Meet the 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby

We really wanted to talk about Valentine’s Day, as it’s now exactly one week away. But then this news popped up and we can’t help but to want to celebrate – and pinch those little cheeks. Today, Gerber announced the winner of their annual Gerber Baby Photo Search. (Can you believe that the original Gerber Baby, Ann Turner Cook, just celebrated her 91st birthday?!?)

The 2018 contest winner is 18-month-old Baby Lucas from Dalton, GA, whose photo was chosen from over 140,000 entries. He’s also breaking ground as the first Gerber Baby with Down Syndrome. According to the press release, “As the Grand Prize winner, Lucas’ family will receive $50,000, he will be given the coveted title of 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby and take a front seat on Gerber’s social media channels throughout the year.” You better believe we’re going to be checking for pics of this little cutie on Insta.

“This is such a proud moment for us as parents knowing that Lucas has a platform to spread joy, not only to those he interacts with every day, but to people all over the country,” said Lucas’ mom, Cortney Warren. “We hope this opportunity sheds light on the special needs community and educates people that with acceptance and support, individuals with special needs have the potential to change the world – just like our Lucas!”

Here’s a video of Baby Lucas on the Today Show, just effortlessly warming our hearts with his adorable smile – and that WAVE at the end! Our hearts can’t take it.