Reborn doll

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Reborn doll

I spent more time than I expected reading about “Reborn dolls” – this is a very unique hobby –

The term Reborn Doll refers to a vinyl baby doll, that has been customized by a process of repainting and enhancement to resemble a human baby. The process of creating a Reborn Doll is referred to as Reborning.

The technique of Reborning has evolved over the past five years, as hobbyists and doll artists have refined the painting techniques, and added technical enhancements, such as a heartbeat simulator. More recently special Reborn doll kits are available, and mechanical enhancements are seen, such a battery powered breathing mechanism to simulate the breathing movements of a sleeping baby.

Reborn doll – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – [via] Link & short film about the makers of these dolls – and lastly some kits.

28 thoughts on “Reborn doll

  1. J says:

    That is insane.

  2. Kingannoy says:

    As if dolls weren’t freaky enough already…

  3. cjc15153 says:

    These are one great hack from giving me nightmares.

  4. Scott M says:

    And the point of this is?

  5. Jack-of-most-Trades says:

    ‘Kay, is this what you do when you have the Corner Office and the big paycheque and then find out that you’re “Clock” isn’t ticking anymore?
    Well, why not? they make “RealDolls” for guys who have more money than social graces…

  6. anon says:

    Another sign that William Gibson’s predictions of our cyberpunk future is coming to fruition.

  7. anon says:

    Another sign that William Gibson’s predictions of our cyberpunk future are coming to fruition.

    1. Harry says:

      Ive seen a lot of these reborn dolls at various sites and see nothing wrong with them – but it seems to freak some people out. Theres lots at

  8. reborn dolls says:

    Not only are the reborn babies fun to collect but they can be very theraputic, especially for women. Studies have shown that holding and cuddling a baby, whether a real baby or a realistic baby, releases hormones in the body that promotes emotional well being.

  9. Anonymous says:

    These dolls are beautiful, I have a gallery at:

  10. Anonymous says:

    These dolls are beautiful, you can see my gallery at:

  11. Anonymous says:

    Maybe our granddaughters will be still proud and happy to inherit an age-old yet classic Hermes bag from us.

  12. amber hughes says:

    are any for sale under £20 if so reply at

  13. Karen Long says:

    It’s crazy how popular reborn dolls have become in just the past five years alone. Back then, practically no one had even heard of reborns; now, though, you hear about them on talk shows, news programs, police reports and of course blogs like this one. I frequently write guides and tips on reborning over at the popular community site Check it out if you are interested in the hobby!

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