Welcome to the Reborn Dolls Frequently Asked Questions page. On this page you will find answers to the most asked questions in relation to reborn dolls and the doll hobby.
Q: Do you have any reborn dolls for sale? Can I buy your reborn doll?
A: Unless stated otherwise, none of my reborn dolls are for sale.
Q: How much do reborn dolls cost?
A: Reborn dolls can range anywhere from $200 to well over $2,000 USD. You are paying for a OOAK (One of A Kind) hand crafted collectible doll, that cannot be found anywhere else other than from the hands of the artist. The quality and craftsmanship vary with each doll and so does the prices.
Q: Why do reborn dolls cost so much?
A: Reborn dolls take a lot of time and supplies to create. If you want the best quality doll, you will most likely be paying for the best materials possible. The sculpts, paints, specialty hair, glass eyes, weighting materials and the artist’s time all come at a price. Reborn doll artists have families to take care of as well. It is not just a hobby for them, but a career that requires income to live.
Q: What is a custom reborn doll?
A: a custom reborn doll is an order placed with an artist for your desired doll sculpt painted to your specifications. You are allowed to choose eye color (if applicable), hair color/texture, skin tone and any special features like birth marks. Not all doll artists accept custom orders. Visit the Custom Made Reborns page for more information.
You can purchase a custom reborn baby doll or toddler at Pumpkin Doodle Babies. Use discount code DOLLIELOVE for $100 off your order!
Q: Is there a layaway plan or payment plan for reborn dolls?
A: A layaway/payment plan is an agreed upon amount to be paid over a period of time, until your doll is paid in full and able to be shipped out to you. These plans are great if you are saving up money and you don’t quite have all of the amount at once. Some artists and collectors allow layaway plans/payment plans when adopting a reborn doll, but not all. Talk to the owner of the doll to see if they can work this out with you. Artists and owners are in no way obligated to grant a layaway plan/payment plan.
Pumpkin Doodle Babies offers affordable weekly and monthly layaway plans on custom doll orders. Use discount code DOLLIELOVE for $100 off your order!
Q: Where do I purchase a reborn doll from?
A: Visit Where To Purchase A Reborn Doll page for more information.
Q: Who created your reborn dolls/ Where can I get your doll/ Can I have them for free?
A: Visit my reborn doll collection page for details on each doll in my current collection!
Q: Where do I go to look for reborn doll kits for a custom reborn doll?
A: There are hundreds of doll sculpts to choose when ordering a custom reborn; it’s so much fun! You can visit the following: MacPherson Crafts, BountifulBaby, Irresistables , Dolls by Sandie, Dolls So Real
Q: Who can collect reborn dolls? Are they for kids, too?
A: I personally feel that reborn dolls are an adult collection hobby, however, several artists are mothers/grandmothers/aunts of children and love to share their hobby with them. There are artist who specialize in making what is known as “play born” dolls. These dolls, have the same realistic appearance as a reborn doll, but with less weighted materials. Dolls such as this are easier for little hands to carry. These dolls often come bald or with painted hair for low maintenance. Some play born dolls are “bundle babies”. Their entire bodies (limbs and leg) are made from doe suede and only the head is a vinyl sculpt. These dolls are recommended for children and the elderly. My opinion? Reborn dolls are collectible items and should only be handled by responsible participants of the hobby; whatever age that may be!
Q: Do reborn dolls poop/pee/eat?
A: No. There are reborn dolls with a heartbeat mechanism or a crying mechanism. These are special additions your artist can add to your doll for a fee. However, this isn’t common; most dolls don’t make any sound. They do not (nor ever will) urinate, poop, or eat.
Q: Does the reborn doll open/ close their eyes?
A: Most factory made baby dolls can open and close their eyes if you sit them up/ lay them down. However, this is not the case with reborn dolls. If the eyes are closed, they cannot be made to open and vice versa.
Q: What is a “pre-order”?
A: The term pre-order usually refers to doll sculpts that are in production and soon to be available for doll artists and collectors to purchase. These are blank doll sculpts/parts that will be ready for painting. Pre-ordering a doll sculpt before it is released ensures that you do not miss out on the company’s stock and you will be the first to receive it!
Personal Frequently Asked Questions
Daily, I get a lot of personal frequently asked questions about myself and my dolls. I thought I would answer them all here for you!
Q: Where did you buy your reborn baby from?
Q: You do a lot of videos with ____ . Why don’t you do videos with the other dolls?
A: I am always back and forth over which reborn is my favorite at the moment. Once I adopt a new doll or I am infatuated with a particular doll, more videos of that doll will be posted. Just because there isn’t a video of that particular doll, doesn’t mean I love them less!
Q: Why don’t you have a real baby? Are your reborn babies practice for the real thing?
A: I do not want a real baby at this time in my life. My love of dolls and need/want for a baby has nothing to do with each other. I am not practicing motherhood. That is something that will come naturally when the time comes. These dolls are simply a hobby. Women collect all kinds of things: clothing, handbags, shoes, makeup. None of the inanimate objects replace or fill a void for having a real child. I role play with my dolls on YouTube for fun and to connect with others in the reborn doll hobby. I do not pretend that they are real when I am out in public. If asked, I am glad to explain my reborn doll hobby to on-lookers. I do, however, meet up with other doll collectors in public places…ready with stroller, carseat and baby carriers 🙂 I want to protect my investment, of course!
Q: When are you going to have a real baby?
A: Having a baby is a big responsibility; not an accessory or something fun like shown on teen mom tv shows. When the time is right, my husband and I will plan for our own little bundle of joy 🙂