Fake Babies or Reborn Dolls?
With the advent of fake babies - otherwise known as reborn dolls, there have been many blog posts, news articles and opinions flying around online.
In my experience as a reborn doll artist, the vast majority of my buyers have been doll collectors. Many have gone on to learn the art of reborning for themselves as it really is an incredible experience creating your own life like baby doll. There have been a few though, I believe would fall into the category of treating their dolls as fake babies. This is not to say they believe that the doll is real. It is in how the reborn doll is treated.
My own grandmother cherished her fake baby that I had made for her. She slept with it and literally took care of it until she passed away. She was so attached that there had been some discussion as to whether she should be buried with her. She like to pretend it was real. She liked to fool people who came to visit in the nursing home. She enjoyed showing off her reborn baby to the nurses and the other residents. Many residents at the home she was in expressed a desire to have fake babies of their own.
I had another client unable to bear children who spent as much time choosing her reborn doll as you would adopting a real child. It had to be perfect in her eyes. The way the child she would never have, might look. Such stories, while sad, are certainly hurting no one if the doll brings them comfort, who is to say that is wrong?
When you hand a reborn doll to many women, and even some men, including a male reporter that came to interview me, they instinctually rock the baby while holding it. Because of the way the dolls are weighted, they feel real. You need to support their heads, like you would a real infant. I have had buyers tell me that even their teenaged sons held the doll like a real baby. Reborn dolls consistently bring about an emotional response to almost everyone, whether good or bad.
Are fake babies causing damage in some way?Not unless rocking a baby doll, dressing it and caring for it are damaging behaviors. Even with all the sensationalized press about the women who collect reborn dolls for emotional reason, I have yet to see or read an instance of them believing the doll was real.
Fake babies on TVUnlike real babies, reborn dolls aren't real! They don't cry, don't require feedings or diapers or naps and do not grow up. They are the perfect addition to movies or TV programs requiring the use of a baby for some scenes. Unless you look closely, if they are well done of course, you would be very hard-pressed to tell the difference. I would expect more and more to be used in upcoming films with the amount of talented artists now creating them.
Fake babies as therapy dollsAgain, I have spoken with many artists who have sold or donated their dolls to nursing homes to be used as therapy babies for the residents. This has gone over very well, so well in fact that in some homes the reborn babies get 'stolen' from one resident to the other. I think there is an innate need to be needed.
Reborn dolls would seem to have more uses than to just look pretty in a collector's showcase. We'd love hear your thoughts, and how you feel about the term 'fake baby'.
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