PHOTOS: Creepy Lifelike Baby Dolls Made To Console Grieving Parents

PHOTOS: Creepy Lifelike Baby Dolls Made To Console Grieving Parents

PHOTOS: Creepy Lifelike Baby Dolls Made To Console Grieving Parents

Belgium -- These incredibly life-like dolls are so realistic you could easily be forgiven for thinking they were real babies. Costing up to thousands of euros each, they are certainly no children's toys, but handcrafted one-off works of art that take dozens of hours to create.

PHOTOS: Creepy Lifelike Baby Dolls Made To Console Grieving Parents

They are made to order for collectors but are also proving popular with grieving or nostalgic parents and grandparents as mementos of their own children.

PHOTOS: Creepy Lifelike Baby Dolls Made To Console Grieving Parents

They are the work of Belgian artist Beatrice Van Landeghem, whose workshop, 'La nurserie des Tis Lous De Bea', is based in La Louviere, southern Belgium.

PHOTOS: Creepy Lifelike Baby Dolls Made To Console Grieving Parents

The 'Reborn Babies' are carefully crafted in vinyl and are even weighed to make them feel exactly as heavy as human babies when carried.

PHOTOS: Creepy Lifelike Baby Dolls Made To Console Grieving Parents

The dolls are created from a kit composed of the limbs and head made from vinyl and a trunk made from fabric which are painted several times to create the skin tone of newborn babies.

PHOTOS: Creepy Lifelike Baby Dolls Made To Console Grieving Parents

They are then fitted with natural-looking hair and eyelashes.

PHOTOS: Creepy Lifelike Baby Dolls Made To Console Grieving Parents

The cost of a 'Reborn Baby' varies between hundreds to thousands of euros and takes around 25 hours to be assembled together depending on the level of precision requested by people who 'adopt' the dolls.

PHOTOS: Creepy Lifelike Baby Dolls Made To Console Grieving Parents

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