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  • Custom reborn doll
    Some dolls are custom made meaning that the buyer chooses all or most everything they want from the kit, to the skin tone, to the gender, and eye and hair color. Some dolls are ready for adoption, meaning that the artist has created a baby without a buyer in mind already and has put it up on the market for sale. A sale is called an adoption in this hobby/business. The dolls are sold through...
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  • Custom reborn doll
    Some dolls are custom made meaning that the buyer chooses all or most everything they want from the kit, to the skin tone, to the gender, and eye and hair color. Some dolls are ready for adoption, meaning that the artist has created a baby without a buyer in mind already and has put it up on the market for sale. A sale is called an adoption in this hobby/business. The dolls are sold through...
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  • The development of the reborn doll
      The babies also get magnets glued inside for pacifiers and/or hair bows, unless otherwise stated. The kits are then put together using jointed or non jointed cloth bodies and/or vinyl torsos, which can be anatomically correct. The dolls' limbs, body, and head are weighted with various materials. Usually it is a combination of Polyfil, poly or glass pellets or beads, or steel shot. The...
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  • Rebirth dolls and the art of photography
      The photographer wished to explore the phenomenon of how artificial babies evoke genuine emotional response in adults. Each woman portrayed in this project has a personal motivation for having a reborn baby. Some who cannot have, or who have lost, a baby, give their love to an artificial one, looking after them, changing them, and buying them clothes. For some, the dolls are a means of...
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  • What’s a reborn doll
      ‘Reborn’ babies first appeared in the 1990s. Each is unique, carefully crafted by artists known as ‘reborners’. The hyper-realistic reborn babies are created with such details as birthmarks, veins, implanted hair, pores, tears, and saliva. More sophisticated reborns are equipped with electronic systems capable of reproducing the heartbeat, breathing, and sucking...
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  • What people think of the reborn doll
    But that’s not to say everyone sees Reborns the same way. Like all things niche that dribble onto the internet and become a torrent, there’s plenty of pushback. Steve Patsy of The Patsy Family, a popular YouTube channel for Reborners, is careful to filter any insensitive or threatening language that’s posted on his family’s videos. In part, it’s to...
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  • Online sale of reborn dolls
    On the web, they're everywhere. Reborn Facebook groups garner thousands of members who are all deeply immersed in the economy, care, and culture of realistic dolls. Collectors on YouTube show millions of subscribers their morning baby routine ideas, fastidious Reborn unboxing, and tips for how to pose dolls for the most realistic Instagram shot. The Reborn community also extends...
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  • Why do people buy reborn dolls
    Reborns have options. Pick from hand-rooted mohair or human hair (for a premium), bluish veins, wrinkled fingers, and a speckled rosy newborn rash. The dolls can be toddler-sized--like Isabella, who can grasp your fingers with her wee hand--or teeny tiny like Sky, a premature baby with faint jaundice. Some dolls come pre-scented or with a bottle of baby perfume for that newborn...
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  • Why do people buy reborn dolls
    Reborns have options. Pick from hand-rooted mohair or human hair (for a premium), bluish veins, wrinkled fingers, and a speckled rosy newborn rash. The dolls can be toddler-sized--like Isabella, who can grasp your fingers with her wee hand--or teeny tiny like Sky, a premature baby with faint jaundice. Some dolls come pre-scented or with a bottle of baby perfume for that newborn...
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  • Reborn dolls and art
    LENA KUNZ takes pictures of women and their babies. Her latest series, ‘Artificial Reality,’ captures stroller walks, late-night feedings, and endless diaper changes. The really good stuff is in there too, from meeting the siblings to playtime to those adorable toothless smiles. There’s just one thing about the infants Kunz photographs: They’re made out of...
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