A reborn doll is an art doll created from a manufactured doll or kit that has been transformed by an artist to resemble a real baby with as much realism as possible. Reborns are vinyl dolls, created by reborn artists. The appearance depends on the creator; however, some reborners allow the customer to customize their doll. Dolls vary by shape, size and materials. Online suppliers offer products that give the reborners a choice of kits, body parts, paint, mohair and eyes to make a customized doll.
The process of creating a reborn doll is referred to as reborning. The doll artists are referred to as reborners.
The internet has allowed doll artists and collectors to create an online society focused on reborns. This has expanded the reborn market to open online stores referred to as nurseries.