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MerBabies! In Lots of Colors

by VioletPadfoot Posted 10th May 2014 at 9:35 AM - Updated 26th May 2014 at 7:46 PM by VioletPadfoot : Clarification
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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.
The only problem I have with Marvine's Mermaid Mesh set is that the baby mermaids had to look like regular children, unless they had the special mermaid skins, and then only when wet. Or unless I default replaced the diaper mesh to be a tail. And then ALL the babies were MerSims.

But then Chris Hatch discovered how to make non-defaulted baby clothes. And I saw the opportunity to get a bit of variety into my MerBabies looks. So I took the colors that Marvine and BeosBoxBoy originally made for their MerToddlers and put them on to the MerBaby mesh (after I remapped it to work better with the layout of the recolors). And because I like them so much, I also took Marie_Fay's toddler recolors from her Little Mermaid post and did the same.

So I offer you both of these, in Vanilla and Chocolate options, with the choice of Sprinkles!
  • Just Vanilla is just the recolors, with no modifications.
  • Vanilla with sprinkles has the files townified, which means they WILL spawn on newly born babies. Useful if you have an all MerSim Hood (Labeled as "Townified")
  • Chocolate is for those of you who use thetigerking83's Bodyshape Organization Kit. These files are edited to make use of this organization. (Labeled as "BSOK")
  • And Chocolate with sprinkles are BSOK files that are townified. (Labeled "BSOK_Townified")

You can mix and match this around as much as you want, as long as you only have one flavor per color. And sprinkles technically count as a flavor. I have no idea how the BSOK files will react in a game that does not have that "mod" but I do not suggest it. But if you only want two or three of the tails to be townified, just drop those two or three with the townified option and the rest without. All rar Files contain the mesh. All files are named with the original creator's original colors

These tails will in no way replace your default infant mesh. They function just the same as clothing for any other age. The mod described below simply enables you to buy and plan outfits for infant sims just like any other age, a behavior that has been coded into the game since the basegame, but never enabled until now.

To choose your MerBaby's tail, you need to use Chris Hatch's mod, which is attached, since he allows it, and the original is on an adult site. Below is copied the portion of his post that details how to use the mod

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris Hatch
A recent request by Gwenke brought to my attention that buying new outfits for babies hasn't been enabled.

When the buy outfit dialogue opens it opens in the age category of the sim doing the buying, if the sim is a baby then in opens in baby age. So to buy new baby outfits you must first have some to buy, then get baby to do the buying.

The option to buy a new outfit for baby on the 'Girl's Fuzzy Bear' (CJH_BuyBabyOutfitTeddy.zip) will push buying a new outfit onto a baby's interaction que, if baby is in a cot or being held by another sim then the baby is busy and will not be able to buy. If baby is in a cot choose to buy a new outfit then pick the baby up, that will free the baby's que to buy a new outfit. If Apartment Life or higher is installed then cots can be recognised by category so if baby is in a (default) cot picking the baby up out of the cot is automatic. When the buy outfit dialogue opens it will be blank, just change the gender selection and any available outfits will show, (remember to change the gender back again). I set the price of baby outfits at $25.

The buy outfit dialogue will appear to be in adult outfits but it is in baby 'mode' or adult outfits would show.
Toggle the gender selection to get the baby outfits to show.

The teddy bear is cloned from A&N's 'girl's teddy' so boys can't play with or carry it but it can be placed on shelves and coffee tables. It contains no game overrides because buying baby outfits is already in your game.


The Bodyshape Organization Kit, for those of you who are wondering, is a way to organize the different bodyshapes that have been made. It categorizes them together, useful for keeping your MerTails separate from your land-loving sims's clothes. It too is on an adult site, but is hosted off site by Miros1, here.

My Sims are wearing:
Mertails by Marvine/BeosBoxBoy and by Marie_Fay
Hair by XMSims
Skintones by Marvine/BeosBoxBoy (available from Mermaid archive)
Astiee's Sparkling Flesh Skintone in Blue
Default Replacement eyes that came with Chris Hatch's Unofficial Expansion Pack (Can't link because it's an adult site; and I don't know which ones he used)

Polygon Counts:
MerBaby Mesh Poly Count: 1092 F/ 979 V

Additional Credits:
Thanks to:
Marvine, BeosBoxBoy, and Marie_Fay. They did all the original work. I just edited the mesh and did a few small texture edits
Chris Hatch for enabling non default baby clothing
The makers of SimPE, it got used a lot in this project
thetigerking83 for the Bodyshape Organization Kit. My sim's now have more organized closets than I do.

Age: Toddler
Gender: Male Female
Clothing Type: Everyday
Clothing Style: No Style
Other Type: Not Applicable
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable
Outfit Type: Full Outfit

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
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CJH_BuyBabyOutfitTeddy.zip

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VP_MerBaby_MarvineBBB_Townified.rar

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VP_MerBaby_MarvineBBB_BSOK_Townified.rar

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VP_MerBaby_MarvineBBB_BSOK.rar

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VP_MerBaby_MarvineBBB.rar

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VP_MerBaby_MarieFay_Townified.rar

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VP_MerBaby_MarieFay_BSOK_Townified.rar

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VP_MerBaby_MarieFay_BSOK.rar

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VP_MerBaby_MarieFay.rar

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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
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#2 Old 10th May 2014 at 3:31 PM
To have mermaids, you have to download the meshes by Marvine. They're linked in the words "Marvine's Mermaid Mesh Set" in the original post.

As to how this works, it lets your infant sims wear different mertails without the need for default replacements. You download the file starting with "CJH" and put the file from the zip in your downloads folder, along with some extra baby clothes (and there are alot out there). Find the new teddybear in your catalog (its in pink overalls) and put it on your lot with. Make sure the baby is not in a sim's arms or in a crib (unless you have AL, then cribs are okay) and have a parent click the bear and choose "Buy new outfit for... / Baby's name" Toggle the gender selection then toggle it back (so you have the correct gender) but DON"T TOUCH THE AGE SELECTOR. Buy clothes normally, then a screen will pop up allowing you to choose what outfit you want to put on the baby. You can change clothes if you already have clothing simply by exiting the buy screen, which will send you to the "Plan Outfit" screen

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#3 Old 10th May 2014 at 4:24 PM
Silly question, but do I have to use the "Body Shape Organizer" kit/thing to use these outfits?

(I never got the hang of that Organizer thing! It makes too many blanket assumptions about the body shapes I may want in my game.)
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#4 Old 10th May 2014 at 5:39 PM
@Zirconia Wolf: No you don't need it. I just provided the option for people who DO use the BSOK. Just grab the files that don'r have BSOK on them

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#5 Old 11th May 2014 at 1:18 PM
Wow. This is brilliant!

Edit: Forgot to ask. If you have Marvine's original mesh do you need to replace it with this mesh or do they work independently?
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#6 Old 11th May 2014 at 1:37 PM
They're independent. I had to remap the bottom of the tail so that the recolors worked better. Marvine had it placed so that the scale texture wouldn't fall on the babies legs when human. So while the shape is the same, the mesh files are different. Mine won't overwrite Marvine's in any way.

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#7 Old 11th May 2014 at 8:33 PM
Sorry I just do not get this, is this "Clothes Only" ? Or is this for those who want a baby with a body of a mermaid ? If it is just clothes than that cool, but if it will give the baby the mermaid body and not the original maxis baby body, then sorry it is not my cup of tea.
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#8 Old 12th May 2014 at 5:19 AM
@Simonut: its is just clothes, like the mermaid meshes are clothes. you can still have human babies, even on the same lot as a mermaid baby, as long as the mermaid baby is wearing one of these tails. This in no way replaces the default infant mesh. Chris Hatch's mod enables the already-coded-in-game-but-never-used ability for babies to wear clothing just like any other age. These are simply clothing items accessible by using this mod.

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#9 Old 12th May 2014 at 9:21 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by VioletPadfoot
@Simonut: its is just clothes, like the mermaid meshes are clothes. you can still have human babies, even on the same lot as a mermaid baby, as long as the mermaid baby is wearing one of these tails. This in no way replaces the default infant mesh. Chris Hatch's mod enables the already-coded-in-game-but-never-used ability for babies to wear clothing just like any other age. These are simply clothing items accessible by using this mod.


@>>VioletPadfoot >> thanks you for your reply I am a bit clear now.

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#10 Old 13th May 2014 at 5:25 PM
Wonderful idea and great work...but I have to say it is a bit convoluted. I don't know if it's because you put too many options with different instructions together or if it's the explanation of the buying mod for how to get babies to buy clothes. Also- how can babies buy clothes if they cannot leave the lot? Would that mean you need another mod to enable purchasing clothes on residential lots and another mod (or cheat) to enable the infant to be selectable?
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#11 Old 15th May 2014 at 3:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Shinigamigurl
Wonderful idea and great work...but I have to say it is a bit convoluted. I don't know if it's because you put too many options with different instructions together or if it's the explanation of the buying mod for how to get babies to buy clothes. Also- how can babies buy clothes if they cannot leave the lot? Would that mean you need another mod to enable purchasing clothes on residential lots and another mod (or cheat) to enable the infant to be selectable?
Thank you, and it is a bit confusing, but i tried to be as clear as I could. As to how the babies buy clothes, they do it on lot with Chris Hatch's mod. (The file that starts with CJH) The block of text in the quote explains how to do that.

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#12 Old 25th May 2014 at 2:26 AM
yes, thank you! I have a town or two with merfolk whose kids always were born with legs. now they'll be born with them, but they won't last long!
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#13 Old 27th Aug 2014 at 1:59 PM
How, cute.♥
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#14 Old 5th Jul 2016 at 8:17 AM
Thank! But I cant have with legs and it hasnt got any color! BTW it was nice!
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#15 Old 5th Jul 2016 at 8:18 AM
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Thank! But I cant have with legs and it hasnt got any color! BTW it was nice!


I mean you have the color but when i have the baby it doesnt show me the color
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#16 Old 5th Jul 2016 at 9:53 PM
How is the color not showing? You did get the mod by ChrsHatch right? Without it, these won't show up anywhere. His mod enables the selection of clothes for infants, so is necessary for these to even show up in your game, unless you use a townified version in which case it's all random which one will appear. ~VP

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#17 Old 1st Jun 2018 at 7:40 PM
These are awesome. I'm already using Chris Hatch's teddy bear clothing changer. I love that these aren't default replacements. Thanks so much!
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#18 Old 22nd Jul 2019 at 9:48 AM
This is so cute! Now we just need someone to create an aquarium-like crib so our little fishes don't dehydrate while sleeping (hint)