Reborn Dolls and Reborn Babies – Cute or Terrifying?


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.

Reborn Doll / Reborn Baby
Reborn Doll / Reborn Baby
Reborn Baby Heads
Reborn Baby Heads
“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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14 comments:

  1. They're nasty. Seriously weird with a capital WUH. I had a doll that was similar as a kid. It ate food. Special baby food made for it's special toy-baby belly. I killed it. Fed it all the food in one go. I got a hammering for my trouble for wasting a 'lot of bloody money'. So I'm of the mind that they bring lots of indigantion, corporal punishment and wieirdness to the lives of the owners.

    My weird toy was one I bought as an adult. A Furbie? I was fascinated so bought one. I lasted a week or so with it. It got really good at talking but it started doing it at night and saying odd stuff. I had it in the car with me one day (it was relegated to the car because of it's night time activity) and it just sprang to life and started crying for attention. I almost screamed.

    I threw it out of the car window :)

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  2. Too weird. I saw one once in the arms of a woman at a Truckstop years ago. Looked very alive. She treated it like it was. All the other women in there thought it was darling.

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  3. I think they are fun, as a craft, but I don't think I'd care to own one -- unless it was small, like a toddlers baby doll.

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  4. So these things are kind of like the infant version of "real dolls," which are lifelike adult figures designed to simulate companionship for grown-ups. They can also just be used as sex puppets, but their existence suggests a really unsettling need for some individuals who seem incapable of finding a real life partner. On the other hand, it also gives a sexual outlet for those who don't want a human mate, which I suppose can be a positive thing if it relieves a sense of loneliness. Its all very sticky territory (in more ways than one).

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  5. if you have baby summer or know who sells baby summer please tell me

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  6. My mother makes these and I made them when I was a freshman in college. They are kinda creepy seeing you need to bake the head legs and arms in between each layer of paint, but they are a fun craft and they sell good.

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  7. Well that's a hard question because some r adorable and some r just plain creepy no offense like one time I saw this baby and it's name was demon baby and it looked like a devil :/ like it was so weird but on the other hand .. They r so cute!!! By the way I'm 11 and I'm on eBay or etsy all day looking for cute but cheap reborn baby dolls :)))

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  8. yuck! it looks like a demon

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  9. More and more doll collectors are embracing a market that produces realistic baby dolls. The creativity and hard work necessary to produce the lifelike figures has been named "creating reborn dolls."

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  10. I think they r cute! My mom just bought one but she also brought a baby cries simular? And it cries at random times and the one my mom bought eats and pees and poops

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  11. I think it can actually be art to make your own reborn baby. It is impressive if you see how much work goes into such a doll and it all just starts with a plain reborn kit.

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  12. there so cuute i want more i only have 3

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  13. Pregnancy Miracle21 October 2011 at 10:14

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  14. Front Porch Babies21 October 2011 at 10:14

    This is both a hobby and a passion. And if this is how we treat this whole idea, there is nothing creepy or unreal about it.. for everything has a purpose

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