Selecting the Body Type

 

Choosing a cloth body can be very overwhelming because of how many options there are. However, what's most important is that you select the right body type for the kit you are painting.  Some kits come with 3/4 arms and legs, while other come with full arms and legs.  You must make sure to match the body to the limbs.

 

That said, there are three main types of bodies, full limbs, mixed limbs and 3/4 limbs. Now, in those three major categories there are many variations. Once it is broken down, you won't be overwhelmed anymore.

 

First of all, there are full limb bodies. These bodies can be jointed or unjointed, meaning they have plastic "joint" disks. The benefit of having an unjointed body is that the fabric joints cannot be seen when the baby is in a diaper or a onesie. On the other hand, the baby moves more realistically with joints. I personally use unjointed bodies because it is quite hot here in the summer,  so a onesie is essential!

   

Next, there are mixed limb bodies. These bodies have 3/4 arms and full unjointed or jointed legs (or vice versa). Most dolls have mixed limbs, but some of the more expensive ones are full limbed.

 

Last of all, you have 3/4 limbs. This is when there is a hip and shoulder joint. This makes the baby feel very realistic, but it makes it a bit harder to find summer clothes since most are sleeveless and would therefore show the clothe shoulders.

 

Cuddle Body -

Unlike a typical reborn doll that has a vinyl head, arms and legs, a Cuddle Baby is made with only the vinyl head.  The rest of the baby - the torso, arms and legs are all made of soft bendable fabric and stuffed with small plastic pellets.  This makes these babies extremely pliable and very pleasant for snuggling with.  These dolls are great for everyone, but are especially good as Therapy Dolls.

 

I have now made two Cuddle babies using the gorgeous handmade doe suede bodies from Janie Lenox.  The first baby, Olivia, is in my personal collection and she will be used as a Service or Therapy Doll when I visit hospitals and assisted living facilities.  The other is Noah, and he was recently sold. You can see in these two pictures that the body and the limbs are made of the same soft material. This makes them very soft and cuddly. If you go to my Tutorials page your can see a video that shows how I stuff and weight the limbs for a cuddle body.

 

But once these dolls are dressed, you can barely tell the difference, except that they are more pliable and pose-able than traditional reborns because their limbs can bend.

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I have now made two Cuddle babies using the gorgeous handmade doe suede bodies from Janie Lenox.  The first baby, Olivia, is in my personal collection and she will be used as a Service or Therapy Doll when I visit hospitals and assisted living facilities.  The other is Noah, and he was recently sold. You can see in these two pictures that the body and the limbs are made of the same soft material. This makes them very soft and cuddly. If you go to my Tutorials page your can see a video that shows how I stuff and weight the limbs for a cuddle body.

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