Do Reborn Baby Dolls Really Eat?

Reborn babies are not at all what their name entails; they are actually intricately manufactured dolls that have been accumulating popularity since the 1990s.

People are increasingly developing a hobby of collecting or adopting such dolls that resemble real-life babies to a great extent. Manufactured by expert artists, these life-like dolls are typically called “reborners” by society due to their largescale resemblance to real toddlers.

A great many people consider them a source of comfort because of their soft and cuddly appearance, similar to that of a toddler. Because of this, they are popular not only amongst adults but also kids.

A reborn doll has several purposes, depending upon its owner.

Some individuals buy a reborn baby boy or girl to treasure the long-lost memory of a loved one who either could not make it or is no longer with them, whereas others hold it close to treasure the memories of a child all grown up and no longer with them.

In addition, some people buy them as a souvenir or collectible. Others use it simply as a toy without any emotional attachment, but some look at it as an infant and treat it like one.

do reborn baby dolls really eat

Is A Reborn Doll Exactly Like An Infant?

A reborn doll is not exactly like an infant but is instead quite stiff in nature because of the high concentration of vinyl used in its development.
However, a reborn doll made up of silicon is relatively softer because of the material used and is recommended if you are looking for a more realistic and infant-like doll to play with.
A majority of people prefer the silicone doll because it holds greater infant resembling properties as compared to one made up of vinyl.

Since A Reborn Baby Is A Doll, How Do You Feed One?

It is typically NOT advisable to feed your reborn doll because they do not have the necessary mechanism of tubes to ingest food. Even if you find a tube leading to the stomach in your doll, you are strongly recommended not to feed them real food.

That is because the food’s residue is likely to stick inside the pipe, causing mold and other microorganisms to grow with potentially no way to clear them out. The mold can be severely harmful to your expensive doll and is not sanitary as well.

Since reborn babies are dolls, they cannot eat or ingest real food, but some of them are designed in a mechanism that allows them to “drink” or “eat” from bottles or food plates.

The dolls that can eat are typically harder to clean because the moisture from the food can also cause mold in them.

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Reborn dolls that can eat and drink are pretty rare and require higher levels of care as compared to those who do not have this functionality.

If your reborn doll is not specifically designed in a way that allows feeding or drinking milk, refrain from forcing food down their throats because all you will be doing is creating a mess. Not to mention, this happening can also ruin a costly doll.

How To Make Fake Food For Your Reborn Baby Doll?

When it comes to formulating fake food for your reborn baby dolls, there are certain things that you need to keep close. These include:

  1. A container or small bowl to mix ingredients in
  2. A simple everyday use spoon for mixing
  3. Vanilla essence
  4. Food colors (depending upon your choice)
  5. A clean and empty baby food jar
  6. Flour or chalk dust  (although this is optional, both of them work great in giving your fake food a good texture)
  7. Any kind of lotion or cream, a hand cream, sunscreen, body lotion, or even hair conditioner work just fine

Once you have the abovementioned materials, you can make several fake foods for your reborn dolls, such as:

Creamy banana porridge

You can make a creamy banana flavored porridge for your reborn baby by taking a plastic container, adding about two tablespoons of sunscreen, some chalk dust for texture, and a drop of egg-yellow colored food coloring.

Use the spoon to mix all the ingredients and add a few drops of vanilla essence to make the color a bit darker.

Remix all of it, and then pour the material from the plastic container into the clean baby food jar. There you have it, a pot of creamy banana porridge for your reborn!

Carrot puree

You can make some carrot puree for your reborn by putting some sunscreen into a mixing bowl, adding a few drops of yellow food coloring, one or two drops of red food coloring (to get the wanted orange color), and mixing it all together.

You can also have some fun mixing the food colors together until you get the desired orange shade. Mix it all together again, and you are done with a yummy carrot puree for your reborn!

Make sure you do not spill the mixture everywhere, as it is most likely to leave a stain. Covering the container with some cling film and sicking some sticky tape on the edges is advisable.

Avocado puree

You can make avocado puree for your reborn in the same way as the carrot puree, but instead of making it orange, use one drop of green coloring to turn the mixture light green.

Then place the lid on the mixing bowl properly, and shake until the color is mixed evenly.

The consistency and color of your fake food depend upon you, and you can add as much lotion or food color as you want to change them.

Fake Milk

You can conveniently make some fake milk or artificial formula for your reborn. All you will need is some bottles, baking vanilla, flour, lotion, detergent, and of course, water.

Let’s take a look at the procedure using all of these ingredients individually.

1.    Using detergent

You can easily make fake milk by using unscented whitewashing detergent by putting some water in a bottle and adding the detergent. Mix the mixture evenly until you get the desired look of milk.

2.    Using flour

To make fake milk using flour, add some water and about three to four teaspoons of flour in an empty container and shake it evenly until the desired texture is achieved.

However, remember to throw away this mixture after some time and make a new one because it is prone to smelling and getting sour real fast.

3.    Using lotion

You can make fake milk by putting some water in a bottle and adding three to four teaspoons of any unscented white lotion.

Mix it thoroughly and frequently to prevent the cream or lotion from sticking on the insides of the bottle.

Chocolate Milk

You can also make chocolate milk for your reborn by using any of the above-mentioned methods of creating fake milk and adding baking vanilla to the mixture. Shake it evenly, and there you have it: delicious artificial chocolate milk! (Using the flour method of fake milk preparation is preferable when making chocolate milk)


You can make juice for your reborn with a few readily available ingredients and materials: an empty and clean bottle, red food coloring, and yellow food coloring.

1.    Orange juice

You can make fake orange juice by simply filling the bottle with some water (fill it till line 2 to make it seem like the baby has been drinking it, or until line 4 to show that it is freshly made).

Add some teaspoons of flour to make it look thick, and then add some drops of yellow and red artificial coloring to achieve the desired orange color. Place the lid tightly on the bottle, and shake it thoroughly until the desired consistency is reached.

Another way of making fake orange juice is adding two tablespoons of white fabric softener to one cup of water, adding twenty drops of yellow food coloring, and mixing the materials thoroughly before transferring it to a bottle.

2.    Apple juice

You can make apple juice for your reborn by taking one cup of water, adding about thirty drops of yellow food coloring to it, adding one drop of green food coloring, and mixing it thoroughly.

If you want to make a concentrated mixture of apple juice, add two to three drops of yellow food coloring to a bottle of water and mix the mixture until you get your desired color and concentration.

Do Reborn Baby Dolls Really Eat?

Reborn baby dolls cannot consume anything solid. Be wary of that.

Do Reborn Baby Dolls Really Eat


Taking care of a reborn baby doll can be as joyous as looking after a real baby. It can give you an excellent experience of having a real baby.

When you are concerned about what your reborn baby doll needs to eat, you will get to make food for your doll. After you have fed the doll, you would have to clean it up as well. 

Sarah Collins

I’m the mother of two wonderful children. My oldest son John is 7 years old, and my daughter Jemma is a little seven-month-old girl. My kids are the main reason why I decided to start this website. Having been a mother for the last 7 years, I’d like to share some useful tips with anyone who might be interested.

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