[posted by Mike]
Tara and I saw a program on 20-20 yesterday about "Reborn Babies." The show followed adults who purchase VERY realistic-looking, hand-crafted dolls and pretend they're real. They sing to them, take them out, buy them real baby clothes, get compliments from people they run into (who think the babies are real), and basically live as a mother and child would live, minus the poop, the crying, the growth, and emotional feedback loop.
The dolls go for anywhere between $500-$3000. Conventions revolve around the buying, selling, and custom ordering of these little babes. One such site selling them is Reborn Babies.
The show discussed the psychological aspects of such a "hobby". Many women probably do in fact get a bit of a "mother's high" from interacting with the baby in such a real way. However, some psychologists are concerned that 1) these "moms" are getting too accustomed to socially interacting with these dolls as an accessory, and 2) these "moms" never actually get the emotional response/love back from the baby...i.e. the affection is all 1-way.
Interesting stuff. For our first one, I'm glad we stuck with the "au natural" method of baby production. But when we start changing diapers, perhaps a doll won't seem like such a bad idea? :)
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