Arizona's Akil ‘Sonny’ McLeod Selected as the 2024 Gerber Baby

What an excellent way to celebrate a first birthday!

Tuesday just got a lot brighter as Gerber announced the winner of its 14th annual photo search—an adorable little boy named Akil McLeod, who goes by Sonny for his sunny personality and infectious smile won the hearts of the judges.

In an adorable photo, the 1-year-old can be seen wearing a yellow-and-white striped onesie, smiling as he poses near a squishy My 1st ABC book. According to the company, Sonny recently celebrated his first birthday with his parents, Dominque and Akil McLeod Sr., and his big sister Sage, who all hail from Arizona. 

“Every day it's an honor to watch Sonny conquer so many tiny achievements, from giggles to trying new foods, to standing up and everything in between,” his parents said. “He's a light in our lives and brings joy to everyone around him.”

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They added, "We couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate his first birthday than to be chosen as the 2024 Gerber Baby. We look forward to all the adventures in the year ahead collaborating with Gerber to share his sweet smile with families across the country."

As the winner of this year’s Photo Search, Sonny will be the 2024 Gerber Baby and will be featured on Gerber’s social media channels and in marketing campaigns throughout the year.

In addition, Sonny and his family received a $25,000 cash prize, a year’s supply of free Gerber products, and a new wardrobe courtesy of Gerber Childrenswear. The family will also enjoy surprise perks from Gerber partners throughout the year.

Gerber is also matching Sonny's cash prize with a donation to the March of Dimes to support their maternal and infant health programs.

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