Lucas Warren, a 1-year-old from Dalton, Georgia has become the new Gerber baby after his mother entered him into the Gerber contest on a whim. Cortney Warren posted a photo of her smiling baby on Instagram using the contest’s hashtag, then she and her husband Jason learned Lucas had been chosen from more than 140,000 entries.
“Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby,” Bill Partyka, CEO and president of Gerber said. “This year, Lucas is the perfect fit.”
Little Lucas is the first baby with Down syndrome to be selected to represent Gerber, but Today reported that his mother hoped he would not just be seen as a baby with Down syndrome, but also as a funny, energetic child who loves music and socializing.
“He may have Down syndrome, but he’s always Lucas first,” Cortney said. “He’s got an awesome personality and he goes through the milestones of every child… we’re hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he’ll be proud of himself and not ashamed of his disability.”