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BBC documentary explores the very real world of fake babies.

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Want a baby, but not interested in all the fuss and muss? Then the new trend: fake babies, is for you! Fake Baby, A BBC documentary, follows women who instead of caring for human infants, are content to care for "reborns," sculpted hyper-realistic baby dolls. Like real babies, these dolls don't come cheap and can cost into the tens of thousands complete with tricked-out fake heartbeats.

Says one Mum about her cherished inanimate object, "She never grows out of her clothes, never soils them, it's just fabulous. The only difference is, of course, these guys don't move."

Yes, luv, that's because they're made out of plastic resins.

It's not only childless women who are jumping on the fake baby bandwagon. Some women who've already had children, but are experiencing "baby lust," are plunking down cash to become mommies all over again. Hopefully, they have the good sense to tend to their real, flesh-based children when they're done playing house.


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Carrie January 9, 2008, 11:07 AM

What a silly idea. Just goes to show that we never really outgrow “playing house.” We just stop so people don’t make fun of us, haha.

danielle January 9, 2008, 1:42 PM

This is really sad…and creepy! Are people really that unhappy with their lives?

Mary January 9, 2008, 2:28 PM

this is too weird! If you have that kind of time, donate your services to a charity that helps ‘real’ babies and kids.

baby girl January 9, 2008, 3:36 PM

Its like the next generation of Barbie. Its nice as a doll but not as a baby.

Anonymous January 30, 2008, 12:44 AM

Maybe we should put these babies on computer chips for high school kids to take care of. Maybe that will teach them about parenting.

stevie June 24, 2008, 5:03 AM

I think these babys are realy good art and extremly well made but the idear of having a fake baby is rong. I think these should be made for little girls rather than women.

daisha July 15, 2008, 1:20 PM

i like the ides because if u were a mom to be and have not ever had a baby that it would help before the baby comes.i have and now im a mom

Aussie mom September 27, 2008, 7:06 PM

I saw one of these and it really freaked me out as I instinctively thought at first that 3 strange women were handling and “playing” with a real DEAD baby.

scott greene October 1, 2008, 10:48 PM

HI scott, I am amazed that there is a show on ” reborning’! This would help me educate newbies. What is the easiest way to copy this one hour program? Download from the net, or tv? I’m un-tech savy either way! The show is awesome { from a womens standpoint}.
Thank-you,
Beverly

Bonnie January 4, 2009, 1:21 PM

I want ot know if anyone is interested in homemade doll clothes for their fake baby dolls. I will make anything you want.

Joann January 4, 2009, 7:24 PM

I think these fake babies are kind of cute. It’s just too bad that many of them don’t have anatomically correct tummy plates. That would have added more realism to these babies, since real newborn babies are born with all of their parts intact. I’ve had three fake babies so far (the Ashton-Drake Katie, the Lullaby Berenguer, and the Sunshine Berenguer), and while I don’t have them anymore because of problems with their limbs (tearing and losing their shape even though I thought I was being careful), I’m going to try one last time for a 4th one in a couple of weeks (the 21” La Newborn Face #201 girl doll), and name her Dakota Rhiannon. And yes, I’m going to care for her as if she were a real infant, just like I did with all three of my anatomically correct Katies. However, unlike the women depicted in the video, I will not be taking my baby grocery shopping or anywhere else in public except to my friend’s house when I move in with her and to my Friday evening Bible kinship meeting to show her off and fool my friends. I may be developmentally disabled and less emotionally mature than most women my age (41), but even I know when to draw the line.

Anonymous January 20, 2009, 4:51 PM

this is really creepy and gross. yeah i understand that these women need to feel like a mother again. but no one should make babies like this yeah its cute in a way but its also creepy.

Tiffany March 27, 2009, 5:47 PM

ok, aeriously people. THIS IS NOT REALITY! since when did it become cool to have babies..that arent, Babies! do ya hear me? the point in having a baby is realizing how much love you exchange. and to cherish memories with your children. These are fake! they’ll never be able to say ‘mom. or anything! dont you want to see your kid grow up and live a life you might have not had? dont you want to see your kids wedding? think about that next time you want one of these!

Kathy April 29, 2009, 10:40 AM

Not all people can have a real baby. It’s just like everything else in life, like money. People that “have” just can’t relate to people that “don’t have”. Unfortunatley the majority of the haves could care less about the don’t haves. “EVERYBODY DESERVES SOMEBODY, EVEN IF IT’S JUST A PRETEND BABY!” Kathy

Joann July 1, 2009, 7:09 PM

I agree with Kathy. Not everyone can have a real baby. I can’t have one because I’m developmentally disabled. And because I can’t work or learn how to drive, I don’t have the transportation to volunteer working with real infants. Having a fake baby is just a hobby to me, nothing more. Since I can’t get out much and have very little to do here at home, my fake baby gives me something to enjoy and to do. I love babies. I always have. I’m just not interested in having a real one. UPDATE: Since I last posted here, a lot has changed. My current doll, Dakota-Rhiannon McKenna, is no longer working out, so I’ll be giving her away to my friend’s 4-year-old granddaughter and caring for newborn twin dolls (both anatomically correct girls) instead. Hey, I may be a 41-year-old woman (almost 42), but nobody has the right to tell me or other women like me what we should do with our lives or what kind of hobby we should or should not enjoy. You don’t have to be mentally unstable to enjoy dolls and be a kid at heart. I get enough of this kind of abuse from my dad, which is why I’ll be moving in with my friend soon.

jokortney September 19, 2009, 6:39 AM

i realy want one how much are they

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April July 6, 2010, 4:58 PM

1st off who is any one to Judge ? I am 29 years old and sufferd 4 misscarrages i also found out i have Urtaus cancer they had to remove my Urtaus my eggs my tubes and my dream was to have children i can not and i have not the money to Adopt. my grate grandmother loved glass dolls and got me in to them from a young age i now i love the art of Reborn dolls they are cute.

I own 7 reborn’s 2 i made my self it is a HOBBY every one has a HOBBY there is nothing wrong if u love the reborn dolls and like to colect them

Im sure you all have things in your LIFE that people don’t like but it is not for us to judge each other on the things we like and dont like turly leave those woman and people like me alone until u been through the hell we have u find your self with cancer and cant have babies and lost a baby u will never understand the pain it feels like

and for those who have kids and want a reborn so be it if it brigs them joy then what the hell is it hurting dont like it then dont look and they dont look like dead babys u sickos

dion February 28, 2011, 6:54 PM
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