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Gerber Baby Contest Winners: Complete List of Past Gerber Babies

Since 2010, Gerber has been awarding the Gerber baby contest winners very generously. Past Gerber contest winners had won $50,000 cash (except 2010 $25,000 scholarship & 2011 $50,000 scholarship) plus other prizes and opportunities.

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There's more than just the cash prize. Some of these Gerber babies got very famous especially the Original Gerber Baby. Another worth mentioning is Lucas Warren, the first Down Syndrome Gerber baby got to featured on Jeopardy as a clue.

Lucas featured as a clue

Headlines after headlines about the Gerber babies.

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Without any further ado, starting with the most recent here they are.

The Past Gerber Baby Contest Winners:

Gerber Baby 2019: Kairi Yang

"When we first found out Kairi won, we were speechless and couldn't believe it. We are beyond thrilled that our sweet Kairi is Gerber's 2019 Spokesbaby," said Kairi's mom, Ying Vue.

2019 Gerber Baby Kairi Yang from Hickory, North Carolina

PROFILE

  • Location: Hickory, North Carolina
  • Age: 15 months
  • Parents: Ying Vue & Peter Yang

GRAND PRIZE

  • $50,000 (cash in a form of a check)

The grand prize winner of the Gerber Photo Search 2018 was announced on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Kairi Yang was named 2019 Gerber Baby.

The 15 months old baby from Hickory, North Carolina beats 544,000 entries and took the title as the new Gerber baby contest winner. It was a big win for a $50,000 cash prize that was awarded to her and her parents.

She will also get to be featured on Gerber's social media channels and more.

Here's the photo that captured the judges' hearts: Kairi winning photo

This is Kairi winning photo that was submitted in the Gerber baby contest.

She's a cutie isn't she? Look at those big dark eyes.

Here's what the president and CEO of Gerber, Bill Partyka said in a press release.

"As soon as we saw her photo, we fell in love with Kairi’s expressive eyes and angelic face, looking toward the future and being excited for all that it holds.

We believe that every baby is a Gerber baby, and this year, are thrilled to recognize Kairi as the new face of Gerber. It’s been an incredible year celebrating our 2018 Spokesbaby Lucas Warren and his family, and we are excited to see the world fall in love all over again with our newest Spokesbaby."

Kairi is the first Hmong descent to won the Gerber baby contest. Her mother, Ying Vue in an interview with Today said, "Kairi will grow up knowing how to read and write in Hmong, so that she can speak with her grandparents."

Kairi with her mother and father in Hmong traditional clothing.
Image source: today.com

They are a very traditional cultured family even though they are living in America. The family is very close. Kairi is living with her mom and dad Peter Yang, also her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Kairi with her family
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The race to be crowned 2019 Gerber Spokesbaby started in October 1, 2018. The way to enter the baby photo contest was to upload your baby photos to Instagram with the hashtag #GerberPhotoSearch2018. You might upload up to 10 photos, a total of 10 entries.

The deadline to submit photos was October 20, 2018. Then it was the judging period. And finally Gerber announced the winner in 2019.

Congratulation Kairi and family!

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Gerber Baby 2018: Lucas Warren

(Feb. 7, 2018) — The 2018 Gerber Baby was finally announced. This year was just a few days later than we anticipated. But nevertheless, we've now learned of the new Gerber baby winner.

And his name is — drumroll pleasethe winner of the 2017 Gerber Baby Contest is Lucas Warren from Dalton, Georgia.

Gerber baby 2018: Lucas Warren

PROFILE

  • Location: Dalton, Georgia
  • Age: 18 months
  • Parents: Cortney & Jason Warren

GRAND PRIZE

  • $50,000 (cash in a form of a check)

There were also 12 INCREMENTAL PRIZES (Runners-Up) too for the 2017 contest. And these are the prizes.

(Six Winners) Giggles and Wiggles:

  • $500 (Cash)
  • 1 year Purina products [(60) $10 coupons]
  • 1 year Gerber products [(60) $10 coupons]

(Six Winners) Best Dressed Baby:

  • $500 (Cash)
  • $250 code to use at Gerber Childrenswear website
  • 1 year Gerber products [(60) $10 coupons]

Lucas' parents are super happy and emotional when talking about our 2017 Gerber baby contest winner. At 18 months old Lucas earned for his parents a cool $50,000 cash — could be use for his future, of course.

You're be seeing more of baby Lucas soon because he will be feature in Gerber marketing campaign.

Learn more about the next Gerber contest and how you can enter your baby.

Made History — The First Down Syndrome Gerber Baby

Lucas made another Gerber history because he is the first Down syndrome baby to wins the Gerber Photo Search contest. Don't let the special needs part fooled you.

According to mom (Cortney Warren) in an interview with Today says she's never met someone who didn't meet her son, Lucas, and smile.

Bill Partyka, CEO and president of Gerber, says Lucas's smile and happy expression captured the hearts of the Gerber team.

"Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber's longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby," said Partyka. "This year, Lucas is the perfect fit."

"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 and not limited," dad Jason Warren said. "They have the potential to change the world, just like everybody else."

Just like all the other Gerber babies, Lucas is making headlines all over the news media outlets and breaking the internet.

A Little Details on the Gerber Baby Contest

Lucas won the title for Gerber Baby 2018 but it was a long journey to get there. The contest actually started in 2017. Yes, the Gerber baby contest 2017 started back in mid September. The submission period ended toward the end of October. Then follow by a judging period.

Babies ages 0-48 months are all welcome to enter the contest — given that you're a US legal resident.

There are two photo themes "Giggles and Wiggles" and "Best Dressed Baby" and you can submit a total of up to 10 entries.

There was more than 140,000 entrants wanted to be the 2018 Gerber Spokebaby but Lucas won the judges with that adorable smile.

A Little Too PR?

We might be opening a can of worms here. But after following the Gerber baby contest for years, well, since it first launched back in 2010 — we felt this was a little too PR maybe?

No doubt Lucas is a cutie but do you think it's a little too much PR on Gerber part? It seems like that's what it's all about PR for Gerber, not so much about the actual contest.

Sure, there was:

  • The first Asian Gerber Baby
  • The first Hispanic Gerber Baby
  • The first Twin Gerber babies
  • Also Black Baby

But this one topped it all, the first Down syndrome baby to won the Gerber baby contest.

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Gerber Baby 2017: Riley Shines

On 01/26/2017 Gerber announced the new face of Gerber. Meet Riley from Lewis Center, Ohio — the 2016 Gerber baby contest winner. At only 7 month old with his "infectious laugh and big, gummy smile" according his mother, Kristen Shines, he just made his parent $50,000 richer.

Kristen said that it will help start a college fund for Riley.

2017 Gerber Baby: Riley Shines

PROFILE

  • Location: Lewis - Center, Ohio
  • Age: 7 months
  • Parents: Kristen & Devin Shines

GRAND PRIZE

  • $50,000 (Cash)
  • $1,500 in Gerber Childrenswear
  • Featured in Gerber ads and more

There were also 6 Milestone Category (Runners-Up) for the 2016 contest. And these are the winners and prizes.

Gerber milestone category winners 2016

WINNERS

  • Birth+: Leo - Rockville, MD
  • Supported Sitter: Chase - Southport, CT
  • Sitter: Willow - Wichita, KS
  • Crawler: Bryce - Mount Holly, NJ
  • Toddler: Camden - New York, NY
  • Pre-schooler: Alanys - Humacao, Puerto Rico

PRIZES

  • $3,500 (Cash)
  • $750 for Gerber Childrenswear

Devin Shines didn't think that they can win and even laugh at his wife because there were so many baby photos entered but little Shines shined.

Look at this photograph of Riley that shined and captured the judges attention to win the Gerber Spokesbaby 2017 title.

2016 Gerber baby contest winner Riley

Riley Shines not quite ready to speak yet but now crowned as the Gerber Spokesbaby 2017. Congratulations Riley!

Here's Riley making headlines and capturing the hearts of Americans.

Photos of Riley and Family

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Gerber Baby 2016: Isla

Gerber Baby 2016: Isla

PROFILE

  • Location: Troy, Michigan
  • Age: 7 months
  • Parents: Grayson and Rachael

GRAND PRIZE

  • $50,000 (Cash)
  • $1,500 in Gerber childrenswear
  • Featured in Gerber ads and more

There were also 6 Milestone Category (Runners-Up) for the 2015 contest. And these are the winners and prizes.

Gerber baby contest 2015 milestone category winners

WINNERS

  • Birth+: London
  • Supported Sitter: Drew
  • Sitter: Victor
  • Crawler: Hazel
  • Toddler: Tristyn
  • Pre-schooler: Nyla

PRIZES

  • $3,500 (Cash)
  • $750 for Gerber Childrenswear

The 2015 Gerber Baby Contest started with a big bang on September 8, 2015 where parents and guardians rushed to submit their baby photos before the submission deadline of October 23, 2015.

Then from October 28 through November 24, 2015 people voted for the Gerber Baby Contest Milestone Categories. All winners were then announced on January 27, 2016 where only one grand prize winner was picked by a panel of judges.

Here's the 2016 Gerber Baby that was making headlines in early 2016.

Isla Gerber baby 2016 making headlines

Rachael, Isla's mother shared with PEOPLE that Isla is the happiest little baby, always smiling. And that exact smile on the photograph was literally on her face in real life the whole time.

Out of more than 170,300 entries that were competing for the title, Gerber Spokesbaby 2016, in the Gerber Baby Contest 2015, a little 7 months old baby from Troy, Michigan was picked by the panel of judges to be the winner.

Baby Isla is the first Asian-American baby to have won the Gerber Baby Contest and represent Gerber for 2016 until she passes the title on to the Gerber Baby Contest 2016 winner.

Baby Isla at 7 months old didn't have much to say but cute giggles. On January 27, 2016, Gerber announced her as the new Gerber Spokes Baby 2016.

Isla's parents, Grayson and Rachael, received a cool $50,000 in the form of a check. Isla's mom compared it to hitting the jackpot. $50,000 is not quite the Powerball Jackpot but it's good enough.

Isla also got $1,500 in clothes from Gerber childrenswear and got to appear in Gerber ads and commercials.

Interested in Gerber Baby Modeling? Maybe your child can win the next Gerber Baby Contest.

Isla most likely will be modeling for Gerber for at least a year, but will that turn into a career for her future? In a CNNMoney interview her parents said, "We don't have any immediate plans to get her into modeling, but who knows..."

In Gerber's official press release, senior marketing manager, Bernadette Tortorella, revealed why Isla was selected to be the winner. "While we received so many incredible entries, the judges all fell in love with Isla's cheeky smile and awesome hair. We are so thrilled to be celebrating our sixth annual Photo Search Winner!"

Congratulation Gerber Baby 2016 — Isla!

Gerber baby contest 2015 didn't end with just a grand prize winner. There was six runner-ups who won the different Milestone categories which were chosen by normal people. The Milestone Category Winners each received $3,500 cash and $750 in clothing from Gerber childrenswear.

2014 Gerber Baby Contest Milestone category winners received $5,000 each.

Videos of the 2016 Gerber Baby Isla

Photos of Isla and Family

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Gerber Baby 2015: Grace

2015 Gerber Baby: Grace

PROFILE

  • Location: East Petersburg, Pennsylvania
  • Age: 7 months
  • Parent: Gabrielle

GRAND PRIZE

  • $50,000 (Cash)
  • $15,450 for Taxes

There were also 6 Milestone Category (Runners-Up) for the 2014 contest. And these are the winners and prizes.

WINNERS

  • Birth+: Benjamin
  • Supported Sitter: Lilah
  • Sitter: JP
  • Crawler: Torrey
  • Toddler: Anushi
  • Pre-schooler: Chelce Mae

PRIZES

  • $5,000 (Cash)
  • $1,500 for Taxes

The results are in and Gerber got a new baby for the 2015 Gerber Baby title. There was over 180,000 entries but only one baby can be the "Gerber Baby"

This year Gerber 2015 Spokesbaby the winner of 2014 "Be Our Baby" Gerber baby photo contest is a 7-month-old baby name Grace from East Petersburg, Pennsylvania.

Say hellotoBaby Grace!
2015 Gerber baby

Gerber baby Grace making headlines. It's all part of being a Gerber baby.

Gerber baby Grace making headlines.

Here's what Grace and her parents will be getting: $50,000 cash, one full year of Gerber baby foods and finally an opportunity in the future to appear as the 2015 Spokesbaby in Gerber advertisement.

Gabrielle, Grace's mother revealed in a statement that this winning shot was of one of the 5 photos she took of Grace that day.

She also said, "She must have taken her hands out of her mouth and posed them like that for a split second because I didn't even realize how cute she was posing until after I was completely done taking pictures and looking back at what I had just taken!"

Well, Grace does look like she literally posing for this. She's so adorable!

So adorable that the marketing specialist at Gerber, Cassie Savage has this to say about Grace winning photo.

"While many of the entry photos this year met our criteria, Grace's captivating charm stole the judges' hearts."

Photos of Grace

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Here are some rules and details for the 2014 contest:

  • Starts: The 2014 Gerber "Be Our Baby" Photo Search begins October 6, 2014 at 12:01 AM ET.
  • Deadline: The 2014 Gerber Photo Search submission period ends November 12, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • Is it possible to vote for the winners?
    Yes, voting are for milestone categories only. Grand prize will be select by a panel of judges.
  • When voting begins?
    2014 Gerber baby contest voting period starting at 12:01 AM ET on November 17, 2014 and ending at 11:59 PM ET on December 14, 2014.
  • How to enter and submit a photo?
    To enter, visit www.gerber.com/photosearch and follow the instructions provided and submit your child(ren)'s photo.
  • Can residents outside of U.S. eligible to enter the Gerber contest?
    All legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia that is at least 18 years of age and legal guardian of the child(ren) in the photo.
  • Photo formats:
    No, only files in .jpg, .png, or .bmp format can be submit to this baby photo contest.
  • File size:
    Your photo file size can be no more than 5 MB.
  • Photo taken:
    Photo must be no older than 30 days of the time submitted. Child(ren) in photo must be appropriately dressed. Only one child per photo unless twins.
  • Prizes:
    The 2014 Gerber baby contest will awards a total of 7 winners. One Grand Prize winner and 6 Milestone Category winners.

Those are the basic 2014 Gerber baby contest rules. You can read the Gerber official rules to learn more.

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Gerber Baby 2014: Levi & Paxton

Gerber baby 2014: Levi & Paxton

PROFILE

  • Location: Wernersville, Pannsylvania
  • Age: 10 months
  • Parents: Amanda & Matt Strickland

GRAND PRIZE

  • $50,000 (Cash)
  • $15,000 for Taxes

Levi and Paxton is the first and so far the only twin to have won the famous Gerber baby contest. The 2013 Gerber photo search had more than 156,000 entries.

Even though this year we have actually 2 winners but the grand prize is still the same as usual $50,000 plus other prizes as well. They were featured in Gerber's advertisements.

Gerber photo search 2013 was the last one that hosted by Facebook. As the year before parents and guardians would upload their photography of their baby to Gerber's Facebook fan page.

Gerber's panel of judges will select the grand prize winner of the photo contest and milestone winners are to be voted by fans.

There were also 6 Milestone Category (Runners-Up) that year. And these are the winners and prizes.

WINNERS

  • Birth+: Ava Olejniczak - Hammond, Indiana
  • Supported Sitter: Kayson Almeida - Attleboro, Massachusetts
  • Sitter: Olivia Gatewood - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Crawler: Grayson Osmond - Branson, Missouri
  • Toddler: Justin Ridzon - Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Pre-schooler: Sully Thompson - Brooklyn, Iowa

PRIZES

  • 32GB Apple iPad
  • Apple iPad Smart Case cover
  • $150 Apple iTunes gift card (total value $1,000)
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Gerber Baby 2013: Mary Jane Montoya

2013 Gerber Baby: Mary Jane Montoya

PROFILE

  • Location: Fresno, California
  • Age: 8 months
  • Parent: Sara Montoya

GRAND PRIZE

  • $50,000 (Cash)

"Our baby looks just like the Gerber baby, but we still can't believe the photo of our baby won the Grand Prize!" said Sara Montoya, the mother of Mary Jane who won them the Gerber baby contest.

And she continues, "Like parents everywhere, we think our baby is cute, but to have this honor is something we'll cherish for forever. To us, winning $50,000 is like winning a million dollars!"

With 308,000 entered by only one can be the Gerber baby. On November 6, 2012 Gerber announced Mary Jane Montoya from Fresno California their winner of the 2012 Gerber Generation Photo Search.

Here's the quick process of how the contest work at the time. Parents and guardians enter photos of their children by uploading it to Gerber's Facebook page.

There are six milestone winners was voted by fans and a panel of Gerber judges picked the grand price winner.

There were also 6 Milestone Category (Runners-Up) that year. And these are the winners and prizes.

WINNERS

  • Birth+: Phoenix Molina - Sacramento, California
  • Supported Sitter: Justin Ridzon - Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Sitter: Jax Schuster - Lebanon, Indiana
  • Crawler: Londyn Ridley - Millsboro, Delaware
  • Toddler: Jaiden Davidson - Petersburg, Virginia
  • Pre-schooler: Johnathon Cahill - Mastic Beach, New York

PRIZE

  • $10,000 Gerber Life College Plan
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Gerber Baby 2012: Tate Rosendahl

2012 Gerber Baby: Tate Rosendahl

PROFILE

  • Location: Springfield, MO
  • Age: 11 months
  • Parent: Amy and Ron Rosendahl

GRAND PRIZE

  • $50,000 (Scholarship)

Milestone Category Prize (Runners-Up) that year.

PRIZE:

  • Apple IPAD2
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Gerber Baby 2011: Mercy Townsend

2011 Gerber Baby: Mercy Townsend

PROFILE

  • Location: Toledo, OH
  • Age: 2 years
  • Parent: Tahisha Williams-Townsend

GRAND PRIZE

  • $25,000 (Scholarship)

Milestone Category Prize (Runners-Up) that year.

PRIZE

  • A Flip Slide HD
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Original Gerber Baby 1928: Ann Tuner Cook

the original Gerber baby: Ann Turner Cook

PROFILE

  • Location: Lewis - Center, Ohio
  • Age: 4 months
  • Parent: Leslie Turner

GRAND PRIZE

  • $300
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Who will be the next Gerber baby?
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