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Thousands of women around the world, mainly women, buy and sell realistic baby dolls known as ‘reborns’ that they treat like real children.

These collectors feed them, change them, dress them, talk to them, and comfort them. They even take them out in public, sometimes passing them off as actual infants.

These dolls are made to look like real babies, with hair made of mohair, veins, nails, eyelashes – and even a touch of saliva at the corner of the mouth. For those who crave absolute realism, it’s possible to add an electronic device that mimics a heartbeat or make the chest rise and fall to simulate breathing.

Some of the ‘reborns’, which can cost between $200 and $3,000, are ordered by those mourning lost children, while others are simply collected by doll-lovers.

To adults who don’t play with dolls, these women can appear crazy. But for them, the dolls are simply a fun distraction and a comforting hobby.

And mental health experts don’t see anything wrong with the imaginary mommying. In fact, it even has the potential to do a lot of good. Because reborns look and feel real (they are weighted like a newborn), simply holding the doll can release oxytocin, the feel-good bonding hormone.

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