How to Create a Virtual Baby

By Katherine Sanger
A smiling baby.

With the release of Sims 4 in 2013, the franchise was on track to sell a total of more than 150 million copies of its game through iPhones, PCs, gaming consoles and Facebook. People like creating their own worlds and families. Babies are part of those families, so it makes sense people might want to create a virtual baby. Virtual baby creation is more than fun. It can be part of a school project, preparation for parenthood, practice for baby-sitting and other child care jobs, or a way to combat loneliness.

Virtual Baby Games

Virtual baby games are meant to be fun. Many of the games are free, such as Baby Hazel Funtime, Ultimate Baby Sitter 2: Day at the Mall, and Super Mom. With these games, you compete against other "moms" and show off your super-skills as a parent. The games focus on time management skills, so if you like playing games that involve getting a lot done or figuring out the correct order to complete tasks, then these games may be just what you're looking for.

Virtual Baby Simulations

Virtual simulations are more in-depth than games. They may be used to train baby sitters, parents or other caregivers on what they should do. Instead of having tasks to complete, as in the games, the simulations don't follow any set patterns and may change from day to day. They often require daily check-ins or timed responses. CyberInfants offers up an experience with an "adorable, cute, cuddly, and sometimes cranky virtual baby," while My Virtual Child is a long-term experience; you raise a child from birth to age 18, seeing how your choices and parenting help or harm your child over the years.

Virtual Baby Apps

Virtual baby apps run the gauntlet from serious simulations to games meant purely for enjoyment. Both iOS and Android offer virtual baby apps. You can choose to go with a Tamagotchi-type game, which is similar to the games in which you to keep virtual pets, or "Feed the Baby," in which you practice babysitting skills.

Physical Virtual Babies

Physical virtual babies are often used in child care classes or in preparing young people for the realities that come with parenthood. The babies are the same size as real babies, but they are programmed to cry and have needs at certain times or at certain intervals. Many of the babies have recorders so there is a record of what the "mother" or "father" of the baby does in response to the stimulus. You can even buy a baby that is "born" with drug or alcohol problems.

Virtual Baby Picture Generators Online

If you're already pregnant or if you want to see what your baby would look like if you got pregnant, you can check out virtual baby picture generator websites. You'll need two pictures -- one of the potential mother and one of the potential father. The website merges the images and gives you a new picture. There are no promises that the image will be realistic, but it's a fun way to spend some time creating a virtual baby face.

About the Author

Katherine Sanger has been writing articles for 15 years for various online and print publications. She holds degrees in information technology, liberal arts, English literature, creative writing and higher education and taught college-level English for more than 10 years.