Raising Your Toddlers
So you've just become the proud owner of your very own Baby Neopet. You find yourself
lost for words. So... now what? You'll probably be pondering such things as, "What
do I feed them?" or "What toys will I need to buy them?" So many questions are
flowing through your head. But don't worry, with a little luck, you'll manage
your bundle of joy just fine.
Feeding your Baby
Most baby pets will be able to eat almost anything. However, that doesn't mean
that they aren't picky! Depending on your pet's species, he or she may prefer
some foods over others. You see, there are certain foods that Jeniha simply
adores, but it wouldn't be the first time she rejects a Tchea Fruit. That's
why it's important to outline all the things your baby likes and dislikes. If
you notice your pet puking up on something, it would be best to avoid it in
the future. Baby bottles seem to be a common choice for most baby pets. They
just love drinking them!
Babies can play with almost every toy, but as mentioned earlier, some can be
a little picky. Some of the best toys to provide for your pet is anything with
the phrase "Baby" in it. Examples include Baby Bruce Blocks, Baby Fireball Puzzles,
and much more.
Neglect & Exploitation
Some owners are so impressed and happy with their baby pet, that they often
tend to give all their attention to him or her. This leaves the other Neopets
feeling isolated and alone, and is a great problem. Oh, did I mention it can
also cause jealousy amongst your Neopets? To avoid this, always remember to
regularly feed all your pets, and give them equal attention. Lack of care can
cause Neopets' to fall into a state of depression.
But this isn't the only dilemma. Some owners completely disregard their Neopets,
and treat them merely as toys. Once they grow bored of them, they toss them
into the pound. This usually occurs when a new pet species enters Neopia, or
a new paint brush/color released.
Another problem is that owners may turn to begging, if they have fail to reach
their goal, or couldn't be bothered earning their own Neopets, or paintbrushes.
Mind you, it's usually the latter. Such incidents occur on the boards; namely,
Help Chat. Others via neomail, or guild messages. Every now and then, you'd
see someone posting a topic, asking to adopt a pet. Now, TNT have clearly stated
in their editorial of the 243rd issue of the Neopian times, that asking is still
Do keep in mind, that no matter how "expensive" a paintbrush is, it's not a
good idea to simply ask for one, due to one's laziness.
Oh, the joy of Siblinghood...
You may have noticed your Baby pet behaving in a rather strange manner, for
no apparent reason. This may be due to one of two reasons:
- They're quite new to their environment (applies if you have just had a new-born
- The other Neopets have been picking on them
In some cases, it'll be the latter. Now, the best way to resolve this is by
letting your pet spend more time with its siblings.
First things first. While your pets are at neoschool, sneak into their room(s).
If all your older Neopets live in the same room, take this opportunity to renovate
it. Oh, and while you're at it, you might want to call a few Neofriends over
too. Perhaps you should even hire a builder to come by. Besides, it won't be
easy moving all their furniture now, will it? ;) When your Neopets come home,
they'll be *pleasantly* surprised. They won't approve of course, but just be
calm and ignore them. Persistence isn't a virtue, although in these scenarios,
it just might be.
At this point, it would be a good idea to force your least resistant Neopet
into sharing his or her bed with its baby sibling. At first, they'll shout,
cry, and drive you nuts, but it'll stop after a few hours. I did mention, 'your
least resistant Neopet'. Now, we'll wait for around two weeks, or so. During
this long period, there'll be utter chaos... If you happen to walk by the corridor
at around 12 am NST, you might see a pillow fight between your pets. You first
reaction would be to stop this obnoxious battle immediately, but wait. Are you
sure that's such a good decision? Not only will you be the victim of say, a
dozen pillows thrown to your face, but you'll also be spoiling their fun. Wait...
fun? Oh yes, although you may not realise it, pillow fights actually allow your
pets to develop their relationship further. So best stay out of it.
After a few weeks, you'll start to notice that your other Neopets' attitude
has changed towards their baby sibling. Over the years, they'll be very fond
of each other. They're going to grow to become great siblings.
One thing you must not forget is that there'll always be conflict between your
Neopets, whether if it's a ridiculous argument over something easily resolved,
or a item theft in the bedroom. This isn't to say that these problems won't
be resolved. They'll get over it. But as for now, everything's turned out for
the better. You can rest assured. Hmm... perhaps it had something to do with
that sleeping arrangement?
Time & Dedication
With guidance comes commitment. A part of raising your baby is closely observing
them. Watch out for any illnesses they may have caught. If you've noticed any
symptoms, head to the Hospital to confirm the sickness. If the problem persists,
pay a visit to the Healing Springs and ask to have your pet healed. That's what
being a good owner does; looking out for their pets. This goes for all owners,
not just those who have baby pets. Remember to enlist them into the Neolodge
once every now and so. Make sure you tuck them in every night, and give them
lots of attention. There are many other things not listed here, but the variety
never ends. Its not hard to tell how much effort an owner puts into the sake
of their pets' happiness.
Developing your Relationship
So now that all your Neopets are getting along (finally!), you can concentrate
on your own relationship with your baby Neopet. What motivates most owners is
their pets. All pets have different personalities, appearances, and interests;
unique in their own way. It's great to explore all these areas, and grow to
love your Neopet.
Jeniha, for example, is outgoing, loud, and loves to gobble on food. Though
easily frightened by scary things, for some strange reason, she's immune to
fear of heights. In fact, one time while we were all out camping, she walked
right off a waterfall. Zefrisan and I stood speechless, standing with our mouths
gaping open. We couldn't believe what had happened. Luckily, Xyphrone and Akrinis
were there to catch her.
Anyways, my main point is it could be lots of fun getting to know your baby
Neopets. There's so many sides to them you won't know until you start exploring
the areas mentioned earlier. You won't know what you'll find!
Well, that's all from me. I hope you found this guide hopeful, and look back
to it for further inquiries.