There is a lot of controversy about Reborn dolls. They are made to look like real babies. Some psychologists and child bereavement counselors advise against owning these dolls, others say it helps bereaved parents. Some purchasers collect the dolls as a hobby, others to replace a lost baby. Some therapists believe holding one of these dolls is "cuddle therapy" for elderly patients, which calms them. (image credit: Wikipedia Public Domain).
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Hi Faceless39. I guess it depends on the individual. If it helps them in a positive way then it matters not what others think. Thank you.
Yes, I agree with your answer, especially being you have firsthand experience. I did not know of such dolls. They would be disturbing to me for the very reasons you've stated. I don't know that I could bring myself to hold one for thinking it dead.
Hi Kylyssa. I already have an opinion on these dolls. Psychologists have already stated their opinions in many articles about it. I was just curious what others think about the dolls. Thanks for your answer.
My opinions are that psychologists will be the ones to ask after a lot more time has passed and a lot more data gathered and that I, personally, find the dolls disturbing. I'm sorry those weren't the opinions you wanted.
And I appreciate your opinion and contribution to the subject, Kylyssa. This is why I asked the question - for opinions. I do not want any particular opinion, just anybody's and any opinion. I think you brought up some good points.
Very well thought out, Janis. I am so glad you replied to this question because of your work in the mental health profession and understanding of the human psyche. You have great insight to this subject. I appreciate your contribution. Thank you.
Hi Lois. I can understand that. So sorry about your loss. Thank you for commenting on this question.
I agree on it not being healthy for an extended time. I personally believe it could prevent or drastically delay some people from going through the grieving process.
I have many dolls and my favorite is one about the size of a newborn. I dress her in my daughter's baby clothes. Thanks for your reply, Jackie.