Reborn dolls are hand crafted, customized baby dolls, artistically repainted and enhanced to look as realistic as a real human baby. They can be very expensive and prices range from 50 USD to several thousands.
Creating these lifelike baby dolls is called, the process of reborning.
How to reborn a doll
Reborning has evolved significantly over the past years, as artists have refined their painting methods, but also added lots of technical features, for example a simulator that simulates the heartbeat.
The last years, special kits are for sale, and battery powered extras are seen such a mechanism to simulate the movements of breathing of a (sleeping) baby.
Just like human babies, these dolls come in every conceivable shape size and color - nowadays there are Caucasian, Asian and African American newborn dolls.
Art of Reborning
The process of reborning' a normal vinyl doll usually involves these processes:
- You have to take the (vinyl) doll apart & remove the paint.
- Realistic baby skin tones are created by applying a color wash to the inside body parts of the doll.
- Various techniques are used to paint the exterior, to add transparant skin tones & effects: "milk-spots", veins & blotching to resemble the skin of a real human baby.
- With rooting tools and felting needles you can apply eyelashes and hair which are usually made of the finest mohair.
- A weighted body replaces the original vinyl body.
- Once finished, the newborn baby doll is no longer a child's toy...
How to make lifelike dolls
If you want to start creating newborn baby dolls I suggest you look for a simple reborn kit to begin with.
Artists & reborn doll nurseries
Famous artists are: Elly Knoops, Adrie Stoete, Sheila Michael, Denise Farmer, Helen Jalland, Kim van de Wetering, Reva Schick, Marissa May, Comfy Clouds Nursery, Eva Helland, Rachel Tams, Sam Norman, Samantha Leslie, Sanne Sabilla, Tinkerbell Nursery, Lisa Holm (Lisa's Stork Nest), Vikki Ebberling, Sebilla Bos.
- Hyperreality Hobbying
- Bogus baby boom: Women who collect lifelike dolls
- Tutorial ethnic reborn dolls
- Books on 'How To Make Reborns'
Name - March 10, 2015
Hey I would reall like to get a reborn baby for my duhghteter please help me we have no money
►reply: yes, they can be quite expensive, best is to look for the cheapest reborn dolls and see if you can afford one.
Ashley - January 28, 2015
I wish these were for free
►reply: You can always try to make one yourself :-)
Deyanna - January 18, 2015
do you know if they customize reborn babies. like could you get one to look like your kids as babies. i think that would be really neat and a good keepsake as the kids get older to compare to their own kiddos
►reply: Yes, some nurseries make custom reborn dolls, for example Still Moments Nursery but there are more.
Frances - January 17, 2015
Karria - July 23, 2014
Hello Everyone I am trying to trade my 5 African American and biracial reborns for a full bodied newborn siZed silicone doll. If anyone can please help me send me an email at [respond through this page, admin will forward] and I'll definitely send you pictures!!
Andrea Rambo - October 16, 2013
does this baby boy doll come complete when you order it?
►reply: Best is to ask the seller of the doll you want to buy.
Kylie - July 2, 2013
Im looking for a reborn boy/girl with his/her eyes closed.but I need it to be in Canada.
►reply: Hi Kylie, try to search on this website for reborn eyes closed and maybe you'll find one.
Tiara Wagner - January 21, 2013
how and were can i by sweet sieanna
►reply: You can try and search for sienna reborn.
Maddi - January 18, 2013
Hi I am looking for a reborn baby boy of a budget of 150 I know that sounds crazy for a reborn but I have two already that were under that price and they are beautiful dolls if u have any or know where I can find any reborn boys $150 that would be great ( also looking for a cheap toddler if u have any info on that)
►reply: You can find them on this website by sorting on price.
Teri - July 18, 2012
I am looking for someone to make me a reborn with darker skin, not ehtnic, but spanish colored. I am not sure of guilds to use. If you can help me, please let me know. You have some beautiful babies. Thank you.
►reply: Try and contact the sculptors directly, I don't make reborn dolls. Or you can try and search for reborn ethnic
Christina - June 28, 2011
My price range is 300 and under if you have any of them that r boys I would like to have one that's 300$ and under plzz thank you so much if you have any other info on about it or anything make sure u reply back to this or plzz email me at my email address!! THANK YOU!! :))
►reply: Hi, you can sort on price on this website or click here for reborn boys and sort.
Cassandra - March 22, 2011
hello i want one but a male and my price range is 500 and under do u think it is possible?
►reply: Search for a (click) reborn boy and then change selection to 'price < 500' on this website. Hope this helps.
Shelby - October 28, 2010
hi im looing for hard bodied boy reborner and wondered if you can make me an offer less than 500 pound please
Lauren - August 12, 2010
Hi, do you have the elly knoops luca 10" kit.Its the mini luca.I wanted one but with full limbs.