Taking your reborn doll out in public can be an arduous task. Most people are not excited to see reborn dolls in their midst; in fact, for some of them, they are downright creepy.
While everyone has the right to have their own opinion, this can pose a big problem for a hobbyist who simply wants to take their reborn baby doll out of the house.
Luckily for us, Three Chickadees Nursery has made a thorough guide teaching new reborn enthusiasts how to behave in public. Check out some of her tips; they will surely help you!
Always choose the more realistic baby
If you have several babies at your disposal, bear in mind that it's always better to bring a more realistic baby outside. If someone looks in your direction, at least they will confuse it with a real child. The problem usually occurs if people see that it’s a doll so, as long as you fool them that this is a real baby, there shouldn’t be any surprise, panic or confusion.
Always take your reborn in a car seat
People, especially women, are usually very curious when it comes to babies. They have a natural need to look in their direction as they are so loveable. However, this can be a big problem if you’re carrying a reborn baby. Three Chickadees Nursery suggests that you always carry your baby in a car seat. This will provide some additional protection hiding your baby doll from prying eyes. It is even better if a car seat can be covered as this gives you some additional privacy. A blanket can also be very good as you can use it to conceal the baby even further. Keep in mind that people will never ask you to remove the blanket so you can rest assured your baby will be out of sight at all times.
A baby carrier is a great option
There are lots of baby carriers that partially or fully cover your reborn baby. You can easily buy them online on sites such as Etsy, eBay or Amazon. If you’re not that confident walking with a baby, perhaps it’s better to buy a model that is covering more. However, Three Chickadees Nursery advises caution. If your baby has hand-rooted hair, too much friction can cause breakage. Similar goes for painted hair that is also susceptible to rubbing. According to Three Chickadees Nursery, color transfer is another thing to take care of. So, make sure to wear appropriate clothes that will not get discolored during carrying.
Dress your doll properly
It is very important to dress your doll properly in order to avoid any panic. As previously mentioned, there will be people who will look in your direction. If they notice your baby is poorly dressed for the weather conditions, they will start staring even more. Then, they might notice you have a doll and not a baby on your hands. This might lead to unnecessary confusion.
Position baby naturally
While in a car seat, it is very important to position your baby naturally. Three Chickadees Nursery loves tilting head to the side and moving arms and legs in different natural positions. This adds to overall realism. At the same time, you will have to adjust all the items appropriately as you would with a real child. For example, you might want to add a cushion for the head as well as the baby bottle. Lastly, it is normal for a real baby to be fastened in its seat so make sure you do the same with your reborn baby.
Be prepared for questions
If you did everything on the list properly, there is a good chance that people won’t stop you. In fact, they might not even look twice in your direction. Still, sooner than later some of them will ask you questions regarding one of your reborn dolls. According to Three Chickadees Nursery, it is very important to be prepared for such situations and to have a list of possible answers in the back of your head. For example, you might say that reborn babies are great for battling anxiety or for keeping maternal instincts in line. Keep in mind that in the end, you don’t owe an explanation to anyone. So, make sure to do whatever makes you comfortable.
Use a traveling system
Things such as strollers can come in handy. They not only conceal part of a doll, but they also make moving much more comfortable. This is especially true if you listened to the previous tip and took a car seat. As they can be rather heavy, you would need lots of energy and strength to carry it around. Instead of that, you can simply put the reborn baby doll on a stroller together with all its belongings.
In the end, you have to remember why you were doing this in the first place. If there are any doubts or if you feel uncomfortable taking your reborn baby out, perhaps it’s better to leave it at home. No matter what, you should always go with things that make you feel good.
With these simple tips provided by Three Chickadees Nursery, you will know how to behave in public with your reborn baby doll. Always remember that these babies are meant to resemble real children so they need to look that way, and to be carried in the same way you would carry a newborn baby.
Hope these tips help!