First Gerber baby and Tampa native meets the newest Gerber baby

Published June 6 2018
Updated June 6 2018

In an adorable set of circumstances, the newest Gerber baby got to pose for a photo with the first Gerber baby, a Tampa native.

Ann Turner Cook, 92, is a retired English teacher and aspiring mystery novelist who — when she was just over 4 months old — was the subject of a famous charcoal sketch. The sketch, which her family friend drew in 1927, was submitted and accepted for Gerber’s call for baby food advertisements.

It wasn’t until 40 years later that Taylor went public about her identity as a famous infant icon.

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The newest Gerber baby has been fawned by fans online. Lucas Warren, 1, is the first Gerber baby to have Down Syndrome since the company launched the contest 90 years ago.

The photo was taken as the Warren family was planning a family trip here in Florida. They reached out to Gerber to arrange a meeting with Cook.

"Gerber saw this as the perfect opportunity for the two iconic Gerber babies to meet in person. As you can see in this photo, Ann Turner Cook and Lucas were all smiles when they met," said Bernadette Tortorella, the senior media marketing manager for Nestle Infant Nutrition.

Since 2010, the company has been taking photo submissions to select its Gerber baby.

   
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