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The Surreal World of Reborn Baby Dolls

Updated on February 6, 2015

Lifelike, Fake, and to Some, Downright Creepy

Welcome to the surreal world of the reborn baby doll.

A reborn doll is a vinyl baby doll that has been enhanced to resemble a realistic, lifelike, human baby. The process of creating a reborn doll is referred to as reborning. The Art of Reborns started many years ago in the USA, but over the past few years has really taken hold on a worldwide circuit. Completed reborn dolls are popular among adult female collectors, who buy them on eBay or from doll artists called "Reborners". Read on about this fascinating to some, creepy to others, but undeniably interesting worldwide phenomenon.

Reborn Baby Doll YouTube vids

What is a Reborn Doll?

What is a Reborn Baby Doll?

A reborn doll is a vinyl baby doll that has been enhanced to resemble a realistic, lifelike, human baby. The process of creating a reborn doll is referred to as reborning. The technique of reborning has evolved over the past five years with heat set paints and oils being the most used amongst artists.

Completed reborn dolls are popular among adult female collectors, who buy them on eBay or from doll artists (Reborners). Usually, reborns are created in the form of newborn human babies, but they can also be toddlers, preemies, or even baby primates!

The Art of Reborns started many years ago in the USA, but over the past few years has really taken hold on a worldwide circuit. A vinyl form is prepared for paint; the doll is painted to give it life like skin tones and features. Hair is either Rooted or applied in the form of a wig.

Basic Reborning Methods

How to Make a Reborn Baby Doll

  1. The doll is taken apart and factory paint is removed.
  2. A purple color wash is applied to the inside of each vinyl part to give the appearance of realistic baby skin under tones.
  3. The exterior is painted using various techniques to add to the appearance of translucent skin tones, with effects such as veins, blotching, and "milk-spots" to resemble the skin of a newborn baby.
  4. Hair and eyelashes, usually fine mohair or human hair, are applied using rooting tools and felting needles strand by strand, which can take up to 30+ hours per head.
  5. The original vinyl body is replaced with a soft stuffed and weighted body.
  6. A magnet may be attached inside the mouth for attaching a magnetic pacifier. Additional enhancements may include a magnetically attached "umbilical cord", a battery powered heartbeat simulator, breathing simulator, and heat packs.

Once completed, a reborn doll is no longer suitable as a child's play doll.

Make a Diaper Cake for Your Reborn Baby's Birthday!

Okay, so maybe you think this is over the top, but considering the whole phenomenon of reborn babies, why not? Diaper Cakes are the most unique baby gift you can send today to welcome the new Reborn Baby's arrival!

How creative are these? In addition to everyone talking about your reborn baby, people will be talking for weeks about your diaper cake. Here's a few facts about diaper cakes:

What are diaper cakes made out of?

Pampers Swaddlers or Pampers brand diapers - 40-110 diapers depending on the size of the cake you want to make

Baby Supplies (actual items vary according to what you want your cake to look like)

- Baby Shampoo

- Baby Powder

- Diaper Cream

- Cotton Swabs

- Baby Wash Cloths

- Receiving Blankets

- Baby Bottles

- Baby Toys

- Teddy Bear

Are the diapers useable?

Okay, so maybe it doesn't matter so mush with a reborn baby...then again, for some who actually change their reborn baby diapers regularly this is a bonus...Yes. Diaper cakes are made so that the ribbons easily come off and the diapers are ready to use. That's the best part about these reborn diaper baby Cakes, they are adorable and practical at the same time!

New mothers and moms-to-be love to receive diaper baby cakes because every diaper is usable, they make unique baby gifts, creative centerpieces, and are wonderful for baby showers!

5 Tier Safari Jungle Diaper Cake

5 Tier Safari Jungle Diaper Cake
5 Tier Safari Jungle Diaper Cake

Learn How to Crochet Beautiful Afghans, Baby Hats, Head Warmers, and More for Your Reborn Baby

As a needle craft, crochet has stood the test of time and, in fact, it has never been more popular than it is today thanks to the resurgence of vintage-style fashions and decorating. Crocheting, similar to knitting, consists of pulling loops of yarn through other loops. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one loop is active at one time (the sole exception being Tunisian crochet), and that a crochet hook is used instead of knitting needles.

Like many other women, I had the blessing of learning how to crochet from my grandmother who made an art out of crochet. To this day, I am not as good as she was at creating the beautiful items she made, and while my creations are not too shabby, I am grateful to have learned how. I have made countless baby blankets, booties, hats and more for many of my women friends and neighbors over the years and in times where everything is machine manufactured, it is nice to be able to keep this handicraft alive.

Emmaline

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the reborn dolls, but I don't think I could ever make one. Great lens!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Wow!!!! those are nice! But, I think having a real one is easier :) Blessed!

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      howtomakereborn 5 years ago

      I love these reborn dolls so much - Great Lens!How To Make Reborn Dolls Easily

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      dawsoonemelanie 6 years ago

      They are a lot of dolls from sweet pea and me boutique online store.

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      Oliversbabycarecouk 6 years ago

      Great lens! I love reborn dolls! I have 6 of them that i bought when i was younger and love them so much! Lovely videos of your dolls too id love to jmake one but i don't have the talent so i have to buy them! x