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How to Make a Nursery in Stardew Valley

Image of the Nursery in Stardew Valley provided by devs./ Credits: ConcernedApe

So, you’ve heard that you can have children in Stardew Valley? After spending time getting a relationship to 10 stars, marrying, and moving in together, you want to expand the family on your farm. At some point, you will need to make a nursery in Stardew Valley and this guide will show you how.

Upgrading Your House to the Nursery

When you start in Stardew Valley, you will notice that your initial house is pretty bare-bones. You will have just a few furniture items, a single lonely plant, a painting on the wall, and a rug.

Needless to say, you will want to upgrade your home and its furnishings to feel like a home. Robin, the town’s carpenter, will be in charge of any and all housing upgrades and additions to your farm.

The First Housing Upgrade in Stardew Valley

To pave the way to making your nursery in Stardew Valley, you will first need to unlock the first housing upgrade. You gain the ability to take the first housing upgrade within the first 10 days of starting a new save. You will receive a message in the post from Robin stating that she will upgrade your house for 10,000 gold and 450 pieces of wood.

Image shows housing upgrade with the addition of a kitchen and extra bedroom.
House upgrade one shows the added kitchen and expanded living space./ Credits: ConcernedApe

The first upgrade comes with larger living space as well as a kitchen and a larger bed. This is not the money you will be able to accrue in the first week, but it does give you a goal to start the game with.

The Second Housing Upgrade and the Nursery in Stardew Valley

In order to make the nursery in Stardew Valley, you will want to purchase housing upgrade two. It costs 50,000 gold and 150 pieces of hardwood. This upgrade will take you some time. Hardwood is acquired by chopping down Mahogany trees and stumps and that will require an upgraded axe.

What this means for you is that, before you can upgrade your house, you will need to head to the mines and start gathering metals.

Always bring these items with you to the mines:

  • Food for health and energy.
  • A weapon to fight off monsters in the mines.
  • Your pickaxe. This may seem obvious, but I’ve derped a few times.

We also recommend upgrading your backpack if you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the mines starting from the early morning to save yourself a few trips.

After upgrading your axe, chop trees until you acquire the 150 hardwood and then amass your 50,000 gold. Head to Robin and enlist her aid to upgrade your house a second time.

Image portrays the second housing upgrade with more rooms including the nursery and larger kitchen.
Housing upgrade two with the larger kitchen added empty room, and addition of the nursery./ Credits: ConcernedApe

This upgrade comes with two new rooms, one is empty, the other being the nursery. The nursery has two single beds and a crib. The second upgrade also includes a larger kitchen as well as the ability to purchase renovations and painting from Robin.

What Can You Do With the Nursery

Now that you’ve unlocked the nursery in Stardew Valley, you and your spouse will have the option randomly show up as you wake up every morning, to have children.

Your house can hold up to two children. Children in Stardew Valley have four stages of life.

  • Stage one – Sleeping. Your child will sleep all day for 14 days before progressing to stage two.
  • Stage two – Playful. Your child will stand in the crib and you can interact with them to toss them into the air. This results in an increase to their relationship with you. This stage lasts 14 days.
  • Stage three – Crawling. Your child will crawl around the house and play. Interaction with the child results in an increase in relationship level. This stage lasts for 28 days.
  • Stage four – Mayhem. Your child will sprint across the house like a tornado. You may interact with them to increase your relationship level daily. This stage lasts forever.

The last interaction you can perform with the children consists of dismissing them from your home. To do so, simply visit the Witch’s Hut and interact with the Dark Shrine of Selfishness. Offer the shrine a prismatic shard and you will be able to turn your children into doves, releasing them from your house.

The child you dismiss will be gone forever but you will be prompted in the future to have more children unless you renovate the nursery to remove the crib.

Image shows the interior of the Witch's Hut in Stardew Valley.
Inside the Witch’s Hut including the shrines./ Credits: ConcernedApe

Making a nursery requires lots of resources and money so here are a few Stardew Valley guides to speed up the process:

How to Get Iron in Stardew Valley | How to Get Coal in Stardew Valley | How to Smelt in Stardew Valley

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Bryan Godwin is a Guides Writer at Gamezo. He enjoys Dungeons & Dragons with the boys, video games, and being a husband and father.