More and more people are welcoming baby dolls that look real into their families.
These high-quality so-called "reborn dolls" have grown enormously in popularity since
they started in the early 1990s.
These are not the sort of dolls you might have grown up with; they are real life-like
baby dolls - so life-like that people often mistake them for real babies. If you
look at the photographs, or have the good fortune to see one "in the flesh", you
may not actually believe that you are simply seeing real-looking baby dolls and not
a real baby.
Collectors of Baby Reborns come from all groups of the population, and from all around
the world, as these dolls are highly collectible; but their collectibility is not
the only reason why people accept these real-looking baby dolls into their homes,
and I'll get onto that below.
The skill and artistry needed to make these dolls is astounding. The babies are carefully
built piece by piece, layer by layer, until the skin is precisely the right texture;
sometimes they are a remodelling of an original vinyl doll. Then high-quality paints
are used to provide a natural-looking color - complete with slight blemishes, skin
bloom, and other features even down to minute details such as veins, fingernails,
and intricate roughness of their lips.
The creators of these works of art use various materials such as beads, ball bearings,
or sand to provide just the right weight and heft to the baby's body. Many of the
realistic babies have their eyes closed, but those who are awake have highly-detailed
glass eyes. Their hair is usually individually rooted so that even the closest inspection
does not reveal that the baby's hair is not real.
Some reborn babies even have a small internal machine that causes the baby's chest
to rise and fall, making it look like it is breathing. Some even have the head or
limbs move a little, giving the impression of dreaming while it is asleep!
And don't be fooled into thinking that all of the cute reborn dolls are little girls
-- there are boy baby dolls, and there are lifelike dolls that are certainly babies,
but have certainly been at home for several months!
All of this intense attention to detail works to give the baby the incredibly real
appearance that their owners are looking for. The owners of reborn dolls are more
than simply collectors. Some buy the dolls because they are works of art and the
result of hours and hours of workmanship; some collect them in the expectation that
they will increase in value; and some love their reborns as they would a real baby.
Reborn baby dolls have been found to have a real therapeutic value if you have lost
a child for example in a miscarriage. You should not buy a reborn doll for someone
else who has lost a child in tragic circumstances, but it is a fact that many owners
do find great strength and comfort in transforming their pain and loss into the more
rewarding form of caring and love.
One thing is certain: having a reborn baby doll as part of your family and it will
not only be a great conversation piece but also a fantastic, never-ending source
of pleasure for you.