Reborn Care Instructions

Written by irene a. blake
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A Reborn baby is a collectable doll crafted to appear as lifelike as possible. A Reborn artist makes the doll appear real using a variety of materials, including vinyl or vinyl and silicone body parts, natural or artificial hair and eyelashes, micro-rooting tools, heat set paints and baby clothing. As with a real baby, a Reborn baby requires delicate care when handling it. Luckily, except for removal of dust weekly, Reborn babies require little cleaning and only require that you take a few normal collectable doll precautions to prevent damage so your baby doll can last a long time.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Microfiber duster (optional)
  • Infant hairbrush (optional)
  • Leave-in conditioner (optional)
  • Baby shampoo (optional)
  • Mild detergent (optional)

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  1. 1

    Pick up your Reborn as you would a baby. Cradle the back of the head and do not pick up the doll by the arms or legs. When turning or shifting movable parts, use a slow, gentle motion.

  2. 2

    Wipe the surfaces of your Reborn baby once a week with a dry microfiber cloth or duster. If your Reborn is in a case, dust the exterior of the case weekly and dust the doll once a month.

  3. 3

    Brush your Reborn's hair as needed or desired with your fingers or an infant hairbrush. Remove tangles by adding a small amount of leave-in conditioner to the hair.

  4. 4

    Dampen a microfiber cloth and rub away any type of stain or spill as needed, using soft pressure. Dry with another soft cloth. If necessary, apply a drop of baby shampoo or mild detergent to the cloth to help remove the stain, rinse the area with a damp cloth and then dry.

  5. 5

    Remove the clothing from your Reborn and wash it as needed following the Reborn artist's or clothing manufacturers washing instructions based on the clothing style, fabric type and accessories.

  6. 6

    Store or display your Reborn in a dry area in indirect light.

Tips and warnings

  • To help prevent dust from sticking to the surface of your Reborn and keep the surface of your Reborn feeling soft, sprinkle exposed skin areas lightly with cornstarch or talc.
  • Never use abrasives, solvents such as nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol, or other harsh chemicals on your Reborn doll.
  • Never immerse or saturate your Reborn in water. When using a damp cloth to remove a spill, always dry the area immediately afterward to prevent mould growth.
  • Placing your Reborn near a heat source or in direct sunlight will melt its vinyl parts or damage its paint. Extreme cold will make the vinyl brittle.
  • Repeated brushing of your Reborn's hair will pull out the hair or damage it.
  • Powders can sometimes cause certain heat set paints to take on a shiny appearance.
  • Never scrub or harshly rub your Reborn's skin -- you can rub the paint off.
  • Any type of smoke, including cigarette and cigar smoke, can damage your Reborn. It will hold the smell or its colouring will change.

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