I stumbled across ‘Reborn dolls’ recently whilst researching for my hub on ‘haunted dolls’ and to be honest, I found these to be far scarier. I’ve never seen a new born baby up close and personal, I don’t have kids, and I know nobody who would trust me enough to let me near their new born child, but if this is what newly born babies look like, then that’s just fine with me.
But browsing eBay for Reborn dolls and Reborn babies I found something even more disturbing than the dolls themselves, listings for baby heads, baby arms, a rogue leg here and there, and dead staring eyes sold loosely, it was a regular Frankenstein’s marketplace, with loose baby parts being fought over, as bidding wars commenced.
“It’s Alive, It’s Alive!!!!!”
A Reborn doll is essentially a regular doll or various parts of assorted dolls combined reworked and transformed into a creation designed to mimic a human baby as realistically as possible, also referred to as ‘unliving dolls’ Reborn dolls and Reborn babies can involve a huge amount of work to create.
The dolls body and face are painstakingly painted with multiple layers and shading to create as realistic a skin tone as possible, realistic eyes are implanted, human like hair embedded, and crying voice boxes are used to add to the effect, all of which is rounded off with genuine baby outfits and accessories until the Reborn doll artist or ‘Reborner’ is satisfied that the doll they now hold in their arms is as close to the real thing as they can get, without breathing air into its lungs.
Reborn dolls – Harmless hobby or something else?
According to Wikipedia:
'Some consumers of Reborn dolls use them to replace a child they once lost, or a child that has grown up. Others collect Reborns as they would a regular doll. These dolls are usually taken seriously and are cared for like an infant. Critic’s debate whether Reborn dolls are harmful, or whether these dolls can help in the grieving process and relaxation. Because of their realistic nature, Reborn dolls have been in several news stories that cover various interest in the dolls to incidents involving the police.'
Reborn Baby Dolls BBC Documentary
Reborn dolls in the news:
* In Queensland, Australia in July of 2008 police smashed their way into a car to rescue what they believed to be an unconscious baby left on the cars back seat, the unconscious baby turned out to be nothing more than a Reborn doll. The officers in question were quoted as saying that the doll was ‘incredibly lifelike’ and stated that bystanders had been ‘frightened’ by the incident.
* One ‘Becca Bueshausen’ conducted an online scam claiming to be the mother of a terminally ill baby and extracted donations of money and gifts from concerned well-wishers. The scam came to an end when members of a Reborn dolls blog exposed the pictures of the ‘terminally ill’ child to be pictures of a Reborn baby, which they recognised from its familiar sculpting.
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