New Gerber Baby First With Down Syndrome

New Gerber Baby First With Down Syndrome

As many as 140,000 photos of babies were considered for the grand prize. Little Lucas Warren, 18-months-old, was chosen out of more than a hundred thousand entries.

The internet was rife with cooing adoration upon seeing and hearing of Lucas Warren's most recent accomplishment.

Kristin Wooten, a spokesperson for Gerber, told CNN, "Every year, since the beginning of the Gerber Baby Photo Search, we choose the baby who exemplifies Gerber's longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby, and Lucas is a ideal fit". The Gerber Products Company is holding a yearly contest to choose the new Gerber "spokesbaby".

"He may have Down syndrome, but he's always Lucas first". Inspired by the adorable baby photos received from proud parents, Gerber launched its first official Photo Search in 2010 and has continued celebrating babies and toddlers every year since, not only through Photo Search but through its real, delicious and nutritious food for babies and expert tools and services for parents.

His mother, Cortney Warren, entered the contest on a whim, NBC's "Today" reported. "This year, Lucas is the ideal fit".

As the Gerber spokesbaby, Lucas' parents will receive $50,000, which they plan to put toward his education.

Hopefully, Lucas's presence on all the Gerber's ads and social networks marketing campaigns will indeed shed some light on the needs the babies with Down Syndrome have and will increase people acceptance. "He's got an awesome personality and he goes through the milestones of every child", Cortney told Mashable.