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A mum-of-five who can't have more children has spent thousands turning her house into a nursery for 50 fake babies. Maternal Alice Winstone, 39, feeds, changes, washes, sleeps with and clothes her jumbo brood which has even forced her husband to move out.  Alice, who suffers from a life-threatening anaemic condition, can't work but spends 24/7 caring for her fake family. Her babies - named Reborn Dolls - are made from a spookily life-like vinyl material and can cost up to £1,200 each. Alice's obsession gets her noticed in the street as she takes the babies shopping in prams and straps them in baby seats in her car. She even takes her favourite to the ZOO and buys 'him' expensive UGG baby boots and was once stopped by the police for having four of the life-like dolls on her back seat of her car. A medical problem meaning she could have no more children made Alice crave nurturing but kittens and fostering was not enough because she had to say goodbye. In seven years, Alice, from Cardigan, Mid Wales, has filled her family home with dolls despite the fact some of her children, aged 12 to 22 still live there.
Alice said: "I saw my first doll, who was called Emily, on the back of a magazine and I fell head-over-heels in love with her. "My husband Chris took some convincing to let me have her but eventually I ordered her, and paid £180 for her. I was astonished to feel such a close bond to a doll." Alice was told if she had more children after her fifth that her pregnancy and delivery could be unsafe due to her having pernicious anaemia and a red blood cell deficiency that causes blood loss as it does not clot. She even has to have a contraceptive 'depo' injection every 12 weeks so that she doesn't bleed to death from having a period. As a born mother, Alice felt a loss once her children became more independent and she longed for something she could care for.  Alice said: "I tried taking in kittens, and even fostering children but I couldn't bear the part where I had to say goodbye. "I began looking after the dolls like I would my own babies - they are so life-like and I feel such a close bond to them. "It's the best of both worlds as well - I get to dress them up, do their hair and wash their clothes without the endless dirty nappies and sleepless nights!" Since then, Alice has bought more than 50 of the dolls - who are each looked after in the same impeccable way.

But, while Alice enjoyed being a full-time mother, her relationship with Chris began to suffer. Alice said: "Chris didn't understand why I treated my dolls like real babies - he just didn't get it. "I tried telling him how happy they make me but he just thought it was a stupid obsession. "They soon started to affect our sex life as I would want some of them to come to bed with us, but Chris refused. "We were arguing about other things in our relationship, but the dolls really didn't help - he said they freaked him out because they looked so real." Alice became very protective over her dolls and worried about her children being near them, or the cat sitting on them if she wasn't around to keep an eye on them. She moved the dolls to her bedroom, and bought cots for them to sleep in.

Eventually Chris moved out as he couldn't cope with Alice's love for the dolls any longer. Alice said: "I wouldn't have given up my dolls for Chris - we come as a package. "I like them close to me, and I'm never far away from them for long. "After Chris left, I down-sized my double bed to a single and turned our room into a nursery. I didn't need the extra space and it meant there was more room for my dolls and their stuff." Alice has all of the equipment you would expect to look after real-life babies with, including cots, prams, baby bouncers and hundreds of tiny outfits. She said: "I've spent thousands on my dolls - but I also go to doll fairs and swap them for others when I've had them a while. "Rhys is my favourite, I like him to sleep with me every night. "I recently took him to Chester Zoo - loads of people came up to me and told me how cute he is, and they couldn't believe it when I told them he was a reborn doll and not a baby. "I buy him Next clothes and UGG boots as I want him to look nice."

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