 PM by plasticbox
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is the little sister of the expensive EA crib. I changed it more than I had originally planned to (partly because I found the EA mesh was not that nice after all, partly due to technical reasons (you know how stubborn little sisters can be)), but it's still sort of “EA matching” in my eyes. I mainly did this because I play top-down and with expensive EA crib, I can never see whether there's a sim in it since the paravent is in the way .. and the cheap one just looks too much like something from a hospital. So, here's a non-frilly, useable, nice one.

Update 2014-08-27:

I’m extremely late to the post-Pets party, but I’ve fixed this now for Pets and later – post-Pets users, please remove the old version and use the “_rigfixed” one instead. This is confirmed to be working –*thanks to FakeHouses|RealAwesome for testing!

Update 2010-02-08:

In an attempt to get the stupid wallshadow to work, I fixed/changed a bunch of other things (but not the wallshadow, grr):
  • Remeshed the mattress so that it looks less like a brick
  • Reduced the poly count a little
  • Remapped the whole thing:
    - much less repetition
    - Channel #4 now does something useful (slates on the sides/front/back now separately recolourable)
    - dropshadow on the floor is now softer
    - mapping on the mattress and ruffle rotated by 90° so now vertical stripes will be vertical / back-to-front (unlike in the EA crib – which also means that with the same presets, this one will look different now)
  • Retextured again: slidery bits for the front now look a bit more real, the one-pixel line seems to be gone, more accurate shadows due to the remapping
  • Recompiled – bounding box should now be correct
  • Removed lots of unnecessary cruft from the package

The indoor wallshadow is still the old one, apparently it's not known how this works. And the mapping of the low-res mesh is now more out of whack than before, due to the remapping – I can't fix this at the moment, but, again, this mesh is only visible in-game while it's still loading, not during gameplay, so I don't consider this a major issue.

If you remove the old crib, you may need to "resetsim" toddlers or babies that were using it.

One-tile version:
HugeLunatic made a very cute one-tile version of this crib; it's available here.

All of the screenshots below are showing the first version.

Comparison picture (these are the default materials, same on both cribs):

Changes I made:

- removed the paravent and dust ruffle
- swapped the curved sides and bottom bits for straight ones
- made the little knobs at the top of the legs smaller, and less pumpkin-shaped
- made those slider bits (where the front part goes up and down) the same colour as the frame, instead of black
- slightly remapped it (argh) and retextured the whole thing (double argh)

My shadow texture is slightly lighter than the EA one – I had it matched but then I thought it just looked too dull. The mapping of the mattress and ruffles around the back and sides is unchanged (which means: a bit stupid, since it's rotated at 90°, but I only noticed that when I had entirely run out of patience).

Presets are the EA ones; it costs 280§ in game and has the same stats and catalogue flags as the original. Four recolourable parts (body, mattress, ruffle, and what used to be the top part of the dust ruffle in the original – now only used for the underside slates around the side in v2).

Made from base game 1.8.25 files.

Known issues:

- the indoor raytracing shadow is that of the original (see "knownissues" screenshot). I have no idea how to change this – if I find it too annoying on the long run, I'll either reclone it or, if I can figure out how, make it use my mesh instead.
- there is a one-pixel line across the entire shadow texture that's not in the texture (see "knownissues" screenshot) – I'm meanwhile pretty sure this is my game, not the object.
- the low-res mesh probably has mapping issues, but you don't normally see that mesh in game anyway. I can't recompile it at the moment, so I can't change this.

Please note that some screenshots show a slightly older version – the front side does stick out the bottom in the final one (because otherwise, there'd be a gap when it's closed). All of the playtesting screenshots show the final version.

Made in blender with the help of s3pe, s3oc, Aorta, SquishDDS, Photoshop, Milkshape, and S3 Object Mesh Tool.

Polygon Counts:
The high-resolution mesh has 750 faces, 1053 vertices. The low resolution one has 308 faces, 496 vertices.

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Lab Assistant
#26 Old 11th Sep 2010 at 10:21 AM
Great job
Test Subject
#27 Old 26th May 2011 at 10:54 PM
Thank you for this download.
Test Subject
#28 Old 2nd Jul 2011 at 9:56 AM
Please make more baby stuff for the sims 3 ! you are the best xx
Lab Assistant
#29 Old 22nd Oct 2011 at 11:01 PM Last edited by xecari : 22nd Oct 2011 at 11:01 PM. Reason: typo
Since so many objects have to be updated for Pets, I just wanted to make sure that this is okay to use as is?
#30 Old 30th Oct 2011 at 1:37 PM
Since pets, all of my CC cribs glitch and make the baby invisible, including this one. I really love this crib and am hoping for an update. Otherwise I may try to run one of the fixer programs on it.
Test Subject
#31 Old 30th Oct 2011 at 10:44 PM
I also love this crib so much, but it no longer works with Pets! Perhaps an update?
Lab Assistant
#32 Old 21st Nov 2011 at 5:23 AM
Since Pets and the Patch, this crib only partially works for me. I can place a toddler in it (haven't tried a baby yet) but I cannot place a teddy bear in the crib, it just goes through the crib, and when the toddler is sleeping, the teddy stays in his inventory.
Test Subject
#33 Old 2nd Jan 2012 at 2:18 PM
The crib doesn't work for me at all. I can't see it in-game! Can someone help me with this? Or could it be made into a sims3pack file?
Test Subject
#34 Old 2nd Feb 2012 at 2:55 AM
It says the creator has not been on in some time, so I doubt an update for Pets is forthcoming - which is a shame. I loved this crib, now whenever my sims use it, the infant ends up lying on the floor under the crib. Maybe someone else could update it, with pbox's permission of course.
Test Subject
#35 Old 13th Mar 2012 at 4:44 AM
Just for info: the infant doesn't disappear... if you change your camera angle, it's just fallen through and is sleeping on the floor (although I'm pretty sure it registers as in the crib for comfort and such).

It would certainly be great if the creator or someone else were to fix the glitch, though.
Test Subject
#36 Old 8th Jul 2012 at 3:17 AM
this crib doesn't work anymore. It makes my babies invisible. Too bad because it's so cute!
Test Subject
#37 Old 23rd Oct 2012 at 1:43 AM
I hope someone updates this crib. It is my absolute favorite, especially for triplets.. and now it's unusable. such a pity.. it's amazing.

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Test Subject
#38 Old 21st Aug 2013 at 4:16 PM
I thought my baby was invisible, too! The mom put Ella in the crib, and she just disappeared. I didn't read the comments before I downloaded. I eventually figured out that the baby hadn't disappeared, but was under the bed. I moved Ella out from under the crib with moveobjects on, and made the mom pick her up. However, the mom won't pick her up! She stomps her feet and gets the "I can't walk here!" thought bubble. No matter where I move Ella, nobody can help her. Ella is very lonely and hungry, and now the social worker will probably come take her away! Please fix this problem, and do you have any idea why the parents won't help their baby?
Test Subject
#39 Old 25th Jan 2014 at 12:42 PM
Finally! I can use an actual crib! I was thinking the same thing you were, about how they seemed too... clinical... And as for the crib with the canopy, it just blocked me from seeing the baby, so now I can have a proper crib! Yay!
Lab Assistant
#40 Old 27th Aug 2014 at 8:12 PM
Will you be updating this soon?
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Original Poster
#41 Old 27th Aug 2014 at 8:33 PM Last edited by plasticbox : 2nd Sep 2014 at 5:19 PM.
Originally Posted by melb623
Will you be updating this soon?

You're asking about the Pets issue?

I just did, but I can't test it, as I don't have Pets (or anything but the Base Game). Package attached -- can you (or anyone who has a contemporary game installed) please let me know whether this works? – confirmed to be working, see post #1 for the new version.

I used granthes' RigFix for this,, which is back online here btw:

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Field Researcher
#42 Old 2nd Sep 2014 at 5:08 PM
Yes, the updated one does indeed work for Pets. Thanks so much! This was my favorite crib and I've missed it.

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#43 Old 2nd Sep 2014 at 5:18 PM
Thanks for testing! I’ve attached the updated version to the first post now.

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Test Subject
#44 Old 16th Sep 2014 at 4:24 PM
Default Thanks and question
Hi, thanks for making this. And for making it Pets compatible. (I successfully made a bed for adults compatible myself but other objects sometimes go wrong). This looks like a crib that people would actually buy and use. A crib with a curtain is nice but no-one I know has one(maybe the queen ).

Question: this one doesn't have the problems the one tile version has? (throwing out babies)
Lab Assistant
#45 Old 13th Oct 2014 at 1:38 AM
Originally Posted by plasticbox
You're asking about the Pets issue?

I just did, but I can't test it, as I don't have Pets (or anything but the Base Game). Package attached -- can you (or anyone who has a contemporary game installed) please let me know whether this works? – confirmed to be working, see post #1 for the new version.

I used granthes' RigFix for this,, which is back online here btw:

Awesome, thanks!
Top Secret Researcher
#46 Old 19th Nov 2014 at 1:50 PM
Test Subject
#47 Old 1st Jan 2016 at 6:42 PM
Test Subject
#48 Old 28th Feb 2016 at 11:52 PM
I love the frills of the original but it's nice to have a "normal" one too, for non-rich sims. Really great, thank you!
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