How to Care for a Reborn Doll

A reborn doll isn’t just any baby doll, it’s a work of art. A reborn artist spent countless hours adding layers of paint, rooting hairs, and finishing to make it your perfect doll baby. As a work of art, your reborn should be handled with the utmost of care.

Preventative Care

  • First and foremost, be gentle with your reborn, much like you would treat an actual infant.Being too rough with reborns can result in limbs or hair detaching and can permanently damage the doll.
  • Avoid direct sunlight and extreme heat. A reborn is typically made from vinyl, which is susceptible to age and fatigue when exposed to the harmful UV rays of the sun or an excessively high heat. The sun can cause the vinyl to become discolored or to break down. Other heat sources, such as a kitchen stove or a hot car, can cause the vinyl to warp and deteriorate. Finding them a spot in the house that is removed from excessive heat sources and direct sunlight will prolong the life of your reborn doll.
  • Avoid objects that can stain your doll. When dressing your doll in new clothes, be sure to pre-wash them to avoid colors and dyes from transferring onto your doll’s vinyl parts. Highly pigmented items can stain the vinyl, so be sure to test certain materials and fabrics before dressing the doll. Rubbing a fabric on a sample piece of vinyl will determine if the colors will bleed.
  • Keep out of reach of pets and children. Nothing can ruin a reborn doll quicker than having Fido playing fetch with it. Unsupervised children can also be too rough with reborn dolls, so make sure that an adult is present to instruct them about the proper care and handling of the doll.
  • Keep magnetic parts away from individuals with hearing aids, pacemakers, or metal implants. These magnets can interfere with their electronic devices. You will also want to avoid getting the magnets near cell phones, tablets, computers, and hard drives to avoid damage. Some reborn dolls come with magnets already inserted into the head, so check with the artist or manufacturer to see if these magnets will be an issue.

Care Tips

These dolls are collectibles and cannot be cleaned like toys. If you need to remove dirt or residue, we recommend a slightly damp washcloth. Never scrub the doll as this will damage the paint and coloring of your reborn doll. Never get the cloth body wet, but instead use a damp cloth to wipe away stains. Always towel blot to dry and try not to get the stuffing wet to prevent mold and mildew issues.

If a reborn doll becomes extremely dirty, consider sending the doll back to the original artist or finding a reborn artist to work on the doll. They will be able to give the baby doll a proper cleaning and possibly replace the body and stuffing as needed.

Reborn Hair Styling Tips and Tricks

Wig hair should only be brushed with a soft bristle brush, as harder brushes can cause the baby’s hair to detach or can damage the painted details on your reborn baby. Brushing with a soft bristle brush will also help to remove dust and particles that may settle on the baby’s hair.

Mohair should never be washed or brushed because it will felt and become matted in cold water. Simply pat the hair down with your fingertips to keep the stray hairs in place.

Hair is extremely fragile when wet and it is not recommended to wash your baby’s hair. A slightly damp cloth can help to remove dust and dirt from the baby’s head.

Tip: dry shampoo can take the sheen off of blond synthetic hair to make it appear more lifelike.

 

Reborn dolls require some maintenance to prolong the life of your baby doll. Dusting, and avoiding environmental dangers can help to make sure that your baby doll always looks brand-new.


18 Responses

Dany
Dany

May 05, 2020

Great and very nice article. I have mentioned you in my blog https://smartoys4kids.com/blogs/news/reborn-baby-dolls-are-handcrafted-dolls-its-a-collector-item

Monique  Williams
Monique Williams

April 02, 2020

What dolls come with breast plates ,and what is the difference.

Kate
Kate

April 02, 2020

Help! I have a beautiful reborn preemie baby, vinyl and cloth body, painted hair and features by Evon Nather, which I purchased from her 10 years ago. I only show him off once a year. The rest of the year, he is bundled wrapped in clean cotton white cloth and kept inside a drawer. This year I noticed yellow spots! And I’m so afraid to dare to clean him as I fear I might ruin his painted features and hair/ skin tone! Any advise? I’m waiting for Ms. Nather to tell me if she used baked in paint or other type of paint… Any advise ? Please help. Thank you.

Kate
Kate

April 02, 2020

Help! I have a beautiful reborn preemie baby, vinyl and cloth body, painted hair and features by Evon Nather, which I purchased from her 10 years ago. I only show him off once a year. The rest of the year, he is bundled wrapped in clean cotton white cloth and kept inside a drawer. This year I noticed yellow spots! And I’m so afraid to dare to clean him as I fear I might ruin his painted features and hair/ skin tone! Any advise? I’m waiting for Ms. Nather to tell me if she used baked in paint or other type of paint… Any advise ? Please help. Thank you.

Jayla
Jayla

April 02, 2020

Hey! Im 11 and was wondering if its okay to sleep with the doll. And also, will the hair fall out if I do? I have been trying to find out but nothing is showing up. And my reborn is only a couple days away, so please reach me as soon as you can! Merry christmas!

Jane Doe
Jane Doe

April 02, 2020

How do I know what type of hair my baby has I got her from Walmart so I do not know the artist

Haley
Haley

April 02, 2020

Hi! I am getting a reborn baby girl, and her name is Kimberly Oaklyn Rhodes. She is a pink lover and loves bunnies!

Frances Poupart
Frances Poupart

April 02, 2020

I have a groovy reborn art doll how can bath her

Amira
Amira

May 29, 2019

What is a way to get stains off of vinyl fast?

Reborn Dolls
Reborn Dolls

March 01, 2019

Thank for your content!!!!
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Paradise Galleries
Paradise Galleries

August 13, 2018

Hi Vanessa,
It is not recommended to bathe our dolls. Our dolls have hand-painted details and a cloth body that could be harmed from soaking in water. Spot cleaning with a damp cloth is all you’ll need for our dolls to keep them clean.

Paradise Galleries
Paradise Galleries

August 13, 2018

Hi Vanessa,
It is not recommended to bathe our dolls. Our dolls have hand-painted details and a cloth body that could be harmed from soaking in water. Spot cleaning with a damp cloth is all you’ll need for our dolls to keep them clean.

Paradise Galleries
Paradise Galleries

August 13, 2018

Hi Alexis,
You will not need to have anyone care for your baby doll when you are away at school.

Alexis Wright
Alexis Wright

August 13, 2018

I’m a senior in High School and im getting my first reborn silicone doll and I was wondering is it ok if I leave the doll at home when im at school or should I find someone to watch it and take care of it like how you would with a real baby?

Sarah jemison
Sarah jemison

August 13, 2018

I really like your baby’s that are so boteyfull.

Abby
Abby

August 13, 2018

Hi I’m 17yrars oldand im new to the reborn community what should I know about having a cloth body preemie reborn?

Vanessa
Vanessa

August 13, 2018

How can i bath my reborn when it has cloth body ?

crystal moss
crystal moss

August 13, 2018

i love the dolls

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