Monday, December 12, 2011

Things That Kinda Freak Me Out: Reborn Dolls

For those of you who don't know, a “reborn” doll is a baby doll that's made to look as realistic as possible. So much so that on at least two separate occasions, police officers have broken into locked cars to rescue what turned out to be a toy.

I bet they were so pissed. ~ zuzu

These dolls are made from vinyl, painted to look like real baby skin. This is achieved by painting the inside of the doll blue, and the outside flesh-colored. Real hairs or mohairs are threaded into the scalp, one at a time. The doll might be weighted, as appropriate for its “age,” and some will have magnets inside the head or mouth for attaching hair bows or pacifiers. Some reborn dolls are heated, make baby sounds, or have gadgets inside them that simulate breathing and a heartbeat. A really fancy reborn doll can cost thousands of dollars. They are sometimes called “living dolls” or, even creepier, “unliving dolls.”

It's a small step from "unliving" to "undead," you know. ~  Donna Lee Originals

Artists began making these creepy little critters in about 1990. Apparently, the doll collecting community wasn't happy with your standard dead porcelain eyes anymore, and wanted something even more soul-destroying. The International Reborn Doll Artists (IRDA) club was born (pun intended).

Some people simply collect them, like you'd collect any doll. While this may not be the wisest use of a n adult person's money, it's not that unusual.

Other people, however, have taken this way, way overboard, and actually treat the dolls just like they're real babies, except, I guess, for the “leaving them alone in a locked car” part.

Reborn dolls come with birth certificates and adoption papers. You can have your doll handcrafted to resemble the baby your grown child used to be, just in case that grown child still loves you at all. Or, you can have the reborn doll handcrafted to resemble your dead or miscarried baby, because nothing says “moving on” like taking a replica of your dead child everywhere you go.

Scientists believe that holding a real baby causes people to release bonding hormones, such as oxytocin, and they suspect that holding reborn dolls may have the same effect. Doctors in the UK have used them to soothe elderly patients. Some psychiatrists support the use of reborn dolls as part of the grieving process for bereaved parents. Others, however, think that's the stupidest thing they've ever heard.

There's some concern that the use of such a doll could inspire the mentally unsound to kidnap a real baby. Others point out that owners of these dolls can easily wreak havoc in social situations by carrying, changing, and, I'd imagine, attempting to feed a piece of plastic.

There are more interesting ways to wreak social havoc. Trust me. 

One lady told Reuters that she bought a reborn doll because her (living) child wanted a sibling and she, the mother, didn't feel like having any more children. When I asked for a little sister or brother, my mother said “No,” and bought me a puppy.

It ran away. ~ NewYorker10021

Some women presumably buy these dolls because they don't want a real baby, what with all the puking, screaming and sh*tting real babies tend to do. Those who carry these dolls in public say they enjoy the positive feedback from strangers, who compliment the “baby's” good behavior. I'd like to know how many of these women respond, “Of course it's well-behaved, it's a doll.”

"Yes, I'm 45 and I carry a doll in public." "I...see..."

Honestly, though, these things are freakin' creepy. I'm not the only one who thinks so. Harrod's has refused to stock them, on the grounds that they might come to life at night and kill the janitor.

Who f*cking knows, man. ~ Donna Lee Originals


  1. Wow that is super creepy. The world is filled with nutballs.

  2. I saw a piece on this a year or two ago on one of the TV news magazines. But the pictures you posted were even creepier!! There are many nutbunnies in the world!!

  3. This is actually one of the creepiest things i've seen in ages. And here's me thinking the people who have rats dressed up as babies were mental... Jesus Christ.

  4. creepy creepy creepy. no. other. comment.

  5. They have one-uped the "Chucky" doll. Distrubing.

  6. "Harrod's has refused to stock them, on the grounds that they might come to life at night and kill the janitor." Haha!

  7. I know a woman who makes these things. She told me about them when I asked her to make some clothing for my BJD. :) I also saw some at a doll show I went to once and I was like "WTF IS THAT A REAL KID?!" I was so afraid to touch it, I didn't want it to freak out and cry xD

  8. I'm totally onboard with Harrod's! No way one of these creepy little demons is getting inside my house. What's the point in zombie-proofing a house if you just invite unliving dolls in, I ask you?

  9. @Ciara NO POINT AT ALL!!

    LOL you guys. I didn't realize just how creepy they were until I opened up my blog stats and saw all these comments. Thanks! :)

  10. OMG I've never seen such a thing... the sex life size dolls yes but this.. Wow.. Creepy as hell.


  12. That is so sick, and I definitely don't mean this in a good way. What it tells me is that people are so starved for human contact, that they would literally fixate their attention/affection on an inanimate object. Like you, I find this extremely disturbing. I also am appalled that grown adults would rather indulge their own neuroses to this extent, instead of seeking therapy, which is clearly what they need. Sad, sad, sad.

  13. Apparently it's the therapists giving them the dolls, in some cases. Even worse. :P

  14. so how much do these doll cost? I think they are adorable

    1. I understand they can cost hundreds of dollars, Marcilee.

  15. i love those dolls! i want one!

  16. These babies are cute but at the same time its freaking too.... These Reborn Lifelike Baby Dolls are Astounding Realistic Baby Dolls... Thanks

  17. Thanks for sharing the blog. Parents can have these reborn dolls for the rejoicing moments with their kids as they are the best playmates. Reborn dolls for adoption are truly a source of comfort for lonely Parents.

  18. thanks a lot for sharing your emotions, I think everything will be better, just wait for a while!