The others are dolls, yet so lifelike they have resulted in passers-by breaking car windows on hot days amid fears they are real and could be in danger.
|THERE is only one real baby in this photo. The others are dolls.|
One of these bubs is real - which one?
- From: Sunday Mail (SA)
- October 29, 2011
Marie Gabrieel, of St Agnes, and Ros Fanning, 57, of Holden Hill, make the dolls and often take them to nursing homes.
"We have seen the soothing affect our dolls have on dementia patients," Mrs Gabrieel, 54, said.
"You can't help but start rocking or patting the `reborn' babies, even when you know it's a doll. It's a natural instinct that just takes over.
"Ros and I are happy to know our dolls are giving comfort to the elderly."
Mrs Gabrieel started making the dolls three years ago.
"When I bought my first two on eBay, it was the start of something big," she said.
"The reactions people had to these dolls when we showed them was truly amazing."
Making `reborns' involves buying the head - made out of vinyl - and then spending hours painting it and adding mohair, attaching a material body the same weight of a real baby and dressing them to make them look real.
And, for the record, the real baby - four-month-old Alanah - is on the right wearing the pink bow.