What is the Difference Between Silicone and Vinyl Baby Dolls

The material used while making the reborn dolls is very important. Here, are the difference between silicone and vinyl reborn baby dolls.

The material used while making the reborn dolls is very important to make these dolls look as prominent as a living baby.

Most people are not aware of the material used in making the doll that they have. People think they are either made of vinyl or silicone.

Being a doll collector I have come to know that these reborn dolls are mostly made using a mixture of vinyl and silicone. So, before purchasing one of these realistic dolls you should be educated enough about the materials used in making them.

It depends on you whether you want to buy vinyl or a silicone reborn doll. but you should know the differences between them before choosing the material.

Here, I will share with you my own opinion on which one is better and also let you know the differences between both materials.

What are the Differences Between Silicone and Vinyl Baby Dolls?

Although both these material are quite specific, there are some differences between them that makes one better than the other.

Feel the Touch

The main difference between reborn vinyl dolls and silicone baby dolls is felt when you touch them. Silicone baby dolls are much softer than vinyl dolls.

Reborn vinyl dolls or lifelike dolls are quite hard and stiff whereas silicone babies are more chubby and soft. Even, kids in your family can recognize the difference after touching.

Weight of the Doll

Vinyl dolls are lighter than silicone baby dolls. So, they are easy to hold and carry than carrying a silicone baby.

As most of us consider these dolls to be a member of our family, we often take them with us when we go outside.

So, you need to keep in mind that the silicone dolls are quite wiggly so, they are hard to carry when, going out.

Flexibility and Mobility

Most silicone baby dolls look as real as a living baby and they get blend easily. Silicone is a material that is more like jelly so, dolls made of silicone are more flexible.

You can easily move their limbs and body any way you want. They give you a feel of holding a real baby and you love to cuddle them.

Vinyl dolls are not as flexible as silicone babies. So, if you want to get that feel of a newborn then, silicone dolls can be the best option for you.

Fragile and Sensitive

When it comes to sensitivity then, silicone dolls are much more sensitive and fragile than vinyl dolls.

Changing the clothes of your silicone baby too often can cause peeling as they are very fragile. On the other hand, you can do much more with vinyl dolls without any damage.

Stuffed and Hollow Bodies

Reborn vinyl dolls are hollow and not stuffed from within like silicone dolls. This difference makes silicone babies ahead of vinyl dolls.


As silicone baby dolls resemble more prominent features of a living baby, they are quite expensive than the reborn vinyl dolls.

Best Value

Aori Lifelike Realistic Reborn Baby Doll
Aori Lifelike Realistic Reborn Baby Doll
  • Item Weight: 4.16 pounds
  • Age Range: Kids
  • Material: Vinyl, Silicone
  • Number of Pieces: 8
  • Item Dimensions: 7.87 x 4.72 x 22.05 inches
  • Manufacturer: Aori

So, if you do not want to spend much on these dolls or want to gift them to your kids just for playing purposes then, you can go for the vinyl dolls.

Maintenance of the Dolls

Vinyl dolls have much low maintenance than silicone dolls. You just need to wipe and do some basic cleaning using cotton buds on your vinyl dolls. On the other hand silicone, babies need more maintenance.

You need to powder their body once a week so, that their body does not get sticky. While cleaning your silicone baby you need to be very careful so, that their hair does get pulled out.

The limbs are fingers of the baby should be cleaned very carefully as they are very fragile and can get peeled off if pressure is applied.

Also Read: How to Take Care of a Full Body Silicone Baby Doll

Things You Need to Consider When Buying a Reborn Doll

Things You Need to Know
Although silicone dolls are softer and give a feel of touching a real baby, the look of vinyl dolls is more realistic than silicone dolls.
As silicone babies have high maintenance so, some people cannot handle them. They are much more delicate and fragile than vinyl dolls. So, only careful and responsible people can handle them properly.
The price of these reborn dolls depends on several factors. Although silicone babies are much more expensive, sometimes you may find the price of a vinyl doll is higher. Mostly the demand for a product and its supply determines the price of the product. So, you can choose any of them according to your budget.


The reborn dolls have become quite popular nowadays and their demand has also increased. Both the vinyl and silicone dolls are beautiful and unique in their own ways.

As the doll collection is my hobby so, I have a huge collection of both of them. You can also collect both the vinyl and silicone dolls or choose from the material after going through the information I above shared above. 

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