This year’s Gerber baby is a smiley 18-month-old boy from Georgia — and the first child with Down’s Syndrome to win the contest, the company announced Wednesday. “I’m very excited to see how the world reacts,” mom Cortney Warren gushed on the Today show as she held her son, Lucas.
The Warrens entered the Gerber baby photo contest on a whim, they said, and were shocked when they found out their boy had been chosen from more than 140,000 other babies to be the official 2018 Gerber spokesbaby. Since 1928, the charcoal drawing of the original Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook, has been recognized worldwide. In 2011, the company relaunched the contest to find their next Gerber baby. The big prize comes with $50,000, which the Warrens say they will put toward Lucas’s education.