Reborn dolls are hyper-realistic baby dolls that look like real babies, but they are made of vinyl and silicone. Its origin dates back to World War II Germany, when mothers, faced with a shortage of resources, were forced to redo and redecorate their daughters' dolls to make them look new.
At present, they are used and cared for by many people, fundamentally women, as if they were a real child. They dress them, bathe them, give them a bottle, buy them real clothes, and take them out for a walk.
The reborn dolls are not only a delight for the eyes but also a unique piece of craftsmanship that we all fall in love with. They are as well a very important therapy instrument that is increasingly being used to treat different pathologies.
Reborn babies are used for therapeutic purposes, for example, for autistic children and also for Alzheimer's patients. Although there are still no contrasted studies, as it does with animal therapies, it is known that these dolls can help to improve autism problems and develop communication skills.
In the case of people suffering from Alzheimer's, the dolls can help them get out of their isolation, to relive moments of childhood and to improve their receptivity. In fact, in the USA these patients are already treated in a common way with reborn dolls since their realism, size and the way they are manufactured are a complementary tool to medical treatment.
This type of doll is also used to combat depression, especially in women. Specialists always recommend using them in the hands of a professional and within a supervised therapy.
For new mothers, reborn dolls are also very useful when it comes to adapting to life with the real child, and are even used in preparatory classes. Many midwives prepare lessons with these vinyl babies and use them to practice and develop their skills.
For all people in general, real-life baby dolls have been a fundamental part of our childhood. Through playing, we have developed imagination, social skills, and had fun. With our dolls, we have learned the sense of responsibility by taking care of something dear.