Choosing the right reborn doll may seem like a quick decision, but in most cases, it can become overwhelming, because of the vast variety of brands and various choices of dolls or models, especially if it’s your first time. In this article, we’ll go over the important aspects of choosing the right reborn doll for you.
First of all, you have to set a budget for buying a reborn. How real the baby doll look, their special features that they can perform, their building quality or brand differences all are playing a big role when it comes to the price. The price of reborn dolls varies greatly, typically ranging from the low-end of $200 to a high-end of over $2,000. Generally, you’ll find that the higher the price, the greater the level of detail and realism, but this isn’t always the case. There are companies and artists that are making some really amazing reborns for less than $300, so don’t worry if you’re searching for a new reborn on a budget.
If you have a friend who owns reborn dolls, it is great to take a look at them and possibly hold them to get an idea of what size of doll you like best. If not, your best option is to browse the baby isles and check out clothing sizes. Dolls sizes start from 6 inches up to 22 inches. If you consider buying it for your toddler, it will be wisely to rather take the smaller doll, because he or she will find it easier to carry, while the bigger size will be more suitable for an adult.
The type of material used for the reborn doll also has a major impact on realism of the doll. With this in mind, the creators of these baby dolls now use soft kind of vinyl called “Gentle Touch or Real Touch”. This is so because the texture possesses a velvety effect, which is the closest thing to a real baby. In addition, it is also durable and easy to clean.
The bodies of reborn dolls are often made of soft cloth and vinyl, but it weighs like a real baby. For a child make sure of the baby doll’s weight, because over two pounds might be too heavy for a child to carry around.
One of the biggest decisions you make when buying a reborn doll is whether you want a boy or girl doll. This is obviously a personal preference, and there is really no right or wrong choice when it comes to the gender of your reborn doll. But think twice about the gender you want, as it will affect the types of clothing you purchase and how you raise them (displaying, photographing, etc.), but that’s pretty much it. There are high-quality reborn dolls out there made to resemble both boy and girl reborns, so choose the one you like and enjoy the most.
Some reborns can breathe, coo and can perform life-like actions like sitting and laying down easily with little or no support, while some of them don’t have this feature.
Some dolls have open hands and spread out fingers, some have closed little fists. Doll sculpts legs range from stretched out and straight to slightly bent and even curled up (or little froggy legs).
There are certain reborn dolls which can mimic your own skin tone, coloration, eye color and type of hair that you prefer. You can decide exactly what facial expression the doll needs to have for instance a happy doll, a sleepy doll, or a crying doll etc.
Another choice you have to make is about hair. Do you like the low maintenance of having a cute bald baby, or possibly a painted hair baby. Do you like rooted hair or wigs?
Reborns with hair require greater maintenance than those without. Although you won’t have to spend hours each day on their hair, you will need to occasionally brush and comb it to prevent tangles from occurring. Some people may find this a nuisance, but other people may enjoy spending time grooming and maintaining their reborn doll. Ask yourself if you’re willing to invest additional time into caring for a reborn doll’s hair before making a purchase.
It is important to make sure what kind of purpose the doll is needed for. Some of the dolls are waterproof and for kids it will be a more suitable doll for your toddler, because they can play with it in a bath. Other dolls may be not waterproof or washable.
Choice of Clothing
Keep in mind that the size of the doll might have an influence on the size of clothing that the doll needs to wear. In most cases these dolls clothing is included, while for others the clothes need to buy separately.
We hope these tips are helpful and everyone gets to choose the perfect reborn baby doll for themselves!