Reborn babies (also called reborn dolls) are lifelike dolls that closely resemble a real, live baby. These pretty much look like a real baby, feel like a real baby and, depending on the make, they can even mimic the breathing and cry of a baby. The uncanny resemblance stems from a laborious process that not everyone can do. It takes a lot of patience and a keen eye for details to reborn (the process of creating reborn babies) a doll from what reborners (individuals who create reborn babies) would call a reborn doll kit (a kit that contains the materials for making a reborn doll).
So why would anyone want to go get a reborn baby doll as opposed to getting the traditional type of dolls?
It is undeniable that because of its uncanny nature, the market for reborn dolls is particularly distinct. Simply put, just as not everyone can reborn so do reborn dolls not appeal to everyone. A store owner of reborn dolls and supplies says that the market is mainly divided in three groups: children, collectors and parents whose children or babies have either grown up and moved out or have passed away. A small percentage goes to investors who are in the business of buying and selling very rare and unique reborn babies and in individuals who plan on having a baby.
The controversy of reborn babies lie in the following and loyalty it has gotten from bereaved parents. Some say it is an unhealthy outlet for grief while others point out the opposite and that it actually facilitates the process of healing and letting go. While many would certainly raise their eyebrows over any adult who would be into such child’s playthings like dolls (I certainly went through that phase myself), it is no denying that reborn babies are here to stay. And why wouldn’t they be when they have a massive appeal, albeit not mainstream of the moment, among people from all walks of life.
Be you an artist, a professional or a housewife, you can definitely benefit from either reborning or simply buying a reborn baby doll of your own. And as a final thought, reading about reborn babies does not even come close to the real experience.