Often in the reborn doll community you hear talk of a bond or bonding with your reborn baby. In this post, I’m going to talk about that and what it actually means. If you are new to the doll community you may be experiencing this (negative or positive) and not even know it! If you’re interested in my two cents about the topic, keep reading!
What Is Bonding?
Bonding with your reborn baby doll is just what it sounds like as with a real child, a beloved pet, or even a friend. You are spending quality time together. In the case of a reborn doll, you are spending time looking over your doll’s details (that you worked hard to pay for!), admiring the art and skill that was put into their painting and/or hair rooting. People bond in several different ways and the goal is to foster positive feelings towards your doll. No one likes to part with something they hold dear to their hearts; you will never want to sell a doll from your collection if you have a positive bond with him or her.
How Do I Bond With My Reborn?
Any time spent with your reborn is a form of bonding! Wether you are simply posing them for display, taking photos, or changing their clothing. When you do these activities (and enjoy doing them), it fosters a positive bond with your reborn baby doll. My favorite way of bonding includes taking photos and making YouTube videos! It is also fun for some doll collectors to role-play. Role play includes doing things with your reborn baby that you’d do with a real baby: changing their diaper and clothing, bottle feeding, or posing them as if they are playing with toys. These things are also fun to make videos on and share with other collectors. None of these activities are necessary for you to have a bond with your doll, but they help! If you intend to collect reborn baby dolls just for display purposes, simply looking at them and rearranging them is probably pleasing enough.
What About Losing Your Bond?
Sadly, at times we have dolls that we just lose the bond, love and appreciation of. It is OK! It’s nothing to feel bad for (even though, as collectors we do). At the end of the day, it is just a doll- an inanimate object. If you feel the need to sell your doll or give it to someone who adores it, that is your decision. However, if you are not interested in selling him/her, you can try the activities mentioned earlier in this article, to try and rekindle your bond.