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Dolly Time or is it a sweet little baby?

The making of a reborn born baby doll.
The making of a reborn born baby doll.
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Cute, Strange, Creepy and the list goes on. Have you ever seen a reborn baby doll? I, have been collecting these lifelike creations since 2010. As, I became a more experience collector, I strive to look for detail and realism.
Reborn doll collections can become quite expensive. Now, that I am more seasoned being a collector and reborn doll artist, I know what to look for and how to save. In another post I will provide you with some great tips. For now, I will leave you with some photos.

Before and After photos
P.S. O'Hare

From the blank canvas in the photos

To this lifelike creation - see photo. Meet Little Champ by sculptor Laura T. Ross. Laura is the sculptor of the blank doll. Not, the artist of my little creation.

Emotional bond

Many reborn owners are simply doll collectors, while others have gone through miscarriages, have no means for adoption or suffer from .empty nest syndrome They may utilize the dolls as substitute children, or forever babies who will never grow. Some women dress the dolls, wash their hair, and may even take them for walks in strollers and take them shopping. Reborn hobbyists refer to the emotional response to holding their dolls as ”cuddle therapy”. Studies suggest cuddling a baby causes a release of hormones, which produce a sense of emotional well-being, and some psychologists believe that this may happen with realistic dolls as well. Consultant; psychiatrist, Professor Raj Persaud, explains mothering a real newborn baby releases the hormone oxytocin in the mother, and hypothesizes that this may explain why “reborn mothers” become emotionally attached to the reborn doll.

For grieving parents who form emotional bonds with reborn dolls, some child bereavement counselors advise against parents substituting their deceased child with the dolls. Reborn mothers contend that they are not replacing children but remembering them.“Grieving parents turning to `super-realistic’ dolls”. ”Northern Territory News”. 4 March 2007. Section: News, pg. 008. Retrieved 2009-07-05 Psychiatrist Sue Varma, teacher at the NYU school of medicine, says mothering reborn dolls rather than just collecting them can become a problem when it is used as prop and becomes the person’s only form of socializing. Psychiatrist Gail Saltz with New York Presbyterian Hospital supports the use of reborns for people who do not want to make the commitment of having a real child, and also to comfort bereaved parents. She offers that in this case the reborn may symbolize a step in the grieving process. Concern should only come if someone who lost a baby grows too attached to their reborn because it could indicate their grief is not getting resolved. In this case, the likeness of the doll to the deceased child risks being harmful as a permanent replacement for the grieving parents. Ian James, a doctor at the Centre for the Health of the Elderly at Newcastle General Hospital in the U.K., said that holding the dolls helps calm elderly residents, helping them feel peaceful and quiet.

Although, I do not agree with all of these thoughts, these are some of the reasons those collect. I, myself am a collector and a mother of a late child. I, do find comfort in my dolls, however to replace my child is not one of my reasons. I, enjoy arts and crafts. Reborn dolls are just that, a 3D creation of "living art".

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