Gerber baby is first with Down syndrome

Ebony Scott
February 8, 2018

This year's Gerber spokesbaby is extra-special, he is 18-month-old Lucas Warren from Dalton, Georgia, and he has Down syndrome.

Gerber has held the photo contest since 2010, although parents have been sending photos of their infants to the company throughout its 90-year history, Partyka said.

Meet Lucas, the victor of Gerber's 2018 Baby Photo Search.

Gerber president and CEO Bill Partyka said Lucas is "the ideal fit".

Little Lucas, from Dalton, Georgia, is the first child with Down syndrome to be the face of the brand - and he couldn't be cuter or more flawless.

"He's very outgoing and never meets a stranger he doesn't like", Cortney told Today Parents.

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Many people took to social media to celebrate the decision.

Lucas father Jason Warren said, "We're hoping this will impact everyone-that it will shed a little bit of light on the special needs community and help more individuals with special needs be accepted not limited".

In a puddle of tears over here. "It is such a handsome, good day", wrote samanthajob on Instagram.

"There's are a lot of situations where people avert their eyes and it's not that they don't want to probably be involved it's just an unknown and fear of the unknown perhaps and everyone is busy so yeah, but otherwise she's very well accepted and sometimes she's like nearly so celebrated that we can't fly under the radar", she confesses.

Instagram user nicki_bloms wrote: "As a mama now carrying a cutie with an extra chromosome this made my day!" It said about one in 700 babies born in the United States each year has Down syndrome. "We're hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he'll be proud of himself and not ashamed of his disability".

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