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Dolls that look and feel like real babies

Sunday, Feb 12, 2012
YourHealth, AsiaOne

SINGAPORE - The sale of amazingly lifelike baby dolls has recently caught on in Singapore, but some psychologists worry about their negative social and psychological implications.

Called Reborn dolls, these dolls have been crafted to resemble a human baby with as much realism as possible, even down to their mottled skin, eyelashes, and even veins.

They first became available in the 1990s in the US, and quickly spread to being available over the Internet.

However, the local demand has prompted at least one store to start selling them here - Motherswork, a one-stop shop for mothers and children.

The Straits Times reported that the prices of the dolls vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the level of intricacy involved.

Teacher Fiona Chia, 48, a doll collector since her teens, paid US$300 (S$370) and US$2,000 for her two reborn dolls.

These dolls do not just come in cookie cutter models, you can even have them custom made to resemble your child.

Priscilla Goh, 35, a teacher, paid US$3,500 to have hers fashioned to look like her nephew when he was a baby.

'He was a gorgeous chubby baby but having become a teen, has lost the chubbiness. I want to remember him as that cute baby,' she said.

It seems the high prices has not put off customers.

Ms Doris Lee, the general manager of Motherswork, told ST that two-thirds of the 300 dolls brought in last year have been 'adopted'.

Dolls that look and feel like real babies

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