First of all, I’d like to sincerely wish all our readers a great big happy new year!
I have big plans for this blog in the coming year and hope to keep you up to date with all the latest news in the world of reborn dolls as well as highlighting some new and exciting reborn dolls for sale.
I’d also ask you to consider liking our facebook page here. We are now above the 200 like mark and I hope it will be an exciting place for Reborn doll enthusiasts to meet up and chat.
I will also be regularly highlighting some reborn dolls there that have particularly caught my eye.
This is part of what we hope will be an ongoing series where we highlight Reborn Nurseries from all over the world.
We are going to start with this one from Kelli Maple:
Take the guided tour around the nursery and see what Kelli has come up with. She has quite the collection of reborn dolls.
She has certainly gone to a lot of effort to create a beautiful nursery for her reborns. So much attention to detail is evident and her passion for reborn babies really shines through.
Next up, we will hopefully take a look at a UK reborn nursery.
Browse our amazing selection of Paradise Galleries Reborn Babies. These Reborn Dolls are meticulously crafted and offer amazing value for money.
Another big name designer in the reborn community is Paradise Galleries. They have been doing their thing since way back in 1991.
The company is based in California and say that much of their inspiration comes from everyday life interactions with friends and family.
There is after all much beauty in so many of our daily interactions which influences reborn doll design.
Worldwide Reborn Dolls Collaboration
It’s truly a worldwide effort at Paradise Galleries with collaborations existing with numerous reborn artists all over the world.
Working with the Community
Admirably, the company also works with senior citizen and offers donations to those in need of a little company.
This is a great company, proudly making a difference. we say…keep up the good work 🙂
Check out our current selection of beautifully crafted Ashton Drake Reborn Dolls. These amazing reborn babies are made to last and bring many years of joy.
Ashton Drake Reborn Baby Dolls UK
Ashton-Drake provide the reborn doll community with some of the finest creations and continue to innovate after 30 years in the business.
When you purchase an Ashton-Drake real life baby doll, you are assured of quality with outstanding lifelike features.
Ashton Drake Reborn Baby Unboxing Videos
Here are some great reborn doll unboxing videos and others to get stuck into…
Popular Reborn Babies from Ashton Drake
- Perfect In Pink Annika
- Abby Rose
- Megan Rose
- Eva Elise
- Sweetly Snuggled Collection
- Little Peanut
- Little Grace
Ashton Drake Reborn Lifelike Baby Dolls
As you can see, there is great variety and the craftsmanship is top notch. It’s hard to beat the excitement of unboxing one of these when the postman arrives.
Have you recently purchased a reborn baby doll? or even not so recently but feel compelled to share your thoughts on what you like or dislike about the doll.
If you would like to review any reborn dolls, kits, clothes or accessories for rebornbaby.org.uk then please feel free to get in touch. You don’t have to be a great writer by any means. Honesty is all we are looking for.
Reading reborn doll reviews from fans is an excellent way to learn and discover new artists and designers. There is so much going on in the reborn world that it’s impossible to keep up.
Sometimes the best reborn creators don’t get any publicity and many of us miss out on buying reborn dolls we would love to have.
So, yes, please contact us if you would like to get involved.
Perhaps you have already come across the Patsy Family while browsing youtube? If not, head on over and take a look at their channel.
There are a lot of different things going on there but of course the Reborn Doll videos are what we are interested in. Here is one of their daughter taking her reborn doll on a shopping trip.
There is lots more cool and fun stuff to check out like this unboxing video.
I notice that the comments are turned off on most of their videos. Sadly this is often the case as people say nasty things which is really unforgivable when children are involved.
Sometimes it can surprising how upset some people get about Reborn Dolls. Many of us love and cherish our reborn babies but for others they can be upsetting to see.
Lina Mikaelson shared a picture of her newborn baby doll “Emilia” on instagram and was taken aback by some of the messages she received. Lina had hoped to have our own child but it didn’t happen.
Lina often takes the doll for walks in a stroller and is approached by strangers wondering how old, the name etc…just normal questions about a baby.
She has to be careful to answer correctly and listen to her gut feeling as sometimes people are not happy when they realise it’s a reborn.
She will sometimes tell a white lie to avoid any confrontation while for others she will simply say, no, it’s a doll.
Lina has suffered in the past from panic attacks. When traveling with a friend who had a baby, she noticed that having someone to look after helped her focus and get through the anxiety.
A new tv series from M. Night Shyamalan called “Servant” will begin screening later this month.
From reading previews online, it will likely fall into the horror genre. It involves a young people who hire a nanny to look after their baby.
Things however as is normal in this genre, don’t go according to plan. Each week will see the mystery further unraveled. Mr. Shyamalan is certainly known for liking a story with a twist or two.
Shyamalan has spoken a little about the Reborn baby they used for filming. He said it cost more than ten thousand dollars to purcahe and was amazed how lifelike it was.
Update: Here are the Black Friday Deals we have found so far
- Paradise Galleries – up to 70% OFF – CLICK TO VISIT
Black Friday occurs on the 29th November this year. This is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Keep an eye out for coupons, promo codes, special offers etc
There are all kinds of super sales happening particularly in the areas of clothing and electronics. People are doing their utmost to snap up bargains before they are gone.
So what about our real life baby dolls? traditionally we have not seen much happen sales wise on Black Friday in this area. We will however be keeping a close eye on things and will do our best to point you in the direction of any flash sales or heavily discounted deals.
Keep checking back as we will add details as we find them.
A lot has been written in the media about how much money some people choose to spend on reborn dolls.
The general consensus of a lot of the articles particularly in the more thrashy publications tends to offer an almost disapproving glance at those who have spent large sums amassing their collection.
Personally, I feel it’s the decision of the buyer. They are the ones who know how much joy reborn dolls bring into their lives. The word “priceless” often comes up in conversation with those who collect reborn babies.
The other point is that not all reborn dolls are expensive. There are plenty of cheap reborn dolls options for those who either can’t afford it or would prefer to spend a modest amount.
Take a look for instance at the reborn dolls for sale listed here. There is quite a difference in price between the various models usually based on materials used, how realistic plus the reputation of the designer.
There was a large doll festival held last weekend in the German town of Eschwege.
The event was well attended with over 1000 people arriving from all parts of Europe. The host of the event “Leokadia Wolfers” spoke of how important the occasion is each year to doll collectors in Europe.
Something for all Reborn Baby Doll Lovers
Corinna Greiner-Husarand and her daughter from Mainz were particularly excited by the reborn exhibits with the young girl purchasing her second reborn. Both young and old find plenty to enjoy each year.
The display from Mandy Schumann showed reborns in incubators which was not to everyone’s taste.
She defended her creations noting that realism is always something to strive for in the reborn community.
The town of Keene in New Hampshire had an emergency situation a few years back thanks to a newborn reborn doll left unattended in a car.
Police Office finds Reborn Doll
Working officer Jason Short discover the doll while out on his route and thinking it was a real baby smashed the window of the car and began giving the doll CPR.
Officer Short spoke of how realistic and lifelike the doll was. It took him sometime to realise it was in fact a doll belonging to a local reborn collector.
Police agreed to pay for the window damage.
Think about where you leave your Reborn
Please remember to look after your reborn babies as situations like this can be quite traumatic for people who do no realise that such wonderful creations exist.
There a great article just been published online which is well worth a read.
End of Marriage Leads to New Life
This is the story of Carrie Frantz. After getting out of an abusive marriage and suffering health difficulties,
Carrie needed something to turn her life around. The answer came from her adorable reborn doll. She would try and make her own!
Carrie put what little money she had together and went on eBay to purchase a reborn doll kit. Working from home was a big factor for her due to caring for her young son.
Becoming a reborn doll designer really turned her life around. She was able to do something she loved while earning a living and looking after her boy.
Mental Health Benefits of Reborn Dolls
It’s not just about earning money of course. Carrie and others feel the work is important because of the multiple mental health benefits they can offer in certain situations and of course the joy they bring to so many.
Reborn Dolls make fantastic Christmas Gifts. Check out our huge selection of Reborn Babies for sale. We have something to suit everyone.
OK, it’s probably a bit early and I’m breaking my own rule about not mentioning Christmas before Halloween but….It’s not that far away now and reborn doll designers all over the world are busy creating so as to be ready for the online Christmas shopping rush.
If you plan to start or add to your reborn doll collection or perhaps buy one as a gift then now is the time to begin your research.
There are so many resources and shops online now which means plenty of reading.
Do your Reborn Baby Research
You will want to make an informed decision. As you know, a reborn doll is something special and far more personal than the average gift.
Reborn Baby Christmas Presents for Friends and Family
You need to think about exactly what you are looking for or what would make a friend happy.
You could look at what they already have in their collection. Is there a gap? Have they mentioned recently liking a particular doll?
Boy or Girl?
How realistic or lifelike do you want it to be? age? gender? designer? company? website?
We still feel the best variety and choice of dolls exist on eBay. It’s open to everyone so there are no restrictions.
You can check out what is currently available here.
Aoife Kearney from Northern Ireland has never had any interest in having a real baby or a romantic relationship.
She has always found it difficult to mix and was quite shy growing up.
She was diagnosed with autism when she was 19 and now at the age of 26 has found great comfort in owning a reborn doll.
Reborn Babies Documentary
She watched a documentary about real life baby dolls with her mother and became smitten.
She dreamed of one day having her own and that dream came true with the arrival of baby Dominic which she bought online.
Dominic is always by Aoifes side accompanying her to the shop, hairdressers, pub etc
Benefits of having a Reborn Doll
She says that having Dominic with her has helped calm her in situations she would normally find stressful.
She has been hurt by some of the taunts from people but the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
A woman who recently listed a reborn doll for sale was surprised to be on the receiving end of some nasty abuse.
The reborn doll had been a present for her daughter bought several months previously. The girl had shown little interest in the doll so her mother decided to sell it and put the money towards this years presents.
Website Listing causes Fury
One person browsing the website came across the listing and seeing how realistic the reborn was thought that it was actually a real baby that was for sale.
She certainly let the seller know exactly what she thought of her before being put right. It just goes to show how lifelike reborn dolls really are.
We recently came across this article about reborn dolls in the New Yorker though it seems to have been published back in January this year.
The article concerns Jamie Diamond’s series “I Promise to Be a Good Mother”
The “Forever Mothers” images are particularly touching and well worth checking out. Some really superb work.
Shop for Reborn Dolls
We currently have a great variety of lifelike reborn dolls for sale.
Check out our current offers.
A mother of a woman who suffered from various disabilities has spoken about the value these creations have brought to her life.
Natalea Wilson had problems with seizures as well as mobility and sight issues. She had a tough time growing up and was often the butt of jokes among other children.
She lacked severely in confidence and grew more detached as time went on.
Living on disability payments and with little to fill her day, Nataleas life drifted on aimlessly. That was until her mother bought her a reborn doll.
Reborn Doll brings everyday Purpose
Since then she has a purpose. She no longer sleeps all day but takes the reborn for walks as well as feeding and clothing.
It has awakened her maternal side.
She is now building quite a collection of realistic baby dolls and her mother believes the transformation has been huge thanks to the emotional impact of the reborns.
Her confidence has grown and of course she is happier.
Ghadeer Al-Shirazi a reborn doll artist from Kuwait recently gave an interview to the Kuwait times.
It’s a wonderful read and you can really fell the passion she has for reborning.
Amazing Reborn Doll Work
Her work consists of incredibly realistic reborn dolls with plenty of variation in face structure.
She also runs courses in Kuwait so has some lucky students we’re sure.
She has plans to open a reborn shop and perhaps even a museum dedicated to reborn dolls. She is certainly one to watch.
In a truly disgusting act of greed, a young couple from Pittsburgh used a reborn doll to try con the public out of money.
Fraudulent GoFundMe Page
Geoffrey and Kaycee Lang set up a gofundme page claiming their son had died. They even went as far as to write a fake obituary.
The money was supposedly being used to pay for an urn. Friends of the couple contacted the police and thankfully the scam was uncovered.
The police found the lifelike baby doll in their home when alerted as the whole plot unraveled.
The magnetic dummy provided with a reborn baby doll supplied by NPK has been noted as a possible choking hazard by the European Commission.
Reborn Dolls are not Toys!
The model number is G1902-CFW-04PMP.
The reborn baby doll comes in a ziplock bag along with a birth certificate. It’s possible you may have bought one through Amazon. NPK are a Chinese company.
You should contact them for a refund if you bought this doll. The doll is considered not to be safe. Trading Standards recommends its return.
This is an interesting one. A couple of youtube bloggers have decided to offer their fans the opportunity to buy a reborn doll version of their baby.
Youtube Reborn Baby Channel
Chris and Sarah Ingham run a popular channel based around the activities of their family. They recently welcomed baby Jace into the family.
Your Own “Jace”
The idea is that people can have their own little Jace. 250 limited edition doll are being made and it is hoped that owners will be able to attend future meetups with the family.
A generous young girl has donated a reborn doll to a nursing home in Malheur USA.
Therapeutic Benefits of Reborn Dolls
The Pioneer nursing home will surely appreciate this gift. The therapeutic effect of reborns has been well documented on this site and elsewhere.
Fund Raising Efforts
Ms Kulm who attends the local middle school raised the funds needed to buy the reborn baby by selling slime.
We are not entirely sure what that entailed to be quite honest but congrats again to Ms Klum and hopefully her actions will inspire others to similarly good deeds.
Dorie Gilliam has become the unintended face of the Reborn Doll craze after she was interviewed by NBC’s Kerry Sanders. She spoke with Sanders about why she loved the dolls.
Reborn Dolls Relieve Stress
Instead of being the creepy person some expected, Dorie was a pleasant women with 3 children of her own, and grandchildren too.
She spoke about how the dolls helped to relieve stress by bringing back a simpler version of a happy time in life.
The Company that Brought them to Life
Reborns is run by Dave Stack, who originated the idea for the dolls. He also runs the web site Bear Pile. He admits that a lot of people, especially men, may not see the value of these dolls.
For many women it can be a chance to re-experience one of the happiest times in their lives. The dolls are crafted to present as many different styles as possible.
Reborn Dolls are Cute
The detail and care put into the creation of realistic reborn dolls perfectly captures the newborn appeal.
From the tiny fingers and toes to the delicate lashes and faint blush – these dolls are a 3 dimensional portrait of the beauty and adorableness of a sleeping newborn.
Lovingly Crafted Reborn Babies
There are very few people that would consider the newborn creepy, and Reborn Dolls are cuter than you can imagine. This isn’t a Cabbage Patch Kid, these are lovingly crafted replica dolls made using reborn doll kits.
Men might not get Reborns
Gilliam and her husband both admit that the Reborn babies may be aimed at women only because men may not get their appeal.
That isn’t a stereotype, but most men don’t provide the primary contact and care for newborns.
It makes sense that the association of love and happiness with this age would be mostly a woman’s thing.
That isn’t to say that some men won’t take to them too, but chances are most won’t have had the experience of caring for a newborn in the way that makes these dolls just perfect.
Reborn Dolls are Good for you
Dorie Gilliam may be more on target than you think with saying that holding the dolls helps relieve stress. It is a common practice to use baby dolls to calm and soothe elderly residents in nursing homes.
The act of holding and caring can trigger emotions or hormones that help to soothe the body. It’s a plus that these dolls are so realistic – except in one category. These dolls don’t cry, wet themselves or need constant attention.
Reborn Dolls in the UK keep making the news and one of the biggest stories is about Wendy Archer.
This is the UK mum who has spent thousands of pounds to acquire four of these dolls, and to provide appropriate accessories for them.
Wendy’s Reborn Doll Story
Her story has been used to feed the controversy behind the dolls, but it may really be the one story that should make you smile and love them even more – or at least let people buy them in peace.
How mad is baby mad?
What would you say about a woman who gave birth to four healthy children, and then wanted more?
We generally don’t call them baby mad, but we generally fault them on a lot of things – irresponsibility and shortsightedness being the main items.
Unable to Naturally have more Children
When she decided she wanted more than the four she already had born, she faced the problem of the sterilization she had undergone previously.
Rather than try to reverse the process or find funding to engage a surrogate mother, Wendy found Reborn Dolls.
To date, she has spent almost £20,000 on her new “babies”. That’s not madness or irresponsibility. That is a very sane and safe reaction to a desire.
What £20,000 buys in reborn dolls
She has spent over two thousand pounds on her Reborn Dolls, but she only has four.
The base price for the dolls comes nowhere near her total, but Wendy also bought cribs, travel seats and other accessories typical for newborn care.
She did use her savings, but is also now working in a doll shop to pay off her bill.
Here’s why what she did may be so good
Wendy is a homemaker who has never held a job. After the birth of her last child, she elected to have sterilization done, but later regretted it when the urge to be around babies came on strong.
Reborn Dolls offered her an outlet for her desire for children without having to have any more.
They also may be adding something to her life that is going to take her to new places.
Yes, she spent her savings on the dolls and then is working off other payments for them – but she has spent her money on a type of lifestyle that tends to help people grow.
This isn’t a woman who spent thousands of pounds on a doll she lets sit on a shelf.
Reborn baby dolls can provide an outlet for nurturing
Wendy’s husband has fully supported her “doll habit.” That’s a term that gets thrown around when talking about Archer. She isn’t blindly collecting the dolls. She has four.
She would like to have more but is not sure when that can happen. With the dolls, the need to care and nurture is satisfied in her.
She still cares and nurtures her four children, and activities with the dolls have become a part of how they stay together as her kids move into their teen years.
Many owners use reborn babies to help relieve stress
Other Reborn Doll fans have been upfront about the fact that holding the dolls, and interacting with them helps to reduce stress. They relate the dolls to times when they had a newborn, and some find it soothing even if they haven’t had children.
Using dolls to relieve stress isn’t a new idea, the medical community has used them for that purpose for a long time.
Dolls are very common on dementia wards as it is known that the human body responds to holding a “child” by releasing stress fighting hormones.
Bringing structure to the day
The other aspect of Wendy Archer’s life that the dolls are taking over is her day. That is one of the best things that is happening.
She has a regime she follows with them that is very similar to taking care of a small child. It is allowing structure to be maintained in a life where it may have gone missing.
Many mothers have a hard time adjusting once their babies grow and become independent. The sense of loneliness and purposelessness can lead to depression. The Reborn Dolls help to make that transition easier.
In closing – they’re cute, and there are worse hobbies to have. Reborn Dolls for sale are crafted to be unique recreations of newborns.
The detail put into each doll is astonishing and learning how to make reborn dolls can be a lot of fun.. They are cute, adorable, and you can cuddle with them without worrying about their breaking.
When it comes to hobbies, one man’s prize is another man’s bane. These Reborn Dolls are a simply wonderful hobby to have. You don’t have to go as far as Wendy Archer, but you just might be surprised what a Reborn Doll could do for your life.
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Reborn Baby Dolls in the News
Reborn Dolls have been getting a fair amount of coverage in the news, most of the stories told for shock value and entertainment. When you look a little more closely at the stories, there isn’t anything shocking about them – but fascinating.
Reborn Dolls have grown into a highly specific sub-culture that is providing many women with a unique form of solace, grief support, stress release, and/or a much needed outlet for their desire to care.
Why all the fuss about a Reborn Baby?
The fuss really centers on the fact that the Reborn Baby Dolls are made so well.
Each doll is hand crafted to be a unique replica of a newborn child. Buyers “adopt” the doll, and costs can reach into the thousands – but most come in at around £100.
The fuss is in the realistic appearance of the dolls. As their owners carry them around, or drive them around in real car seats – they have often been mistaken for real infants left in what could have been dangerous situations.
Here is the funny thing, the women who own the dolls never lose sight that the doll isn’t alive. They can’t be faulted for leaving a doll in a car on a hot day.
That’s ridiculous. It’s the shame/shock of the person who first thinks it is a real child left in a hot car who finds out it’s a doll that fuels any outrage – when there is none there at all.
Why are some Women drawn to Realistic Reborn Babies?
The off demographics of the Reborn Dolls tell only part of the story of why they are so attractive to some women. The buyers are typically white, conservative and Christian women though of course not always.
This is a demographic that values childbearing and rearing highly. For women who cannot conceive, have lost a child, are past child bearing age, or cannot support having more children – the dolls are a way to preserve and protect the integrity of their identity.
Lifelike Reborn dolls UK are about much more than collecting, they are about healing.
This is about more than Collecting Lifelike Baby Dolls
Psychologists are torn about the helpfulness of the dolls. They recognize, as does the rest of the medical profession, that cuddling a doll can cause the body to release hormones that promote relaxation.
For those who have lost young children, the doll can become a way to transition from grief back to life.
For many collectors though, the issue isn’t about grief or stress.
It can give some Women a Chance they never had
Some people are more naturally inclined to caring and nurturing a child than others.
For them, having a baby around almost feels like a necessity. The choice is suffer from a lack of opportunity for caring, have more children, or indulge in a Reborn Doll.
The act of caring for the doll, dressing it and play-acting with the doll can be as engaging as doing the same with a computer game avatar.
The main difference is you can hold this avatar in your arms.
Reborn Dolls FAQ
|How much does a reborn doll cost?|
|The price varies hugely. You can find some really high quality items around the £300 mark but equally people can pay up to £20000 depending on the doll. There are also bargains out there for those who watch the auctions carefully. Sometimes really beautiful models can be picked up cheap that only need a little cleaning to bring them back to life.|
|Can they move or talk?|
|Normally, no. It's not something that most people require. There are however some dolls which may make a crying sound and some have fake tears. You may also find dolls that can have wet pee nappies. Of course, they don't actually drink milk.|
|Are reborn babies all made of silicone?|
|Yes, pretty much. Most are full body silicone. This way they will last and can be easily customised.|
|When was the first reborn made?|
|Some date it back to the late thirties. This was a time when more of an effort began to be made to make dolls look realistic. The popularity of these items as we know them today really began to take off at the start of this century.|
|Who makes reborn dolls?|
|Many are made by enthusiastic hobbyists all over the world. This of course means a fantastic range of designs to suit all tastes. Bigger companies have been getting in on the act over the years but it is largley still a home grown home made industry.|
|The dummy/pacifier keeps falling out of the mouth?|
|This is a problem we often hear. You should buy or make a doll which has a magnet behind the mouth. This will hold it in place.|
|What about hair styling?|
|Mohair is quite strong so you can certainly try a few different styles. If you are putting any products in then be sure to always clean them out. Leaving them in can cause problems.|
|Why do people buy Reborn Dolls?|
|For many reasons. The most spoken about reason is probably for those who have lost loved ones or young babies through miscarriage or child birth. The dolls provide a therapeutic effect in these cases. For others, they simply love the look and feel of the dolls and wish to build a collection. It's really a personal choice and it's important we don't judge anyone. It's all about what makes you happy.|
|What is a Reborn Baby?|
|Reborn baby dolls are extremely realistic lifelike babies created by expert designers in the UK and all over the world. In some case the dolls are made to look like a lost loved one. They are often mistaken for real babies.|
|How to Reborn a Doll?|
|Your starting point should be a purchasing a reborn doll kit. This will contain the basic tools you need to begin reborning a doll. There are multiple video tutorials on youtube which should quickly help you on your way.|