Original Gerber baby meets newest Gerber baby who has Down syndrome and is 90 years younger

April 3rd, 2021

We’ve all bought some Gerber from the grocery. There’s loads of it in stock all the time, rightfully so. Everyone’s got a baby in the house that needs feeding, and few things fill a baby up better than Gerber. The jars are unmistakable, with that iconic face of a baby plastered on the front label.

But obviously, that face isn’t just a label. That’s an actual baby somewhere, photographed in all their joyous, infant glory to be put on jars of baby food.

Way back in 1927, it was none other than Ann Turner Cook’s adorable face that graced the front labels of Gerber jars across the world. Her adorable face lined the fronts of all their baby food, oatmeal and cereal.

The story of how Ann’s face became the face of Gerber products started when their neighbor, Dorothy Hope Smith, produced a charcoal drawing of baby Ann. Smith was an experienced artist, and captured Ann’s adorable 1-year old likeness very well in her drawing.

It was in 1928 that Gerber announced that they were looking for a mascot, or a spokesbaby if you may, for their planned line of baby food. Dorothy Hope Smith submitted her drawing of Ann, and the rest is history. Now at the ripe old age of 94, Cook is no baby anymore.

That said, there’s no mistaking that it’s the same person’s face.

Those eyes and smile look as sweet as they did over 94 years ago.

90 years is a long time, and no one stays a baby forever. Naturally, Gerber regularly needs to update their labels with a fresh new baby’s face. Such is the tradition of Gerber Products, and has been for over 90 years.

Every couple years, a new baby gets chosen to grace those jars with their face. This time, it’s Lucas Warren.

Baby Lucas is a shining, smiling baby boy with down syndrome, beating 140,000 other baby contestants to be the new face of Gerber jars. The new Gerber spokesbaby smiles as brightly as Ann and all those other babies, even if he was born a little bit different.

Looks like this genetic condition isn’t nearly enough to stop a baby’s pure, joyous smile.

For such a unique moment, a meeting just had to take place. Their families and contacts got to it, and made it happen. The choice meeting came to fruition, and they snapped one incredibly adorable photo to prove it.

“My grandmother was the Gerber baby. It was a funny bit of trivia, never made her rich or got us free strained peas or anything. But last week she got to meet the company’s newest spokesbaby, named Lucas. Pretty pretttty cute.” – Cook’s grandson wrote while Tweeting the photo

The Tweet got thousands of likes and retweets. That’s only fair, if you ask me.

Lucas, the face of a new generation of Gerber babies, and Ann, the former baby who started it all. Both in one photo, smiling just like they do on those labels. It’s the cutest case of coming together that none of us expected to see, but we’re so glad it happened!

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