The hobby of making (AKA reborning) and collecting reborn dolls is still relatively new in the grand scheme of things. While no one knows who's responsible for making the first reborn doll, long-time artists believe it occurred around the early 1990s. Since then, the hobby has literally boomed in terms of popularity with people from all parts of the world seeking to own and make their own lifelike dolls.
Because of their unique, one-of-a-kind features, reborns stand out from the traditional stores you see on the shelves at toy stores. Here we'll take a look at some interesting reborn doll facts that may surprise you...
Fact #1 - Reborn Dolls Are Used In Movies
Have you ever seen someone holding or cradling a newborn baby in a movie or television show? Personally, I can recall over a dozen movies with newborn babies in them, and there are probably hundreds if not thousands of others. Whether it's comedy, drama, action flick or even horror, all types of movie genres have babies in them. You'll see them riding in strollers, sitting in car seats and peacefully sleeping away in their crib or nursery.
Most people automatically assume that real newborns are used in these scenes simply because they look so real, but this isn't always the case. While some movies certainly do feature newborn babies, others choose to use reborn dolls instead. As long as it's a high-quality reborn doll made with realistic features, viewers can't tell the difference.
There are a couple of unique advantages to using a reborn doll in a movie or television show instead of a real baby, one of which is the simple fact that it's safer. Anytime you bring a newborn baby on to the set, you must constantly monitor and care for the baby to ensure their safety. For producers and stagehands, this can be quite a difficult task, especially when you are trying to film. Thankfully, reborn dolls are completely hands-off and require none of the "special" supervision that a real babies needs.
Of course, reborn dolls are also easier to obtain than trying to find a baby to fill a roll. Just hop online, browse for the type of baby you need, and then you can have it delivered in a matter of days. There's no waiting around while doing casting calls to try and locate a baby to fill the role, making it ideal for producers and directors working on a tight deadline.
Fact #2 - Reborn Dolls Result In Emergency 911 Calls
Would you have guessed that reborn dolls result in numerous emergency 911 calls each year? Because they are made with such strikingly realistic features and details, people oftentimes confuse reborn dolls with actual babies. This results in bystanders and pedestrians calling the police or fire department out of fear that a baby's well-being is jeopardy.
The most common reborn doll 911 calls are from bystanders who believe a baby is locked inside a car all alone. We all know the importance of never leaving a baby inside a car, so people call the police or fire department as a result. There are dozens of ways this situation can play out, but nine out of ten times the police are forced to either jimmy the lock or break the window to reach what they believe is a baby. Once they gain entry into the vehicle, however, they notice that it's simply a reborn doll. Calls like these occur several times of year, and in all parts of the world. There are reports of this happening in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
There have also been emergency 911 calls from people seeing reborn dolls left on park benches or malls. Instead of going to check whether or not the "baby" is okay, they simply call 911 to let them handle it.
To prevent such incidents occurring with YOUR reborn dolls, we advise owners to never leave their dolls inside a vehicle where others can easily see. There's nothing wrong with driving your reborn doll around town with you, but make sure you either bring it inside or place it in the trunk where people won't get the wrong idea. The fact is that not everyone is aware of the reborning hobby or that these dolls even exist, so there's a good chance they will mistake it for an actual baby.
Fact #3 - Reborn Dolls Help Mothers Cope With Empty Nest Syndrome
Another unusual fact that many people are unaware of is that reborn dolls are used to help mothers deal with empty nest syndrome. If you don't know what this condition is, let me explain - basically, empty nest syndrome is the depressing and lonely emotional feelings that parents get once their children leave home for the first time. Mothers usually experience this when their children go off to college or go to live on their own. As a result, they feel lonely and down with an "empty" house (hence the name).
The good news is that reborn dolls can help mothers cope with empty nest syndrome by redirecting their attention towards a healthier hobby. There's no denying the fact that reborn dolls look incredibly real, which is why they are useful for empty nest syndrome. Mothers realize the doll isn't an actual baby, but there's still some instinctual bond that develops because of their lifelike appearance. Just the feeling of holding a reborn doll in your hands is enough to instantly brighten up someone's day.