Am I Ready To Adopt My First Reborn Doll?

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.

Reborn Doll Adoption

Reborn Doll Adoption

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.

Funny Baby

Funny Baby

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.

33 Responses to “Am I Ready To Adopt My First Reborn Doll?”

  1. yamir lopez says:

    I will love to have a baby like this in my care because I was pregnant and lost it and I have a durther sorry my spelling is not perfect because I speak Spanish.

    • Clare says:

      I love reborns to so much I’ve waited for a long time to get one but I can’t because I don’t have enough money I try to find cheap ones but I just can’t can someone help me to find a boy or girl that can open its mouth? I have everything for a reborn because I had dolls when I was little. Can someone please answer my question

  2. caitlin phinix says:

    i have to reborns of my own and they are soooooo sweeet cute and cuddly xxxx

  3. Kaitlyn Boyette says:

    I am getting my first reborn for Christmas! I have not yet decided on a name for her, though.

  4. Taylyr says:

    i am 11 I adore reborns and I literally have everything a reborn needs but my parents say no

    • Destiny_Dent says:

      One day you’ll get wht you want your time is just not now I’m sorry

    • Tahnia says:

      Im just a kid and im always on ebay or somthing like that my perants think it would be a waste of time getting one coz im almost 12 so yeah i have $150 could i still get a reborn?

    • Chara says:

      I know this comment is old but it’s new to me Im only 12 and I love baby’s in real life and also I have baby cousins entering my family but they grow up so fast but when they are baby’s I never get to see them really because my aunt and uncle always get them maybe if you sat down with your parents and told them why you really want a reborn they will understand and probably look into getting you one

  5. Destiny_Dent says:

    My name is destiny dent I’m 11 and I’ve never had my own real reborn niether has anyone in my family I’m reborn pregnant and I’m expecting baby brier rose perlote on January seventh I’m nervouscited and I’m starting to get ready for her arrival but I’m just not sure if ill take as good care of her as far as clothing goes I have all my dolls from when I was a baby with not a scratch cause I take good care of them I’m pretty sure I’m ready

  6. Lacey says:

    Hi I am reborn pregnant and I was wondering is there cheap clothes on this website?

  7. Evie says:

    I feel “expectant,” at 55. I won my first reborn today on Ebay. It was love at first sight..and I had to have looking up Asian names for girls..I’m thinking..Mei Ling..she looks half Asian and half Caucasian..what a super mix..I guess you can tell I’m an empty nester! Blessings..

  8. Olivia kith says:

    I want free baby reborn dolls to take care

  9. Olivia kith says:

    I am ready to adopted brand new baby

  10. jann says:

    Olivia Kith, did you not read and UNDERSTAND what was stated above? NOBODY will GIVE you a reborn baby for free!!!I’ve been watching for awhile, a fair one will run you around 200.00, the higher the price, the better the quality, and more work. Wake up, dreamer! And Destiny Dent, there is no way an 11 year old child should have a reborn.. That’s like ‘Im 11, and pregnant, I’m gonna have a real live baby!’ Be a kid, enjoy your youth.. Adulthood comes way too fast, and is not fun.

    • Trinity says:

      Hi I’m going to be 11 and I am getting a reborn baby boy named Dayton Brantley. I say that if you are age 11 and higher you should be mature enough to have a reborn. A fair deal if you are a first starter on reborns is to look at Ashton Drake Galleries. It will give you an introduction to the world of reborns. A fair deal to give your parents is to ask if for a certain holiday they could spend $50 or $100 and you spend the rest. Or if they don’t really want you to get one, you can save up and show them you should get one. Make sure you really study what you need for reborns!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      You are a Monster! Stop attacking little girls!

  11. my parents dont realy agree with me getting a reborn baby because of my age but if they dont get me one then i will do everything in my power to raise the money to get one because they are just so cute and like i said because of my age i cant and or dont want a baby or at least a real one so i think this will be realy good for me

  12. dani says:

    My parents are just like Angela Albaladejo parents but that does not mean I’m going to gave up i will save my money to buy a REBORN BABY they are the baby you could have!

  13. bre says:

    I’m getting my first reborn in about a month I’ve been asking my mom nonstop for like a year and she’s finally getting me one cause she says it’s better then me having a real baby

  14. Emma says:

    OMG… Attacking little girls because they want a doll that actually looks like a baby, instead of a terrifying babyish goblin that the toy stores sell… Really? Get a grip. I just purchased identical ones for my Daughter (2 1/2) and my Niece (8) both were over the moon. I do not regret the $400.00 per doll either. At the end of the day it’s still a DOLL. One that every little girl deserves to have.
    Hope all you little girls that posted get one of your own very soon :)

    • faith says:

      the vibe that you just set off says, ‘I’m a rich snob because i can afford two reborns that my children can just destroy, but i’ll buy them new ones so they can destroy those as well.’ did you not read? reborns are nearly as fragile as newborns.

  15. daniela says:

    I would love to have one of these to take care of

  16. Ashley says:

    Just bought my first reborn doll, a very creepy cute vampire. She’s awesome, and I want to make one of my own!

  17. Sina says:

    I am hoping to get my first reborn for Christmas. One of my best friends has one and she is adorable. Although my parents think not so fondly of them.

  18. Amber says:

    I’m 13 and I’m getting my doll I’m so exited and I’m getting my ears pierced

  19. Anonymous says:

    I am 12 and I’ve want one for ever I treat my regular baby dolls like a real one you should see my room it’s basil lay a nursery and this would be my life but my mom will not let me get and I am in counseling I was phosocially hurt but I don’t think any one cares about me because I have know friends and my parents are divorce iced but they always give my 7 year old brother attention and get him everything they got him $500 dollars worth of a pair o boots that he has but they won’t get me a $300 dollar reborn that I don’t have does any body know what I should do?

  20. daveandstefsmum says:

    I got my 1st reborn yesterday and I must say I am 100% in love with her. Her name is Gina-Marie and she is absolutely beautiful. She cost me a small and affordable £80 but is very lifelike. She is everything I ever wanted in a reborn. I am so proud to call myself her mummy.

  21. Shyanne Clark says:

    i would love to get a free reborn doll cuz i wana b a mom but i see what its like haveing a baby doll first

  22. Olivia kith says:

    I want free baby reborn dolls to take care I to adopted baby reborn dolls

  23. Olivia kith says:

    People love baby reborn dolls because they love babies

  24. Mina says:

    Hey do you have any reborn baby’s with brown eyes I would like to see a reborn baby girl and a baby boy please

  25. Olivia kith says:

    People love baby reborn dolls too but so what I don’t care what you say by quit sizing me isn’t the real action you need quit causing problem ok leave alone ok my auntie just died ok I don’t really need it right now

  26. Olivia kith says:

    People are so mean to me sometimes but thing are so U breakable bond

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