Sabrina Lindbjerg, 21, from Haslev, Denmark, had always dreamed of being a mum and got her first hyper-realistic plaything when she was just 14. She was stunned by how real reborns – dolls transformed by an artist to resemble a human infant – looked.
“How I treat my babies, when I make videos for YouTube, I role play, meaning I treat them like they’re real babies. I do that for fun, because I love making those kind of videos, and I know that’s what my subscribers like to watch.
“I don’t do the same things off camera, as I do when I film. I do like to change my dolls, cuddle them while I watch a movie, and take cute pictures with them for my Instagram. I still spend a lot of time with them, even though I’m not filming.”
Sabrina started making reborns to sell in 2011. Each doll she makes can fetch anything between £150 to £300. Now, she owns 12 dolls called: Spencer, Aneska, Haylee, Novah, Marley, Leah, Gabby, Ashley, Cayden, Aiden, Ethan, Matthew.
Explaining the process of making the dolls, she said: “Reborning, is where I paint my doll kits. They come as a blank kit, head, arms and legs, and a cloth body. I then paint it, with special reborn paint, and they go in the oven, every time they have a new layer on.
“I have my very own way of painting my dolls. It takes about five to eight hours for me to paint a doll, which is not long, compared to others. I do also root them, which means, I give them hair.
“How I do that, is I use a special rooting needle, that puts one to two hairs in at a time, and rooting a doll head, takes about six to nine hours for me, depending on the size of the doll head.
“You can get them with closed or open eyes. I then put them together, and fill up their stuff bodies, and give them a cute outfit on to go home in.”
She added: “Reborn dolls, are dolls that look like real babies. They can’t do anything, like cry, eat or poop. They only look real, and feels like a real baby when holding them. You can get silicone babies, that can drink and pee though.
She said: “I get hate daily. I just block the people and delete the comments, because I get hundr of positive, amazing and sweet comments too every day, and they are the ones that mean the most to me, so the few people that hate on me, I couldn’t care less.
“I do understand, that some people think it’s a bit weird, if they’ve never heard about it before, but it’s just a hobby like any other hobbies.
A reborn doll is a manufactured skin doll that has been transformed by an artist to resemble a human infant with as much realism as possible.
“At first, I was a bit embarrassed to tell people, but I told myself, that there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. This is my hobby and my job, it’s different, and I shouldn’t be embarrassed of who I am. It’s makes me happy.”
She added: “My message to convey would just be, don’t be ashamed or embarrassed if you like reborns or just normal dolls. If you’re thinking about getting one, just go for it. They are amazing and so cute.”
And, a gran has spent £45,000 on 22 fake babies.