There are a variety of options when it comes to adding a belly plate to your reborn. Using a factory doll, you will need to remove the arms and legs and cut out the belly and chest area and place it on your reborn’s stuffed body. Taking a sharp blade, you will need to cut it to size so that it fits perfectly over your full wrist. Belly and back plates are also now available through companies that sell the rebirth kits and can be purchased on their own or as part of a kit. These plates can be painted at the same time you paint your doll, keeping the layers consistent with what you are applying to the rest of the body. A blank belly plate purchased from a renaissance vendor will have holes on both sides. However, if you choose to use a toy doll, you will need to remove the factory paint and drill these holes. When you’ve finished the detailing and skin layers and sealed your baby, it’s time to assemble your doll, stuffing the doll‘s body in preparation for attaching the belly plate.
There are two ways to attach the belly plate to your doll, you can take a piece of wire and wrap it around the back of the doll, inserting the holes from the side and tying it back at the back. Take care to cut this carefully so there are no sharp edges. Repeat this for the top and bottom sets of holes. If you use a thin enough wire, tie it and cut it correctly, it won’t show through your clothes. The other option is to hand sew the bodysuit, this will reduce any movement in the plate and is more pleasing from the back. Both methods work well to keep the board in place so it looks like it’s always been there.
These belly and back plates add another dimension to the realism of these reborns setting them apart from those with only a suede suit. Collectors are quite focused on collecting babies with the plates attached due to the realistic appearance that simple body kits might not have. When holding a reborn with dishes, the difference is a more realistic feel and clothes that feel a bit more appropriate for a newborn. Another option if you don’t want to add a belly plate is a silicone slip known as a chicken fillet. These can also provide definition in the stomach and buttocks area and also create a realistic feel for the baby.