The original Gerber baby, 91-year-old Ann Turner Cook and the current Gerber “spokesbaby”, 1-year-old Lucas Warren, met and instantly got along.
Lucas was selected in February 2018 out of 140,000 entries as the newest baby face of Gerber 90 years after Cook was selected as the very first Gerber baby in 1928.
The iconic baby food brand was started in 1927 by Daniel Frank Gerber after he was inspired by his pediatrician wife who made hand-strained food for their 7-month old daughter. Now, the company has immensely grown and spans a total of 80 countries.
Recently, the two Gerber babies met at Cook’s home and it was the most heartwarming thing to witness according to Lucas’ parents.
Since Lucas, who is the first baby with Down syndrome to be chosen for the role, and his family were in the area on a family vacation, Gerber helped arrange a meeting between Warren and Cook.
“As soon as we walked into the room, (Cook) and Lucas immediately bonded.” parents Cortney and Jason told Today.com.
“Lucas walked right up to her, flashing his signature smile and waving, and we could tell he loved her right away.”
Lucas was said to have then grabbed two cookies and offered one to Cook which she pleasantly accepted.
Ann Turner Cook became the very first Gerber baby after artist Dorothy Hope Smith submitted a charcoal sketch of the then 5-month-old to the company’s first advertising campaign. The company loved the sketch so much they decided to trademark in 1931.
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. pic.twitter.com/u7ddWaM1Ed
— Chris Colin (@chriscolin3000) June 4, 2018
Cook’s grandson, writer Chris Colin, tweeted out a photo of the joyous meeting with Lucas in Florida with the caption, “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 spokes-baby, named Lucas. Pretty pretttty cute.”
The photo of these gorgeous Gerber babies together quickly went viral. Gerber also shared the sweet photo on Instagram with the hashtags “#HistoryMade” and “#AnythingForBaby”
Even though there is a 90-year age difference between the two, their signature smiles make it clear why these two were chosen, so beautiful!
We are glad Gerber was able to organize this special moment for all of us to witness.
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