Parenting these infants is a dream: They behave and sleep like a doll — because that’s what they are.
For some families in Iran, the prospect of having more children poses too much of an economic or emotional burden, but they still want another kid around — so many are turning to Maryam Aghayee’s hyper-realistic baby dolls as an alternative to a living infant.
“Many of the customers for these ‘Reborn’ baby dolls are those whose children are complaining of being only-children in their families, wanting a sibling,” Aghayee, 24, told Reuters. Her toys let parents quell their kids’ requests without actually birthing another human.
“Parents provide them with these dolls to stop their nagging and complaining,” she said.
Aghayee began fabricating dolls for fun, finding joy in coloring rosy cheeks into the silicon she uses for their faces and applying their delicate eyelashes and hair for a lifelike final