Those who purchase realistic baby dolls will do so for many reasons.
Some may purchase one to try an overcome a past trauma, whereas others may just have a collection they want to add to.
The main dolls on the market consist of reborn dolls and silicone babies.
Although they do share several similarities, there are also some differences that you need to be aware of.
Reborn dolls are part of a kit that the person would assemble.
The body is made of cloth and is filled with glass weights and polyester fibre, which can be purchased from a craft store.
Silicone dolls are made from rubber and will often have more detail to them then their reborn counterpart, although there can be exceptions.
Caring for the Dolls
It stands to reason that once you have invested in a doll, you want to ensure you’re able to keep it in good condition.
The way you look after your doll will depend on the material it’s made from.
Those who have a realistic baby doll made from rubber will be able to submerge the doll in water, due to the silicone used.
However, those with a reborn will need to avoid contact with water and use damp cloth or wet wipe to clean the head, arms and legs.
If you want to wash the hair of a reborn doll, then you can do so with baby shampoo, again ensuring that there the body has no contact with water.
The Difference in These Dolls
For the most part, silicone dolls are more expensive than reborn dolls, simply due to the doll being made completely of silicone, and the design process.
While some may have a flexible budget, others may feel a little restricted, so need to know what’s available within their price range.
It can be a good idea to carry out some research initially, so you can garner a better idea of which model is best suited to you.
Fun Fact: Did you know these dolls have been used in various studies from teaching parenting lesson to deterring teenage pregnancies?
It’s important that you research different vendors and look at any feedback should it be available.
While you may be tempted by a cheap price, you need to ensure that you’re going to receive a quality item for your hard-earned cash.
Online auctions can also be a popular avenue for doll enthusiasts, but they must still be approached with caution.
While there are many reputable sellers on sites such as eBay, there are also a series of unsavoury sellers looking to take advantage of people.This can include bids suddenly rising to ridiculous proportions as well as being sent inferior products, should the product arrive at all.
Ensure you read the research the feedback and try to cover yourself where possible.
For example, try not to send any money outside of the site, as this will make it harder to recoup should anything go wrong.
Making Lifelike Silicone Dolls
While there are often vendors who will supply dolls pre-made, much of the fun can be in creating the doll yourself.
We’ve already touched upon the way a reborn doll is created, in that it uses a cloth body, glass weights and polyester fibre, there are other materials you can use.
These include baby pellets and tummy inserts, it’s really down to personal preference as to which weighting material you use.
If you want to try your hand at creating a silicone doll, then there are also solutions available that allow you to craft your own baby dolls that look real.
If this is your first time, you may find the process a little tricky at first but fear not.
There are several online outlets and communities looking to aid budding doll enthusiasts, as well a series of YouTube videos.
Although the hair of both the silicone and reborn is rooted in the same way, there must be more care taken in relation to the silicone doll, as there is no way of securing hair from the inside like the reborn doll.
Those new to the world of reborn and silicone dolls may need to look around before committing to a certain type to ensure that they’re getting the most enjoyment from their purchase.
Once you become familiar with the options available and the differences between the two, you will be more confident when it comes to making a purchase.