For $340, you can own family vloggers Chris and Sarah Ingham’s new baby, Jace.
Well, to be more precise, you can own one of 250 “unique lifelike reborn baby boy” dolls that have been measured and modeled to look just like the Inghams’ son.
The couple have 1.2 million subscribers on YouTube, where they’ve been vlogging every facet of their lives (and the lives of their daughters Isabelle, Esmé, and Isla) each day for the past three years.
In March, they documented the birth of their fourth child, Jace. As BuzzFeed News points out, they opened an Instagram account for him just two days after his birth, and that account now has more than 48,000 followers. Now, they’ve launched that popularity into a collaboration with artist Mary Shortle, who makes “reborn” dolls — dolls that are purposefully created to be as lifelike as possible.
Shortle has previously produced a handful of reborn dolls with the Inghams. None of them were based on real babies; instead, Shortle made mass-market editions of the Ingham daughters’ own beloved dolls. The Jace baby, however, is based on measurements of Jace taken when he was two weeks old, and comes with “realistic soft-touch skin and hair” atop a photo-accurate recreation of the newborn’s face.
Each doll also comes with a shirt bearing a drawing done by nine-year-old Esmé. And folks who buy the Jace doll will receive invitations to meet with the Inghams for cake and drinks at one of Shortle’s dollmaking locations sometime in the future, per the doll’s official description.
The Inghams revealed the doll in a recent video (below). A number of viewers have left comments on the upload questioning their decision to turn their baby into a purchasable item.
“IDK guys, what if a weirdo buys one?” one commenter wrote. “Cute to keep one for yourself to remember him at that age, but shouldn’t be for other people.”
“That really seems highly inappropriate to sell a doll that looks like your own child,” said another. “Quite disturbing. I have always wanted a reborn, but I would never, ever get one that looked like someone else’s child!”
“Dunno how I’d feel about 250 people having a reborn doll that looks like my baby,” a third viewer wrote. “Totally strange.”