By Laurie James, Ashton-Drake Editor-in-Chief
If you’re like many doll enthusiasts—both new and experienced—you have some questions about silicone baby dolls. You’ve seen the ads, you’ve read the descriptions, but you’re still left wondering, “What exactly is silicone?” “What makes silicone dolls so popular?” and “Does silicone really provide added value?”
In this post, I’m going to be exploring some of these topics and hopefully providing the insight you need to make an informed decision if you’re considering purchasing a silicone baby doll. I’ll also be discussing a new material some doll companies have been promoting lately called . Spoiler alert: It can be a misleading term.
Silicone is a man-made material known for its soft feel and flexible texture. It is synthetic yet made of completely natural ingredients, with its base component being silica (hence the name silicone) which is found in sand. Its other elements such as oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon are naturally-occurring as well, making it not only useful but environmentally-friendly.
In addition to being “green,” silicone is safe, non-toxic, and resistant to bacteria. It is also long-lasting and durable, making it a great choice for collectibles, toys, and lifelike baby dolls.
Silicone dolls are among the most sought-after by doll enthusiasts for one primary reason—their incredibly lifelike feel. When a baby doll is made from silicone, their skin is soft and has a “give” when pressed, just like real human skin. These dolls are also extremely flexible. The little fingers and toes can bend realistically, and when you hold them in your arms they “snuggle” back into you, which, coupled with their realistic weight, provides the comfort and joy of holding an actual baby.
Silicone is a high-quality material, so dolls made from it tend to cost more. Because of this, some manufacturers have begun promoting dolls made from silicone vinyl “blends” which supposedly offer both the flexibility and quality of silicone, and the more affordable price of vinyl. Unfortunately though, these claims are sometimes misleading. Recently we even lab-tested a doll supposedly featuring one of these combinations, only to find that there wasn’t a single drop of silicone. Just extra chemical agents to make the material feel softer. Turns out, if you want a doll with the realism of silicone, your best bet is authentic silicone.
If you want a soft, lifelike baby doll that maximizes the benefits of silicone, you simply must experience our proprietary TrueTouch® authentic silicone. Specially formulated by our team for exceptional realism, it features an extra soft and cuddly texture that’s so lifelike you’ll expect the doll to come alive right in your arms! Just look at some of the comments our satisfied clients have left on our website:
“Received my doll today and she is so beautiful. This is my first silicone doll and I just love her. The skin is so very soft and realistic. I will be ordering more dolls. Thank you Ashton-Drake for the most beautiful lifelike dolls.”
“We have the Little Ava for our daughter who is besotted with her. We’ve just ordered more for my grandmother in the retirement home. The silicone dolls are amazing and so lifelike. Highly recommend.”
“I have ordered several silicone babies for my daughter through this site and company and they are wonderful and durable.”