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30 May 2011 :: 13:05:23 pm 54191

‘Reborn baby’ dolls

Are these the weirdest dolls ever? Lifelike 'reborn babies' have nails, hair, eyelashes - and even SALIVA
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‘Reborn babies’ have become popular in Britain and the United States, collectible for their realistic looks, complete with hair made of mohair, veins, nails, eyelashes – and even a touch of saliva at the corner of the mouth.

But as well as doll-lovers, grieving women are also among the buyers of the lifelike dolls which resemble the infants they have lost.

Particularly popular in Britain and the United States, some of the ‘reborns’ are ordered by those mourning lost children, while others are simply collected by doll-lovers.

Briton Nikki Hunn, a graphic designer who now makes the dolls, told Le Quotidien newspaper that she had created around half a dozen of the dolls for women who had lost a child, although most of her clients were passionate about dolls.

Most would keep them at home in a cradle, she said, but others would take them on holiday, where no one knew them.

Eve Hasty, a 57-year-old American who bought ‘Abby’ in Britain for some $300 (£180), said Abby reminded her of her seven-year-old daughter who died of leukemia.

She also has a son and eight-year-old granddaughter, and told the newspaper that Abby was much more than a doll to her: ‘I know she will not be ill and that she will not die. I don’t have that pressure any more.’
However, the lifelike dolls have divided the opinion of psychologists.

Ingrid Collins was quoted by the paper as saying that the ‘reborn babies’ risked creating more problems than they resolved: ‘When you have mourned your child, what do you do with the doll? Do you bury it?
‘If people have lots of love to give and no baby, there are lots of living human beings who need care,’ she said.

However, Sandra Wheatley said the doll could be a ‘tool’ to help parents mourn the loss of their child and could be healthy as long as it wasn’t used for too long.

A BBC documentary which aired in 2008, previewed by Today.com, spoke to a married woman in her 40s, who had wanted a baby, but was too busy to commit to a real one.

She said reborns ‘never grow out of their clothes, never soil them. It’s just fabulous. The only difference, of course, is these guys don’t move.’

The site claimed at least one UK nursing home was known to make dolls available to women, who became calmer and less disruptive when looking after the dolls.

However, the dolls are so lifelike that in America and elsewhere, police have smashed car windows to rescue ‘infants’ left strapped into baby seats.

Report by : Daily Mail

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