Newborn baby dolls that look real
Reborn dolls - sometimes called newborn dolls or "fake babies" - are nothing new. They have been sold for years at online sites like Ebay by individuals who carefully craft these collector dolls to look amazingly realistic. I was once a Pro seller on Ebay and saw plenty of reborn dolls sell for amazingly high prices.
I also saw the blog posts and Ebay seller pages of women who made these dolls, writing about how they would carefully open up the noses so the dolls could breath better. If you are skeptical about how well a doll can imitate an actual living and breathing infant, consider this: there have been reports of dolls being rescued from locked cars in an attempt to save their "lives". There have been dolls fitted with special devices to simulate breathing. Still think they can't look eerily close to real live babies?
You can read about the incident of the "rescued" doll, as well as other information about reborn babies and newborn dolls in a previous article I'd written, found here.
My Fake Baby and the reborn baby and newborn dolls phenomenon
Since my earlier coverage of reborn dolls, a documentary called My Fake Baby aired on Channel 4 (a television station located in the UK) and has gotten lots of buzz. You can find out about that and possibly catch clips of the show here.
What I saw at the show's site left me with a mixture of emotions. Adult women were not only buying reborn baby dolls but reacting to them much the way mothers react to actual babies - dressing them in special outfits, taking them out in baby carriages and letting strangers admire their "infants."
While this might seem relatively harmless, it didn't seem nearly so benign when I saw a clip from My Fake Baby which showed one woman looking longingly at the photo of her deceased son, tears in her eyes. She appeared disappointed by her purchase of her fake baby doll. From what I could see, she clearly didn't find the imitation of life - of a living baby - to be nearly as satisfying as she might have hoped. Instead, her grief seemed deeper after purchasing a reborn doll. For those who think that a reborn doll or a fake baby can help someone overcome the grief of losing an actual infant, this woman stood out - in glaring contrast - as a reminder that grief can't always be overcome so easily. That mother still longed for the real boy that was no longer there. Even so......
Reborn dolls and newborn babies could be a hot Christmas item for 2008
Could fake babies be the hot trend of the holiday season? This might well be true, according to ecommerce-guide.com, a site which tracks hot holiday trends and products, including what may be the hottest Christmas items for 2008. You can see the information here. Lifelike dolls are listed as being among the hot trends selected by Lisa Suttora, a trend spotter, Founder and CEO for a site called WhatDoISell.com. If lifelike dolls are hot, then reborn dolls might well top the list for being lifelike. Buyers find them charmingly realistic or downright creepy, based on comments found on Ebay and other sites and blogs. Just for the record, I find them creepy....but I do understand why some women might feel drawn to them. Some are doll collectors and see them as artistic creations. Others mourn the loss of their own infants, whether stillborn or lost to crib death or illness.
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Got lots of goodies2009-08-22 22:58:22 by SFplusP
Since so many people are around I thought I would post about my super busy week :)
Thursday I went shopping for the baby stuff I still needed, and I got my bassinet for $60 off CL- its in perfect condition, and new it would be $140. Its super cute and I love it although we had the hardest time... it didnt fit down my hallway to get into my room! lol it came all assembled and then I had to take it apart just to put in where I wanted it.
I also got my crib mattress and some random odds and ends- more sleep sacks and diaper cream etc so I got all of my NEEDS done on thursday, now all I have left are things I may want
JC Toys 16" La Baby (Outfits and Expressions May Vary)
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