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This is How Long It Takes for Minecraft Villagers to Grow

This is How Long It Takes for Minecraft Villagers to Grow

If you want to create a bustling town or village in Minecraft then you will have to populate it with many Villagers. Villagers in Minecraft can grow to be very useful and are programmed to act like real people if you use them properly. You can even breed and grow these Villagers into adults to serve the greater community.

Baby Villagers grow into Adult Villagers in approximately 20 mins in Minecraft. However, you need to be nearby for them to grow, enough to have the area they are in rendered on screen. If you are outside of the render distance they will seize to grow. So stay close for 20 mins to make babies grow into adults.

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Baby Villagers

Baby Villagers can Grow in Minecraft

Say that you have already created a village in Minecraft with actual grown-up Villagers. If you have provided a hospitable environment for these guys, then they will potentially get down to some loving and spawn Baby Villagers to annoy the ever-living hell out of you. Luckily, they do grow up into actual functioning members of society.

These tiny twerps run around the village, entering anyone’s home at will and gawking at others villagers and you. They group around and play chase with each other and jump on beds.

Baby villagers in Bedrock and Education editions have a slightly bigger head than in Java Edition; this also can be seen in other baby mobs in the game as well. Java Edition baby villagers don’t have too big of a head, so they look like a tiny normal villagers.

Villagers Breeding

Villagers Breeding

Villagers will only breed if they are Willing. Willingness is determined by the following factors:

  • Food stocks: Your villagers must be well-fed to begin mating. If your food stocks are low they won’t get in the mood.
  • Beds: Villagers breed as long as there are unclaimed beds available within the limits of the village. The beds must also have 2 empty blocks of space above them.
  • Doors: A sufficient home-type space with doors and beds inside. The walls around it should be tall enough to hide them. Although, there is no need to build a roof, and can remain open. Good for you creepy types out there who wants to spy on their loving.

You can not force the villagers to breed hence you will have to wait for cupid to do his part. Once all these conditions are met and villagers have done the deed, they will spawn a Baby Villager instantly.

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How Long Does It Take for Minecraft Villagers to Grow?

Baby villagers grown up in Minecraft

A baby villager becomes an adult 20 minutes after birth, even when in a boat or a minecart. Baby villagers with no AI do not grow up.

One important thing to note here is that you have to be near the baby villager or the village/area they are in to make them grow.

If you wander far enough from the baby’s location that the area is not rendered then the baby will essentially stop existing and won’t grow up. You need to be within the render distance for this lifecycle to keep going.


If you have enough patience then simply staying put near a baby villager’s location will make them grow up sooner than later. Not much else you can do here other than wait.

You can even trap them so that they won’t stray away from you and simply stand near the imprisoned kid for 20 mins for the most effective grow-up time. (Although it sounds like child abuse and we can’t condone it!)