39 year old Leah Perry who always wanted daughters but ended having four boys spent around £3100 on five lifelike female dolls, which have realistic fingernails and hair. She also spends a fortune on clothes, toys and accessories on the dolls and calls them her daughters.
Leah, 39, has been married to husband Chris for 13 years and has four sons – Christian, 13, Caden, 12, Cameron, 11, Caleb, 9. She said:
“I’ve had a maternal instinct from a very young age and I really wanted to replace some childhood dolls that I had lost over the years. I went online and started searching for baby dolls and came across these reborn dolls that looked real.
“I get to use the girls’ names I would have had for my own daughters, and buy all the sweet clothes and bows for their hair. They fill in that missing part in my heart. I would love to have daughters, but I didn’t – so now I have reborns.
“It’s a very fulfilling thing because I can dress them in the way that I want. They are the daughters I never had.”
“I really enjoy being able to give somebody else that joy of opening up that box with a baby inside,” she said.
“It has a lot of meaning for them for whatever reason. They find it very comforting to have that outlet. I don’t find my babies comforting, but I do think they are fun.
“I just made a baby with Down’s Syndrome, which I thought was adorable. The woman who ordered the doll said she had a miscarriage where she believed the baby had the condition
However, though the reborn community is a tight-knit one, not everyone is a fan of Leah’s hobby – and even her family are divided. While two of her boys adore the dolls and even take part in dressing them and holding them, her other two find them unnerving.
“My husband thinks they’re a great hobby for me because he knows I love painting them and creating them for customers, and he knows it’s a bit of me time. But he won’t pick them up – he associates dolls with girls and he’s a bit of a guy’s guy. I do get a lot of people who tell me that I’m crazy and that they’re not real children. They don’t understand that it’s just role-play.
Photos of the dolls
Source – TheSunUK