So are you thinking of getting one of these amazing dolls?
Buying a reborn baby relies more on emotion than sense – the heart rules the head. All of the decors and sets used in the photographs are designed to take you in this direction. Baby powder, soft toys, lace and furs are designed to make baby so irresistible (while they’re attractive to you when they’re sleeping soundly or with their eyes open) that you’ll never want to pick them up and let go.
When you see a reborn baby you love, you will feel like you really need to have it. Display advertising at its best. Just as ‘cola’ stands for youth and fun, impactful reborn baby photos evoke the same emotions as Johnson’s best baby powder ads – the promise of unconditional love and warm hugs.
Some people have said they were so upset and heartbroken when they missed a reborn baby on eBay that they cried for days.
But I warn you, if the baby arrives and it doesn’t turn out as you expected it will be very disappointing and your wallet will be lighter. So it’s wise to use your head a little before buying.
Reborns are everywhere and there are a lot of them on eBay (a real mixed bag – some of them are actually pretty scary). There are many doll forums and one in particular is “Does he sell this?” There is a section called This celebrates some of the poor reborn baby work available in the market.
Should price be the best indicator? What about guild membership and rewards? How can you know? So what are you looking for and what separates a good baby from a poor one?
Price is not the best indicator – high prices do not guarantee quality, and there are some excellent prices that are reasonably priced. Big prices (over thousands of dollars) are driven by a handful of reborn artists.
Beware of guilds and memberships – most do not require any proof of skill or customer service to be authorized for use. Watch out for the prizes – sometimes they’re the only ones in the competition.
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I think nothing can stop you from seeing a baby before you buy it, but as this is truly electronics and international (an industry without borders), this is often not an option.
If you can’t see the truth, photos are the next best thing. But watch out for photos – there are all kinds of electronic filters and artificial lighting that can make them look better than they are. You should rejoice when you are reborn and think that the photos do not do them justice. Ask an artist about the enhancements and lighting used in their photos.
Then look at the artist’s reputation (remember that talent, integrity, and customer service as an artist are mutually exclusive). Satisfaction warranties, repair damage policies must be understood, and these are indicators of good customer service. eBay feedback is a testament to honesty and customer service. Talent is up to you as the judge.
My strong suggestion would be to look online or join a forum or two and find an artist there. Pay attention to the reborn baby rooms listings on the site – they are not a guarantee of quality or honesty. Most artists will exhibit their work and have it autographed on the forums.
Here are some suggestions on what to look for when looking at babies in person or photos:
1. Evaluate how baby-like the baby really is. A good reborn should be mistaken for a baby.
My daughter went shopping for her reborn babies with us and of course (6 years old) is tired of carrying them so I have to carry them. I was caught in a difficult situation. Am I going to look at this baby like it’s real and people will think I’m some crazy doll looking at dolls, or am I carrying it like it’s my daughters doll that I have to carry in my car now?
You have no choice but the first option for a good respawn. I once had to put up with the looks of many people in a large mall who looked at me as if I were a neglectful parent. I discovered that putting a baby (and therefore a reborn baby) under a shopping cart was not acceptable to the public. It is also unacceptable to hold the baby with the arms and legs dangling between your elbow and your hand, even if your hand supports the head nicely. Also, people often criticize you (and give you a nasty look) if they think the baby needs to be kept a little warmer.
2. Take a look at the details – hands and feet (take a look at the nail details), ears (how real they look – can sometimes be limited to sculptural detail – more expensive sculptures have more detail), eyebrows (must look real) and wrinkles and folds should not look like cuts.
3. Artists work hard to achieve realistic skin tones and this should make the doll look slightly mottled (see this – it’s a sign of quality).
4. Rooting of mohair. Hair should be shiny, soft and rooted so it doesn’t “clump” at all. Rooting should be directional – this should be at different angles to fit nicely all over the head. Some artists do great work with directional rooting with the crown. crowns, pieces etc. Look for this – it’s a sign of quality.
Some people like their dolls to look so real with milk stains, rashes and scratches. If you don’t like these, don’t buy a reborn doll with them. personal taste. I personally don’t like them. I know they are realistic but when my real babies had rashes I couldn’t expect them to go away. That’s why I’m of the opinion that I wouldn’t want them permanently in a doll.
Some people like statues with funny, wrinkled faces. Well, I say good for them – each to their own. I love beautiful babies (although I can see the beauty in the somewhat funny faces that newborns make) and I try to achieve this by mixing realism in my sculptural choices and paintings.
Good luck finding a doll you love.