Taking care of reborn babies can be a handful. If you have limited experience, there are lots of things you need to know when it comes to dressing them up, feeding them, taking proper care of them and so on.
The list is rather long and not taking something into account can lead to damage. Luckily for you, Kelsey from Kelsey’s Cradle has a list of top 10 tips that every reborn dad or mom should know.
In her video, Kelsey shares her experience when it comes to handling reborn dolls. These tips are mainly focused on the new members of the community and should help them out take their first steps. She is accompanied by a beautiful baby boy Conrad. Here are some of the things she’s got to say.
Don’t care what people think
If you think too much about other people and what they have to say, you will never feel at ease with reborns. Kelsey learned this the hard way. Back in the day, when she got her first doll at the age of 16, she didn’t want her parents and family to know. She thought they would find it weird. Because of that, she said that the doll was for her nieces. Kelsey gave the doll to her nieces who were way too young to handle it. As a result, the doll was damaged irreparably. So, according to Kelsey, it is much better to be honest with your friends and family from the get-go.
Don’t feel pressured to go on outings
You’ve probably seen lots of YouTubers and Instagram stars who go to outings with their dolls. But this isn’t for everyone. If you’re not ready to go out with your doll, don’t force yourself into doing it. This will only make you feel strange and awkward. In fact, try avoiding anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or that you don’t want to do. It may be hard to admit to people that you’re holding a reborn baby as people tend to scrutinize.
Buy second-hand accessories
Kelsey recommends that you buy second-hand cribs, bassinets, clothes, car seats, and other accessories. Basically, real babies grow really fast. Because of that, most items purchased for real babies are barely used and are in a pretty good state. Parents often sell them at a really cheap price as they want to get rid of them as soon as possible. This represents a good opportunity for reborn parents as they can get some amazing cheap things. The saved money can be used for something else, for example, for a new reborn baby doll.
Tell your family
It is very important to come out of the closet with your reborn baby hobby. Most people are very afraid of how their family would react. But that makes things even worse as you will never feel truly comfortable until you share this with the close people around you. By telling your family, not only will you unload the burden but you will also feel better when playing with your dolls in the future.
Explain to people why you have reborns
It is very important to explain to surrounding people why you’re doing what you’re doing. Otherwise, they will simply think that it’s weird. By explaining your hobby, they will have a better understanding and appreciation. For example, Kelsey has a strong mothering instinct and reborns help her relax when she has a bad day.
Be selective when talking with other people within reborn community
According to Kelsey, this is something that is important to everyone but especially to people who are below 18 years old. You might think that this is an innocent, fun hobby where you play with dolls but according to her, there are some really weird people within the community that you would rather shy away from. Make sure that if you’re talking to someone, you establish some trust beforehand. Don’t give them personal information before getting to know them better.
This might sound contradictory if we take the previous tip into account but it’s also very important to make friends. In fact, there is a good chance that you will make some acquaintances whether you like it or not. Just make sure to be selective and avoid giving too much info about yourself.
Create an Instagram account
In the case of Kelsey, she started getting more into reborns once she created her Instagram account. It helped her interact with the community and create bonds. It is really nice seeing other people’s babies as this is something that will make you attached to them. Having an Instagram and sharing your activities makes everything much more fun.
Don’t get scammed
If you’re new to the community, you might not be aware of this but there are people who pull off scam especially through PayPal. They will try to sell used dolls via PayPal and once you send them the money, you will never hear from them again. Of course, there is also some honest people who will actually send you the doll but in most cases, it is really hard to get away out of this messy situation. Other platforms such as eBay and Etsy are much better in that regard but selling or buying reborn babies through PayPal is always a red flag.
Reborns are not for everybody. You might think that this is a perfect hobby for you only to get disappointed soon afterward. So, make sure to proceed slowly and don’t invest too much money into it. The last thing you would want to do is to get all these babies, strollers, outfits and accessories and discover that this was a temporary thing.
Hope that Kelsey’s tips have helped you!
These are some of the most important things that you need to keep in mind as a new reborn hobbyist so make sure to start slowly, be honest, and try not to invest too much before you’re certain that this is the right thing for you!