Realistic Reborn Baby Dolls Are Very Lifelike
What are Life Like Baby Dolls?
These baby dolls are bought for children and by doll collectors and I can understand why. It is amazing how much they look like real babies. They are a far cry from the dolls I played with when I was a child over 50 years ago.
The children who have been born in the last 10 years are nearly all tech savvy. I have 7 great nephews and nieces ranging in ages from 3 to 7 years old. They use their parents cell phones to access children's videos on You Tube all the time with great ease.
But they still play with non electronic toys too. One of them got a reborn doll last year and loves it. It is great to see her and her cousins playing with it and using their imaginations. Yes the great nephews join in the play as well.
The newer dolls now have a breathing mechanism fitted and they are really amazing. They have been given to people with Alzheimer's Disease. The patients believe they are real so it calms them down and gives them something good to focus on. They are also used by parents grieving after a miscarriage and in memory of a stillborn.
My sister bought this for her grand daughter who is 7 years old. She loves it and has the newborn nappies and clothes too. She does still spend time on her electrical gadgets but it is nice to see her playing with the dolls too. reborn doll
It is certainly a long way from when I was young in the 1960's. Mind you I loved my dolls and still have the one I got for my third birthday. I am 62 years old now so she has lasted a long time.
The First Reborn Doll I Saw
But the first time I saw one for real was on Christmas morning while walking on the promenade in Wales. A little girl of about seven had one and she was not holding it very well. From a short distance I really thought it was a real baby.
As I got closer and realised it was one of those realistic dolls I was relieved but was also amazed at how life like it looked. They are not like the ones that were in the shops years ago when I was a kid. Even on close inspection they look like a real baby!
Who Are Buying These Dolls?
There are collectors who show them to visitors and at exhibitions all over the country. There are women who buy them to fulfill a need for a real baby. They have not been able to conceive or have left it too late and find that these reborn babies fill that aching gap in their lives.
Some women have reared their children who have grown up and left home. They still want to have that feeling of being wanted and needed so create their own private world around these dolls.
Others keep their dolls secret and only allow their close family to see them. Some will bring them out on trips to the store and for walk in prams and strollers. Depending on how far they are creating this illusion for themselves they will allow other people to believe that the doll is actually real or will enjoy the amazement and surprise that the revelation brings.
There are also others who have a doll created in the image of a baby that has died belong to them. These mothers are well aware that this is only a doll but they say it helps them in the grieving process.
Health professionals are also seeing these dolls as a medical aid for patients with mental issues and Dementia. Their patients find their lives are enriched by becoming attached to the life like babies.
Making Realistic Baby Dolls
How do they make them look so realistic. None of these are made in factories, but by professional reborn doll makers. They painstakingly go through a long process of many finite steps before they are created.
The process of making one is very time consuming but the outcome is amazing. They buy ready made molds and then get to work using layers and layers of different paints and effects like skin, veins, birth marks etc.
This eventually gives the doll that so weird and wonderful look of the human skin of a new real baby. The hair and eyelashes on the baby’s heads are added one by one usually from high quality mohair. Hairs are also added to the baby’s arms and legs. The toe and finger nails are created to look so realistic.
Creation of Reborn Baby Dolls
It can take weeks of work to create one so they are expensive. But you get what you pay for and the more expensive are well worth the money if you can afford them. The even newer and more expensive ones now come with very realistic breathing actions. They are nearly impossible to tell apart from real babies.
There have been quite a few reports in the news in the UK and US about people panicking and getting the police to break into cars that they believe has a real baby that has been left alone and is in danger of dying.
I have included a very good documentary that show a woman who has bought a reborn baby doll that looks exactly like her dead baby. It is worth a look because it gives an insight on how these reborn dolls can be of help in the grieving process and can enrich others with a new interest.