These lifelike baby dolls are acting as surrogates
for Iranian families unsure about having more children
The dolls are hyper-realistic and even have
rosy cheeks, delicate eyelashes, and a full head of hair
(SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) DESIGNER OF THE 'REBORN' DOLLS, MARYAM AGHAYEE, SAYING:
"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. Parents provide them with these dolls to stop their nagging and complaining. The custom of having one child is largely due to expenses and the economic situation. Some people think that having one child is a kind of social prestige, others think they can spend more time with only one child. But they don't realize that having a real sibling cannot be replaced in this way."