African American Baby Dolls
African American Baby Dolls – The importance of a little girl being able to say “She looks Just Like Me!”
One of the ways this can really hit home for a little girl is if she is in the racial minority in her world. While race should not matter, often times a child with a different ethnic heritage wants a doll that looks like her.
As a little girl growing up, you are exposed to all sorts of baby dolls at an early age. Probably one of the first toys a girl ever remembers having is a doll. As little girls, we often treat our baby dolls like they are real babies.
Being able to identify with one’s heritage, no matter what it is, is crucial to our development. By having ethnic baby dolls available for little girls, we give them one way to know that they are a part of something wonderful- their own unique heritage!
As a little girl growing up, you are exposed to all sorts of baby dolls at an early age. Probably one of the first toys a girl ever remembers having is a doll.
As little girls, we often treat our baby dolls like they are real babies. You can find dolls of just about every race and nationality.
Making Reborn African American Baby Dolls
You are probably familiar with other kinds of commercial and traditional dolls. When you see these dolls, you will know in a split second that they are just that: dolls. But what if you see a doll that looks very lifelike? Such is the case with reborn African American Baby Dolls.
Reborn African American Baby Dolls have very superior resemblance to infants. The only thing that these dolls are missing is a heartbeat. Most people, especially mothers who have had a miscarriage, feel a deep emotional connection with these dolls.
Unlike commercial dolls such as Barbie dolls and walking dolls, the art of making reborn African American Baby Dolls is not widely available. It started in the United States in the late 90s and gradually spread to Britain, Europe, Latin America, and Australia.
Although they may seem widespread, reborn African American Baby Dolls  are made by special artisans called reborners. The process can take up to several weeks, from casting the mold to giving the dolls a lifelike color and texture to weaving the hair and painting additional facial features. The process can take longer when the clients want to have reborn dolls copied from a certain picture of an infant.
How Are Reborn Dolls Made?
Reborn African American Baby Dolls are made from vinyl or more specifically, vinyl plastic. It is the same material used to make vinyl records. There are companies that transform any kind and size of vinyl dolls into reborn dolls. This process of transforming a manufactured doll into a reborn one is called newborning. When the doll is made from separate body parts (head, torso, appendages) from a vinyl body kit, the process is called reborning. The size can depend on the kind of doll. There are reborn African American Baby Dolls that are copied from fetuses, premature babies, healthy newborn infants or a few days’ old infant.
The vinyl body parts are either premade or custom-made. Each part is given a wash of skin undertones of either blue or green. The skin can take around 15 to 30 layers of paint to replicate every vein, capillary, flush, undertone, and discoloration. The nails are then manicured and the orifices such as the nose and the ears are hollowed out.
The next step is to apply or weave the hair into the skin. This process is called microrooting wherein the hair is inserted into every follicle, strand by strand. Finally, the baby will be weighted to match its weight with its age or size.