My Fake Baby

Sarah - posted on 07/07/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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What possesses grown women to spend hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of pounds on a doll?

My Fake Baby explores the world of 'reborns' - lifelike baby dolls - and the women who buy them, delving into an extraordinary pursuit that, although bizarre to some, brings great rewards to the women involved.

Some of the dolls have beating hearts, others have tiny veins and even milk spots. Loved like real babies, they're taken for walks, cuddled and even have their nappies changed.


So i watched this documentary the other night about ''reborns''.
One woman didn't want to have kids because they're messy and time consuming and she was busy having fun. So instead she spends THOUSANDS of pounds on reborns. She buys them buggy's and clothes and ''fake milk''.

Another had a reborn made to look like her grandchild who had moved to New Zealand.

Here's a link to a reborn site : http://www.reborn-baby.com/

What do you think?

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Jennifer - posted on 08/08/2010

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super creepy...if you look at the website, in gallery 2...baby natasha...am i the only one that thinks it looks like a corpse?...the skin coloring is wrong and it looks dead, which only makes this that much more creepy

Jaime - posted on 08/08/2010

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I'm not creeped out by the dolls, they're very life-like and extremely detailed. But the women obsessing over them is very strange. I think the fascination with these dolls stems from all of the pseudo-reality that is shoved in our faces every day.

Tara - posted on 08/08/2010

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From the land of "Bizarre and Wacky" is my impression.
Creepy also comes in there too. Can you imagine when people stop to admire the "baby" in the park only to be stared at by those lifeless, glass eyes??? weird.

Valerie - posted on 08/07/2010

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I've got to be honest - I'm kindof relieved that some of the people who just want to hold, cuddle, dress and feed a baby and not actually want to nurture a human being are being self-aware enough to get these dolls to rub off on, rather than bring a child into their world for the wrong reason. But the concept is wierd to me because it really looks to me like they're only taking on the work, and getting none of the rewards, like a first "mama" or a real smile. As for the wife-swap mama, poor real kids. She has issues.

Sarah - posted on 07/07/2010

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I do think the people who make them are very clever.
Certainly not my kind of thing though!
One of the husbands on the show said it looked like something off a mortuary slab.

Rosie - posted on 07/07/2010

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i saw a thing on national geographic channel last night about the men who date and live with the dolls, loureen. eewww indeed, lol!!

Charlie - posted on 07/07/2010

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OOO i waish i saw that ep of wife swap !!

Surely it cant be as weird as the men who live with and date " real dolls " eeeeeew .

Andrea - posted on 07/07/2010

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I can see someone collecting them. Also this women is really talented some of the pictures they looked like really baby. As far as a grown women playing house will dolls. WEIRD!

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She had an fit if I remember right... Said she wasn't harming anyone but her kids could not disagree more.

Meghan - posted on 07/07/2010

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at first she played along but then I think she made the family pack them up.

Sharon - posted on 07/07/2010

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OK I admit it - sometimes I get sucked into wife swap - what happened when the swapped wife was left in charge of the "babies"?

Meghan - posted on 07/07/2010

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Maybe because she was older and didn't want to have anymore kids...but loves babies? I don't know...start a daycare LOL

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I guess we saw the same episode then! it is still beyond me how this woman would obsess over dolls when she had real children of her own!

Meghan - posted on 07/07/2010

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I haven't seen the documentry but I saw an episode of wife swap where the mom had teenage/young adult children but spent ALL of her time on these "babies"...I think it is a little immature, and creepy yes. But it doesn't really hurt anyone (unless you do neglect your real family)

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I agree with you Gertie, thank god they are not real parents! i also think it does show selfishness and most likely a much more complex problem... how can obsessing about an object be in any way healthy? I haven't seen the documentary but i watched an episode of "Wife Swap" where one of the wives had multiple dolls, went to meetings with other doll wackos.

It was creepy to watch how much attention the dolls would get when she wasn't even taking care of her REAL kids. this was deeply disturbing for me.

Gertie - posted on 07/07/2010

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Weird. It shows how selfish they are...they want to dress the doll up and do all the fun stuff, but not have to deal with the REAL happenings of child rearing. However, I'd like to thank those people for not bringing a child into the world that they are too lazy to raise. We have enough of those patrolling the aisles of WalMart, thank you.

Veronica - posted on 07/07/2010

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Kinda weird -- the lady is talented with her work - and I can see if someone wanted to collect dolls, or even have dolls look similar to their kids,etc. (memorabilia sake) but the rest of women treating them like real babies is actually creepy to me.... Especially the fact that they dont want to clean up messes, or lose their waistline, etc. -- then why get a doll?? Whats the point of wasting time with an object?? Im confused at this behavior. Neat - but creepy - my final ratings! LOL

Sharon - posted on 07/07/2010

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I just remembered - hubby & I watched the documentary too, well all that we could before getting weirded out.

He thought it was creepy but didn't care.

I thought it was freaky creepy but if the nutters were obsessing over fake babies then they weren't out plotting to steal unborn babies or from hospitals. But still... so creepy

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