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Having a Family in Second Life: The Babies


Like clinics and pregnancy HUDs , there are many different baby brands in Second Life. The first thing we should tell you is that a baby in SL is made up of prims & scripts, which are built to behave, interact and ‘think’ like real babies. These are dubbed prim babies and the more realistic they are, the more fun having a baby is in Second Life.

There are several stores that specialise in selling prim babies, but there are only two that are well-known throughout Second Life, as the best and most realistic, they are Honeydews and Zooby’s Babies.

Now this is a review, based on our experiences, and might not translate to the same experiences you have with these establishments. It just depends on what kind of person or parent you would like to be. If you would like to be a less hand on parent who likes having a baby there but you are also heavy on the Role-play side of the things, then Honeydew is for you. Their babies use emotes (chat) to communicate with you and your partner, and it cries letting you know when it’s either hungry or sleepy. A relatively recent update to Honeydew babies has given them the ability ‘breathe’ and  made them anatomically correct.

HoneydewHoneydew is suggested to those with busy real lives and second lives, who can’t take care of a baby full-time, but would still like to. All of Honeydews babies cause 5000L$ and some clinics, like Rock A Bye Babies, are affiliated with them,

Zooby’s is completely different. While Honeydews focuses on the baby itself, Zooby’s concentrates on the interactivity between parents and their babies. With Zooby’s you need to feed, love, change, bathe and let your baby rest, to keep your baby happy. This also means that you also have to keep buying what is needed to do so (bottles, diapers, wash). Each time you complete these actions you are rewarded with tokens which are used to redeem toys that help with your baby’s development and growth. Oh yes, Zooby’s babies grow! They go through stages from 0 to 40 or more, each stage is meant to be or represents a stage of development with in a real baby. All of these factors tie together to make a realistic baby experience.

Within everything that is always awesome, there is a bit of a catch. Although Zooby’s babies cost a grand total ofZooby's Babies Ian and Isabel_002 3000L$ (depending on if you decide to buy a newborn. The toddlers and twins cost around 5000L$) the costs don’t stop with the baby. You have to shell out a bit more Lindens for all of the items your baby will need, this includes, Bath tube, Closet, Crib, changing table, food, Stage star, wash, diapers,and a whole host of accessories you might want to buy for your baby. The bath tube, closet, changing  table and crib, are one-off items, so you only really need to buy them once, but the others, which also includes clothes need to be bought constantly. Every item comes with a timer ( they last 24 hours) and if you want to keep your babies happiness up or if you want tokens to redeem toys since you can’t buy them, you’ll need to purchase more and more items.

What it comes down to is: if you want to start your family as you would in real life, with a baby, you will have to shell out the cash either way. However, if you want a full realistic experience with the works,  such as shopping, feeding, playing, changing, and bathing and have the money for it then Zooby’s is for you. If you would like to have a baby that does not require a lot of work and money, then Honeydews is for you.

Then again…there is always ..adoption.

Special thanks to Kyle and Ian Stonebender for being so patient with us for the Zooby’s picture

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6 comments on “Having a Family in Second Life: The Babies

  1. Babies have come a long way in SL and so much more realistic. Have been in SL for 8 years and so glad to see the babies improve and realistic for the parents who want a baby as part of their second life. Very cute pics by the way…excellent article.

  2. With Zooby you don’t *have* to do any of the token extra’s or stars. It is your choice totally! You also don’t have to have the closet althought its nice. I love the interaction of my zooby babies!

    • Zooby babies are an incredible money sink for very little interaction. I honestly have found the Lyuboff babies more rewarding and cheaper to progress in stages. The Lyuboff actually plays with toys on their own, learns to use the potty fairly early, will find food and snacks on their own and will play with other Lyuboff babies as early as stage 10 or so (possibly sooner as I didn’t have a second until my first was already up there). The Zooby babies have a maximum of a single stage per day (and that would cost you L$500 each if you chose to). Zooby babies do next to nothing on their own until stage 28 or so… Assuming you bought a baby for L$3000, you’d be looking at an extra L$14000 *just* to get him to a crawling stage. That’s absurd. You could choose the cheaper star that takes 7 days to progress instead. Those are L$200 each. To get to stage 28 it would *only* cost you L$5600… and 28 WEEKS…

  3. Rock a Bye Babies Maternity Clinic and Birthing Center is possibly the worst place to have your baby at. Proper customer service is non-existent. Don’t waste your money here.

  4. I generally agree with Lucy in that zooby babies CAN be a huge outlay of lindens…especially if you keep up with the stats. You CAN turn off the stats and just use your lindens on growth stars which is a bit cheaper. Still it takes a lot of money and/or time to get them to where they can do things on their own. I too like Lyuboff babies. They do have a nice look to them and can do things quicker and more economically than Zooby. The downside to them is that your you cannot transfer them to your partner. Unless this has changed (and please correct me if I am mistaken now), your partner can only interact with the Lyuboff baby if using the partner chair or sofa. To me this cuts down on the whole family RP aspect and is a negative in my humble opinion. I wish this is something the Lyuboff could/would correct. There is a Lyuboff infant and toddler. I love the infant. However, it cries all of the time and feeding it or tending to other needs does not last but a few minutes and sometimes not at all. They are extremely difficult to put to bed for any length of time. One might argue that this is the case for a RL baby….so noted….However, it makes it very difficult to have any real down time in SL if owning a Lyuboff baby. Some babies do have a sound mute feature. This would be a nice option if they would ever consider it. I think it would increase sales….as currently, this is a drawback for me at least. Just my thoughts 🙂

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