Babies! That’s right but not those cabbage patch dolls from the 80’s. Not those creepy porcelain statues that your great aunt had. These babies look real and they feel real and they are helping so many people all around the world.They are Full Body One of a Kind Silicone Dolls. They are amazing and detailed and priced up to $20,000!
Why are they so popular? So Pricey?
One might argue that the movies have contributed a great deal to their popularity over the years. However, and this is the truth, the movies have contributed very little to their popularity.
They are basically pieces of collectible art forms, and people love them for that. Their perfect mimic of infants, attention to detail and high quality has caused many to fall in love with them.
For moms who cannot bear kids, these dolls provide temporary fulfillment similar to that which first-time mothers experience. Grandparents and parents looking to preserve the memory of their departed little one find comfort in these unliving dolls.
There is something special that happens with them.They relive sadness and anxiety and are even proving to help Alzheimer patients stay lucid longer.
But there are cases when it is quite understandable for someone struggling with feelings of loss — possibly an empty-nester, a childless woman, or someone who has lost a baby — to fill the void with a realistic doll baby.
What does the mind do when faced with a loss and a void so enormous?
Denial is one of the most prominent defense mechanisms. It’s not that these doll-owners think the doll is a real baby, but it affords them moments when they are comforted and can pretend they have a real baby, to themselves and to the world.
There are even dedicated magazines to lifelike dolls (such as Lifelike Doll Magazine), highlights how realistic the reborn baby dolls look.
The Wikipedia entry on reborn dolls notes that:
“A reborn doll is a manufactured vinyl doll that has been transformed to resemble a human baby with as much realism as possible. The process of creating a reborn doll is referred to as reborning and the doll artists are referred to as reborners. Reborn dolls are also known as living dolls or unliving dolls. The hobby of creating reborn baby dolls began around 1990 when doll enthusiasts wanted more realistic dolls. Since then, an industry surrounding reborn dolls has emerged. Reborn dolls are primarily purchased on the internet but are available at fairs”
There are Doll Shows around the world just for them.
What are you thoughts on them?