Reborn is in quotes because I don't think it deserves to be called that.
So I have a baby doll called Martha, she's 14 inches and not very realistic, just a child's toy. But I love her anyway :)
A week or two ago, I started reading about more realistic baby dolls, and stumbled upon reborn dolls. Since I'm still a student and don't have $600 lying around, I looked for cheaper alternatives. I didn't care if the face looked super realistic, I just wanted to hold a baby of the right size and weight and put her in baby-sized clothing. (Finding fitting and decent-quality clothing for Martha has been rather difficult.)
So I found the Chinese (Taiwanese? Shang Hai-an? not sure) brand NPK, and they had decent reviews (though they were marketing towards older kids, not adult collectors), so I bought a closed-eyes doll from them for $94. Well, now I know, if you buy cheap, you buy twice.
The doll, to be called Maria, arrived today, and her face and hair looked surprisingly realistic. The hair was a bit long and thick for a baby, but that's fine, some babies are born with a full head of hair. Her eyelashes were real hair, too, really nice. But when I picked her up, I knew almost right away I would have to send her back. She was far too light -- I later weighed her at less than 3 lb (which just doesn't make sense for a 22" baby). Her limbs were stiff, with the knees and elbows permanently bent; what baby sleeps like that? There was no need to support the head, as it was very light and just moved very stiffly with the body, as if the baby had a steel rod for a spine.
I'd already bought her a onesie and started on crocheting a sweater for her, but now, the thought of dressing her up didn't fill me with excitement. I put the netting back over her hair and face and placed her back in the box. Fortunately, I can return her and onky have to pay $11 for shipping her back to the UK (I live in Germany).
So now I'm disproportionately sad and ready to find a real reborn, with glass beads and a floppy head. Heck, I'll even spend actual money on it. I'm going to Florida with my husband in October/November, maybe there will be an exhibition or something.
I guess I just wanted to vent. Thank you for reading.