What is a Reborn Doll?

You may have heard about them in the news or on a particular TV program, but not really understood what all the fuss was about. There is quite a bit of buzz surrounding reborn dolls these days and this article is designed to answer the question: “What is a Reborn doll“?

Well, in the simplest terms, it is a regular plastic baby doll that has been modified by an artist to look just like (or at least as close as possible to) a real human baby. Do a Google image search for “reborn dolls” and look at some of the pictures that are returned. I am sure you would agree with me that the artists accomplish their goal quite well. Honestly, it can even be hard to tell them apart from real babies. There was even a highly publicized news story from Australia where rescue workers broke into a locked car to rescue what they thought was a baby. However, it turned out just to be a reborn!

These dolls have become quite popular recently, and even seemed to have developed their own community and culture. There are many doll collectors and artists that deal only with reborn dolls. They have also gained a lot of popularity as gifts for expecting mothers, and mothers of newborns, as a remembrance of the birth of their child. Of course, there are also a lot of people who find these lifelike dolls eerie, or even genuinely disturbing because of the close resemblance to real babies. A lot of people also seem to be concerned for the mental state of some of the more extreme enthusiasts of reborns. They feel that the collectors have become “obsessed” with the dolls, and that treating them like real babies is unhealthy.

The artists who make reborns are called “reborners” and they call the process of creating these dolls “reborning”. So why are so many hobbyists interested in only reborns? This is most often the case because reborns offer a challenge that is unrivaled by other types of dolls. Crafting these dolls can take tens or even hundreds of hours of hard work. For a professional doll crafter who has grown bored of making the same old dolls, reborning opens up a realm of new and exciting possibilities.

A lot of doll collectors are now choosing to deal only with reborns for much the same reason. Baby dolls have not changed a great deal over the years, but now with reborns breaking new ground, many doll collectors are excited to see something new.

If reborns interest you, there are plenty of great articles and websites on the Internet or our Aoridolls devoted to reborns. Doing a little research can open up the world of this interesting hobby to you!