Gerber Babies then and now! Earlier this week, a man named Chris Colin took to Twitter to share the sweetest new photo of his 91-year-old grandmother, Ann Turner Cook — who was the original Gerber Baby! — meeting the iconic baby food and baby product brand’s newest Gerber Baby, 18-month-old Lucas Warren.
“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,” Chris captioned the adorable photo of the two on Twitter.
Little Lucas, who has Down syndrome, was chosen as the new Gerber Baby back in February after beating out 140,000 kids for the coveted role. And, as part of his new gig, Lucas and his parents, Jason and Cortney Warren, recently traveled to Tampa, FL so the new Gerber “spokesbaby” could meet Ann, who was named the very first Gerber Baby back in 1928.
“As soon as we walked into the room, she and Lucas immediately bonded. Lucas walked right up to her, flashing his signature smile and waving, and we could tell he loved her right away,” Jason and Cortney said in a statement to People.
“He even grabbed two cookies and offered her one, which she accepted. Ann Turner Cook is truly a wonderful woman and pleasure to be around, and we couldn’t be more grateful that she took the time to meet with our family,” the couple added.
Interestingly, Ann — who worked as an author and published several mystery novels throughout her successful career — wasn’t publicly revealed as the original Gerber Baby until 1978, nearly 50 years after she first modeled for the brand. “She just loves babies. She thinks of herself as sort of the face of babies. And because of this funny thing that happened, she gets to meet all these really wonderfully cute little babies in life,” her grandson Chris told People.
“My grandmother has always said that there’s something about the Gerber baby that cuts across all kinds of people,” Chris added. “We all feel so divided sometimes, but the positive response that came from all kinds of people… that is one of the things that’s touching for me.”