I think the answer to my question of whether or not to bring my reborns to college might actually be manufactured dolls! NOT Chinese knock-offs, but dolls from Ashton Drake and Paradise Galleries. I bought a Su-Lin doll on Black Friday for 50 bucks, and she’s pretty cute! She’ll definitely be my “travel baby.” She’s not hyper-realistic so she won’t attract negative attention, and if someone steals her, I’m not put hundreds of dollars! Plus, no one will be horrified when I tell them how much she cost.
She’s not a 100% substitute for reborns, and neither is my old Ashton Drake from high school... but she is great for cuddling! Once I graduate, I’ll be sure to go back to supporting artists directly. Until then, my silicones and reborns will stay safe at home!
Does anyone know of any other places to get realistic-ish babies? Please let me know!