I enjoy sharing about these wonderful dolls, so I have written several articles:
“Find the Reborn of Your Dreams”
- Doll Crafter and Costuming magazine (July 2010 issue)
Two articles at the Realistic Reborn Dolls website:
In addition, information on reborn dolls in therapy was requested by a free-lance writer from Chicago. If she writes anything from it, I hope to hear about it and show it here. This was the email I wrote to her:
“Reborn dolls could be used in several different types of therapy:Cuddle therapy: Memorial dolls are a great help for those who have lost young children or unable to have children, to relieve the empty-arm pain and be able to grieve. Reborns are good companions for the lonely elderly, who are in nursing homes and unable to have close contact with others very often and also unable to have pets. Babies are also excellent for stress-relief, just as animals are. There is something about holding a baby that just drains the day’s stress away and relaxes you. Reborn dolls can be used in the health-care field because they look and feel so much like real babies. Here is an article telling more about that – http://ezinearticles.com/?Alzheimer-Patients-and-Reborn-Dolls&id=2777224
Speech and Physical therapy: Reborn babies can be used for speech and physical therapy, especially for children and/or special-needs individuals. Most children are fascinated by babies and would be encouraged to enjoy therapy if they were discussing a reborn or caring for them. Again, reborns would be more likely to have a higher success rate (than play dolls) because they look and feel like real babies.
Parenting therapy: Reborns could be used for parenting therapy, to teach soon-to-be parents or new parents how to care for a newborn baby. My reborns are weighted and a little floppy, like a real newborn, and their heads are weighted and need support, so they would be excellent for teaching how to hold, dress, and care for a baby. They could also be used for parenting education in schools.”