Adopting a reborn doll is a big decision that shouldn't be made lightly or without plenty of consideration. Newcomers to this increasingly popular hobby might assume that reborn dolls are no different than toy dolls. Having this type of mentality will likely end up your reborn doll being damaged or even worse -- destroyed. To prevent such a disaster from happening to your first reborn doll, you should ask yourself if you are truly ready to adopt one.
Collecting reborn dolls is a fun and rewarding hobby that gives you the opportunity to own some truly unique works of art that will make your friends jealous. Since the hobby is still relatively new (originated in the 90s), there are still lots of people who've never seen or even heard of reborn dolls. Starting a collection will give you the personal satisfaction knowing that you are participating in a new yet highly popular hobby that's expanding throughout the world.
Reborn Dolls Are Not Toys...
Since they have "dolls" in their name, some people automatically assume that reborn dolls are toys. And as such, they toss their dolls around without giving them the attention and care they need. Treating your reborn doll like a typical toy doll will only increase the chance of it becoming damaged or even ruined, which can end up costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
The golden rule of this hobby is to treat your reborn doll like an actual baby and not a toy. If you aren't willing to invest your time and energy into caring for a reborn, then you should hold off on adopting one. There's nothing wrong with toy baby dolls, but you have to remember that reborn dolls aren't toys. Okay, now that I've stressed the importance of that issue, let's move on.
Creating a Safe Home For Your Reborn
If you decide to adopt a reborn doll, you'll need to ensure your home is suitable for it. There are dozens of everyday items inside the typical home that could damage or harm a reborn. Before adopting one, you must thoroughly check your home and ask yourself if it's safe. Only then can you rest assured knowing your reborn is in a safe environment.
One of the most common household dangers for a reborn doll are pets. Dogs, cats and even curious ferrets may claw and scratch your reborn, damaging both the paint and the vinyl. Depending on the severity of the scratch, damage such as this can be nearly impossible to fix. So, does this mean you should avoid adopting a reborn doll if you have pets? Absolutely not, but you need to store your reborn doll in an area away from your pets. Other possible household dangers for reborn dolls include excessive humidity, spilled drinks, cleaning chemicals and excessive exposure to sunlight.
Adopting a Reborn For a Child
Reborn dolls are children typically don't mix well. If you plan to adopt a reborn for a small child, you should know that it will likely get damaged. Children naturally treat them like typical toys. They'll pull on their limbs, bend them in all sorts of unnatural directions, and brush their hair using the wrong accessories. Unfortunately, treating a reborn like a toy will oftentimes end up with it being damaged.
Instead of adopting a reborn for your child, perhaps you can opt for a traditional toy doll instead. If you are adamant on adopting a reborn for a child, teach and show them how to properly handle it. A good rule of thumb is to treat your reborn like an actual baby and not a toy doll. Doing this will allow you to get more use and enjoyment out of your new hobby. You can learn more about caring for reborn dolls here.
Some newcomers to the hobby are surprised to learn just the price of quality reborn dolls. Of course, you can purchase cheap models for around $100 bucks, but I really wouldn't even call these reborns. In order to create a true, lifelike reborn doll, a skilled artist will spend 30-40 hours meticulously stripping an old vinyl doll and giving it a fresh new look. The materials alone cost around $100, but then you must account for all of the time and hard work that goes into crafting it. This is why high-end reborn dolls cost several hundred dollars.
If you are going to adopt a reborn doll, be prepared to drop at least a couple hundred dollars. In addition to buying a doll, you'll also want to buy some clothes, a crib and other accessories. The good news is that reborn dolls hold their value exceptionally well. With the hobby continuing to grow at a rapidly alarming rate, collectors are always eager to purchase unwanted reborns. Check out our selling tips for advice on how to sell your reborns.
The Bottom Line on Adoptions
The fact is that reborn dolls aren't for everyone. The stunningly realistic works of art are no longer toy dolls, so they must be treated differently. Tossing them around like a normal toy doll will likely result in damage to a delicate reborn. If you want a toy doll, then you should pass on adopting a reborn. If you want a collectible work of art, however, then a reborn is right for you.
With that said, adopting a reborn can be a life-changing experience that exposes you a highly rewarding hobby. There's a certain personal connection collectors develop with their reborns that's simply not found in other hobbies. And it's this strong connection that makes the hobby of adopting and collecting reborn dolls well worth it in the end.